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Saifuddin (left) and Rundi at the press conference in Sibu.

SIBU: Although places will be limited for attendees, there will be no lack of patriotism during this year’s Malaysia Day celebration, says Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

He said there would only be 500 invited guests at the event due to Covid-19 restrictions.

“We have to strictly follow the SOP (standard operating procedure) set by the Health Ministry and are limiting the number of people in the stadium.

“I am urging Malaysians, especially Sibu residents, to watch the celebration which will be broadcast live by RTM, ” he said.

Saifuddin, who is the organising chairman for the event, added that the celebration with its theme “Malaysia Prihatin” (Malaysia Cares) would be quite different.

“Due to current circumstances we are seeing the emergence of a new kind of patriotism and we are proud of this, especially among frontliners such as doctors and nurses who knowingly put their lives on the line for others, ” he said during a press conference here.

He said the richness of local cultures, especially those of ethnic groups, would be in the spotlight at the Sibu Indoor Stadium tomorrow.

Saifuddin noted that Sarawak alone had 27 ethnic groups and hoped that all Malaysians from both east and west would get to know and appreciate each other’s diverse culture and traditions.

Sarawak Utilities Minister Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi, who is the co-organising chairman for the celebration, extended his apology to locals for not being able to accommodate more people at the venue.

He said about 200 performers would stage various cultural performances during the celebration, adding that the focus of the event was to demonstrate the people’s love for the country.

He said the state was thankful to have been involved in the formation of Malaysia in 1963.

“The formation of Malaysia is important based on two things. The first one is that we can have better security and the second is that we can further develop our state, ” he added.

Saifuddin and Rundi also attended a full dress rehearsal last night.

Among those who will be present at the celebration tomorrow are Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Sarawak Governor Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud and Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

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