KOTA KINABALU: Hari Raya celebrants are called to give thanks to frontliners, understand policies made to curb the spread of Covid-19, as well as do their part to strengthen unity as they welcome Aidilfitri.
“To be able to celebrate Raya in the new norm is itself a victory for Muslims who have been fasting for a month, ” Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor (pic) said in his Hari Raya message here on Tuesday (May 11).
Hajiji said even though Muslims will be celebrating Hari Raya with restrictions for the second year due to the pandemic, it shouldn’t take away the true meaning of the celebration.
“I hope all celebrants will continue to adhere to SOPs while appreciating this festive season, and understand that what is done by the government such as restricting movements is for the safety of all as we try to break the chain of Covid-19 transmission, ” he said.
Hajiji said although visits and open houses that are normally held to foster relations among families, friends as well as communities of various races and religions cannot be done this time, Aidilfitri can still be a source of unity for everyone.
“We must also remember and appreciate all that our frontliners have sacrificed for us in keeping us safe, as they too have not seen their families for so long, ” he said.
He urged the public to register for their Covid-19 vaccination on the MySejahtera app and to get vaccinated so that people can get back to their pre-Covid lives as soon as possible.
On other matters, Hajiji expressed confidence that the various economic boosting initiatives including the Sabah Maju Jaya movement would produce the desired results soon.
“This initiative focuses on three main sectors - agriculture, industrialisation and tourism.
“With the cooperation from all stakeholders and parties, I am sure we will be able to achieve our goals within the five years' time frame set.
On this note, Hajiji once again wished "Selamat Hari Raya, Maaf Zahir dan Batin" to everyone in Sabah.