‘Please don’t go back to longhouses this Gawai Dayak’


KAPIT: Kapit folk who are working elsewhere have been asked not to return to their longhouses for Gawai Dayak this year.

Kapit Division Iban community leader Temenggong Wilfred Billy Panyau, who made the appeal, said they should instead remain where they are working during the festival.

“Amidst the government’s tirelessness efforts to contain and prevent this Covid-19 pandemic, as a Dayak community leader, I would like to advise those celebrating Gawai Dayak to stay back where they are now.

“If they are from Singapore, Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah, Labuan, just stay back at their workplace.

“This is in line with the government’s efforts to break the chain of infection. Moreover, inter-state and inter-district travel is not encouraged at all during this Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) which ends June 9,” he said.

He said those arriving in Sarawak would also need to be quarantined as required by the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee.

Kapit is a green zone with no Covid-19 positive cases reported.