KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Hajiji Haji Noor urged the people to continue observing the standard operation procedure (SOP) during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations. 

“Muslims look forward to Hari Raya Aidilfitri as it symbolises victory after a month-long fasting. We are thankful because there is a difference in this year’s Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations compared to two years ago when the movement control order (MCO) prevented Muslims to celebrate it with their families in their hometowns. 

“The reopening of the country’s border on April 1 gave the people, particularly Muslims to make the “balik kampung” trip and celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri with their families. I am sure many are excited to be going back to their villages. 

“Nonetheless, we also realised that the Covid-19 situation in our country and for that matter, the whole world has yet fully recover. Even though Sabah’s new cases are on a downward trend, it is also imperative that we continue to adhere to the SOPs,” said the Chief Minister in his Hari Raya Aidilfitri message. 

“I pray that our front liners and security forces who are on duty will be able to celebrate Aidilfitri comfortably and to always safe,” he said. 

Hajiji thanked the people of Sabah for supporting all the government’s efforts to curb Covid-19 as well as the Hala Tuju Sabah Maju Jaya in order to restore the state’s economy. 

“I hope all of us will continue to nurture our unity spirit and harmonious relationship,” he said. 

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