The following article is submitted to the Editorial of Malaysia Gazette by reader, Yeap Ming Liong.
Chinese New Year will be different this year as we will be celebrating under a new normal as stipulated in the Standard Operating Procedure.
It may be less merry this round, but please do not let your festive spirit be hampered.
I do understand the hardship of not being able to spend Chinese New Year with loved ones and friends in person.
However, I would like to remind everyone that the most important thing is the safety and health of your family members, relatives, friends and yourself.
This really trumps any feeling of longing or yearning to see your loved ones. It really does.
I humbly urge those celebrating to look at the bright side of the situation.
If you are unable to meet your family and friends in person, your presence can still be felt in spirit. It is still the thought that matters.
I would also like to extend my sincere gratitude to our frontliners, who are battling hard against the COVID-19 pandemic to keep us safe.
Most of our frontliners do not have the luxury of enjoying the upcoming festivity as their duty to the nation comes first.
Please spare a thought for them. I sincerely believe that the only gratitude they ask from us is our compliance to the SOPs.
This gives them the strength to soldier on in the battle to keep the nation safe.
I would like to extend a Happy Chinese New Year to those who are celebrating and a happy holidays to all Malaysians.
Our unity as Malaysians will and can ensure our triumph against COVID-19.
Associate Captain (Civil Defence) Yeap Ming Liong
Subang Jaya, Selangor
Editorial note: The views expressed are those of the author/contributor and do not necessarily represent the views of Malaysia Gazette