Kuching, Malaysia — The National Day celebrations in Sarawak will be held on a smaller scale this year in view of the influenza A(H1N1) pandemic, possible haze and the fasting month.
State Environment and Public Health Minister Datuk Wong Soon Koh said the celebrations would be moved from Sibu, where it was originally scheduled to have been held outdoors, to the Indoor Stadium in Petra Jaya in the state capital.
One reason for the move is the H1N1 factor. Secondly, the haze may be coming back, so holding it outdoors may not be as good as indoors.
On top of that, its the fasting month, so we thought we would move the celebration to Kuching and hold it on a small scale, Wong told reporters after launching the Sarawak Environmental Information Management System here yesterday.