By Yeap Ming Liong
CHINESE New Year will be different this year as we will be celebrating under a new normal as per the already stipulated Standard Operating Procedure.
It can be agreed that there will be less merry making this time around, 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 what is most important is that yourself, family members, relatives and friends are safe and healthy.
This really trumps any feeling of longing or yearning to see loved ones. It really does.
I humbly urge those celebrating to look at the positive of the situation.
If you are unable to see family and friends in person. Your presence is still felt in spirit. It is still the thought that matters.
I would also like to extend my sincere thanks 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 duty to 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 standard operating procedures (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 holiday to all Malaysians.
Our unity as Malaysians will and can ensure our triumph against COVID-19. – Feb 12, 2021
Yeap Ming Liong is from Subang Jaya, Selangor
The views expressed are solely of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Focus Malaysia.