Heatwave: Careful with burning ritual

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Anna (sixth left) presents a mock cheque for RM5,000 to a representative of the board of management of Chung Hua Middle School (CHMS) No. 1, 3 and 4 witnessed by Dr Sim (sixth right). DAP Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen is at fifth right.

Anna (sixth left) presents a mock cheque for RM5,000 to a representative of the board of management of Chung Hua Middle School (CHMS) No. 1, 3 and 4 witnessed by Dr Sim (sixth right). DAP Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen is at fifth right.

KUCHING: The public is advised to do less open burning, especially during this coming Qing Ming Festival (Tomb Sweeping Day), in view of the heatwave sweeping across Malaysia.

SUPP president Senator Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian also advised people to drink more fluids to keep the body hydrated.

“The Qing Ming Festival is approaching and Chinese people will be visiting burial grounds and graves to honour their ancestors,” he said at the Kuching Memorial Services Sdn Bhd’s 2015 Recognition Night held at Thian Court, Crown Square here on Friday.

“While we uphold our filial responsibility, we should control the burning of various offerings during this festivity because of the current heatwave and dry conditions,” he reminded.

Recognition night was held to acknowledge employees’ excellent performance and achievements.

“I must congratulate Nirvana Memorial for their part in the bereavement industry which helps families with funerals, burial and cremation services, providing a one-stop comprehensive service.

The organisation’s strong performance, Dr Sim added, demonstrated their capability in management.

Earlier, its managing director Anna Wong praised employees for their hard work and efforts that contributed to successes and achieving financial targets despite the tough economic times.

“Although business slid back a little last year, efforts from various team leaders have helped the organisation achieve good results,” she said.

On the development of Nirvana Memorial Park, Anna said plans had been rolled out to improve the facilities and services to meet customer needs.

“Our service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We expanded our services by offering more choices to our customers, among them hearses and imported products,” she said.

The highlight will be an elegantly-designed five-star urn compartments for Buddhists and Christians that will open for sale from April.

As part of their corporate social responsibility, Kuching Memorial Services Sdn Bhd donated a total of RM10,000 to Sarawak Hun Nam Siang Tng (home for the aged) and board of management of Chung Hua Middle School (CHMS) No. 1, 3 and 4.