Author – Ruster Trida Sumbang

Miri – Sarawak Oil Palms (SOP) celebrated the joyous occasion of Gawai-Raya on Friday, 17 May 2024, with a grand event at Gua Longhouse Chalet, Miri. Approximately 200 SOP employees and their families gathered in a festive atmosphere filled with cultural performances, entertainment, and camaraderie.

The opening ceremony was officiated by Selvarajah A/L Lurdusamy, Plantation Controller, accompanied by senior managers from various regions. The event showcased the company’s commitment to fostering unity and inclusivity among its workforce, regardless of cultural background.

Guests enjoyed a vibrant array of performances, including traditional dances by 1BeatStudio, cultural dances, and musical acts. A variety of mouth-watering dishes and delicacies were served, representing the diverse cuisines of Sarawak and the cultural significance of Gawai and Raya. The lively atmosphere was further enhanced by a lucky draw session and a Duit Raya session for children, adding an element of excitement and anticipation to the festivities.

“As we gather here today amidst the vibrant festivities of Gawai and Raya, I am deeply moved by the sight of each and every one of you coming together, despite your busy schedules, to celebrate this joyous occasion. Your presence here is a testament to the strength of our SOP family and the bond that unites us beyond the confines of our workplace,” said Agnes Nyelang, Senior Public Relations Manager.

The Gawai-Raya celebration at SOP serves as a reminder of the importance of cultural diversity and unity in the workplace. By bringing together employees from different backgrounds to celebrate and embrace each other’s cultures, SOP continues to strengthen its commitment to creating a positive and inclusive work environment for all.