Dayaks’ unity at all time high with no reps on opposition bench in Sarawak legislature — Deputy Premier

Uggah (second left) presents a cheque for the grant to Billy while others look on during the Lundu District Pre-Gawai Dayak gathering at Lundu community hall on May 22, 2024.

By DayakDaily Team

LUNDU, May 23: The unity among the Dayaks in Sarawak is currently at an all time high with no Dayak elected representatives sitting on the opposition bench in the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUS).

Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the reason behind the Dayak representatives’ unity in supporting the ruling government is to seek development for the people.


“Our very strong unity will immensely assist our Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg in administering Sarawak, planning and bringing in more developments,” he said when speaking at the Lundu District Pre-Gawai Dayak gathering at the Lundu community hall here last night (May 22).

Uggah who is also Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) deputy president further expressed his happiness over the return of Opar constituency to the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) fold.

“I am most happy for the Opar constituency which has returned to the GPS fold.

“Both its assemblyman Billy Sujang and his neighbouring  assemblyman Azizul Annuar Adenan of Tanjung Datu constituency are young and very energetic. They are in the position to do more great things for Lundu,” he added.

Apart from that, Uggah who also holds the portfolio of Minister of Infrastructure and Port Development (MIPD), said that the unity among the Dayaks was best exemplified during the many pre-Gawai Dayak celebrations that he had attended since early this month.

He also revealed that he was recently in Miri for a similar gathering organised by a group comprised of 28 Dayak ethnic groups.

“In Betong, the Iban, Bidayuh and Orang Ulu associations and their respective community members too had worked together to celebrate.

“Tonight (May 22), the Selako, Bidayuh and the Iban communities have taken the initiative to organise this Gawai and the Niti Daun procession in the morning,” he pointed out.

At the function, Uggah presented a grant of RM50,000 to the Lundu Gawai Dayak organising committee which was received by Billy. — DayakDaily