Deputy Premier: Gawai pageants help preserve Dayak community’s culture, tradition

Bernard (seventh right) handing over a rattan mat to Chukpai, witnessed by Dr Jerip (centre) and Dennis (on Chukpai's left) during the closing of the 17th Miri Divisional Gawai Dayak celebration on May 20, 2023.

By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, May 21: Gawai-themed beauty pageants are one of the ways the Dayak community can preserve their rich culture and tradition, says Deputy Premier of Sarawak, Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.

“It not only showcases performances and traditional clothes, but it is also unique to Sarawak that shows appreciation to the region’s diverse culture with an emphasis on the beautiful people of Sarawak,” he said.

His speech was read by Deputy Minister for Transport Sarawak, Datuk Dr Jerip Susil, at the 17th Miri Divisional Gawai Dayak celebration yesterday (May 20).

He applauded the working committee, namely the Miri Resident Office, District Offices, the various associations, and the main host, the Dayak Bidayuh National Association (DBNA), led by Captain Bernard Idit, for organising the event.

Next year, Persatuan Masyarakat Saban Sarawak will host the event.

With this year’s theme—’Bipakat, Bisindi Ngajung Pimanchang’ or ‘Unity Towards Progressiveness’—Uggah added it is very timely for the Dayak as they work together towards their goal to be successful as a community.

Uggah also pledged a grant of RM50,000 towards the event, while Dr Jerip pledged RM30,000.

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister for Transport Sarawak Dato Henry Harry Jinep pledged RM10,000, followed by RM5,000 each from Deputy Minister of Food Industry, Commodities and Regional Development Martin Ben, Murum assemblyman Kennedy Chukpai Ugon, and Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau. — DayakDaily