Indigenous community leaders urged to uphold ‘adat’ to maintain social harmony, well-being

Sikie (front row, fifth left) and others pose for a photo-call during the special meeting with indigenous community leaders in Kuching on June 7, 2023. Photo credit: Ukas

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KUCHING, June 7: Indigenous community leaders have been urged to enforce ‘adat’ to maintain harmony and well-being within the community.

“As we all know, customs are very important in every individual’s daily life in order to maintain the harmony and well-being of the community in a certain location, village, or longhouse.

“In this regard, I would like to emphasise here that it is the responsibility of all, especially the head of the community, head of the tribe (KMKK), to enforce ‘adat’ so that it remains an instrument capable of guaranteeing social stability and harmony in the village,” said Minister in the Sarawak Premier’s Department Datuk John Sikie Tayai during a special meeting here today.

According to a news report published by Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas), the meeting organised by Sarawak’s Council for Native Customs and Traditions (Mais) with leaders in Sarawak’s indigenous community to learn more about the customs and affairs of various indigenous groups.

Sikie pointed out that the Sarawak government has always supported efforts to preserve, protect, and promote Bumiputera customs through the establishment of Mais.

A total of 15 Temenggong, 26 Pemanca, and 59 Penghulu from 12 Divisions across Sarawak namely Betong, Bintulu, Kapit, Kuching, Limbang, Miri, Mukah, Samarahan, Sarikei, Serian, Sibu, and Sri Aman attended the special meeting.

Also present were Deputy Minister in the Premier’s Department (Native Law and Customs) Jefferson Jamit Unyat; deputy secretary to the Sarawak Government (Administration) Datu Buckland Bangik; Mais head Datu Ronnie Edward; Mais secretary Mackos Sibong; Sarawak Bumiputera Court acting chief registrar Dahim Nadot; and Ukas director Samuel Simon. — DayakDaily