Malays also have ‘pemakai menoa’, says Masing

Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing

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KUCHING, Nov 19: Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing pointed out that the Malays also have their own ‘pemakai menoa’.

He said ‘pemakai menoa’ in general means the places where the native communities earn their livelihood.

“The Dayak earn their livelihood by hunting and foraging in the forest. As far as the Dayak are concerned, the forests are their ‘pemakai menoa’.

“The Malays by tradition are fishermen. They earned their livelihood by fishing in the nearby seas. As far as the Malays are concerned, the surrounding seas are their ‘pemakai menoa’,” said Masing.

He opined therefore ‘pemakai menoa’ did not neccessarily refer only to land.

For the Dayak, ‘pemakai menoa’ is the land; for the Malays, the surrounding seas.

“Hence, the concept of ‘pemakai menoa’ is relevant to both Dayak and Malay communities,” said Masing who is also Infrastructure Development and Transportation Minister. — DayakDaily