Many benefits to joining SDGA, says president

Jordan (far right in white shirt) with children of Rh Jeffery Irut, Lubuk Bukut, Balingian.

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KUCHING, June 9: Sarawak Dayak Graduates Association (SDGA) life members can get discounts on health screening packages at any BP Healthcare centre across Sarawak.

Its president Gary Ningkan in a statement revealed that SDGA is now currently working on getting these health benefits for its members.

“We will formally announce other benefits that we will provide to our members in July 2019,” he said.

Gary also revealed that SDGA has also embraced the new digital frontier and encouraged the public and members to use the SarawakPay QR Code available on the website and its Facebook page to pay for membership applications, upgrade to lifetime membership or make donations.

Gary also disclosed that SDGA recently published the pilot edition of its digital newsletter named “Lilin Review”.

“The newsletter was initiated to encourage Dayaks, especially young Dayaks, to write and share their knowledge with the public,” he explained.

Gary reminded SDGA members who have not received the newsletter, or members of the public in general who wish to have a copy, to email the association at

He also encouraged more Dayak graduates to join the association and support its cause.

“Membership application can be made via our website at,” said Gary.

Jeffery (back row, fourth right) with SDGA members, and some of the recipients of school stationery supplies.

Meanwhile, he also revealed that SDGA on June 5 had initiated an educational programme titled ‘SDGA Cares: Program Aspirasi Minda’ at Rumah Jeffery Irut, Lubuk Bukut, Balingian in conjunction with ‘Ngabang Gawai’ held at the said longhouse.

Gary said that the objectives of the programme were to celebrate the festival with the rural folks, to educate them on the importance of a constructive community in children’s education, to educate on the importance of learning English and its implementation in the teaching of Science and Mathematics, and to donate school stationery to the children.

He also revealed that that apart from the educational programme, there was a motivational talk titled “Pendidikan bermula dari rumah: Peranan ibu bapa dan komuniti rumah panjang” by Hazellyn Rimbar from the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Research Sarawak.

Also in the programme was the distribution of 35 sets of school stationery to children of Rh Jeffery Irut as part of the “Aspirasi Minda” initiative by a representative from Swinburne University, Sarawak, Jordan Anthony.

Earlier, SDGA also distributed 20 sets of school stationery to children of Rumah Sungai Rusa, Pakan in conjunction with the Hari Gawai Dayak celebration on June 1. — DayakDaily