Manyin gives assurance will liaise with MoE over ‘missing’ Gawai Dayak holidays

Datuk Seri Michael Manyin Jawong

KUCHING: Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyin Jawong will meet with the Ministry of Education (MoE) to find out whether there is any ‘mistake’ in excluding the Gawai Dayak festive holidays from the school holiday schedule next year.

“I will go to Kuala Lumpur and meet the authority concerned as soon as possible,” Manyin told reporters when responding to the controversial issue which has been a hot topic on social media.

Manyin, who had just returned from Germany, said he wouldn’t want to comment now as there could be ‘mistakes’ and it is not correct to discuss it in the media.


“There is no point to comment now; I just came back from Germany last night and I don’t have the facts and figures, but again it is not correct to discuss this issue in the media.”

Nevertheless, he pointed out that there were instances of mistakes in the calendar, like in the date for Awal Muharram this year, which was Thursday in the calendar, but it was in fact on Friday.

“So they corrected it (the date of Awal Muharrram) and put it on Friday, so it could be a mistake. They overlooked it, so I am going to meet the ministry concerned to find out.”

The ‘missing’ Gawai Dayak holidays from the 2018 holiday schedule was first questioned by Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDSB) and has since sparked controversy among parents and Sarawakians.