‘Missing’ Gawai Dayak holidays in school timetable questioned

The timetable with the 'missing' Gawai Dayak holidays which has been making the rounds online.

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KUCHING: Have the Gawai Dayak festive holidays which fall on June 1 and 2 been excluded out of the school holiday timetable in 2018?

Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDSB) highlighted the alleged 2018 school holiday timetable making its rounds online where June 1 and 2 are not listed as public holidays.

The party questioned why Gawai Dayak which has always been included in the school holiday timetable for the past 54 years is excluded from the 2018 holiday schedule.

PBDSB also noticed that even Hari Keamatan has also been left out from the alleged school holiday schedule as well.

“Both Gawai Dayak (Sarawak only) and Hari Keamatan (Sabah only) festivals have always been indicated in Kumpulan B School Holiday Schedule all this while but not for 2018.

“The Ministry of Education must clarify the matter, as the native indigenous communities from both Borneo states deserve an explanation,” said PBDSB in a press statement today.

Both festivals are largely celebrated in Sarawak and Sabah only.

“Not including these festive holidays in the timetable seems to be unfair to the Dayak communities in both the Borneo states.”

PBDSB pointed out that Gawai Dayak here (or Hari Keamatan for Sabah) is a big festive celebration for the majority of Dayak natives from both Borneo states. It is also the time of the year which attracts tourists from other parts of the world.

“Are both the biggest Dayak festive celebrations no longer been recognised in Malaysia?

PBDSB demanded the relevant authorities look into this matter and justify the sudden exclusion of these Dayak festivals from the yearly school holiday timetable.