New Forum headquarters building, a pride of the Orang Ulu community

Dennis (seated centre) with the Forum committee members after chairing a meeting on the coming earthbreaking ceremony.

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By Brad Rantayy

MIRI, Dec 13: The ground breaking for the construction of the Federation Of Orang Ulu Associations Sarawak Malaysia (Forum) headquarters building here is expected to be officiated by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg  on Dec 15.

Costing RM25 million, the new landmark for Miri city will sit on a five-acre piece of land located adjacent to the Pujut Bus terminal and Miri General Hospital.

All Orang Ulu dignitaries, heads of government departments, community leaders, Forum  associations’ members are expected to attend the event.

With the current Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) being enforced, only 450 people are invited to witness the historical moment for the Orang Ulu community in Sarawak.

This was disclosed by the organising chairman of the earth-breaking ceremony, Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau, who is also Forum deputy president during a meeting held on Saturday. The meeting was also attended by acting Miri Resident Abdul Aziz Mohd.

“It will be  another landmark of the total inclusiveness of our Chief Minister because  today we have in the state other buildings for communities namely the Bidayuh, the Chinese and the list goes on,” said Dennis.

He said Abang Johari has recently launched one for the Iban/Dayaks and another for the Malay community and this coming Tuesday will be performing the earth breaking ceremony for the Orang Ulu’s Forum building.

“Now scan your sight over the horizon of our country, Malaysia to see where can you find which state have got what we have in Sarawak, thus, we Sarawakians must count our blessings for having leaders in our Chief Minister who has the heart for all of us,” he added.

The Forum builidng is designed to reflect nine association members of Forum heritage namely Persatuan Kayan Sarawak, Persatuan Kebangsaan Kenyah Sarawak, Rurum Kelabit Sarawak, Persatuan Bisaya Sarawak, Persatuan Saban Sarawak, Persatuan Berawen Sarawak, Persatuan Lun Bawang Sarawak, Petipun Penan Sarawak and Lakiput Sarawak. — DayakDaily