“Panggau Dayak” of Dayak Cultural Foundation to be built in Kuching

Uggah (second row, second left) watching a Ngajat presentation on arrival of two-day First Iban Ngepan Symposium dinner.

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BETONG, Nov 3: The Dayak Cultural Foundation (DCF) will soon have its own building built in Kuching.

Its chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said Sarawak government has given the foundation a piece of land at Ong Tiang Swee Road for its construction.

He said according to the DCF Board of Trustee chairman Tan Sri Leonard Linggi Tun Jugah, it would be a nine-storey high building.

“Currently it is at site levelling stage and the building, named as “Panggau Dayak” (Dayak Palace) would among others, has an ample space to exhibit the Bidayuh, Iban and Orang Ulu’s tradition costumes,” disclosed Uggah when speaking at a dinner to mark the closing of two-day First Iban Ngepan Symposium, last night.

He said that the building would also be used to organise courses, seminars and training.

“This is the way forward for DCF in its efforts to preserve, develop and enhance the tradition costumes, and at the same time, it will be a source of pride and honour for the Dayaks, when it is completed,” he said.

Later at the function, Uggah announced an initial grant of RM50,000 to hold next year symposium.

Assistant Minister of Local Government Datuk Dr Penguang Mangil who was also present agreed to be its organising chairman.  — DayakDaily