PBDSB calls for permanent locations for Dayak Bazaars

Bobby William

KUCHING, May 24: Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDSB) is urging local councils to provide permanent locations for the Dayak community to have daily or bi-weekly Dayak night bazaars.

Party president Bobby William said this would provide opportunities for Dayak traders to improve their economic well-being.

“The concept of a Dayak Bazaar was initiated in Miri. We believe it will be great news to all Dayak traders, including existing and new ones, to participate in a rather permanent location in Miri, if given the opportunity,“ he said in a statement.

Bobby explained that the bazaar was started by a Dayak non-governmental organisation (NGO) from Miri in 2015, and this festive bazaar had continuously been held once a year till now.

He pointed out that many other Dayak associations in other places also have their own conceptual Gawai Dayak Bazaars in both urban and rural areas.

“We must give credit to Dayak NGOs like Miri Unity Chapter (MUC) and Gagasan Anak Dayak Sarawak (GADS) for initiating the concept into a successful commercial reality for the Dayak communities.

“It provides an opportunity to all Dayaks to participate in businesses and building up their economic well being,” he said, adding that this initiative also has a tourism appeal.

Although PBDSB is a local Sarawak opposition party, Bobby assured that the party would always support good policies, especially for the Dayak communities. — DayakDaily