Proposal to use ‘Segulai Sejalai’ as national motto a tribute to Sarawak, says Minister

Abdul Karim at a press conference after launching the Raya-Ngiling Bidai Gawai Dayak ceremony on June 8, 2023. Photo credit: Ukas

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KUCHING, June 9: The proposal to use the Iban phrase ‘Segulai Sejalai’ as Malaysia’s motto is a tribute to Sarawak, says Minister of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

He said although the phrase is in the Iban language, it is understood by all the multi-racial communities in Sarawak, which reflects unity.

“I see it as an honour for Sarawak. Even though it is in Iban, the phrase is understood by all races in Sarawak,” he said.

Abdul Karim said this at the press conference after representing Sarawak Premier at the Raya-Ngiling Bidai Gawai Dayak ceremony on Thursday (June 8), according to a news report by Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas).

On Wednesday (June 7), Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said at the Gawai Dayak 2023 celebration dinner hosted by the Sarawak government that he is committed to ensuring that ‘Segulai Sejalai’ becomes the official national motto.

He said he is attracted to the ‘Segulai Sejalai’ spirit, which means together in unity, and he would mention this phrase whenever he speaks about strengthening unity and collaboration. — DayakDaily