Richard Lias new Dayak National Congress president, George Young as deputy

DNC new president Richard Lias (seated, third left), deputy president George Young (seated, fourth left) and outgoing president Paul Raja (seated on the left).

KUCHING, Oct 21: Richard Lias has been elected the president of Dayak National Congress (DNC), with George Young Si Ricord Junior being supported as his right-hand man during its Triennial General Assembly held today.

In a statement today, the DNC said the successful election had marked a significant step towards realising its purpose or objectives to safeguard and protect the customs of the Dayak.

The election witnessed several changes and new faces filling up the Supreme Council office.


“The newly elected Supreme Council, comprising accomplished individuals from diverse backgrounds, brings together a wealth of expertise and a shared commitment to fostering collaboration, transparency, and effective governance.

“Their collective vision is to address the pressing challenges of our time, especially issues pertaining to the Dayak community, such as climate change, poverty, and inequality, by promoting innovative and equitable solutions through various collaborative cooperation,” said DNC.

The key elected members of the Supreme Council for the term 2023-2026 are as follows:

  • President: Richard Lias
  • Deputy: George Young Si Ricord Junior
  • Secretary-general: Douglas Alau
  • Assistant secretary: Andygie Gines
  • Treasurer: Favien Tisen
  • Assistant treasurer: Dominic Retan Giah

In his inaugural speech, Richard gave his appreciation to Paul Raja, his predecessor, for the latter’s leadership and achievements during his tenure as president.

He acknowledged the responsibility bestowed upon him and pledged to carry forward DNC core values with utmost dedication and reiterate the same commitment from his new Supreme Council members.

The new leadership, he said, will prioritise engaging with other like-minded Dayak NGOs to build meaningful partnerships and harness collective wisdom in addressing various Dayak issues and challenges.

In his outgoing speech, Paul Raja expressed his gratitude to the outgoing council for their tireless efforts and invaluable contributions to the DNC mission.

Meanwhile, a congratulatory message was recorded on the recent title conferment of Datukship to Jalumin Bayogoh.

Amongst those in attendance were Granda Aing, Dr Dusit Jaul, and Datuk John Tenewi, who are special advisors to the DNC.  — DayakDaily