RM16 million grant for DBNA Community Hostel project


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KUCHING, Feb 14: The Dayak Bidayuh National Association (DBNA) will spend a RM16 million grant from the Sarawak government to build a nine-storey DBNA Community Hostel project.

DBNA in a press statement today said, the grant was handed over to the association by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg on Sept 3, 2020, eight months after he pledged the grant during DBNA’s 65th anniversary celebration.

The decision has been unanimously agreed by a total of 50 delegates comprising members of the supreme council and delegates coming from 13 branches, which is more than half of the 21 branches as required under the DBNA constitution, to hold the Extraordinary General Assembly (EGA) during the association’s 4th EGA that was held yesterday (Feb 13) to sanction DBNA supreme council to spend the grant for the project.

The work on the proposed DBNA Community Hostel, which comprises 96 rooms and other facilities, is scheduled to commence next month (March) and expected to be completed in 2023.

This latest Bidayuh landmark will be built next to the multi-purpose hall at the DBNA headquarters in Jalan Kumpang, Kuching.

Also present at the EGA were a political secretary to the chief minister Dr Simon Sinang Bada and consultants of the project. — DayakDaily