KUCHING, June 13: The Kajang Saviek Adet Festival is significant in uniting the Kajang community which are divided into five sub-ethnic groups: Kejaman, Sekapan, Punan, Lahanan, and Sihan.
According to the Sarawak Public Communication Unit (Ukas), Minister in the Sarawak Premier Department Datuk John Sikie Tayai stated that the festival is also the best platform to unite the small ethnic group in the Kajang association under one umbrella.
“The festival is also the time for showcasing the games and traditions of the Kajang people, which are diverse, unique, and distinct from those of other ethnic groups,” he said on Saturday (June 11) during the opening ceremony of the Kajang Saviek Adet Festival at the Belaga district level in Rumah Kejaman Lasah, Long Segaham.
Sikie, who is also Kakus assemblyman, suggested that the Saviek Adet Festival be held somewhere other than Belaga to highlight the Kajang people’s customs.
Earlier, Deputy Minister for Utility and Telecommunication Datuk Liwan Lagang called on the people to dismiss seasonal politicians and support Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) in the next general election, which has been proven to fulfil the aspirations of the people.
“We hope and ask for your support because the election is coming up soon.
“Don’t be afraid or hesitant; the GPS candidate is none other than Datuk Wilson Ugak Kumbong,” Liwan asserted.
Liwan, who is also Belaga assemblyman, thanked the people there for their support and trust in the 2021 Sarawak Election, adding that Long Segaham is a stronghold of GPS.
Pertaining the festival’s organisation, he stated that the Saviek Adet Festival is one of the Kajang people’s traditions.
Sikie approved RM30,000 for the ‘Persatuan Bangsa Kejaman Sarawak’, RM10,000 for the mothers, and RM10,000 for the ‘Belia Rumah Kejaman Lasah’ during the programme.
Meanwhile, Liwan gave RM15,000 to the Rumah Kejaman Lasah Security and Development Committee and another RM10,000 to the mothers.
In addition, Murum assemblyman Kennedy Chukpai Ugon donated RM10,000 to the organisers and RM3,000 to the mothers. — DayakDaily