SIDS and SDGA to jointly host webinar on July 18

Professor Dr Jayum Jawan

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, July 10: The Sarakup Indu Dayak Sarawak (SIDS) together with Sarawak Dayak Graduates Association (SDGA) will be organising a webinar entitled “Community Resilience in the Midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic”.

SIDS and SDGA, in a joint press statement, said the webinar will be held on July 18 at 8 pm and it is the first of its kind which will be involving prominent Dayak representatives.

It said SIDS chairperson Datuk Alice Jawan Empaling will be making her opening address at the first SIDS-SDGA webinar.

It added that the highlight of the webinar will be discussion from three esteemed speakers namely, Professor Dr Jayum Jawan, (Tan Sri Empiang Jabu Research Chair and Dean, Faculty of Humanity, Management and Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia Bintulu Campus), Associate Professor Dr Madeline Berma (Fellow Academy of Sciences Malaysia), and Fiona Marcus Raja, (Managing Director of Borneo International Exhibition and Founder of Tenun).

It said the session will be moderated by SDGA vice president Dr Florianna Lendai.

SIDS and SGDA added the objectives of the webinar are to explore challenges, opportunities and shared community values in these trying times of the Covid-19 pandemic, promote better understanding of aspects related to community resilience, explain several initiatives in the area of community sustainability as a support to Sarawak and provide motivation and encouragement through positive initiatives shared by speakers.

It noted the Movement Control Order (MCO) that was enforced by the federal government on March 18 due to the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the economic and social aspects of the people as well as various communities and their lives.

It said both associations have been actively engaging the Dayak community in Sarawak to move forward together as a community, to push for better status in society, well-being, and to be better socio-economically through many initiatives.

“SIDS and SDGA are hopeful that at least 200 participants will register for the webinar and currently, we have about 98 registered participants.

“The registration to the webinar is now open at and advertised via SIDS and SDGA social media pages.

“All are welcomed,” it said. —DayakDaily