Uggah sings praises to Bidayuh culture brought alive in Kpg Semeba’s Gawai do

Uggah (second left) and others in a group photo at 'Rami Gawea Semeba 2023' event at Kampung Semeba on May 27, 2023.

KUCHING, May 28: Deputy Premier of Sarawak Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas sang praises to the organisation of the ‘Rami Gawea Semeba 2023 (RGS23)’ which brings the culture and tradition of the Bidayuhs ‘alive’ last night.

According to a media release, Uggah, who officiated the event at Kampung Semeba’s multi-purpose hall, said the success of the Gawai Dayak event showed that the village folk have a strong unity, calling the younger generation to carry on the culture.

“I am very impressed with tonight’s show of your vibrant and colourful culture and tradition, indigenous cuisine, hospitality, and unity.

“We must ensure the new generation continues embracing all these for posterity’s sake and identity.

“They, too, will fit in excellently in your efforts to promote your village as a tourist destination since it is very near the city,” he said.

Uggah (fourth left) and Doreen (on his right) trying the local Bidayuh dishes at the ‘Rami Gawea Semeba 2023’ event at Kampung Semeba on May 27, 2023.

Uggah, who is also the Minister of Infrastructure and Port Development Sarawak (MIPD), further reminded that apart from unity, the progress and prosperity of a community are also contributed by good leadership.

“Our Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg, for instance, has shown himself to be not only a capable leader but a visionary one as well.

“He is constantly coming up with new revenue streams to allow Sarawak to finance its development objectives,” he added.

Uggah (right), Doreen (second left) and Wes (left) pose with the winners of the men and women traditional costume contests at the ‘Rami Gawea Semeba 2023’ event at Kampung Semeba on May 27, 2023.

Following this, Uggah has advised the people to continue to give their fullest support to Abang Johari and their assemblyman for Batu Kitang, Lo Khere Chiang.

At the function, Uggah announced a development grant of RM40,000 and another RM150,000 from the Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) for the village’s religious needs.

Amongst those present were Uggah’s wife, Datin Amar Doreen Mayang, RGS23 organising chairperson Wes Mirid, Department of Veterinary Services Sarawak (DVSS) director Dr Adrian Susin Ambut, and Kampung Semeba chief Thomas Gaon. — DayakDaily