KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg will grace the state-level Gawai Dayak gathering at Imperial Hotel here on June 15.
The invitation was extended to him during a courtesy call on him at his office made by the main organising committee led by its chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas yesterday morning.
The organising committee members include Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyin Jawong, Utilities Minister Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom, Transportation Assistant Minister Datuk Dr Jerip Susil and Local Government Assistant Minister Datuk Dr Penguang Manggil.
Also present were Kapit MP Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi, State Deputy Speaker Datuk Gerawat Gala, Acting Deputy State Secretary Datuk Ik Pahon Joyik, Opar assemblyman Datuk Ranum Mina, Tasik Biru assemblyman Datuk Henry Harry Jinep, Kedup assemblyman Martin Ben and Bukit Semuja assemblyman John Ilus.
Uggah, who is also Deputy Chief Minister, said the gathering was an annual event of the committee.
“We invite the chief minister so that he can, among others, advise the Dayak community on the role that they can play in strengthening ties and unity among all Sarawakians in the light of the current situation,” he said.
Uggah also said that Abang Johari, too, had been invited to be the guest of honour at another Gawai Dayak function organised by the Kuching Division Dayak Iban community leaders on June 18.
“We have one Iban Temenggong, one Pemanca, seven Penghulu and 40 Tuai Rumah in Kuching Division.
“They will bring up the various problems and issues faced by the community such as housing, education, social and others,” he said.