Speak out for the Dayaks, SDNU urged

SIBU: Sarawak Dayak National Union (SDNU) is urged to be courageous in representing the Dayak community in the state.

Its deputy president Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi said SDNU should not be afraid to express any issues related to Dayaks.

“Apart from organising programmes, events and special occasions, SDNU should also appear to be more courageous in representing the Dayak with respect to certain issues such as those related to Pulau Galau and Pemakai Menoa.

“Use 63-year-old SDNU to voice these issues since its inception in 1956 was to fight and speak to ensure the rights of Dayaks are safeguarded.

“SDNU needs to be made stronger so that its role can be used widely and profoundly.  Do not be afraid to fight for our rights,” he said.

He was speaking at the opening of SDNU Sibu House at Taman Bougenvilla, Jalan Ulu Oya here yesterday.

Officiating at the opening ceremony was Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing.

Alexander went on to say that SDNU should work with the relevant parties in solving problems related to the Dayaks.

“I want to see SDNU improve its role to help the community itself as it was established to help and develop our own nation.”

He reminded SDNU members not to soil the name of the union by promoting personal interests.

He said SDNU did not belong to a person but belonged to all Dayaks in the state.

“You must take good care of SDNU as best as possible because it is very meaningful to the Dayak community. It is our symbol and identity.

“If you have internal problems or have a personal interest, please leave SDNU,” he said.

At the end of his speech, Nanta announced a RM5,000 grant for SDNU Sibu.