Uggah (seated centre) shows the cheque. Also seen are (from left) Salang, Allister and Mundaw.

KUCHING: The construction of the Dayak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) and Dayak Cultural Foundation (DCF) office building is expected to commence after this year’s Gawai Dayak celebration.

DCCI president Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum said that the project would be established on a 2.266-hectare plot at Ong Tiang Swee Road here.

He said this after receiving a cheque for RM10 million from the state government to finance the construction.

Deputy Chief Minister and DCF chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas represented the state government in presenting the cheque to Salang at his office at Wisma Bapa Malaysia here yesterday.

Also present were Lt Gen (R) Datuk Stephen Mundaw, who represented DCF board of trustee chairman Tan Sri Leonard Linggi Tun Jugah, and DCF official Allister Hilton Smith.

Salang said that the RM10 million, which was received yesterday, was the second tranche of RM20 million, which the state government had earlier on allocated to the two Dayak organisations.

“Each organisation gets RM10 million. We are indeed very grateful to the state government for the allocations. We are also equally grateful to it for allocating the land to both DCCI and DCF,” he said.

He said besides the office building, the balance of the land would be developed for residential apartments.

“We are looking forward to the commencement of the construction. The earthworks including site levelling and others have been done,” he added.