The Bidayuh community and leaders have once again requested the state government to expedite the process of the Native Customary Rights (NCR) land grant that had been documented (surveyed) under the initiative of the Dayak Bidayuh National Association(DBNA) so that land owners can use it to develop their asset.
Minister for Solidarity, Youth and Sports Dato Sri Michael Manyin Jawong said the Bidayuh community wants the government to take serious and brave steps to expedite the process of classification and endorsement so that the 128 documented Bidayuh villages lands can be surveyed and issued titles.
“The land will have added value if it is titled and our children who are well educated, have the necessary skills can develop the land. They can obtain financing or loan from banks to do large scale commercial farming,” he said.
He said this in his welcoming speech at the 5th Pesta BirumuhSerian 2017 that was officiated by Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg at Serian Mini Stadium here yesterday.
Manyin opined that the economic wellbeing of the Bidayuh would be better especially now that the community was staying within the corridor of development in the state’s major cities.
“We are in the vicinity of Kuching city and Serian, Bau, Lundu and Padawan. If we are given our land title, we can develop our lands on commercial basis to become the food basket not only for the Bidayuh but for the whole state.”
Manyin, a senior Bidayuh leader and Tebedu assemblyman said that because of this current obstacle they cannot add value to their NCR land or use it as collateral for development.
On the Pesta, he said it is not only to showcase the culture and traditional heritage of the Bidayuh community but a platform to convey the vision and inspiration for the community to confront developmental change.
He hoped that through the pesta, the younger generation would be encouraged to appreciate the culture and traditional heritage of the community.
He thanked the Chief Minisiter for the changes in Serian landscape as there would be the new administrative centre, convention centre and new township which would bring future economic benefits to the area.
Manyin noted that the 5th Pesta Birumuh was special to the Chief Minister as the guest of honour as it also coincided with his 100 days in office.
Meanwhile, Human Resources Minsiter Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem, commended the state government for bringing development to Serian.
Riot who is also Serian MP urged grassroots leaders to continue support the BN government as only the BN could bring development to the rakyat.
Some 8,000 people thronged the stadium to join in the celebration while 38 contingents from various associations comprising over 1,500 members participated in the parade.
The parade participants showcased a kaleidoscope of traditional costumes from various ethnic communities in Sarawak.
It was a harmonious occasion celebrated in a true spirit of unity, a trademark of Sarawak where race, culture and religion are not an issue.
Participants at the parade enjoy the morning sun and everyone marched to the rhythm of the traditional beats of the Bidayuh and other ethnic musical instruments.
Members of the Bidayuh Big Bikers Association led by Tasik Biru assemblyman Datuk Henry Harry Jinep added festive atmosphere to the event.
There were many other activities such as exhibitions and recreational sports to enliven the festival with gastronomical choices of food and beverage sold at the festival stalls.
Also present were Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, deputy ministers, assistant ministers, State secretary Tan Sri Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani, Pesta Birumuh organising chairman and advisor Datu Ik Pahon Joyik and Serian Resident Jonathan Lugoh.
Source : Wilfred Pilo @ Borneo Post Online