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October 8, 2013

What we must learn from Kalimatan

Eka Tjipta Widjaja 1Apang

Vitalis Andi is a local Kalimantan leader, the Secretary General of the Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of Jalai Kendawangan (AMA-JK) and a journalist with Kalimantan Review. He supports and reports on the various socio-economic, cultural, Adat, environmental and human rights programmes involving the Dayak communities throughout Kalimantan Barat, or West Kalimantan.

Japin is a Dayak community leader living in the Silat Hulu village in the Ketapang District of Kalimantan Barat. In April 2008, Japin and his community found their ancestral lands had been taken over by a subsidiary company of Sinar Mas, a conglomerate owned by Indonesia’s richest man, the 90-year-old billionaire Eka Tjipta Widjaja. (Right) (more…)


September 2, 2013

Sarawak A-G is not Dayak friendly

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Joseph Tawie

As such the best solution for Dayaks seeking a solution following the recent federal court ruling is to approach the Sarawak Council of Native Customary Laws.

KUCHING: The Sarawak Attorney General, who is allegedly not Dayak-friendly, stands in the way of amendments to the native ‘adat’ and customs, claimed a leading native customary rights (NCR) lawyer here.

Baru Bian, who is also Sarawak PKR chief, described the state A-G as the ‘biggest hurdle’ to the process.

“But the biggest obstacle is that the Attorney General is not with the Dayaks. He is against the Dayaks and the one who argues against us right from the High Court to the Federal Court on NCR land cases. (more…)

August 17, 2013

Vital to re-examine Dayak ‘adat’ on land

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Joseph Tawie

Dayaks should take a page from the works of the Treaty of Waitangi Tribunal which deals with native Maori land claims, says a former Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister.

Former Deputy Chief Minister Daniel Tajem has called for an urgent meeting of all Dayak elders, academicians and native organisations to examine the adat or custom on native customary rights (NCR) land which is prohibitive to the community’s socio-economic development.

His call comes in the wake of the recent contentious ruling by the country’s highest court.

“We cannot override or set aside the decision of the highest court in the country, but what we can do is to examine our adat within the context of development and commercialization and to initiate some changes,” he said. (more…)

April 10, 2013

‘Sarawak gov’t should also apologise over video clip’

Dukau Papau

Sarawak PKR today demanded that not only Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud’s cousins should apologise for their demeaning and insulting remarks against the Dayak community, but also the state government for its cruel and mindless acts against the community.

Norlia and Fatimah, the daughters of former chief minister Abdul Rahman Yakub had insulted the Dayak community with their derogatory descriptions in a covertly recorded video by London-based Global Witness.

The two sisters were alleged to have uttered that the Dayaks are “squatters” living on state land and that they have “low intelligence” which allow them to be easily exploited by businessmen. (more…)

April 1, 2013

SDNU openly champions Native Customary Rights and Lands!

 Vernon Aji Kedit

Surprise! Surprise!

It has taken the Sarawak Dayak National Union (SDNU) a week and a half to react to the Global Witness video. SDNU’s Vice President Anthony Banyan, in a statement published in the Borneo Post last February, was quite clear that “SDNU has no political affiliation and this is how it should always remain,” and I applaud him for his neutrality (see ). And today, Banyan has kept his word by coming out strongly against the allegations made in the Global Witness video (see ). (more…)

May 24, 2009

A rose by any name

Kaypo Anak Sarawak is a Columnist  of  Hermit Hornbill at The Borneo Post Online , His article is  published  in The Borneo Post every Sunday. (Used by permission of the Author )

rose1‘What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.’

THOSE are the immortal lines from the lips of Juliet, from the immortal British bard William Shakespeare’s eternal love story, Romeo and Juliet. I had to study the play for my literature class to pass my Cambridge Overseas School Certificate back in 1966.

Juliet was reflecting on the significance of name because her lover, Romeo was a Montague, and she was a Capulet. Since their families were engaged in a family feud, their romance was destined to a tragic end for from the very beginning, and hence their label as ‘star-cross’d lovers’. (more…)

May 14, 2009


… Just how on earth did Joseph Entulu decipher negative connotations like being uncivilized, uncouth and “low class” from the word “Dayak”? By Iba-nez  @ hueditor@gmail.com

It is a social norm or rather, a social necessity that when we are born into this world we are bestowed names. It is a social necessity in order that we be identified as the individuals we are and to set us apart from others.

Names are generally gender specific to celebrate the differences between the sexes; a “Siti’ would most definitely be female, whilst a “John” is most certainly a male. (more…)

April 17, 2009

What’s race got to do with it ….

By Apang

The world’s greatest rock grandma (to me at least), Tina Turner’s great hit “What’s Love Got To Do With It” is being borrowed here and applied to Malaysia, the Boleh Land (borrowing from RPK this time round) in general and Sarawak in specifics.

The current MIC and Bidayuh grumbling about being left out of the new Najib cabinet is another classic in Malaysia boleh-land.

The coming together as BN may had been dictated by historical events, i.e. winning support from the British for independence, but the “model” fundamentally has remained till today. The concept of racial representation has been cemented by successive BN component parties’ leaders. What this has done is to continue sending the message to Malaysians and outsiders alike that “the Ching can only be represented by the Chong”, the “Mali can only represent the Mutu”, the “Ali can only represent the Ahmad”, the “John Anak Sarawak can only represent the Dayaks” and the “Ketingan can only represent the Kadazan-Dusun etc”.

Oh yes, in racially divided Malaysia, I am sure to have missed out some, but damn it, I am also a victim of the encirclement of this divide-and-rule, still.

A product of Racial Politics in Malaysia

Allow me to put forward my own understanding of this situation, however much limited. First and foremost, the BN is made up of parties based on “distinct” racial backgrounds even though there are attempts to have exceptions – like the Indians in Gerakan and of course the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) having non-Malays from mostly Sabah while not to exclude the few Orang Asli. Here in Sarawak, the SUPP has been recreated to include few Dayaks to try to make it “not just a Chinese” party.

I was a product of the racism of Malaysian political creation. (more…)

April 12, 2009

The Dayak urban-rural divide

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Sim Kwang Yang ( SKY ) @ The Nut Graph on April 10, 2009

THE loss of Jawah Gerang and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) in Batang Ai by a shocking majority of 1,854 votes has jolted many party members and supporters to the core. I hear that even on the morning of polling day on 7 April 2009, some of Jawah’s closest associates were still expecting a glorious victory for him.

Onlookers like me were less involved and can afford to be more objective. Something was amiss with Jawah’s campaign in the dying days of the battle. To be fair, the odds were so stacked against PKR that the party’s candidate, whoever he or she was, would not have made much difference.

But one critical question keeps pecking at the back of my mind: what happened to the much-touted groundswell of Dayak support for PKR in Sarawak? What happened to that resurgence of hope among the usually hopeless Dayaks for redemption from poverty and mental enslavement?

Article Link : http://www.thenutgraph.com/dayak-urban-rural-divide

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