Category Archives: Activities

DBNA and UIAM on Intellectual discussion

A cordial discussion on Bidayuh intellectual properties was held with a group of professors from University Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (UIAM) today at a local hotel in Kuching City. DBNA was represented by Datu Ik Pahon Joyik, Chali Ungang and Jubilant Austinway. UIAM wanted to understand how DBNA play its role to preserve and document Bidayuh culture, heritage and traditional knowledge with regards to our oral tradition, material cultures and languages. Also present were two officers from the ICT Unit of the Chief Minister’s Department, Corelineson Nosin and Steward Sayong.

Gawai Nyobang at Kampung Gumbang Bau

Datu Ik Pahon Joyik attended ‘Gawai Nyobang’ or ‘Gawai Mukah’ at Kampung Gumbang Bau today. The Gawai is a skull bathing festival practised by the Bidayuh pagans. Today 14 June 2014, a group from Kampung Sebujit make a return visit to Kampung Gumbang. They are from Kacamatan Siding Kalimantan Indonesia.

Since 2010 this event has been going on between our bethrens from Indonesia and Sarawak Bidayuhs. DBNA had started the event as an annual event. Next year DBNA will make a trip to celebrate Gawai Nyobeng at Kampung Sebujit. DBNA Bau Branch will organise the next event which is already included in the DBNA Calender Annual Event.

In Kampung Gumbang the festival of the skull was held at Baruk Tiguon. The ritual was done by Ketua Adat from Kampung Gumbang En. Anjan ak Jikan.

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DBNA dan Dayak Bidayuh Indonesia menjayakan “Budaya Serumpun” dan “Nyobeng” – 2010

Gawai Nyobang; 3rd – 4th June 2011 at Kpg Gumbang, Bau

 

JAKOA visit to Kampung Skuduk and DBNA Headquarters

A team comprises 10 members of Jabatan Kemajuan Orang Asli (JAKOA) had a working visit to Sarawak, specifically to the Bidayuh area to learned about our success on documentation of the NCR land in which titles had been given to the land owners by the Land and Survey Department.

Their visit was organised by the Chief Minister Office to Kampung Skuduk, Siburan. They arrived at the village around 10.00 AM and were welcomed with Bidayuh tranditional music and dances performed by the troupes of Kampung Skuduk. Those receiving them were YB Datuk Roland Sagah Wee Inn, Deputy DUN speaker and ADUN N.17 Tarat, the President of DBNA Datu Ik Pahon Joyik, Temenggong Austin Dimin, Mr Micheal Dawi, Director in the Chief Minister Office, Ms Alicia Tay (Assistant Director of CMO), Mr Johan Achu Jupaw (Senior Accountant), Mr Zamahari Haji Saidi the acting Resident Officer of Kuching, Mr Wilson Spilak the SAO of Sub-district of Siburan, the village chief KK Silbey anak Nobek and many others.

The delegates from JAKOA were led by the Department Director Datuk Mohd Sani bin Mistam and his officers.

KK Silbey anak Nobek welcomed them to his village and briefed them on his village’s development and planning. He also briefed the delegates on the history of the village where the community of Kampung Skuduk was first moved to the lowland from Kampung Chupak. Kampung Skuduk was established in 1952 and ever since, paddy and rubbers have become the main source of income.

YB Datuk Roland Sagah Wee Inn also thanked the delegates for choosing Kampung Skuduk as the village to do their field study. In his speech, he mentioned about the fast development in Kampung Skuduk in addition to tourism spots like the cave and hot spring, which can be visited by tourists. The NCR land documentation project in Kampung Skuduk was not easy as there were many issues to settle, which delayed the project for a while.

Datu Ik Pahon gave brief presentation of the DBNA Land Documentation project to the delegates of JAKOA. The Land Documentation for Kampung Skuduk started way back in 2007 and on 12 Feb 2012, the village folks finally received their land titles from the Land and Survey Department of Sarawak. Kampung Skuduk was DBNA’s first pilot project for the Land Documentation. With the help of the Global Positioning System (GPS), the work became easier as the devices were connected directly to the satellite and the coordination can be saved in the devices for mapping to be done.

DBNA Land Documentation system helps Land and Survey Department to give land titles faster as most of the work have already been done by the village committees earlier. Most of the disputes are solved within the community itself.

Visit to DBNA Headquarters

From Kampung Skuduk, the delegates went to visit to DBNA Headquarters at Jalan Kumpang, and were further briefed on DBNA’s programs especially on the word list compilations, Multi Language Education (MLE) and the play schools which have been taught in few villages in their respective mother tongue.

While in DBNA the delegates were shown to a mini expo displayed and after which a briefing by Vice President Mr Chali Ungang on the DBNA on-going programs for the communities and also the high achievers Bidayuh in the federal cabinet and the state including Olympic bronze medalist Ms Pandelela Rinong.

Handing over the memento to the head of the delegates YBhg Datuk Mohd Sani bin Mistam by Vice President Mr Joseph Jindy, followed with a tour to the buildings around DBNA and photo session with the delegates as a remembrances.

Also presence was Vice President Ms Jimas Jihel, Sec-Gen Mr Jubilant Austinway, Assistant Sec-Gen Mr Anga Solep, Assistant Treasurer Dr Clarence Jerry, Exco Mr Paul Akiu, Exco Ms Nancy Mongin, Exco Mr Jeanoth Sinel, DBNA Kuching Tengah Branch Vice Chairman Mr Jack Oduin and Ms Ani Solep the Secretary for Sarawak Bidayuh Graduates Association (BGA).

12 June 2014

Datu Ik Pahon is still the President of DBNA

During the 7th Triennial General Assembly of DBNA that was held at its premise at Jalan Kumpang on 7 June 2014, the new line-up for DBNA was a mixed of old and new faces in the committee after the election of her supreme council members. 17 Branches sent their delegates and observers for this 7th TGA. Ms Ani Solep was appointed as a returning officer during the TGA.

Datu Ik Pahon anak Joyik won uncontested and will run for another term as the President of DBNA for 2014 – 2017.

Mr Boniface Anat anak Litis won the Deputy President after a 3 cornered fight for the post. Vice President 1 won by Mr Joseph Jindy anak Peter Rosen, Vice President 2 won by Mr Chali anak Ungang and Vice President 3, Ms Jimas anak Jihel after 4 approved nominations out of 6 submissions with 2 nominations disqualified for the 3 posts of Vice Presidents.

Another 6 unopposed positions (only 1 name was being nominated) in the Supreme Council for the posts as follows:

Secretary General: Mr Jubilant Austinway
Assistant Secretary General: Mr John Angga@Loren anak Solep
Treasurer General: Mr Asem anak Linkin
Asistant Treasurer General: Dr Clarence Jerry
Information and Publicity: Mr Joseph Beron
Cultural and Tradisional: Mr Stephen Sundin

The Ordinary Exco members were heavily contested with 10 nominations submitted for 8 vacant posts. The followings are the list of winning candidates:

1. Dr Kismet anak Hong Ping
2. Nancy Anak Mongin
3. Yunus Apok
4. Paul Akiu anak Bandat
5. Capt Bernard Idit
6. Genot anak Sinel @ Jeannoth Sinel
7. James Nahar anak Goel
8. George Sikien Sunow

Congratulation to all winners.

A memorable courtesy visit to YAB Chief Minister of Sarawak

On 28 May 2014, a visit was made by Dayak Bidayuh Nasional Association (DBNA) and Sarawak Bidayuh Graduates Association (BGA) to YAB Chief Minister of Sarawak Tan Sri Adenan Bin Hj Satem at his office at Wisma Bapa Malaysia. The group was headed by the Advisor of DBNA, YB Dato Sri Micheal Manyin Anak Jawong, Minister of Infrastructure Development and Communication and the President of DBNA, Datu Ik Pahon anak Joyik together with the President of BGA Dr Ahi Sarok.

Both DBNA and BGA together with committee members were present. The visit was to congratulate YAB Tan Sri on his appointment as Chief Minister of Sarawak and to brief him on DBNA program such as NCR land initiative at Bidayuh village level and community hostel to be constructed at DBNA HQ. The proposal will be submitted to YAB CM soon. The next topic was on multilingual education program which is also called MLE Program. This program is still ongoing in few villages where young children between 3 to 5 years of age are taught in their mother tongue such as Salako Lara, Jagoi Bratak, Biatah and Bukar Sadung. The MLE program cannot be successful without the help of UNESCO and also the community.

Our visit ended after an hour 30 minutes briefing with photo-taking session, and handing over the Bidayuh hill-paddy rice to YAB.

DBNA Advisor feasted to his 69th Birthday

Recently our advisor Datu Sri Micheal Manyin anak Jawong, Minister of Infrastructure Development and Communication was being hosted to his 69 years old at a local hotel on 25th May 2014. It was a surprise birthday dinner for him. Organising Chairman for the dinner was by Henry Harry Jinep. Also attended the dinner was the president of DBNA Datu Ik Pahon Joyik and other invited guests. A one piece band entertaining the guest whole night. The food was fantastic, embient was nice and easy. Everyone mixed cordially. Most trying their voice on stage with their favourite numbers. As for those who can’t sing, they dance.

DBNA Gotong Royong

On 25th May 2014, DBNA had organised a gotong-royong programme to do general cleaning at DBNA HQ, Jalan Kumpang, Kuching.

We, the committee would like to thank all of you who had participated in the gotong-royong. The work got lighter and friendship was cordial. The best part of this event was none other than the delicious food prepared with passion by our Women’s wing led by Mdm Nancy Mongin. We also would like to thank Samarahan, Kuching Tengah, Penrissen, Serian, Kuching Urban, and the Central Exco for turning up in force. Our big thank also to our Datu President who was with us for a short while despite his tight schedule. He dropped by to see through our program and schedule for the day and later proceed to attend another function at Fairy Cave, Bau with Minister. Thanks also to Aji Enterprise for contributing the trees to DBNA. It was a success. From the bottom of my heart, and surely Datu Ik Pahon, thank you x3.