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Don’t use ‘kumang’ for Bidayuh pageants – BorneoPost Online

Don’t use ‘kumang’ for Bidayuh pageants – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily News | Largest English Daily In Borneo

Don’t use ‘kumang’ for Bidayuh pageants – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily News | Largest English Daily In Borneo Several organisers of Bidayuh traditional beauty pageants have been chided for naming their events ‘Kumang’ – originally an Iban word – instead of more appropriate terms from their own dial…


The Bidayuh Debate “Tenge Bidayuh” 2015 Report


The Bidayuh Debate 2015 Report | DBNA (DAYAK BIDAYUH NATIONAL ASSOCIATION) Sunday, 13th September 2015, the first ever “Tenge Bidayuh” or the Bidayuh debate competition,  was carried out at Awah Tun Abdul Razak Longhouse in Kampung Piching, Serian.…

Final Phase of the DBNA-BGA Education and Career Guidance Fair 2016 today

The education committee of the Dayak ducation National Association and Bidayuh Graduates Association (DBNA-BGA) is having the final phase of the DBNA-BGA Education and Career Guidance Fair 2016.  The event today will take place concurrently at two different locations – Serian Community Hall, Serian and SMK Sematan, Lundu. READ MORE.

Bidayuh Youth Symposium 2015 (Agenda & Programme)

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Merdeka Day Celebration, Sematan

Sematan Kuching

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem said the Malaysia Day celebration in Sematan this year gave hope of a brighter future for the rural people of the state.

He said that for the first time since Sept 16, 1963, the celebration was held in a small place like Sematan.The function was attended by about 10,000 visitors and participants from government and private sectors.

“We have given additional allocation and would give more for rural development in this state. Focus on rural development is not something new to Sarawak because all this while 70 per cent of the state budget allocation has been for development and much of it in the rural areas.

“This does not happen in the other states where 30 per cent of the budget is for development and 70 per cent for operating expenditure,” he said in a post today on his official Facebook account.

The Sarawak-level Malaysia Day celebration was held yesterday in Sematan, which is located in the Tanjung Datu state constituency, some 107km from Kuching.

Adenan, who is the state assemblyman for Tanjung Datu, said the stretch of the Pan Borneo Highway from Sematan to Telok Melano, launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Tuesday, paved the way for travel by road from Sematan to Lawas after a wait of over 50 years.

“It is a stretch that will intensify the opening up of rural areas along the alignment from Sematan to Lawas.

“The highway is not just a link between one place and another, but will be a catalyst for development along the alignment,” he

In the same post, Adenan said the Malaysia Agreement and Constitution gave autonomy to Sarawak and Sabah in several areas, such as immigration and forestry.

He said some of the powers were still vested with Sarawak, but some powers were also in the hands of the federal government.

“Some of these powers overlap, such as those pertaining to the JKR (Public Works Department), welfare, environment. For the overlapping powers, we want devolution of power from the federal to the state to facilitate and expedite decision-making.

“The people of Sarawak know better the needs of Sarawak and how to implement them,” he said.

Adenan stressed that the demands by Sarawak must not be misinterpreted as a move to secede from Malaysia.

“Malaysia has helped Sarawak in times of need and has continued to assist in matters such as education and security. We remain in Malaysia.

“Malaysia once, Malaysia now and Malaysia forever. Selamat Hari Malaysia!” he said.

By: Joseph Beron


‘Empowering Youth for Employment’ Seminar for the Bidayuh Youth

‘Empowering Youth for Employment’ Seminar for the Bidayuh Youth

On 12th September 2015 (Saturday), a one-day career guidance seminar, was organized by the DBNA-BGA Human Resource (HR) subcommittee for the Bidayuh youths at the Dayak Bidayuh National Association (DBNA) headquarters at Jalan Kompang. The event was officiated by YB Tuan Anthony Nogeh Gumbek, a member of the parliament for P.192 Mas Gading and a Federal Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industries. It was witnessed by Boniface Anat Litis, the Deputy President of DBNA, Dr. Clarence Jerry – the DBNA Assistant Treasurer-General, the Chairman of the DBNA-BGA Education Subcommittee and advisor for the seminar, Rayan Narong, the Organizing Chairman and the Chairman of the DBNA-BGA HR subcommittee, and Associate Professor Dr. Ahi Sarok, the President of Bidayuh Graduate Association and Co-Chairman of the DBNA-BGA Education subcommittee. Also present at the opening ceremony were Joseph Jindy, the Vice-President of DBNA, Datuk Peter Nyombek, a member of the Public Service Commission (PSC), and John Riba, the Deputy CEO of SOCSO Malaysia.

The Bidayuh Community Outreach Program 2015 in SK Kujang Mawang, Serian

On 8th May 2015, the Bidayuh Community Outreach Program 2015 was successfully carried out in SK Kujang Mawang, Serian. The program, a collaboration between the Dayak Bidayuh National Association (DBNA), Institute of Teacher Education Batu Lintang Campus (IPGKBL), Institute of Teacher Education Campus Rajang (IPGKR) ALUMNI and SMK Tebakang ALUMNI, was the first of its kind which gave an opportunity for lecturers and association members involved to share experiences and knowledge for a common cause – to motivate participating parents and their children to prioritise education in their future endeavour.



CHIEF  MINISTER  Datuk  Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem made the announcement at the Pesta Birumuh 2015 held at Serian Mini Stadium, which was met with rapturous applause and cheers by the audience who had anticipated the good news.

He said Serian’s elevation into the 12th division is well deserved by the people of Serian particularly the Bidayuhs who make up the majority.

“The date 11th April 2015 is a historic day for Serian because it will be a division.About 10,000 people from all walk of life turn up to watch the historical event.

Bidayuh Beauty Peagant (Dayung Sangon) Competition 2014

Gawai Dayak used to be a very special festival celebrated by the Dayak communities from Bidayuh, Iban, Orang Ulu ,Murut,Kelabit ethnic in Sarawak. The Festival to the dayaks is specially to celeberate the the products especially padi from the farm at the end of the farming season. In conjunction with festival, the Bidayuh working committee was formed to organized Bidayuh Beauty Pageant for 2014 (Dayung Sangon Gawai beauty Pageant).