Padawan Raft Safari 2014

It was a day full of splashing and fun for the people around Penrissen when they came in full force to join the Padawan Raft Safari that was held along the Semedang River the 3rd of August 2014.

The starting point was at Kampung Danu and kicked off at 8.00am where it finished at Kampung Git with a total distant of 16 KM downstream. YB Datuk Dr Jerib Susil flagged off the challenge this year. The raft was made of joint bamboo and could accommodate up to 5 paddlers each.

Around 100 teams participated in different categories this year. The gruelling journey to the finishing line was not easy especially to those who were not familiar with the river terrain. This year DBNA Penrissen Branch headed by Mr Aloysius Kuyong with its Advisor and CEC member Mr Paul Akui Bandat had submitted 2 teams to join in the race.

The guest of honour was YB Dato Sri Dr James Dawos Mamit and the Chairman of MPP Mr Lo Khere Chiang waited at the finishing line to give away prizes to the winners. While waiting at Kampung Git, visitors visited booths that sold souvenirs and Bidayuh costumes and also sang at the Karaoke booth. Lots of foods and drinks were being sold to visitors.

DBNA teams managed to grab 4th and 7th position respectively. Next year they would try again and with proper preparation, training and endurance.

DBNA & SBGA delegates attended Sarawak TYT and CM’s Hari Raya Open House

Dayak Bidayuh National Association (DBNA) and Sarawak Bidayuh Graduates Association (SBGA) members, led by their Advisor and Minister of Infrastructure Development and Communication, Dato Sri Michael Manyin anak Jawong and DBNA President cum Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Tourism Sarawak, Datu Ik Pahon Joyik, visited Tuan Yang Terutama (TYT) Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud’s Hari Raya Open House on Monday (28 July 2014) at the Istana Negeri Sarawak in Petra Jaya, Kuching. The delegates had a joint audience with the TYT and his wife Puan Sri Ragad Kurdi Taib, where they were later invited to lunch at the Istana.

The visit signifies the longstanding tradition of the Bidayuh representatives attending the TYT’s Open House which fosters the warm relationship between Bidayuh community and the leaders of the state.

After the visit at the Istana Negeri, the delegates proceeded to BCCK to attend the Chief Minister of Sarawak, Tan Sri Adenan Bin Satem’s open house. There were thousands of visitors waiting in line to meet in person the newly appointed Chief Minister of Sarawak. This year is Tan Sri Adenan Bin Satem’s first Hari Raya open house as the Chief Minister of Sarawak.

After the head of state visits, DBNA and SBGA Exco members procceeded to other Sarawak ministers’ open house as well.

DBNA joined SK St. James Quop Centennial Anniversary Dinner

SK St. James Quop Centennial Anniversary Dinner was held on the 26th July 2014 at the Crown Imperial Hall, Crown Tower. The dinner was organised by the School Board of Management which the guest of honor was the Right Reverend Assistant Bishop Aeris Sumping Jingan representing His Grace The Most Reverend Datuk Bolly Lapok, Archbishop of the Anglican Province of South East Asia cum Chairman of the Sarawak Anglican School Board of Management.

The Exco members of the Dayak Bidayuh National Association (DBNA) was invited to join in the celebration with them. It was full of down the memory lane kind of dinner where the oldest student receiving a plaque from the school management, Mr Jin Chung Anak Joshua was borned on the 18th February 1918. Mr Rebid Anak Duka was the oldest Headmaster who served in the school. All the award was jointly presented by YB Datuk Roland Sagah and the Right Reverend Assistant Bishop Aeris Sumping Jingan. The Organising Chairman was Mr Donald Ah Guan who himself was also the Chairman of DBNA Samarahan Branch.

DBNA President Datu Ik Pahon Joyik joined the high table together with Right Reverend Assistant Bishop Aeris Sumping Jingan and YB Datuk Roland Sagah Wee Inn, Deputy Speaker of the State Legislative Assembly and YB for N.17 Tarat. Bidayuh Temenggong for Kuching Mr Austin Dimin was also among the VIPs during the function.

Beautiful pieces presented by the choir group of St. James Church and also the pupils of the school. Cake cutting and toast was held during function as well. The night continue with the band boys rendering requested song by the diners.

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Visit by delegation from Timor-Leste

DBNA will host a delegation from the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste the Ministry of Education for 5 days, from 13 July 2014. The delegation is here to study the Multi Language Education (MLE) pre-school program that DBNA started with the assistance of UNESCO, and the Bidayuh Language Development Project (BLDP) that was started with the assistance of the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL). Besides these, the delegation is also interested to experience Bidayuh culture.

Dr. Karla Smith and her husband Jim are International Literacy Consultants with SIL. They helped get the Bidayuh Sekolah Bahasa Warisan Schools started in 2007. They are currently working in East Timor, helping the government there establish Mother-Tongue-Based Multilingual Education.

At the HQ, the delegation will be briefed on DBNA activities, in particular the MLE program and the BLDP. They will be observing the DBNA Bahasa Warisan schools in Sinjok, Benuk, and Bogag. They also will visit a primary school in Kampung Sinjok. Their visit to the following schools being arranged by the DBNA Penrissen and Bau Branches. During its stay here, the delegation will be introduced to Bidayuh cuisine, and DBNA has also arranged for some Bidayuh cultural performances by the students.

DBNA is delighted and honoured to host the delegation, and extends a warm welcome to all its members. We hope that the delegation members will also take time to enjoy the city with its clean and green setting and its friendly people and multi-cultural population.

DBNA expresses it gratitude to Timor-Leste for choosing DBNA for its study visit. We regard this as an international recognition of DBNA’s linguistics programs. We would like to thank SIL and UNESCO for recommending DBNA to be visited and for organizing it. DBNA also expresses its gratitude to members of the MLE program, the BLDP, the Education sub-committee, other relevant sub-committees, and the relevant Branches for their cooperation and support in hosting and welcoming our guests from Timor-Leste. Last, but not least, DBNA thanks the sponsors of the lunch, dinners and cultural performances that have been organized for the visit.

We wish the delegation a very fruitful and productive visit with the Dayak Bidayuh National Association and the Bidayuh community. DBNA hopes that this visit can lead to future cooperation between the two communities.

Before departing home, the Smiths and the Timorese will go to Miri to conduct teacher training there.

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