KUCHING, April 13 (Bernama) -- The Bidayuh and Orang Ulu communities are
expected to soon have better representation in the Sarawak Dayak National Union
(SDNU), which has the image of being an exclusive platform that caters for one
Its newly elected president Tan Sri William Mawan said the new line-up would
be announced once the relevant amendments to its constitution were approved by
the Registrar of Societies.
This follows the proposal to appoint three additional vice-presidents and
another six supreme council members during its triennial general assembly held
here last Saturday.
"The most important thing is to provide a broad framework so that nobody
will be ruled out in future....this (SDNU) is a national union and not an Iban
Mawan, who is also state Social Development Minister, told this to reporters
after presenting grants to several associations, including the Kuching Division
Journalists Association (KDJA).
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Conceding that the Bidayuh and Orang Ulu counterparts might not find it too
attractive to join SDNU, he said the new team needed to transform and move
forward through a united front to gain the interest of the Dayak community as a
"At the moment, we seem to have a lot of enthusiam and received a lot of
kind remarks and now the Ibans seem to make up the majority but we are willing
to compromise, give and take (to maintain the balance)," he said, adding that
all SDNU members should cast aside past problems and political affiliations.
One way to reach out to its Bidayuh and Orang Ulu counterparts at present
was through the Dayak Bidayuh National Union (DBNA) and Orang Ulu National
Association, he said.
Mawan, who was elected unopposed, succeeded Mengga Mikui as SDNU president
while Kapit Member of Parliament Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi also won unopposed
as deputy president.
Forestry Department senior officer Anthony Banyan and former senator Datuk
Seri Empiang Jabu retained their posts as vice-president I and II respectively,
and the newly created vice-president III post being held by SDNU Youth
chief Edward Awan.
Lawyer Kilat Beriak is the new secretary-general, assistant
secretary-general is Thadeus Ling, engineering consultant Christopher Gira
(treasurer-general), Kuching Resident senior accounts clerk Jackson Ding Jaraw
treasurer-general) and entrepreneur Ganchai Jinta (publicity officer).
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