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Dayak NGOs Weak

Written By kadayan chronicles on Monday, 26 May 2008 | 19:29

PAKAN (borneopost): Dayak-based non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are still very weak despite the fact that most of them have existed for a long time.

Dayaks are, therefore, urged to unite behind these NGOs to strengthen them.

Social Development and Urbanisation Minister Dato Sri William Mawan Ikom said this on Saturday during a Gawai Dayak dinner at Dewan Masyarakat here.

The function where Pakan Branch of Sarawak Dayak National Union (SDNU) was launched was also attended by Mawan’s wife Datin Sri Julia and Deputy Minister of Energy, Water and Telecommunications Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum, who is also Julau MP.

"Take for example, SDNU, Serakup Indu Dayak Sarawak (SIDS) and Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (Sadia) which were established more than 40 years ago. These organisations are strong in spirits but weak in action. They may have far-sightedness but they have been stumbling over the years,” said Mawan.

"We must address these problems immediately or else our people who have been identifying themselves with SDNU, SIDS and Sadia as well as other newer NGOs, would risk being left further behind other communities, many of which are already well ahead of us.”

Mawan said some negative traits affecting Dayak community were the tendency to pick on and blow up trivial issues, parochialism and self-centred mindset and these had become our community’s stumbling block towards our development and progress.

I believe Dayak NGOs is not alone. Kadayan NGO is no better. Good for Mawan to realise it. Welcome to the weakling's world! - giinbuagas

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