Sibu to host this year’s state-level Gawai Dayak celebration


ALL GEARED UP: Chambai (seated fourth left) with the state-level Gawai Dayak celebration organising committee after the meeting.

SIBU: Sibu will host this year’s state-level Gawai Dayak celebration with Sarawak Dayak National Union (SDNU) coordinating.

A dinner would be held on May 26 at Kingwood Hotel here at 7pm, organising chairman Chambai Lindong said.

“Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu, SDNU president Tan Sri William Mawan and his deputy Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi are expected to be present.

“The theme this year is ‘Segulai, Sejalai, Sepenemu’ (United, one direction, one vision),” Chambai said after chairing a meeting of the organising committee on Sunday.

He said the function was to be held in collaboration with Sarakup Indu Dayak Sarawak and Orang Ulu National Union.

Among the activities are presentation of incentives to Dayak students, ‘pua kumbu’ exhibition and the highlight of the event, the ‘Kumang’ (female) and ‘Keling’ (male) beauty contests.

“There is also a ‘Ngeradak Ai Pengayu’ (toast to the New Year for Dayak community) ceremony besides cultural and singing performances.

“We are expecting more than 2,000 people at the dinner,” he said.

Dinner tickets at RM400, RM450 and RM500 per table are on sale now until May 7.

Those interested can call Chambai at 019-8276892, Augustine Merikan (019-8287228) or Angelyn Uchi Maseng (016-8825861).