Dayaks in Rejang urged to unite

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KANOWIT: The Dayak community in the Rejang river belt must unite if they hope to see a Dayak as their elected representative in the State Assembly.

Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Dato Sri Dr James Masing said he wished to see all elected Dayak representatives of state seats in the area retained.

He believed it was the responsibility of longhouse chiefs and penghulus as leaders at grassroots level to see to this.

“We must maintain the unity of our people in the Rejang River valley,” he added. Looking at the current scenario, he was worried why Dayak-based parties, particularly from the opposition, want to destroy the unity among their own community.

Masing was speaking at a groundbreaking ceremony for the 8,000-hectare Antero Capital-Land Custody and Development Authority oil palm project in Majau/Poi Plantation, Sepasir in Rantau Kemiding yesterday.

Assistant Rural Development Minister Datuk Gramong Juna, his wife Datin Catherine Gramong, Land Development Ministry permanent secretary Datu Jaul Samion, Antero Capital director Datuk Khairun Aseh Che Mat and Majau/Poi Plantation area district chairman Benjamin Angki Kaboy were among those present at the function. Masing hoped all Barisan Nasional (BN) Dayak candidates would win in the state election on April 16 and that on April 17, BN would still be the government.

Meanwhile, Antero Capital director Datuk Khairun Aseh Che Mat said he was confident that Sarawak would surpass Sabah as one of the world’s biggest palm oil producers in years to come.

“I believe the advantage from this project will benefit the local people, especially the participants,” he said.