Tuesday, September 24

State asked to assist Dayak NGOs financially

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Dr Dusit Jaul

KUCHING: The state government has been asked to provide substantial financial aid to Dayak-based non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

The Sarawak Dayak Graduates Association (SDGA) pointed out in a statement that RM7.5 million was disbursed to three Malay NGOs this week.

While welcoming the proactive move and kind gesture to assist those Malay NGOs, SDGA president Dr Dusit Jaul said the state government should also extend similar assistance to Dayak based-NGOs such as SDGA, Sarawak Dayak National Union (SDNU) and Dayak Bidayuh National Association (DBNA).

“We all know that NGOs run on very tight budgets, and if our experience in SDGA is anything to go by, it is our major constraint in delivering our programmes. We’re quite sure that our Malay friends running their respective NGOs encounter similar challenges of fund limitations.

“We believe that our trust and high hope are in good hands as our current Chief Minister (Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem) has on various occasions emphasised his leadership philosophy of being a leader for all Sarawakians,” said Dusit.

He said this would augur well for Sarawak as it meant no particular group would be intentionally sidelined or purposely ignored.

“Against the current backdrop of the global political scenario, this governing philosophy is to be lauded as it has the power to eradicate a major source of conflict; in other words, perception of being alienated or marginalised by certain ethnic groups.

“We Sarawakians definitely would not want to go down this path as it can destabilise our long cherished harmonious relationship that up to this day is exemplary,” said Dusit.