Tuesday, August 11

DBNA Sarikei eyes holding silver jubilee alongside parent body’s 60th anniversary celebration


SARIKEI: This year is going to be a great one for the Dayak Bidayuh National Association (DBNA) here as it is set to celebrate its 25th anniversary in conjunction with the national body’s 60th.

However, this also means that it would be a demanding year for members in terms of their roles and contributions, according to DBNA Sarikei chairman Dr Alim Impira.

“I understand that the DBNA in Miri and other major towns have indicated their interest on hosting the (parent body’s) diamond jubilee. It would be just great if we could celebrate our silver jubilee alongside it as well,” he said during an appreciation dinner at a restaurant here last Thursday.

He also mentioned that DBNA Sarikei might consider holding Bidayuh Culture Night featuring cultural and dance groups from Kuching and Sibu, adding that he would very much welcome the input from members on this proposal.

At the same time, Dr Alim said this branch would continue looking after the welfare of the Bidayuh community residing in this division, with special emphasis on education and culture.

Meanwhile DSP Dominic Josip who represented Sarikei Resident and DBNA Sarikei adviser Dahim Nadot at the function, advised members to always portray a positive image of the community.

“As a police officer, I advise the Bidayuhs – the DBNA members in particular – to steer clear of criminal activities and social ills.”

Dominic later presented certificates and tokens of appreciation to DBNA Sarikei committee members in recognition of their contribution throughout last year.