Sunday, July 21

Double joy for Serian Bidayuhs this Gawai

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KUCHING: It will be a double celebration for the Bidayuhs in Serian this coming Gawai Dayak as they will celebrate the elevation of their district into a division and the appointment of the first Resident.

State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohd Morshidi Abdul Ghani disclosed yesterday that the State Cabinet would soon hold a meeting regarding the matter.

“I think the appointment of Serian Resident will be announced soon, perhaps on June 1, as the Cabinet has not discussed the matter yet.

“But it doesn’t matter whether it is a Chinese, a Malay, an Iban or Bidayuh to be appointed as the first Resident of Serian,” Morshidi told The Borneo Post on the sidelines of the State Legislative Assembly sitting here yesterday.

The elevation of Serian as the twelfth division of Sarawak was announced by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem in conjunction with Pesta Birumuh at Serian mini stadium on April 11.

According to Adenan, the creation of the new division augured well for the Bidayuh community as it made Serian the first Bidayuh majority division in the state.