Tuesday, August 9

‘Feel free to criticise, but be constructive’

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Masing (second from right) joins the Gawai parade in MJC before the closing ceremony. Also in the photo are organising chairman Rogies Meringgai (second left) and Salang (third left).

Masing (second from right) joins the Gawai parade in MJC before the closing ceremony. Also in the photo are organising chairman Rogies Meringgai (second left) and Salang (third left).

Akademi Sarawak Dayak Iban Association members also joining in the fun.

Akademi Sarawak Dayak Iban Association members also joining in the fun.

Masing performing the closing gimmick on the main stage.

Masing performing the closing gimmick on the main stage.

KUCHING: Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing said he and other Dayak elected representatives welcome all constructive criticisms in order to better serve the people.

Speaking at the closing of the inaugural Kuching Gawai Dayak Bazaar on Sunday, he acknowledged the fact that the Dayaks were often critical of their elected representatives, especially the newly elected ones.

As such, he advised these new Dayak elected representatives who won in the May 7 state election not to be scared of being corrected by the people if what they had done is deemed wrong.

“We improve (ourselves) by listening to what people are telling us. You (the people) may have been critical of these YBs (elected representatives).

“But when you’re being critical with us, please be constructive in your criticisms. (As for myself) I stand to be corrected if I have done wrong,” he said.

Also present at the function were Dayak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) president and Julau MP Datuk Joseph Salang, Kanowit MP Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang, and newly elected Dayak assemblymen Wilson Nyabong, Christopher Gira and Allen Siden Gramong.

First Infantry Division Commander Major General Datuk Stephen Mundaw and Padawan Municipal Council chairman and Batu Kitang assemblyman Lo Khere Chiang were also present.

Masing, who is also Minister of Infrastructure Development and Transportation, said it was difficult to get Dayaks together in politics due to their diverse interests.

“But the fact that we are Dayaks should be enough to get us together to move forward as a group.

“We should get together and forge a common objective to gear the community towards developing a better life through economic activities. This is so that we can compete and work together with other communities to develop this country,” said the PRS president.

On another matter, he said he and other Dayak elected representatives would help ensure Kuching Gawai Dayak Bazaar is held annually.

He said Gawai Dayak Bazaar was a good initiative as it provided business opportunities for the Dayaks to earn more money for the festivity.

“Before this, not many people saw Gawai Dayak as a business opportunity despite it being already celebrated for so many years. With this Gawai Dayak Bazaar, we, the Dayaks, can have opportunities to make more money for ourselves and at the same time raise the profile of this festivity.”

A Dayak NGO called Gagasan Anak Dayak Sarawak (GADS) organised the Kuching Gawai Dayak Bazaar at MJC Batu Kawah new township since April 30.

GADS was also the prime mover in organising the first-ever Gawai Dayak Bazaar in Miri last year. They have plans to organise more in other places statewide.