Abang Jo, where’s the Rumah Dayak?

By Chew Lip Song

A DAP leader has questioned Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg on why the Rumah Dayak is still not completed 23 years after work first started.

DAP Serian branch chairman Brolin Nicholsion has also asked the Chief Minister to rename the “Wisma Melayu” which the latter officiated at its groundbreaking ceremony earlier this week, to “Wisma Kenyalang”.

During the groundbreaking ceremony of Wisma Melayu, Abang Johari had described the building as a “symbol of unity”. If this was the case, Brolin asked why was the construction of Rumah Dayak was abandoned although the foundations of the building were laid in 1997.

“Is not the Rumah Dayak supposedly also be one of the symbol of unity in Sarawak?

“The Dayak and Chinese also contributed and sacrifice a lot to Sarawak, why there are no building for them?” Brolin, who is also special assistant to the state DAP chairman said in a statement.

He added that he could not understand why Wisma Melayu was named after a community when Abang Johari was the Chief Minister of all Sarawakians, and not just for the Malays.

Renaming “Wisma Melayu” to “Wisma Kenyalang” was apt as the latter did not represent any communities but to Sarawakians as a whole, he said.

Brolin added that since Abang Johari had said that the state could not be led by any one race and must be fair to all, then the CM should remove the quota system in Sarawak’s civil service.

“A good government must walk the talk and provide equal opportunities to its citizen and not just good promising everything,” said Brolin.


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