By John Isaac
WHILE there have been multiple calls for the term ‘Dayak’ to be recognised by giving it a force of law, the issue has yet to be settled, claimed Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDSB).
The party’s secretary general Julius Enchana said serious attention must be given to the issue, especially by Dayak lawmakers in the state.
“Has the term Dayak been given force of law? There should be a constitutional amendment to reflect this. We will push for the term ‘Dayak’ to be given official recognition,” he said in a statement reported by the New Sarawak Tribune.
Julius said, Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) Youth chief Datuk Snowdan Lawan was quoted as saying that the issue would be rectified through the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
“Therefore, as a political party representing Dayak community, PBDSB would like to know what the outcomes are,” he said.
Julius said it was crucial that Dayaks be given due recognition as they had played a vital part in the formation of Malaysia, especially the by notable Iban paramount chief Tun Jugah Barieng who was one of the nation’s founding fathers.
In a related matter, Julius said his party was also pushing for upgrading of the native court system in Sarawak to be on par with the civil and Syariah courts.
The party also called for the setting up of a parliamentary ombudsman to investigate and prosecute offences by government leaders and avoiding excessive spending in election campaigns.