Stop treating Dayaks as second class citizens in Sarawak

Gawai celebration (DCCI PIC)

By Emma Victoria

THOUGH Dayaks make up the largest population in Sarawak, not a single Dayak politician has make it to the top as  Chief Minister to lead the state, as they are divided by various parties.

DAP Serian Chairman Brolin Nicholsion said there are about 1,835,900 Dayaks in Sarawak, but they are always being treated as second class citizens in the state.

“The Dayak voters are “very attractive” to every political party during elections… They were promised various projects and funds. However, they would be abandoned after (these politicians) win with the Dayak votes,” he said in a statement.

He said the last time Sarawak had a Dayak Chief Minister was in 1966, when the then Governor, Abang Haji Openg appointed Datuk Tawi Sli as the Chief Minsiter during the Sarawak Constitutional Crisis.

Besides, 73,800 out of 820,000 of Sarawak families were living below the poverty income line where the family received below RM3,000 a month.

“Out of 73,800 families, the majority are Dayaks as most of them are still living in rural areas, which lacks basic amenities and infrastructures,” he said.

Brolin said the Dayaks will be the kingmakers in the next Sarawak state election and could contribute to the winds of change in Sarawak.

“The Dayaks must prove themselves that they are not easily bought by money and projects that are supposedly being done within the five-year-term for them.

This is the time that the Dayaks will have the chance to have a Dayak Chief Minister since 1970 and will have the chance to have a Dayak Governer as per the gentlemen’s agreement made by the founding members of Sarawak,” he said.

“Sarawak DAP will make sure the rights of the Dayaks are well taken care. DAP is not a party that only takes care of the Chinese community as alleged by some politicians. DAP is a party for all ‘Anak Malaysia’ and will fight and be the voice of the voiceless and the strength for the weak,” he stressed.

“I call upon the Dayaks to support the opposition parties, especially the DAP and prove that they have the ‘Agi Idup Agi Ngelaban’ spirit in them to fight the injustice and corrupt government so Sarawak can move forward to have better development and good governance for a new Sarawak.”