Welcome
to the
Dayak Bidayuh National Association
Page


last update: 29 Augustl 1999

Introduction

This is an unofficial page of the Dayak Bidayuh National Association.
The purpose of this page is to introduce the Dayak Bidayuh National Association to the world.
This page contain a brief History of the DBNA. The compilation is from the 40th Anniversary (September 1995) programme booklet of the DBNA.
I hope this page will make the DBNA better known to the world through the Internet.

A brief history of DBNA

The Dayak Bidayuh National Association (DBNA) was talked about in the early 1950's and was officially setup and registered on 22nd September 1955. It's initial name was Bidayuh National Association.

The key founder and the first President of the DBNA was the late Ahguan Guga of Kg. Quop, Kuching. He was assisted by the following:
Nakid Mingen. (First Vice President)
Augustine Sirau. (First Secretary)
Wesley Harlon Timor. (First Treasurer)
Helbourne Simigat, William Nais, (Now Datuk), OKP Dukau Ak Bajag, Gris Nian, Michael Jesseng Langgie, Vincent Greene Sirau, Mrs. Ju Inn Ang and Rhoda Simigat and many more.

OBJECTIVES

The DBNA was set up in 1955 basically "to unite the Bidayuh people, who were then separated by dialects, distance and religions", to quote the late Ahguan Guga. The Association's objectives were expanded to include the desire to help in the educational, economic and cultural improvement/development of the Bidayuh community.

The DBNA's Constitution (as revised in 1983); under Article 4 states, inter alia, that the objectives of the Association are :


Bidayuh Traditional Costumes

DBNA Headquarters

In 1963, the DBNA built its first wooden HQ at a piece of land given by the Government at Jalan Ong Tiang Swee, Kuching at a cost of RM13,000.00 under the chairmanship of OKP Dukau Ak Bajag and assisted by Geris Nian, Nakid Migen, Dustin Sirau, Michael Jesseng and Vincent Grene Sirau. It was officially opened on 28th December 1963 by the first Chief Minister, Datuk Stephen Kalong Ningkan. This was the very first project set up by the Bidayuh, a powerful sign of Bidayuh unity in action.

In 1982, another bigger HQ was built at the cost of RM500,000.00 under the chairmanship of Wilfred Nissom and assisted by Stephen Jussem Dundon, Nicholas Gunjew, Peter Minos and Austin Dimin. It was officially opened on 3rd July 1982 by the Chief Minister, YAB Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud

DBNA Project and Programmes

Since 1955, through various projects and programmes, the DBNA has tried its best towards the unity and the socio-economic betterment of the Bidayuhs. Due to the DBNA's existence, the Bidayuh are now more united, cohesieve and close to each other. The DBNA has helped in some ways in the betterment of Bidayuh education through its many educational activities/exercises. The Association has also assisted in some ways Government bodies such as SALCRA and LCDA in the economic improvement of Bidayuh land.

DBNA Leaders

The Presidents of DBNA since 1955 are :

DBNA Branches/Units

Todate, DBNA has 16 Branches and 11 Units, spread throughout Sarawak. DBNA Branches are located in

The Women Section has a branch by itself.
DBNA's Vision

It is DBNA's vision that, in the years ahead especially to the year 2020, it can and will do more towards the educational, economic, cultural and social betterment of the Bidayuh people, through greater unity of the community and through cooperation with all other racial groups in Malaysia. DBNA also wants the Bidayuh to contribute more positively towards an economically developed and industrialised Malaysia under Vision 2020.


Central Executive Committee Members
of
DBNA
1999 - 2000

PRESIDENT
Dr. James Dawos Mamit

DEPUTY PRESIDENT
Peter Nyaed

VICE PRESIDENT
Alexander Ganyang
Suimi Kinseng
Gabriel Kajeh Minggu
John Ripet
Megir Gumbek
Kendy Edward

SECRETARY GENERAL
John Wyne

ASST.SECRETARY GENERAL
Carlos Parker

TREASURER GENERAL
James Sinjeng

ASST.TREASURER GENERAL
Hamarah Mapus

INFORMATION OFFICER
Joseph Beson

CULTURAL OFFICER
Jonas Noeb

COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Austin Minjed
Peter Ato
Thomas Tasing
Evelyn Ritikos
Tuah Sani


DBNA urged to be agent of change

Planning and Resource Management Assistant Minister Mr. Michael Manyin has called on Bidayuh politicians, leaders and intellectuals to change the mindset and attitude of the community especially the elderly and those living in the rural areas.

"We need to prepare ourselves for a better tomorrow - not only for ourselves but also for our next generations" he said when officiating at the closing of a two-day DBNA Delagates Conference.

The community's attitude and perception on issues such as education, politics, economics and development, he pointed out, must changed.

This he said could be achieved through the active involvement of DBNA, as an agent of change for the Bidayuh community.

DBNA as well as other Bidayuh leaders and intellectuals, he added, must be able to explain to the community what was happening around them to ensure that the latter did not lag behind.

Mr. Manyin also stressed that it was vital for the community to adopt new cultures which could benifit them, including the habbit of saving as well as  the readiness to take risks in any undertaking, espically in business.

Culture, he pointed out, should not be static "in order to enable us to move forward and be at par with other communities".

Sarawak Tribune


Conclusion :

Bidayuh Heritage.

It is our duty as Bidayuhs to preserve, protect, promote, propagate our historical and cultural heritages, our language/dialects and our ways of life and identity, including our traditional music, colours, dresses, dances, artifacts etc.

The educated Bidayuhs should do more research and write more on the Bidayuhs. The more their ideas are written and passed around, the better it is for the people. Others will know the Bidayuh more. And some of the ideas will help the people.

While we must always think and behave like and as Malaysians, we must not forget our history, roots and culture. There are a lot of good things in our cultures and traditions that can and must be preserved for all time, within a multi-racial, multi-cultural and multi-religious Malaysia. And for the the overall interests of Malaysia. 


For further information, please contact the DBNA Hq. at :
Dayak Bidayuh National Association
P.O.Box 2502,
Jalan Ong Tiang Swee,
Kuching,Sarawak,
Malaysia.
Tel :
+60-82-256163
or
+60-82-425067

This is a small contribution on my part for the DBNA. Any further comments or suggestions please email me at paular@pop.jaring.my
Should there be any comments, corrections or additions to the above please email me.

Page mantained by: Paul Remek
Date created : Tuesday, April 30, 1996
Last Updated : Tuesday, August 29, 1999


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