Common greeting would soon be introduced to all Dayaks in Borneo

Extract from Borneo Post 10.08.2010

RITUAL: Malang (standing left) performing the ‘miring’ to start the ceremony as (from left, seated) Atan, Langgu, Kitingan, Mengga, John Bryan and Dusit (foreground) look on.

RITUAL: Malang (standing left) performing the ‘miring’ to start the ceremony as (from left, seated) Atan, Langgu, Kitingan, Mengga, John Bryan and Dusit (foreground) look on.

KUCHING:  When a Dayak greets you with ‘Adil Ka’Talino, Bacuramin Ka’Saruga, Basengat Ka’Jubata’, the response should be ‘Harus! Harus! Harus!’.

The popular Dayak greeting, used in Kalimantan would soon be introduced to all Dayaks in Borneo and the launch of the Borneo Dayak Forum on Sunday night was a fitting occasion for the greeting’s introduction.

Kalimantan Barat ‘Majlis Adat Dayak Negeri’ (MADN) chief Atan Palil when speaking at the launching dinner, introduced the local greeting, which means ‘Love and respect one another; Be honest and believe in the Heavens and the Almighty. When said, it should be responded with ‘harus’ (a must) three times.

Atan hoped that the greeting would be adopted by all Dayaks in the future in the quest to get all Borneon natives unite under one Dayak banner.

The launching, held at Penview Hotel also saw the introduction of BDF official song ‘Mars Borneo Dayak Forum’ written by Indonesian composer Dr Aloysius Mering. He also wrote a patriotic song ‘Gemakanlah’ which was also performed during the night by a choir group comprising Kalimantan beauties from the MADN and ‘Dewan Adat Dayak’ (DAD) Kalimantan Barat.

BDF president Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, DAD chairman Drs Thadeus Yus and Atan all gave a speech each, mostly highlighting the objectives and vision of BDF. All hoped that unity, understanding and solidarity could be strengthened among all Dayak natives in Borneo for the development of its people in economics, culture and education.

Thadeus stated that Kalimantan Barat was very much committed to the vision of strengthening the Dayak community for the benefit of all its people.

Jeffrey, in addition, said that after one year of numerous visitations and discussions between Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Pontianak, he was relieved that the forum finally materialised.

“It is a historic night for all Dayaks. We have a great vision and tonight is just a start. We still have a long way to go but when everybody joins in the bandwagon, we can achieve the impossible,” he continued.

Earlier at the ceremony, Sgt Major (R) Robert Malang was invited on stage to perform the opening gathering with the compulsory Dayak custom – ‘miring’ (offering).

He later on did the ‘mengap’ where he pounded his sacred ‘tongkat’ on the floor as he chanted to the Gods. All prominent figures in the BDF and organisation leaders associated with BDF were invited to the stage.

The official soft-launching was marked by the beating of the gong seven times by its president. The seven beatings marked the number seven which is a sacred number for the Dayaks.

Among its relevance was purification in respect of human and spiritual needs for forgiveness followed by resolutions to make themselves worthy of the gift of God. Restoration is necessary to ensure health while reunion is realised in respect of human needs to be integrated in body, mind and spirit within the concept of the seven-in-one divinity of humanity.

Also present at the launch were Sarawak Dayak National Union (SDNU) president Mengga Mikui, BDF advisor and former Saratok MP Dato Sri Edmund Langgu, former Sri Aman MP Jimmy Donald and SDNU publicity officer Dr Dusit Jaul. Organising chairman was SDNU deputy president Dr John Bryan Anthony.

SM: Harus!! Harus!! Harus!!!!