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  • Tigeriban 1:43 am on August 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    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!!!!

  • Tigeriban 5:34 am on August 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    All natives in Borneo should unite under one banner — Kitingan 

    Extract from Borneo Post 09.08.2010

    ONE DAYAK: Jeffery (back row, eight left) poses in a photo-call with panels and guests of the inaugural Borneo Dayak Forum. Also seen is Dusit (back row, sixth right) and John Brian, (second right).

    ONE DAYAK: Jeffery (back row, eight left) poses in a photo-call with panels and guests of the inaugural Borneo Dayak Forum. Also seen is Dusit (back row, sixth right) and John Brian, (second right).

    KUCHING: Solidarity has always been the main essence to achieve unity among the people and it is high time that all natives in Borneo unite under one banner – the Dayak.

    In his closing remark of the Borneo Dayak Forum (BDF) held at Penview Hotel here yesterday, BDF pro-tem president Datuk Dr Jeffery Kitingan said that all natives in Sabah, Sarawak and Kalimantan should unite as one entity if they were to fulfill their potentials as a strong race globally.

    “We must understand that we are all Dayak. All who recognise themselves as natives in Borneo should realise that the word ‘Dayak’ itself is gold. When it comes to culture, way of living, economics activity and even community upbringing, we are all the same. In terms of development, we all have the same wish and now is the time for us to work together and unite to build solidarity.

    “The strength of all races when combined together would ensure that we could enjoy the richness of Borneo and bring each other forward together,” added Kitingan stating that now was the time for all ‘Dayak’ (natives in Borneo) to rise and build a positive outlook on solidarity’s strength.

    “Where do the Dayak go from here? Who we are as Dayak and what can we achieved? Only each and single individual knows the answer. We must all picture the good things to come when we are solid,” he stated.

    Kitingan also mentioned that it was important to raise the level of consciousness in all fields for the development of Borneo and its people. Stating BDF as a vehicle that could promote such awareness, he stressed that all Dayak could discuss and solve relevant issues by sharing their strength.

    By working together, a lot of energy could be generated and such forum would be a good tool to harness it, he explained.

    Speaking to The Borneo Post after the forum, he highlighted among the steps needed to be taken by the BDF was on education. The Dayak needed to set a target on where they would be in years to come and that a formula is needed for all to work together for the benefit of all.

    Among the plan in consideration was to set up a Credit Union (which was equivalent to co-operatives) especially for the Dayak. Kitingan stated that the union was a practical way to harness people’s potential and that it was one system that would bring the people together to fight poverty and enhance the economy.

    “The main problem we are facing is that we are fighting our problems separately. There should be a body to centralise our issues especially when it comes to land. Land is very sensitive topic among the people. It is managed in a localised manner depending on customs. It is now up to the Dayak on how to come up with a system to manage and protect their land and resources,” he pointed out.

    He also mentioned that BDF would study on indigenous people from all over the world such as the natives Indian-American on how they organised themselves, defended and fought for their rights. The study would also include the implementation and how to get the Dayak to be aware of their native rights.

    He also mentioned that BDF would be registered as an international non-governmental organisation (NGO).

    The inaugural BDF yesterday saw four papers presented by invited panels from the State and neighbouring Sabah as well as Kalimantan.

    Organising chairman Dr John Bryan Anthony who is also Sarawak Dayak National Union (SDNU) deputy president opened the forum with his topic ‘Genesis Borneo’. Chairman of ‘Dewan Adat Dayak Kalimantan Barat’ Bapak Thadeus Yus delivered a topic on Customs and Tradition – ‘Adat Dayak Kalbar’ (Kalimantan Barat).

    Sabah’s representative came in the form of Benedict Topin who represented Borneo Heritage Foundation. His topic was ‘Culture and Customs of Dayak-Kadazandusun’. The last speaker of the day was a representative from one of the Credit Union in Kalbar Thomas Ydh who spoke about the credit union and its benefits.

    The BDF was organised here by SDNU. Also present was SDNU president Mengga Mikui, the forum’s panels chairman Dr Dusit Jaul who is also SDNU publicity officer.

  • Tigeriban 4:40 am on August 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    ‘Dub Borneo Land of the Dayaks, not Land of the Headhunters’ 

    Extract from Borneo Post 09.08.2010

    BENEFITING DAYAK: Dr John Bryan Anthony and Datuk Dr Jeffery Kitingan (right).

    BENEFITING DAYAK: Dr John Bryan Anthony and Datuk Dr Jeffery Kitingan (right).

    KUCHING:  Borneo should not be dubbed as the ‘land of the headhunters’ anymore but instead, rebranded as ‘Land of the Dayak’.

    The term ‘Land of the Headhunters’ which was heavily associated with the savage historical culture of the natives (Dayak) in Borneo was no longer relevant in today’s society and this infamous tag should be terminated once and for all.

    Speaking to The Borneo Post after the Borneo Dayak Forum (BDF) held at Penview Hotel here yesterday, organising chairman Dr John Brian Anthony claimed tourists are still wary of the threat of having their heads cut off when they come to Borneo.

    “And this is not friendly at all. It’s bad publicity.

    “This is no longer synonym to the Dayak culture today. As the government has been promoting heavily on local Sarawak cultures as its tourism product, why not we (the Dayak) promote Borneo as ‘Land of the Dayak’ instead?,” he said.

    John Brian who is also Sarawak Dayak National Union (SDNU) deputy president added that Dayak (natives) people are famous for its rich cultures, customs and hospitality, and no longer associated with the tradition of headhunting.

    “What more suitable way than to promote the Dayaks than their cultures and products,” he said.

    John Brian stated that re-branding the third largest island in the world, as ‘Land of the Dayak’ would bring lots of benefit to the natives. For a start, it would create more awareness of the uniqueness and traditions of the Dayak. In addition, it would be in

    line with the vision of getting all natives to group together under the Dayak banner.

    “As we move forward into the 21st Century, it is very important to globalise the Dayak economy. It would certainly aid the development of the Dayak. Among other steps that could be taken was the patterning of Dayak cultural patterns, which was heavily marketed, in almost every local product today.

    “We see many natives pattern commercialised in almost anything marketable today, but how many Dayaks are benefiting from this? We do not own any commercial right while our assets and heritage are excessively promoted to others’ advantages,” stated John.

    He mentioned that the Dayak could take advantage of their rich cultures by doing their own heritage marketing or at least join in the bandwagon on promoting themselves and this would be amongst the plan to be highlighted by the BDF.

    “For instant, the native American-Indian have their ‘Dreamcatcher’ while the native aborigine in Australia profited from their boomerang. All this tribes are paid royalty by their government.

    “It’s high time we could do the same for our native products. BDF will look into this matter,” he explained.

    BDF pro-tem president Datuk Dr Jeffery Kitingan who was also present, told The Borneo Post that all natives should be aware of the part that they could play to benefit the people.

    He added that other ways to promote unity among all Dayak was by organising more Borneo festivals as these would give practical benefit for the natives.

    “We can have our very own Borneo tourism. We can promote our products, folk games and even traditional sports. We can even have an inter-Borneo blow dart competition for instant,” he added.

    Kitingan also mentioned that fashion was also another trade that all locals could promote. He stated that all local designers should work together to promote and raised the economics of the natives through the fashion industry.

    “We can call it Borneo Fashion,” he suggested.

    In addition, Kitingan also stressed that there were many potentials that the Dayak could tap in from their own cultural and heritage resources, which could be marketed to the world.

    “All the natives could work together in combining their resources and expertise to promote Borneo and its people. We must compliment each other. One could produce, one could manufacture while one could market. In the end, all would prosper,” he highlighted.

    SM: Welcome to Land of the Dayaks

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