Monday, July 7, 2014

SDGA wants Dayaks at Yayasan’s top level management

by Geryl Ogilvy Ruekeith, Posted on July 5, 2014, Saturday

KUCHING: Sarawak Dayak Graduates Association (SDGA) has called on Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem to look into the senior management line-up of Yayasan Sarawak, which it perceives as discriminatory to the Dayak community.

Its president Dr Dusit Jaul said the organisation chart published at Yayasan Sarawak’s web portal revealed that all its senior management positions are currently held by Malays.

He voiced his concern that such situation could create ill feelings among other ethnic groups in particular the Ibans who form 32 per cent of the state population but yet not fairly represented at the foundation’s senior management team.

This could pose a problem to the ruling government as it gears itself to face the next state election, he said.

“SDGA thus far is behind the leadership of our current chief minister. Adenan’s recent statement in regards to the state government’s fairness in allocating budget for followers of other faiths to build their respective houses of worship can only come from a fair minded leader.

“Being a fair and inclusive leader as he had proven thus far, we call upon our chief minister to immediately rectify the ethnic bias at Yayasan Sarawak of which he is the chairman,” Dusit said in a statement yesterday.

He also reminded that Yayasan Sarawak revenues were derived from timber Cess through logging activities carried out mostly in the rural areas where most of the Dayaks live and their livelihood have been much affected by logging activities.

On another note, SDGA lauded the decision by the state government to seek an increase of 20 per cent in oil royalty. It was confident that the move would receive support of all Sarawakians.

He believed this would mean more revenue for the state coffer to ensure more allocation for development to the people.

“SDGA is confident that additional revenues from the increase in oil royalty will be managed with high level of transparency,” he added.

It is no coincidence that the Auditor General had praised the state government for its prudent financial management,” Dusit said.

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