Wednesday 13 May 2009

Should the term "Dayak:" be drop?

I read an article from Borneo Post via online. As the new generation of Dayak people or Bidayuh to be exact, I think the term of Dayak should not be drop as the whole world recognize Dayak as a big ethinc group of bumi in Borneo Island. This term that has been used since the colonial government (Brooke era) refers to ethnicity and it doesnt reflects the Dayak as uncivilised, uncouth and "low class". But that is what happen hundred of years ago. Now, I am still proud to call myself as a Dayak because I believe that the Dayak has been and progressing well to be one of the most dynamic ethnic in Borneo. We the Dayak achieves lots of achivement in economic, academ ic, social sciences and political as well. We managed to change our life from poor family to a well being family with the help of education.

To read more:

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Dayak YBs want to be called Dayak
By Irene C and Margaret Ringgit

KUCHING: Dayak elected representatives met at the Dewan Undangan Negeri yesterday were not supportive of the idea of dropping the term ‘Dayak’.

Ministers, assistant ministers and members of the august house seemed taken aback by the suggestion. Some of them refused to comment, while others replied negatively.

Those who agreed to be interviewed felt that it is alright to keep the term ‘Dayak’ to refer to the ethnic community in the state.

They disagreed with the suggestion that the term could connote that the community was uncivilised, uncouth and “low class”.

“To me, being called Dayak is not an issue, the most important think is that we know our own identity and we want to be united,” said Kemena assemblyman Dr Stephen Rundi, who is also the state BN secretary general.

He said he felt the issue had been blown out of proportion.

“The term ‘Dayak’ has been used by the colonial government to refer to ethnicity. On the other hand, we want to keep our tradition to be called Dayak as a form of unity,” he explained.

Dr Rundi, who is Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) secretary general, said he did not see the point of changing the term if it affected the unity and dignity of the Dayak people as a whole.

Tasik Biru assemblyman Datuk Peter Nansian said: “As Dayak, I am proud to be a Dayak and I would like to be called a Dayak.”

He said there was nothing to be ashamed of being a Dayak, arguing that it is part of the community’s identity.

“Derogatory is what you make it to be, not what you are,” said the Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) senior vice-president.

Assistant Minister of Land Development Francis Harden said the term ‘Dayak’ covers the various ethnic groups in Sarawak and that he was “fine” with it.

“To me, I am alright with the term … I don’t think by using that term, the Dayak community is outdated. We are progressing well,” he said.

Assistant Minister of Water Supply Sylvester Entri said there should be no problem using the term ‘Dayak’ as it referred to all non-Muslim ethnic groups in the state.

“For documentation purposes, should be no problem. Justifying the term … we can put Kayan or Kenyah, be specific,” he explained.

Assistant Minister of Rural Development Datuk Ambrose Blikau said the suggestion to drop the term ‘Dayak’ should be considered seriously as it reflected the community’s identity.

“The word ‘Dayak’ has been used for generations since the Brooke era, using the word does not mean that the community is uncivilised, uncouth and ‘low class’,” he argued.

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I am proud being born as a Dayak in the Borneo Island.


  1. apa nak malu asal usul kita? aku bangga apa aku orang terengganu. tapi aku tak tahulah keturunan apa. Cina thailand kot? hahaha.. anyway suatu masa dulu aku pernah rasa macam malu dan malu sebab aku ni orang yang berasal dari terengganu. Semua sepupu aku kebanyakan dari KL. Bila bertemu, mesti aku nak cakap luar. Aku tak guna dialek terengganu. But, bila aku besar, semakin aku mengerti jati diri sendiri. I'm proud to be terengganurian. wohohohoo.. semangat patriotik. (kena mengena tak komen saya dengan post awak kali ini?)

  2. aah..memang ada kena mengena dgn post aku kali ni...aku dari dulu x pernah malu nak mengaku diri aku bangsa apa...cuma kureng sikit la nak cakap aku ni ada darah cina..sbb aku x pandai nak cakap cina...kekeke...tapi skrg ni aku bangga aku adalah anak kacukan dari dua bangsa yg berbeza dan ada kelebihan untuk bertutur dlm byk dialect and languages...hehehe

  3. Marvic,

    I am Melayu la kan, tapi asal usul Jawa. So what? I am proud to be A Jawa, Jawa rotan

    ps : tempe goreng kicap bersu'un sedap tau. lol

    I never coined that word with deragotary remarks. What ever it is, our heritage are parts of our identity, and i think it is vital for us to keep and nurture such important aspects.

    Funny thing is, Malaysia politicians tend to bruhahahaha much on minor remeh2 things instead of focusing their energies and strategies on much larger issues.

  4. Marvic, dimana kamu menghilang??? sonyap jo...:)

  5. bain...sorry la..aku busy giler...balik rumah je dah x larat nak update blog.tapi malam karang aku nak update la...tapi x sure topik apa..hmmm..hahaha..aku pon dah rindu nak blogging balik mcm dulu kala....