8
September

on 22 August 2009
at the Christian Ecumenical Centre, Jalan Stampin, Kuching

 

SDGA Exco members, Distinguished guests, members of the media, ladies & gentlemen

Good evening & salam 1 Malaysia 

  1. On behalf of the Organising Committee, I would to welcome our Guest of Honour, YB Dato Sri William Mawan and all distinguished guests to the inaugral “SDGA DINNER & DAYAK EDUCATION EXCELLENCE AWARDS” 2009.
  2. Since its establishment in 2001, SDGA has always given high priority to education as one of its core programmes and activities – in line with our mission to promote the value of good and quality education among Dayak particularly in Sarawak.
  3. We believe that only by attaining quality education we can bring our Dayak community into the mainstream of development and are able to compete with other races in the world as Malaysia strives to be a developed country by the year 2020. 
  4. As a young generation myself, I am very concerned to see some of our Dayak students and parents who are not taking full advantage of the vast education opportunities and financial assistance provided by our Government and institutions of higher learning. I am even more worried to see some of our Dayak students who are forced to drop out of school because of poverty, family problems and other related issues.  
  5. Another important issue for us to ponder is regarding the marketability and employability of today’s Dayak graduates.  Do our Dayak graduates possess the relevant knowledge and right skills especially soft skills such as communication and analytical skills?  More importantly, a good command of the English language remains a necessary quality as well. Low level competencies among our Dayak graduates surely do not bode well for the future of the country.
  6. All the above issues need serious thinking and reflections among all of us particularly our Dayak leaders if we want our Dayak community to be able to compete in today’s fast-paced and highly competitive environment.  Therefore, it is very important for us to work together irrespective of our differences to ensure the sustainability of our Dayak community.
  7. On behalf of the Organising Committee members, I would like to thank our SDGA President, Dr. Dusit Jaul for his leadership and guidance towards making this dinner a successful and meaningful event.  We are committed to work together with you to achieve our goals which we have set in the SDGA’s Strategic Direction Framework during our retreat in March this year.
  8. I also would like to express my appreciation to all SDGA committee members for their commitment and dedication in helping to organize this dinner within a short period of time. 
  9. To conclude, I would like to all of us to reflect on a famous quote by Alvin Toffler: “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn”.

Thank you and have a pleasant evening.

 

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