KUCHING, March 21: Sarawak Dayak Graduates Association (SDGA) has elected 31-year old Gary Ningkan as their new President for the term 2019-2021, taking over from Dr. Dusit Jaul.

The biennial election was held during the Association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on 16 March 2019 at a local hotel here in Kuching.

Gary is supported by Deputy President, Dr. Jawing Chunggat, Darrell Nadeng (Secretary-General), Alicia Augustine (Assistant Secretary-General), Rudy Ujang (Treasurer-General), Nathanael Bolly (Assistant Secretary-General) and 11 Ordinary Committee Members.

The Vice-Presidents are Dr Florianna Lendai, Sabestiano Mike and Haider Kowel Bete who represent the Iban, Bidayuh and Orang Ulu communities respectively.

Yesterday, the Association held a simple handing-over ceremony at its headquarters in Panovel Commercial Centre, Jalan Simpang Tiga, here.

In a media release today, the newly-elected President emphasised that SDGA would maintain its focus on education and especially to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) to young Dayaks.

"The Dayak community cannot get left behind in STEM and TVET if we wish to ride the tide of IR 4.0 (Industrial Revolution 4.0) and Sarawak’s Digitial Economy aspirations," he said.

"That is why the repair works on over 1,000 dilapidated schools in Sarawak must be done as soon as possible. These are schools mostly in the rural areas and affecting Dayak children’s education."

Other than Dayak education,the Association also aspires to be the leading voice for young Dayaks, whose main concerns are on employment and financial stability.

"We understand that young graduates are facing challenges in employment. We wish to address the issues and source for solutions. This is, after all, an Associatio nof Dayak graduates," he said.

Taking on a new direction, with the average age of office-bearers at 30 years and coming from various professions, Gary said they were very eager to contribute to the Community at large.

"I am very honoured to be elected to lead this Association. Dr. Dusit and the previous exco had done a tremendous jobin advocating matters pertaining to Dayaks’ education. These are big shoes to fill. However, I have great confidence in the new exco’s abilities," he added.

"Therefore, we call upon all young Dayak graduates to support our cause and join us as lifetime members. Let us be your voice. The bigger the group, the louder our voice becomes," he reckoned.

Membership applications can be done online at www.sarawakdga.com.my.

The new exco is also planning to refurbish the website and to establish social media interaction via its new facebook page (@SarawakDGA) that will be launched this coming April 1.

SDGA was registered on 23 July 2001 with the mission to promote the value of good and relevant education among the Dayak community. As of today, the Association has more than 1,100 members.

(Source: DayakDaily)


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