Sunday, 5th June 2011
Every Iban in Sarawak should be proud of these three leaders who had been awarded with Tan Sri by the King. The award was a special Gawai Dayak gift to all the Iban in the country. It is hope with the award, the three of them will work harder to protect our rights and to ensure that the living standard of the Iban if not better is in par with the rest of Sarawakian. Even though none of them are from second division or Simanggang area but we hope they will not neglect us.
At first when I read in the Borneo Post about three dayak leaders being awarded with the Tan Sri title, I did not pay much attention as I was thinking that they were not Iban laeders. But after realised who they were, I decided to write it here in Bukittunggal as a show of appreciation to the Federal Government.
As I mentioned earlier even though the three leaders were not from Iban Simanggang, but I hope the Federal Government aware about this, and as for these three leaders it is hope they will represent all the Iban in Sarawak regardless of the areas where they came from, be it Iban Simanggang, Iban Batang Rejang, Iban Sekrang or the Iban Lundu .
Who Are These Three Leaders
The three Iban leaders that had been awarded with Panglima Setia Mahkota award which carries the title ‘Tan Sri’, two are presidents of the Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties namely Dato Sri Dr James Masing of the Dayak-dominant Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Dato Sri William Mawan Ikom of the multi-racial Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP).
Another notable personality is former politician Datuk Amar Leonard Linggi Jugah. Linggi, former Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) secretary-general now runs the cultural and education-linked Tun Jugah Foundation. He was one of four Malaysians named as Forbes Asia’s Heroes of Philanthropy in 2008.
They received the award from Yang Di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin.
Bukittunggal once again would like to congratulate these three Tan Sri hope the title will encourage them to work harder for the Iban!