Selangor Journal

MB extends Gawai Day wishes to Sarawakians

SHAH ALAM, JUNE 1: Dato’ Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali wishes all Sarawakians who celebrate Gawai this year a happy Gawai Day.
In his statement, he said that the State Government shares a mutual aspiration with the Sarawakians in celebrating the diversity among the people of different races and achieving progress as planned.
“I would like to extend my best wished from Selangor to Sarawakians who celebrate Gawai this year. Gawai Dayak is a festival that celebrates the original Sarawak culture rooted from the culture of diligence before harvesting.
“The farming culture is a part of cooperation and mutual effort to overcome life and environmental challenges. The spirit of Gawai is something that must be brought into our efforts to build the country so that no citizen and no state feels marginalised.
“The richness of the Dayak culture is being studied by foreigners however not enough interest is given to it in Malaysia. By right, a continuous effort should be made to promote understanding on respect for this indistinct heritage into our education system,” he said.
He added that Sarawak is a state facing economic challenges and Selangor welcomes all Malaysians including those from Sarawak who have made the State their home, and that it is a part of the State Government’s philosophy that the state’s wealth must be redistributed to its citizens particularly those who are less fortunate.
“Due to that, the Peduli Rakyat programmes have been expanded from eight to 40 programmes within nine years, to help the people.
“I am looking into the future where Selangor and Sarawak can work closely for the mutual benefit of both countries. Similar to harvesting, the result can be enjoyed together, there are many things that can be shared to overcome poverty and economic gap and many things can be learned from Sarawak,” he said.
Dato’ Menteri Besar said, Malaysia including Selangor is home to all Malaysians. The State Government is concerned on the people’s fate with Sarawak claiming better recognition and respect and Selangor is in solidarity with Sarawak.
He ended his speech with the following words:
Selamat Ngintu Gawai Dayak
Gayu Guru Gerai Nyamai
Chelap Lindap Lantang Senang
Nguan Menua

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