SIBU – The Rural and Regional Development Ministry Monday advised the Sarawak Dayak National Union (SDNU) to discuss with the agencies of the ministry how to improve the livelihood of the Dayak community.
Deputy Minister Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi said the agencies had many programmes to help the community in terms of education and economic well-being.
“The programmes have been used to help many people in Semenanjung (peninsular Malaysia). One of them is the Income Increment Programme (PPP) which provides financial and management assistance to enable the community to participate in or carry out economic projects in various sectors,” he said.
Speaking at the SDNU Sibu Branch Family Day at the Sibu Lake Garden in Taman Permai here, he said he could help arrange the meeting between SDNU members and the officials of the agencies.
On the Family Day, Nanta, who is also SDNU deputy president, said more such events should be held and they should not be confined to recreational activities.
He said such events should become a platform for SDNU members to exchange views on how to further assist the Dayak community.
About 700 people, comprising members and children of the SDNU Sibu Branch under the chairmanship of Chambai Lindong, attended the family day which featured activities such as telematch for children, a ‘sape’ performance and a barbeque.