MIRI: Indigenous communities from throughout Sarawak, peninsula Malaysia and Sabah will converge in Kuching city next month in a show of unity to reassert their rights and status and discuss latest issues affecting them.
The gathering will be held from Aug 7 to 10 and it will culminate with the celebration of the national level World Indigenous Day 2015 that will be hosted by Kuching this year.
Event organiser Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS) expects hundreds of community leaders from all native groups nationwide to attend to demonstrate their unity with each other.
JOAS media coordinator Sze Ning said yesterday that the gathering would be very important as it would be the platform for the natives from all over the country to reassert their rights and welfare and voice their opinions on current issues affecting them.
“The event will serve as a platform for all the indigenous communities to showcase their achievements and highlight current efforts taken by them to improve their standard of life in the place where they live,” she told Sarawak Metro.
“They will also discuss efforts they are taking to reassert their land rights and protect their welfare.”
Sze said the event would also be used to voice out their current concerns over latest issues in the country and to be heard by the government in the states and country.
“There will also be colourful and exciting displays of culture and dances from across the country, handicraft and photo exhibitions, traditional sports and other interesting events,” she said.
In Sarawak alone, there are more than 30 ethnic and sub-ethnic communities and they form 60% of the state’s population.