Don’t splurge on Gawai, Dayaks told


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  • Thursday, 22 May 2008

SIBU: With the Gawai Dayak festival about two weeks away, the 1.5 million Dayak community in Sarawak has been advised to be mindful of their expenses.

“Don’t splurge on merry-making to usher in the celebrations as prices of many essential items have gone up,” said Deputy Minister of Energy, Water and Communications Datuk Joseph Salang.

Speaking at the divisional level pre-Gawai celebrations here last night, he said that people should only buy what was necessary as excesses would go to waste.

Salang also advised traders in rural towns not to cash in on the celebrations by raising prices of essential items.

“I’ve received complaints from constituents in my Julau constituency of traders taking advantage of the festival,” he said at the function organised by the Sibu branch of the Sarawak Dayak Women's Association.

The Gawai Dayak or harvest festival falls on June 1.

On politics, Salang said he agreed with Parti Rakyat Sarawak president Datuk Seri Dr James Masing's stand that the party’s six members of parliament remain loyal to Barisan Nasional. – Bernama


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