SRI AMAN: Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDS Baru) has chosen a pig as its mascot for the 14th General Election as it has a deep meaning in the Dayak custom, says its information chief Bobby William.
He said the animal was also symbolic of the unification of the various Dayak tribes in Sarawak.
Bobby was responding to criticism that the use of the pig as a mascot offended the sensitivities of certain races.
He brought up the Kapit Peacemaking ceremony involving several tribes that took place in 1924 at Fort Sylvia.
He said it started with the killing of a pig, which marked the historic unification of the Dayak community in the state and ended the "ngayau" (headhunting) tradition.
"We must remember the good deeds and sacrifices of Temenggong Koh Anak Jubang and past leaders in bringing the Dayak people together," he said.
Bobby added that the Dayaks believe that a pig was an intermediary between them and the "petara" (creator).
He expressed hope that all parties could understand and respect the customs and traditions of the Dayak ethnic group, as well as accept the selection of the pig as the party's mascot. – Bernama