‘New centre a gift to the Orang Ulu community’

(From left) Kijan, Dennis and Robert roll up a mat to symbolise the end of Gawai Dayak.

MIRI: The Orang Ulu community here have been assured they will no longer have problems finding a venue to hold their events and activities, once construction of the Orang Ulu Cultural Centre (OUCC) is completed.

Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau said the centre is in the planning stage and is expected to be completed within two years.

“This (OUCC) is our gift from the state government, as recognition of our effort in making the state what it is today. Every one of us has contributed to that,” he said when closing a ‘Ngiling Bidai’ dinner organised by Orang Ulu Ladies Group, here last Saturday.

According to Dennis, upon completion, the cultural centre will have a hall that can accommodate up to 100 tables.

He added that the OUCC, which will be located at Jalan Lopeng here, is in a prime area and will also house offices of the nine major Orang Ulu ethnic groups.