Summit to unite and fight for rights

MIRI: Leaders of all Dayak native communities from Sarawak, Sabah and Kalimantan are planning a historic summit.

The gathering in Tumbang Anoi in central Kalimantan next month is to find a common code to fight for their native rights.

Society for Rights of Indigenous People of Sarawak (Scrips) secretary-general Michael Jok said it was crucial for all Dayaks scattered throughout Borneo to unite as one body.

“Dayaks from all over Borneo have formed a Borneo-level grouping called Dayak International Justice Council.

“This will be the common platform to unite all Dayaks living in Sarawak, Sabah and Kalimantan.

“This council will document the written and oral laws of the Dayaks living on Borneo Island so that we have a common set of adat.

“We want to fight for our land and social rights as one united body.

Jok said Tumbang Anoi is the place where a historic treaty was signed by the warring Dayak tribes in 1894.

Dayaks chiefs from throughout Borneo signed it to end civil wars that had split the community for centuries.