SADIA president Sidi Munan said that the set up of DBT is a “good idea”.
“Why not, if it acts as a think tank for the party which wishes to learn more about Dayaks’ cultural, social, economic and political needs.
“At least there is an organisation which makes an attempt to learn more about Dayaks’ problems and needs and is willing to help the community.
“There is nothing wrong in supporting such an idea,” Munan said.
Commenting on the same issue, the chairman of Sarawak Dayak Graduate Association (SDGA) Dr. Dusit Jaul agreed with Lim that “the whole idea is to create economic, social, cultural and political awakening”.
“In the context of national politics, DAP has every right to initiate this move, and whether it is going to have any impact only time will tell,” Dusit said.
The proposal to set up DBT was announced by the DAP national leader Lim Kit Siang who said that the “Dayak Brain Trust” which acts as an advisory body will recruit 10 Dayak professionals to advise them on serving the rural community.
Lim said: “We are already sourcing for the 10 outstanding personalities to set up the Dayak Brain Trust.
“They would be professionals to advise the opposition including giving their views on ways to lead the folks towards economic, social, cultural and political awakening,” he said, adding that the party had approached a lawyer, a doctor, a businessman and those from specialised fields.