Greater allocations were demanded by the Sarawak Dayak Graduates Association (SDGA) in accordance with Sarawak’s position as a region within Malaysia.
“For development allocation, we constantly seek more because Sarawak requires more connections to flourish.
Given its size, Sarawak “should be getting the highest amount for infrastructure development,” according to Gary Ningkan, president of the SDGA.
In addition, he wants to see a Dayak community fund established in Sarawak, comparable to the allocation made to the Orang Asli community for social assistance programs, raising standards of living, and integrated village development.
Gary said, “This particular allotment could also help the Dayak people receive fire insurance for longhouses as many are at risk of fire.”
Moreover, he said that young Malaysians should be given support to buy their first home, whether in the form of subsidies or the availability of more inexpensive homes for first-time purchasers.
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Over 60% of the nearly 1,000 Dayak graduates under 40 who have just registered with us do not buy a home because they perceive it to be too expensive and beyond their means of repayment, he added.
Gary also advocated for the addition of science facilities to rural schools in Sarawak, which would encourage more kids to enroll in these courses.
According to him, one reason why so many Dayak children in remote areas do not enroll in the scientific program is the absence of adequate facilities.
President of the Sarawak Federation of Chinese Associations, Datuk Richard Wee, argued that greater funding for SMEs, who had been severely harmed by the Covid-19 outbreak, should be included in the budget.
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