Uniting all Kedayan groups eyed

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Brunei Darussalam Malay Kedayan association (Pemedayan) is planning to unite all Kedayan communities in Borneo under a single association or a regional committee to strengthen their ties and eliminate differences.

Haji Matusin Orang Kaya Sura Haji Tuba, president of Pemedayan, said that in order to strengthen the existence of the Kedayan community in the region, they have plans to collaborate with other Kedayan groups overseas to form a core association bringing them all together.

He said that there were more than five Kedayan communities in Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia. And sometimes, a particular community has tendencies to identify with their country instead of their ethnic origin.

The Pemedayan president said discussions should be carried out immediately considering that most of their members were already old. “By doing this early, it can helps us to achieve our objective in ensuring the next generation of our community would be able to inherit the task in maintaining the culture and existence of the Kedayan community in this region,” he said in a recent interview.

He said that unifying all the Kedayan communities in Borneo would give them an opportunity to arrange their future events accordingly and systematically as well as benefit every association which would be willing to participate.

“We don’t want each country where Kedayan associations are present to be holding its own cultural event without the presence and participation of all the existing Kedayan communities,” he said.

He explained there were instances that Kedayan associations in other countries would be holding their own events, which would then be followed by an almost similar event here in Brunei.

“By not having a regional committee, it can cause a repetitive event to be held by different associations. A centralised community will allow members to have a primary decision in every discussion and it is much easier to gather the information that shows the activities that members are engaged in,” he said.

A gathering was recently organised by Pemedayan at Kg Parit Recreational Park in collaboration with Kedayan associations from Sipitang, Miri, Limbang, Lawas and Labuan.

“The gathering was the first one after we had the last meeting with them. By having such activities, it strengthened our relationships and increased understanding of one another,” he said.

Hj Matusin added that Kedayan communities were scattered in Borneo but overtime could become obscure.

“Hopefully with the regional committee, it can help us enforce our aim in maintaining the ethnic community especially by gaining support from the younger generation,” said the president.

The Brunei Darussalam Malay Kedayan association was established on November 20, 2014 and their first general meeting was held in April 2015.

The Brunei Times