COMMENT: Dusit Jaul PhD has done all the right things in the most proactive manner.
Through Sarawak Dayak Graduates’ Association (SDGA), which he heads, Dr Dusit works with some of the best Dayak brains to study issues affecting the community. Group findings therein reached are brought to the attention of the relevant authorities in hopes that the issues are given due attention.
The issues are many – higher education opportunities, knowledge empowerment, information dissemination and Dayak participation in the civil service at both the state and federal levels.
Central to all this is of course SDGA’s motto – One Voice, Community Destiny, Dayak Unity, and slogan – Committed to Community Excellence.
His is all about positive engagement, which saw SDGA engaging other Dayak-based NGOs, schools and students, businessmen and businesses, politicians and government officials.
Motivation seminars were organised to help students prepare for their examinations; forums like the “SDGA Unity Forum: The Government’s Transformation Programmes & Security Issues” were held to help members of the community understand the latest government policies; and a special committee on a mission to get Dayaks apply for civil service jobs was formed in 2012.
The special committee, which Dusit leads as interim chairman, is interesting because it was formed after a meeting of the SDGA with Public Service Commission (PSC) chairman Tan Sri Mahmood Adam.
In that meeting, it was revealed that too few Dayaks applied to join the civil service. PSC’s record as of September 2012 showed it received a total of 66,699 applications to fill the various vacancies.
Out of the number, 26,233 or 39% were Malays, Bidayuhs (8,327), Melanaus (6,218), Chinese (5,062) and Orang Ulus (3,315). The Ibans, despite being the biggest group in the state, only accounted for 16,578 applications. Consequently, of the 2,997 selected, 849 were Malays, Chinese (535), Bidayuhs (475), Melanaus (257), Orang Ulus (96) and Iban (722).
“At the moment we cannot put the blame solely on PSC for having fewer Dayaks in the public service because record shows that in terms of the number of applications received by PSC over the years less were from the Dayaks compared with the Malays and Chinese despite being the biggest community in the state,” Dusit was quoted as saying.