SIDS Sibu Branch organised its Leadership Training and it was attended by 42 SIDS leaders from Central Region branches.  The worshop was facilitated by Mr. Telemachus Lo, Director and Learning Facilitator from SMT Learning Solutions.

The objective mainly for Sarakup women

  • To instill leadership skill
  • To empower leadership value
  • To share experience knowledge

Signing Ceremony : Memorandum of Understanding on Tan Sri Empiang Jabu

Research Chair in Dayak Women Studies between Sarakup Indu Dayak Sarawak and Universiti Putra Malaysia on 1st August 2019 at Hilton Hotel Kuching. The signing ceremony was  witnessed by YAB Datuk Patinggi (Dr.) Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari bin Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg, Chief Minister of Sarawak.

On the July 6, 2019, about fifteen (15) members of the SIDS Supreme Executive Committee visited SIDS Bajong Branch as part of their outreach and training program to the rural community.  The session was held at Rh Ungga in Sebuyau. 

There were about sixty (60) SIDS Bajong members including the residents of Rh Ungga attended the function.  Dato Ir Alice Jawan, Chairman of SIDS, in her speech highlighted several issues relating to the way forward for Sarakup Indu Dayak Sarawak (SIDS) and the roles of each member towards the development of the association. 

The ladies at the longhouse and also members in Bajong were taught on beading a necklace, as a potential to increase family income and learning art of beading craft.

Group picture of SIDS Exco and members at Bajong, Sebuyau

SIDS   organized its first Strategic Planning Workshop on the 23 – 24 February 2019 in Kuching and it was attended by 66 SIDS leaders from 26 branches, 2 pro-tem branches, and the Executive members.  The workshop was facilitated by Dr. Florince Christy of Futuristic Communication Management Services Sdn. Bhd.

The main objective of the workshop was to formulate common values and the future direction of SIDS.  Several different exercises were carried out.

SWOT Analysis Conclusive Summaries are:



  • Commitment of leaders
  • Confidence with passionate Exco Committee to lead to future, enhance standing/ reputation of SIDS
  • Able leadership of current Exco accelerate development and progress
  • Large members base, influential, should play more important roles in nation

  • Lack of understanding of SIDS vision, mission & objectives
  • No office/ premises at branch
  • Lack of entrepreneurship skills
  • Lack of ICT skills
  • Lack of fund resulting in lack of activities at branch level

  • Expansion of membership base
  • Develop business alliances with others
  • Ability to enhance each other skills & knowledge
  • Online business involvement
  • Ready pool of market among members & networks


  • Some leaders lack of commitment
  • Decline or stagnation of membership in some branches. Need to recruit young & professional women.
  • Lack of volunteerism
  • Lack of activities due to fund constraint

These are the recommendations/ resolutions made at the workshops:-

  1. Youth & Professional engagement.
  2. Inclusiveness from Executive/Branch to all members.
  3. Executive – transparent & active in programs.
  4. SIDS to speak in ONE VOICE to reflect Our UNITY.
  5. Training of various aspects of culture, skills, etc.
  6. Develop Dayak/ Iban identity.
  7. Concurrent activities & disseminate information.
  8. All new members to register also with SDNU & ensure participation in SDNU TGA/ activities.
  9. All branches to submit proposals to Executive Committee.
  10. Recognition of Leaders.

One of the common vision of SIDS leaders is to have a headquarter in each division/branch.


Report prepared by SIDS HQ

8 June 2019

The 35th SDNU TGA was held on the 9th March 2019 at Imperial Hotel, Kuching and it was attended by most branches of SDNU.  A 62nd Anniversary Dinner was held on the 8 March 2019 at the same venue and it was graced by YAB Chief Minister Sarawak.

Dato Ir. Alice Jawan Empaling, Chairman SIDS, highlighted on several matters:-

  1. Transparency and following proper procedures for the approving of activities and funds;
  2. Proper financial and accounting procedures;
  3. Highlighted and reported on the two major SIDS projects/programs which are the
    • Tan Sri Empiang Jabu Research Chair in Dayak Women Studies, and
    • Rumah SIDS;
  4. SDNU Branches to be inclusive with their respective SIDS Branches and to allocate appropriate delegates to the SDNU TGA; and
  5. Need for SDNU to work with SIDS at all levels.


At this TGA, YB Tan Sri William Mawan was re-elected (uncontested) as the President SDNU 2019 – 2021, and the Chairman SIDS will be Vice-President.

SDNU Supreme Executive Committee 2015 – 2018 in a photo session with YAB Chief Minister Sarawak. Present at the function was Deputy Chief Minister, YB Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah, YB Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi, YB Ir. Christopher Gira, and Datu Ik Pahon, President DBNA.

Sarakup Indu Dayak Sarawak (SIDS) had several discussions with Mahkamah Bumiputra Sarawak and Majlis Adat Istiadat Sarawak to organize course/seminar/brief for SIDS members.  We are thankful to the Datu Michael Dawi of Mahkamah Bumiputra Sarawak for making this a possibility in 2019.  Together we had conducted 3 series of courses for about 600 members in the State, which we had divided into three zones, southern, central and northern.

The course/bried was called ‘ Taklimat Pengurusan Kes-Kes Mahkamah Bumiputra (Modul M1) untuk Sarakkup Indu Dayak Sarawak’ and held in 3 zones.  The 1st taklimat was held in December 2018 for the southern region, covering Kuching, Samarahan, Siol Kandis, and the neighboring branches.  The 2nd course was held in Sibu on the for the central region with branches from Sibu, Sekuau, Kapit, Bintangor, Sarikei, Pakan, Julau, and neighboring branches including new branch Selanggau and Mukah.  The 3rd course was held in Miri on the 27 April 2019 for the branches in for the northern region branches of Miri, Bintulu, Niah, Kemena (new branch), Limbang, Lawas, and neighboring branches.

It was a great learning experience for the members.  Datu Michael Dawi and Dato Ir. Alice Jawan both spoke at the briefings in Sibu and Miri, whilst in Kuching, Dato Alice was represented by the Deputy Chairman, Mdm Margaret Bedus.

Group picture for the session in Central Region with SIDS members from the zone.