HISTORY OF BIDAYUH
The history of the Bidayuh in Kuching Division is both colourful and eventful. It was believed that the Bidayuhs migrated from Kalimantan Barat Indonesia to Sarawak long time ago. However, there are some Bidayuh groups claim that their ancestors came from West Kalimantan, Java and Sumatra, while others say they are the original inhabitants of Sarawak. Initially, the earliest Bidayuh settlements were centred at Ulu Padawan and Rabak Mikabuh in Kuching District, Bung Bratak, Dorod Singai and Gunung Serembu in Bau District, Bung Bagak and Sedemak in Lundu District. In the olden days, the Bidayuhs were known as “”Land Dayak”. However, today they prefer to be known as “‘ Bidayuh”. In their dialect, “Bi” means ” People” and “Dayuh” means ” Land”‘. Hence, the word “Bidayuh” means “People of the Land”. Most Bidayuh villages can be found at the Lundu, Bau, apprentices, Penrissen, even in rural areas and the western region. The region continues to reside there in Kembayan, Noyan, Sekayam and Sanggau regency Jangkang West Kalimantan border area adjecting. As a whole the Bidayuhs are hospitable, humble, trustworthy and friendly people who are not only helpful among themselves but also to other communities in Sarawak as well. The Bidayuhs pay for the land and soil and the whole awe, respect and reverence surroundings special attention. Land, to the Bidayuh is the source of life and sustenance. Even if there is an economic way of development and progress of modern life, most Bidayuhs still living in their pursuit to undertake a variety of agriculture in rural areas. During the rule of the Sultan of Brunei, the Bidayuhs were ill-treated by the Brunei Governor in Sarawak. They were forced to work at low wages and sometimes with no pay at all. The Brunei Ruler often took away their paddy and boats. The worst is that the Bidayuh villages often subject to attacks and raids Skrang lbans and Malay pirates. Hence, their population was greatly reduced...
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