DCF Background


Dayak Cultural Foundation was incorporated on the 30th December 1992 under the Companies Act, 1965. Its registered office is at Level 6, Tun Jugah, 18 Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak, East Malaysia. Dayak Cultural Foundation is a private company limited by guarantee.


The objectives for which the Foundation is established are to receive and administer funds for cultural, educational, scientific and charitable purposes, and for public welfare, and for no other purposes.


The Foundation’s official logo is “Pusat Bedus”, an intricate pattern weaved out of split rattan wrapped around a hoister of “parang ilang” in the olden days. The pattern symbolizes unity amongst the three (3) Dayaks’ communities.

Major Activities

  1. Showcasing Dayak Performing Arts by well-known DCF Cultural Troupe.
  2. Developing and promoting traditional music and dances by giving Sape and Ngajat Classes.
  3. Assisting needy students accepted into institutions of higher learning but yet to receive any scholarship or loan e.g. from PTPTN or MARA.
  4. Provide full scholarship to selected Dayaks’ students who achieved a CGPA of 4.0 in their STPM examinations and its equivalents. Terms and Conditions apply.
  5. Promoting the development and use of the Dayaks’ languages through various researches, compilations, and publications. It also sponsors seminars and workshops on the development of Dayaks languages.
  6. Sponsoring the Chair of Dayak Studies at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS).

Mode of Operation

The Dayak Cultural Foundation operates under the Companies Acts 1965 and, by virtue of its Memorandum and Articles of Association, it is currently subjected to tax.


The Dayak Cultural Foundation was granted Native Status by Yang di-Pertua Negeri on 25th October 1994 which authorizes the Foundation to purchase or otherwise acquire any rights or interest whatever in or over any Native Area Land but subjected to certain conditions as may be determined by the Director of Lands and Surveys.

The Foundation is also holding a Bumiputera Status with Ministry of Finance for the purpose of share offers and allocations earmarked for Bumiputera investors approved by the Ministry. Its Registration Number is INST, 275/93 dated 7th April 1993.