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Open Access The Decline of Dayak Political Movements (1960-1971)

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The Decline of Dayak Political Movements (1960-1971)

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Dayaks were appointed as executive heads in several districts, and a Dayak was appointed governor of West Kalimantan. This golden era for Dayak politics lasted for a little more than ten years (1955-1966). After 1966, however, Dayak political influence declined rapidly. From the end of the 1950s to the mid-1960s, Dayak politics underwent various life-saving processes, from (Partai) Persatuan Dayak, Dayak Unity (Party) (PD) to Partindo, and from Partindo to Ikatan Pendukung Kemerdekaan Indonesia (League for Upholding Indonesian Independence (IPKI)). Since its inception, West Kalimantan Partindo had been plagued with accusations of being a Communist party. The accusation was rejected by its leaders, many of whom were Catholics, as baseless. After 1963, West Kalimantan had become a frontier for the Indonesian campaign against the formation of the Malaysian Federation by the British government.

Keywords: Dayak political influence; IPKI; Malaysian federation; West Kalimantan Partindo



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