Welcome to the latest edition of the Journal of Borneo Kalimantan!
In this issue, you will find six pieces of research that offer valuable insights into various aspects of our region. The first paper “Imej Suku Dayak di Mata Pengarang Melayu: Suatu Penelitian ke Atas Naskhah Syair Perang Cina di Monterado” analyses the perception of the Dayak community from the perspective of Malay authors, while the second paper, written by Claudia and Nurazuna, explores linguistic kinship between the Remun and Iban Undop languages.
Meanwhile, “Does Empowering Victim to Earn a Living Reduces the Risk of Domestic Violence Severity? A Narrative Review and A Pilot Study” examines the relationship between economic empowerment and the severity of domestic violence. This issue also includes two papers that examines the agriculture and society nexus, focusing on the elements of Asset-Based Community-led Development (ABCD) for sustainable development practices in rural rice farming communities (Mei Jean and Hon-Ngen), and the tropical forest, traditional societies and dynamic continuum by Bernard Sellato. In addition, there are a research note on adolescent sexual and reproductive health in Sarawak and a book review on a compilation honoring Professor Osman Bakar's contributions, by Gerraint and Mizanur, as well as Shazani Masri.
These contributions exemplify the calibre of research being conducted in our academic community. Thank you to all the authors, reviewers, and editorial team for their invaluable contributions in ensuring the highest standards of quality and integrity for our journal. We encourage all readers to engage with the ideas presented and draw inspiration from the remarkable research undertaken by these esteemed scholars. Let us continue to foster a culture of intellectual curiosity, collaboration, and innovation. Thank you, and we hope you find this edition of the Journal of Borneo Kalimantan enlightening and thought-provoking.
Professor Dr Poline Bala
Institute of Borneo Studies
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)