By K.KASTURI DEWI PENANGITES had the opportunity to celebrate Sabah’s Hari Kaamatan or Harvest Festival at Tanjung Bungah Beach Hotel recently. The annual festival, also known as Tadau Kaamatan, saw dancers in elaborately beaded costumes, performing traditional dances such as the Sumazau. The dancers were almost floating effortlessly in their rhythmically paced steps. Although living away from home, the Sabahans put in much effort to show and share their rich cultural and ethnic background with the locals. The event is one of the biggest and most colourful multi-ethnic celebrations among the predominantly Kadazandusun, Iban, Murut, Rungus, Bidayuh and Orang Ulu farming communities. Besides the traditional dances, the celebration also saw a singing contest where seven contestants took part. The contestants mainly rendered songs related to the Harvest Festival. National Unity and Integration Department director-general Datuk Azman Amin Hassan who represented Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili said the event was a way of keeping the tradition alive. “It also fosters unity and promotes cultural awareness among Malaysians of our rich multi-cultural diversity,” he said. Azman said this was one of the reasons foreign tourists were impressed with Malaysia. The celebration was organised by National Unity and Integration Department and Penang branch of the Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA). Source: The Star, Tuesday May 8, 2007
KUALA LUMPUR: KDCA Pulau Pinang branch wants to get the approval of headquarters here to send its representatives for this year's State-level Pesta Kaamatan Unduk Ngadau and Sugandoi competitions at the Hongkod Koisaan in Penampang. Its pro tem chairman, Jodin Pamajah, said they would be working towards getting similar status attained by the KDCA Klang Valley branch, which had been sending its representatives for the event. He said KDCA Pulau Pinang would be holding its inaugural Pesta Kaamatan involving Sabah community residing in the northern part of the peninsula on May 14 at Tanjung Bunga Beach Hotel. Penang State Assemblyman for Kebun Bunga is expected to officiate at the event. KDCA_Penang_2 – Some of the KDCA Pulau Pinang organizing committee, led by Jodin Pamajah (left) taking photo with Datuk Pairin and Datuk Richard Bainon (seated second from right) Met at a dinner with the Huguan Siou here, Jodin, who is from Tandek and working with a Japan multi-national company in Penang, said prior to this Sabahans used to hold parties in conjunction with the Kaamatan Month but this year they had decided to hold the Pesta Kaamatan. He said they had also obtained the cooperation of the Penang State Unity and Integration Department. It is estimated that there are about 4,000 Sabahans currently working and residing in the northern part of peninsular Malaysia encompassing Perak, Kedah and Perlis.