KOTA KINABALU, 5 Jan (Bernama) -- Daerah Tenom yang terletak kira-kira 151 kilometer dari bandar raya ini, dipilih sebagai tuan rumah bagi majlis pelancaran Pesta Kaamatan pada 1 Mei ini, kata Timbalan Ketua Menteri Sabah Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan. Pairin yang juga Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Induk Perayaan Pesta Kaamatan peringkat negeri, berkata majlis pelancaran itu akan diadakan di Padang Perbandaran Tenom dan dijangka dirasmikan oleh Ketua Menteri Datuk Seri Musa Aman. Katanya jawatankuasa memilih tema "Keamanan dan Persahabatan" atau dalam bahasa setempat "Pibabasan Om Piombolutan" bagi pesta tahun ini yang dilihat bersesuaian dengan peranan perayaan yang dianggap sebagai wadah untuk memupuk perpaduan dalam kalangan masyarakat majmuk di Sabah. Kemuncak sambutan akan diadakan di Hongkod Koisaan KDCA di Penampang pada 30 dan 31 Mei dengan pelbagai acara termasuk persembahan kebudayaan kaum Kadazandusun, katanya. Pairin juga Presiden Persatuan Kebudayaan Kadazandusun Sabah (KDCA) berkata demikian kepada pemberita selepas mempengerusikan mesyuarat pertama sambutan Pesta Kaamatan 2016, di sini hari ini. Beliau berkata sebanyak 14 jawatankuasa termasuk jawatankuasa kecil telah dibentuk bagi melancarkan persiapan menyambut pesta itu. Pairin berkata beberapa daerah juga telah menetapkan tarikh sambutan Pesta Kaamatan peringkat daerah masing-masing iaitu Kuala Penyu pada 7 Mei; Tongod (12 Mei); Tambunan, Pitas dan Putatan (14 Mei), Keningau, Kota Merudu, Membakut dan Kota Belud (15 Mei), Tamparuli/Tuaran (18 Mei) dan Dewan Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu (DBKK) dari 19 hingga 21 Mei. "Daerah lain yang belum menetapkan tarikh sambutan pesta itu sedang dalam proses perbincangan," katanya. Pairin turut berterima kasih kepada kerajaan negeri yang sentiasa menyokong dan memberi bantuan kewangan untuk menganjurkan pesta berkenaan. "Kita berterima kasih kerana setiap tahun kerajaan negeri sentiasa memberi sokongan untuk menganjurkan perayaan yang sangat penting bagi kaum Kadazandusun kerana ia merupakan jambatan perpaduan masyarakat majmuk di negeri ini," katanya. (Sumber daripada BERNAMA, 5hb Januari 2016)
Kota Kinabalu: Contestants of this year's State-level Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan competition has to emphasise on the origins of Kaamatan and its authenticity to win the crown.
The subject was brought up by the Chairlady of Sabah Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan 2015, Joanna Datuk Kitingan, during the briefing ceremony with district chairmen of the Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan at GC Woolley Hall, State Museum, here, on Friday.
The 42 district chairmen, including from Klang Valley and Johor Baru, were briefed about the importance of the origins of Kaamatan that will be contested during the competition, especially the costumes worn by contestants.
Joanna said the originality of costumes were a priority for this year's theme as it is important for the new generations to know the history of Kaamatan brought by their ancestors.
"For this year, our concept is polite, classic, trendy, tidiness and stylish that showcases each districts' culture through their costumes," she said.
Each district's traditional costume will be judged in the preliminary round, Sodop Pintutunan, on May 27 and the final round, Sodop Unduk Ngadau, on May 29.
(Source from Daily Express; Saturday, March 07, 2015)
Kota Kinabalu: Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) delegates from 32 countries will be here to witness the start of the Harvest Festival celebration on May 1 in Tambunan.
"They will be having their three-day conference here and have shown interest in participating in the Kaamatan Festival," said Huguan Siou Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan.
"They will still be here on May 1 and would like to include the Kaamatan Festival in their itinerary programme," said Pairin, who is also Deputy Chief Minister, during a press conference on Thursday.
"I have also informed this matter to the Tambunan District Officer so that they will be able to make earlier preparations for the upcoming celebration," he said, confident the CPA delegates will bring back to their respective countries good memories of the event.
Pairin said the Kaamatan celebration is the catalyst for the State's tourism industry.
"The celebration will activate more economic activities," he said, adding that Tambunan is widely known as the Switzerland of the East due to the beauty of its natural environment, citing the famous Mount Trusmadi and Mahua Waterfall as examples.
According to him, they had just completed an initial meeting discussing the upcoming Kaamatan festival programme and formed the Kaamatan Main Organising Committees as well as sub-committees.
"Each district will announce their dates for the Kaamatan celebration. However, Tambunan will kick off this year's district-level celebrations.
"Besides that, there will also be the Tambunan Kaamatan Charity Run on April 30 and we target about 100 runners from two different categories," he said.
In terms of traffic and accommodation throughout the celebration in the district, Pairin said related committees have been appointed to tackle the matter.
"Of course, traffic congestion will occur but I believe that with the improvement in terms of infrastructure development, things will go on well compared to 10 years ago when Tambunan last became the district host for the Kaamatan celebration," he said.
"I would like to urge the people to wear their respective traditional costume during the celebration on May 1 in Tambunan to show others that we are a multicultural people and each of us has our own cultural uniqueness and beauty.
"I think that this is in line with this year's celebration's theme 'Peace and Unity Through Culture'. Peace and unity are something we should focus on with the current situations we observe throughout the world.
"Kaamatan is one of the important celebrations in Malaysia and it helps to promote tolerance, unity and harmony among the multicultural people," he said, adding that the first official celebration started in the year 1960.
Pairin later announced the dates for all Kaamatan district level celebrations.
"On May 1, the launching of the district celebration will kick off in Tambunan, followed by Keningau district on May 2 and Klang Valley on May 3. On May 7 and 9, it will be held at Tongod and Kuala Penyu districts respectively.
"Matunggong as well as Sipitang will have its district Kaamatan celebration on May 14. City Hall will also be having their opening for the celebration which will last for three days. For Penampang, Kudat and Sandakan districts, the celebration will be on May 16. Tuaran and Tamparuli will have the celebration on May 17 (Sunday) whereas Putatan will be on May 19. For Tenom, it will be on May 23 followed by Kota Belud on May 24 which will be the last day of the Kaamatan district celebration.
"On the other hand, the Gala Night for Unduk Ngadau participants will be held on May 21 in Tambunan. The final registration for each Unduk Ngadau district representative will be on May 27," he said, adding that Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman will grace the traditional sports on May 30 and Head of State Tun Juhar Mahiruddin at the closing ceremony of the 2015 State-level Kaamatan Celebration.
(Source from Daily Express Friday, January 16, 2015)