Kota Belud: Delegates to the Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA) annual meeting on Dec. 4-5 are urged to demonstrate a high sense of unity and understating among themselves, in compliance with the wishes of their ancestors.
Stating this, KDCA chief bobolian (traditional priest) Aman Sirom Simbuna OKK Tarantab said the Kadazandusun communities had spread over seven generations into more than 40 ethnic groups, and they should be aware of the trust by the ancestors to foster greater unity.
They should not indulge in negative activities to seek positions in the elections, he added.
They could vie for the post of KDCA President, but not the Huguan Siouship (paramount chief) which is a life-long title of the Kadazandusun community, bestowed upon Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan.
Pairin, who is Deputy Chief Minister-cum-Rural Development Minister, is also KDCA President.
In this respect, Aman Sirom hoped the delegates vying for positions would maintain the concept of family cohesiveness of the Kadazandusun community as a whole, and treat the contest as a friendly affair.
They should refrain from quarrels and false accusations that could split the community.
(Source: Daily Express, Sabah – 25th Nov 2004)