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)
KDCA post: Pairin leaves it to delegates 20 November, 2004 (Source: Daily Express, Sabah) Kota Kinabalu: Huguan Siou Datuk Joseph Pairin Kitingan is leaving it to the Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA) delegates to decide if he should be challenged for the KDCA presidency. Continue reading
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Joseph Pairin Kitingan has proposed that an ethnobotany traditional knowledge academy be set up in Sabah. He said the traditional knowledge, particularly in medicine utilising the abundant natural forest resources in Sabah and practised by natives such as the Bobohizan (priestess) and witchdoctors, could contribute to the State's economy. Pairin said the Bobohizan, who are known to be the most knowledgeable in traditional medicine practice using herbs, were diminishing and their craft might become extinct if no serious efforts were taken to preserve this heritage. "I am of the opinion that co-operation between the Government and NGOs could be implemented in order to achieve our objectives in preserving the traditional knowledge heritage, including the traditional medicinal information," he said. Pairin, who is also Rural Development Minister, was speaking at the launch of the Seminar on "Ethnobotany: Issues and Challenges in Documenting Traditional Medicine Information" organised by the Institute for Development Studies (IDS), at the Perkasa Hotel in Tenom, Tuesday. He also agreed with IDS Chairman, Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia, that a standard or benchmark was vital in the efforts to document traditional medicine information. China has its own traditional medicine collection called Shennong, while India has its own Ayurveda, and so Pairin said Sabah needs to have its own collection or pharmacopoeia. Continue reading
After 41 years of independence the majority Kadazandusun Native population in Sabah has remained a de-franchised, poorest of the poor rural community. Why? What is holding them back? Are they incapable and not competitive as a community? Is their value systems and traditional cultural practices preventing them for adapting and coping with the changing borderless technology-electronic based environment? Has the Kadazandusun been suppressed and sidelined by government policies? Is it because they continue to be disunited politically? Or is it simply because of their attitude and ignorance? Continue reading
Notice to all KDCA Klang Valley Coordinating Committee & members 1st Kaamatan 2005 meeting will be on the 15/1/2005 (Saturday), 3.30pm at Suitestay Executive Resident Hotel/Apartment Meeting room. The attendance of all Coordinating Committee members are very much appreciated. Any members who are interested to be part of the Kaamatan 2005 Organizer Team is very much welcome. Please contact 019-3700521 for further information. Kotohuadan & kopivosian.