Speech by Huguan Siou, Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Joseph Pairin Kitingan,
Deputy Chief Minister / Minister of Infrastrucuture Development
Presiden of Kadazandusun Cultural Association Sabah (KDCA).
Ladies and Gentleman,
On this beautiful and wonderful day, let me warmly greet you with all my heart, on behalf of our people, throughout Sabah, and , particularly, those who are present here today, And we thank you very much for coming to Nunuk Ragang, to be with us and to get to know us better.
This Annual Visit to Nunuk Ragang is the 15th, and over the years, ours understanding of this Legendary Village of our ancestors are beginning to be better understood and becoming more and more meaningful. Indeed, more programmes
have also been created to make the yearly visit to be more enjoyable and more participated.
Of course, the Nunuk Ragang yearly event has attracted wider participation and more visitors, and, gradually, encouragingly, more of our younger generation. This is wonderful as the younger generations are the ones which are really targeting for inheriting and benefiting the knowledge and skills of our cultural and other historical values.
I would like to take this opportunity to thanks all the members of the Organizing Committee for working so enthusiastically towards ensuring that this year’s programmes are successfully implemented. I would especially like to thank Implementing Committee chairman, Dr Othman Minudin, and his committee members for a job well done. To all those who have worked behind the scenes and contributed, directly or indirectly, towards the success of the programmes I say also a big thank you, and I pray that the Almighty God will bless you all and reward you for your kind gestures and wonderful participation.
As this is the 26th year of the installation of the Huguan Siou, I would like again to ask for the blessings and graces from Almighty God to descend on all of you for your support and encouragement throughout those years without which my
role and responsibilities would have been much more difficult to carry out. Thank you indeed and it is my hope that we will continue to support and encouraging towards the betterment of our people, community and the future generations.
On many occasions, among ourselves, we are reminded of the nobleness of unity and working one another for mutual benefit of our own community, not least within the context of the greater unity of our country: 1Malaysia.
I am in strong favour of the pursuit of this noble objectives, as I have been all this while. I will continue to do my part as best I can. The intensity of the desire to do so, however, must be radiated throughout the community. It has to be given the shared support that is necessary for the glow of the desire to reach a fusion level.
In whatever small things we do, let us think in unison, creatively and innovatively. One of the reasons come here to visit The Legendary Nunuk Ragang Village is not only to participate and contribute towards the success of all the programmes organized but also to seek inspiration and to ponder about the future, including the future of our community.
To know our history is to be inspired. To know our culture and the customs which had been handed down to us is to give inspiration to all of us.
All that is needed is for us to seriously absorb the knowledge, the skills and the guidance which had been handed down to us by our ancestors.
All of us have wonderful and noble visions for our people and the country. Let us consolidate all those wonderful and noble visions for the benefit and success of all our future.
Once again, and, in conclusion, I say, thank you very much for being here, and for sharing in the joys arising out of this year’s Nunuk Ragang Visit.
May God bless you all.
Press Secretary to the
Deputy Chief Minister / Minister of Infrastructure Development