• Aug
    Pesta Moginakan Nunuk Ragang Ke-20 & Majlis Sambutan Ulang Tahun Ke-33 Pertabalan Huguan Siou
    05 Aug 2017 - 06 Aug 2017,

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  • Jul
    23 Jul 2017 - 23 Jun 2017,

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    Event Date: 23th July 2017
    Event Venue: KDCA Cultural Centre, Penampang
    Registration closing date: 25 June 2017
    Hongkod Koisaan Run will be a 10km run which will start at the KDCA Cultural Centre. Aim to briefly educate, showcase information about KDCA functions and also important information about culture while promoting unity during the entire event.
    Early bird - RM70 (Extended till 31 May 2017)
    Standard Fee - RM80 (till 25 Jun 2017)
    1. Men Open (39 below)
    2. Women Open (39 below)
    3. Men Veteran (40 above)
    4. Women Veteran (40 above)
    1. Event Tee
    2. Finisher Medal
    3. Race Bib with Timing Chip
    4. Lucky Draw
    5. E-certificate
    Cash Prize for all Top 10 winners for each category.
    to be confirmed.
    Visit - 
    HK 10k Run17 Online Registration
    Please take note our online registration is managed by Howei Online Event Registration. Online registration only accepts online payment, including Visa, MasterCard and online banking methods e.g Maybank2u, Cimbclicks, FPX.
    *Online registration will incur an additional online admin fees.
    Visit below 
    1. Kadazandusun Cultural Association, Hongkod Koisaan,Penampang, Sabah.
    2. Hotel Casero Inn, Asia City, 1s Floor Block B (Opposite Wisma Kebudayaan)
    3. Outstation participant can register through WhatsApp/Call to Jackson: 018-7066263 or Chantel: 016-8018424 or Roger: 019-5326399
    Bank in to: KDCA YOUTH COUNCIL | Bank: Alliance Bank | Acc. No. : 1012-3001-0088-073
    kindly go through the form which contain rules, regulations and your consent thoroughly.
    Manual form download - 
    Manual Form


  • Jun
    Proposal for centre to churn out Bobolians
    By Leonard Alaza
    04 Jun 2017 -

    Kota Kinabalu: A proposal to set up a centre to churn out a new generation of Bobolians (shamans) was put forward at the end of the International Conference on Spirituality, Culture and Sustainable Tourism (SCST2017), on Friday.

    Although it may be a long shot, if not impossible, Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili, said the Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA) still believes the idea is worth exploring.

    However, he stressed that all angles must first be considered particularly religious sensitivity among people of mainstream faiths and also whether having such a centre is possible at all.

    "Established religions many not be so keen unless this is purely cultural," he said, after officiating the closing ceremony of the conference.

    He also acknowledged that there are only very few genuine Bobolians left in Sabah.

    Alternatively, he said the proposed centre might instead focus on documenting about the institution of the Bobolians which have been traditionally a central part in the lives of the indigenous Kadazandusun people in the State.

    "We'll have to discuss further about this," he added.

    KDCA had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with university partners namely UiTM Sabah and Universiti Sains Malaysia Penang to promote, establish and develop research, education and training programmes on various aspects concerning culture and spirituality.

    Dr Maximus pointed out that the cultures and traditional knowledge of the indigenous communities in Sabah contain high values which can serve the best interest of modern day society.

    He said these values must be preserved and promoted through research and documentation.

    Meanwhile, he also said the KDCA is planning to set up Kadazandusun-speaking kindergartens in urban areas in the State to promote the use of the mother tongue, and to preserve it.

    He said this was part of the organisation's Key Performance Index (KPI) this year including the setting up of more kindergartens that use the mother tongue as language of instruction in the rural areas.

    So far he said the KDCA has sponsored one in Kg Tiong and is targeting to set up three more soon.

    He said the KDCA is concerned about the decline of the mother tongue among indigenous communities in Sabah. 

    (Source form Daily Express, 4 June 2017)

  • Jun
    “Kaamatan is a season for forgiveness”
    01 Jun 2017 -

    PENAMPANG: Huguan Siou or paramount leader of the Kadazan Dusun Murut community said Kaamatan is also “a season for forgiveness” in his speech at the closing of the month-long celebration yesterday.

    Amidst the buildup of racial suspicion and discontent, Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan made the statement while saying it could translate into instability and feuding which would be detrimental to the country.

    “In these circumstances, the open celebration of Kaamatan by all Malaysians irrespective of race, religion and ethnicity is vital to fostering understanding and tolerance,” he said at the Kadazan Dusun Cultural Association (KDCA) hall.

    Pairin is also the president of the Kadazan Dusun Cultural Association (KDCA) and Deputy Chief Minister. Kaamatan or the Harvest Festival is a uniquely Sabah celebration that serves as a reminder to people in the state to overlook ethnic and cultural differences and to respect one other.

    The Huguan Siou called for unity among the people emphasising its importance for harmony in a multi-ethnic Malaysia.

    “It (Kaamatan celebration) has even strengthened the spirit of 1Malaysia. Without unity, our country’s independence and sovereignty will be threatened.”

    Chief Minister Datuk Musa Haji Aman was in attendance at the hall that was packed with locals and tourists making up the joyous revellers.

    The KDCA hall and its compounds were decked out for the celebration, with many food and game stalls having started operation two weeks ago. The celebration this year is slightly muted because it coincides with the Muslim fasting month.

    The crowning of the Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan, a prestigious and coveted pageant that pays tribute to a folk heroine, wound up the celebration. A total of 44 women, including representatives from Klang Valley and Johor, took part in the finals.

    The winner will help promote Sabah, its people and diverse cultures to the world as part of her ‘duty’.

    (Source from New Sabah Times, 1st June 2017)

  • Jun
    Upholding harmony and unity through Kaamatan
    By PAUL MU
    01 Jun 2017 -

    PENAMPANG: The Kaamatan celebration is a platform of harmony and unity for all the people in Sabah, asserted Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman.

    “I feel grateful to see the presence of various parties and the people who are looking forward to this festival because this cultural celebration has united the people of Sabah,” said Musa.

    Kaamatan is not only a festival to appreciate the bountiful harvest but also to strengthen the family and friendship between the Kadazan Dusun and Murut community, said Musa during the closing ceremony of the State-level Kaamatan Festival at Hongkod Koisaan Hall near here yesterday.

    “It teaches us the importance of unity as the foundation to strengthen the harmony of the state’s rich ethnic and cultural diversity,” emphasized Musa.

    “This is an example of a harmonious and pluralistic society which should be celebrated by all parties’ regardless political boundaries.”

    He said Kaamatan is a time to meet friends and celebrate the festival together even though this is a Ramadan month.

    “And the presence of visitors have also proved how strong the spirit of brotherhood, friendship, sense of belonging and unity that has become a culture and daily life befitting the spirit of 1Malaysia and the theme ‘Kaamatan Basis of Unity’,” enthused Musa.

    He believed the involvement and commitment of all races in making the celebration a success through the display of traditional costumes, cuisines and others have strengthen the sense of belonging and friendship as well as allows us to understand the heritage of a race.

    He urged the people to always be with the government for the welfare and progress of the state.

    “Let’s support the government in order to build and develop the country and state successfully,” called Musa.

    “We need all the ethnics to stay united to develop Sabah because I myself or one ethnic cannot do it alone,” he said.

    Meanwhile, Musa also announced that the government will allocate RM1 million to the Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA) to do the rewiring work of the Hongkod Koisaan building in response to a request made by organising chairman Datuk Ir. John Anthony.

    (Source from New Sabah Times, 1st June 2017)

  • May
    Kerinah Mah, Crowned the new Unduk Ngadau queen
    31 May 2017 -

    PENAMPANG: This year’s Kaamatan festival ends with the crowning of Kerinah Mah as the new Unduk Ngadau.

    The 22-year-old Sino Tombonuo lass, representing Kota Kinabalu, beat 43 participants and took over the role of legendary figure Huminodun from former Unduk Ngadau queen Sherry Anne Laujang.

    She won herself RM45,000 in scholarships sponsored by the Asian Tourism International College and the Almacrest International College, return ticket to Bangkok, RM8,000 in cash, a Samsung Galaxy A5, and a trophy, among others.

    During the question and answer session, she said participating the Unduk Ngadau has always been her dream.

    “Through Unduk Ngadau, I am able to enhance my knowledge (on the Kadazandusun culture and traditions) and also the language,” she said.

    Kerinah was crowned by Puan Sri Genevieve Kitingan, the wife of Deputy Chief Minister and Huguan Siou (Kadazandusun paramount leader) Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan at the event held at Hongkod Koisaan here.

    Shareene Francis Loudin, who represents Penampang, bagged the first runner-up position, while Arveyna Pamella Januin of Papar came in as the second runner-up.

    The Unduk Ngadau pageant is one of the most important highlights of Kaamatan, which depicts Huminodun, a maiden who was sacrificed by her father, Kinoingan, to save the people from famine and grant humans a bountiful harvest.

    A newly crowned Unduk Ngadau is expected to carry out social and charity works as well as promote Sabah tourism for a year.


    (Source from New Straits Times, 31st May 2017)


  • May
    Spirituality, Culture & Sustainable Tourism (SCST2017)
    28 May 2017 - 02 Jun 2017,

  • May
    Pengisian Program Perayaan Pesta Kaamatan 2017
    14 May 2017 - 31 May 2017,

    Makan Malam & Pertandingan Muzik Tradisi 2017
    Pertandingan Hiss Peringkat Negeri 2017
    Raptai Penuh Juara Carta Lagu Popular Kadazan RTM 2016
    Juara Carta Lagu Popular Kadazan RTM 2016
    Raptai Anugerah Lagu KDCA 2016
    Malam Anugerah Lagu KDCA 2016
    Pendaftaran & Latihan Sugandoi Songkotoun
    Pertandingan Separuh Akhir Sugandoi Songkotoun
    Pendaftaran & Latihan Sugandoi Dazanak
    Pertandingan Separuh Akhir Sugandoi Dazanak
    Pendaftaran dan Latihan Sugandoi Kaamatan
    Suku Akhir Sugandoi Kaamatan Peringkat Negeri 2017
    Separuh Akhir Sugandoi Kaamatan Peringkat Negeri 2017
    Latihan Finalist Sugandoi Kaamatan Peringkat Negeri 2017
    Latihan Finalist Sugandoi Kaamatan Peringkat Negeri 2017
    Pertandingan Akhir Sugandoi Kaamatan, Songkotoun & Dazanak Peringkat Negeri Sabah 2017
    Pendaftaran Unduk Ngadau Seluruh Daerah & Sodop Pintutunan Unduk Ngadau
    Konsert Kaamatan KDCA-ISCEP 2017
    Sodop Unduk Ngadau
    Majlis Perasmian Sukan Tradisi, Pameran Hasil Pertanian dan Alat-alat Kebudayaan Kadazandusun.
    Perasmian-Penutupan Pesta Kaamatan Peringkat Negeri 2017.

  • May
    Jadual Penganjuran Pesta Kaamatan Peringkat Daerah dan Negeri tahun 2017
    01 May 2017 - 31 May 2017,

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  • Apr
    Kaamatan and the rule of the Adat (Customary laws and Traditional Practices)
    04 Apr 2017 -

    1 The ADAT: Human & Divine Justice for the Kadazandusuns

    The Adat is a complex mixture of indigenous peoples’ spiritual values, customs, traditions, practices and observances, developed and handed down to generations since time immemorial. It encompasses the way of life, basic values, belief system, culture, accepted code of conduct, manners and conventions according to which indigenous society is ordered, and are enforceable in the peoples’ courts of law.

    Momolianism being regarded a divine set of rules of worship, behavior and mode of life, the resourceful Kadazandusuns have ingeniously fitted their religious values system into their social life and made it into laws known as Adat.

    By way of the Adat system, supernatural and man-made forces are harmonized and harnessed positively by the cooperation of everyone in the community to maintain their health and wellbeing. Like an individual human being, the community possesses its own life whose health and wellbeing depends on the individual as well as collective righteous acts of its individual human components. Community life and health are adversely affected by wrongful and sinful individual and collective acts. Thus bestiality, incest, suicide, murder, vandalism and sacrilege upon holy sites or precincts by an individual or gang can make the entire community of the wrong doer weak, diseased and be cursed with natural disasters.

    The Kadazandusun twin levels of Human and Divine Justice provides for the concept of justice wherein offenders of the Adats may outwit and escape human judgment and penalties, but will never escape the divine administered spiritual justice exacted upon the human souls.


    2 Kaamatan and the rule of the Kadazandusun Adat

    There are sections of the Adat (customary laws) and sets of Pantangs, Tagals and Pagals (traditional observances, practices and taboos) by which Kampong (village) chiefs and council of elders administered and guard the conduct of celebrating the Kaamatan Festival.

    This was emphasized by the Koisaan Council of Elders resolutions on the subject matter of Kaamatan during the KDCA Kaamatan Festival Workshop (Hongkod Koisaan: September 23, 1997).

    With regards to the general rules and conduct in organizing the Kaamatan Festival, the Koisaan Council of Elders viewed that the organizers and celebrants must be co-responsible in safeguarding the sanctity, dignity, integrity and decorum of the Kaamatan Festival against the following offences in the eyes of the Kadazandusun adapt Native Courts (Native customary laws) Rules 1995:


    Section 4:Causing hurt

    Section 5:Threatening

    Section 6:Provocation

    Section 7:Instilling fear


    In respect of safeguarding the modesty of Kaamatan Unduk Ngadau contestants:

    Section 21:Enticement of another person’s daughter / fiancé / wife


    Section 33:Indecent assault

    Section 34:Indecent exposure

    Section 35:Indecent intent, word, sound or gesture

    Section 36:Slanderous remark or gesture

    Section 37:Spreading rumour

    Section 38:Disruption of functions

    Section 40:Adulteration of water sources

    Section 45:Throwing objects at a house (Kaamatan venues)

    Section 46:Swearing and cursing

    Section 52:Disturbance to customary signification of property (KaamatanFestival celebrations, such as Toguruon, gongs, jars…)


    3 Kaamatan Festival related Pantangs

    1. Tapai or liquor drinking competitions are not to be part of all Kaamatan festival programs;

    2. Pondan (Transvertites) shows are not to be part of the Kaamatan festival programs;

    3. Swim suits and hot pants are not to be part of the Kaamatan Unduk Ngadau attire during contests;

    4. Mock up wedding and bersanding displays are not to be part of the Kaamatan festival programs;

    5. Live paddy plants, are not to be used as part of decorative or ornamental plants for KaamatanFestival;

    6. Do not force other’s to drink or eat what they dislike or are not used to;

    7. Do not waste food & beverage or any other servings during Kaamatan festival;

    8. Do not take seats that are not allocated to you;

    9. Do not get drunk and lose control of your senses during Kaamatan festival celebrations;

    10. Do not complain or shout about if the organizers food and drinks are not enough for all celebrants, but seek guidance where you can eat and drink;

    11. Do not make unnecessary conversation or other forms of noises during solemn parts of the Kaamatan Festival programs such as launching ceremony, speech deliverances and Magavau;

    12. Live paddy plants, especially those with ears/fruit grains ears, can be used for ceremonial aspects of Kaamatan festival such as symbolic mongomot launching, Magavau, Toguruon ensembles, but these paddies must be guarded against being wasted about and being trodden disrespectfully;

    13. In the light of multi-cultural and multi-religious considerations, all food and beverage must be respectfully and clearly indicated as HALAL or NON-HALAL;

    14. Programs of Kaamatan festivals should strive as much as possible to be inclusive and participative for all ages, color, creed, gender and cultural traditions;

    15. Politics and politicians of political parties are not to interfere, influence or determine the course and programs of Kaamatan festivals for political gains or mileage;

    16. Designated MOC approved prizes sponsorship may be solicited from willing/consenting sponsors, but public soliciting of cash donations, especially from non-Kadazandusunor non-natives, to generally finance Kaamatanfestivals should be discouraged at all levels;

    17. In case of death within the venue or vicinity of the venue when the Kaamatan festival programs have already started, the First Aid and Emergency committee must attend to the emergency situation and the Kaamatan festival celebration can then proceed, except when, and if the venue is the residence of the bereaved family. For this reason, as from precedence, Kaamatan festivals are encouraged to be held in community halls, such as Balai Rayas, or temporary made public assembly halls or tents.

    NB: Along with social change, development and transformation of human values, the general rules and guidelines to safeguard the sanctity and integrity of Kaamatan may be revised to be made relevant to the situation of the times, but never to sacrifice the sacredness, morality and decency of Kaamatan.

    The KDCA through its Koisaan Council of Elders shall be the authority to approve changes and addition to or deletion from the current general rules and guidelines for the Kaamatan festival organization.


    © KDCA/KCE/DBT/23091997

  • Mar
    Karnival Herba & Rawatan Tradisional & Komplementari
    25 Mar 2017 - 25 Mar 2017,


  • Jun
    01 Jun 2016 -

    PENAMPANG: The Kaamatan Festival is Sabah’s best example of a harmonious racial melting pot and should be celebrated by everyone regardless of their political affiliations.

    Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman said the festival reflected the kinship, friendship, camaraderie and unity that have been prevalent in the state.



    “We will always support such cultural programmes because we believe that these programmes strengthen unity and that unity has been the foundation for peace in the state. It is also an opportunity for us to know, understand and respect each other’s cultures.

    “I urge everyone to appreciate the important message behind this festival as it reminds us that deep understanding, strong friendship and unity strengthen peace in Sabah which is known for being multi-racial, multi-religious and multi-cultural, making Sabah the best example of the 1Malaysia slogan,” he said in his speech at the 2016 state-level Kaamatan Festival closing ceremony at the KDCA Hongkod Koisaan here yesterday.

    Musa also called on the people to always support the government for the sake of the state’s prosperity and development.

    His speech was delivered by Deputy Chief Minister, Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan who is also president of the Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA).

    The closing ceremony for the state-level Kaamatan was officiated by Head of State, Tun Juhar Mahiruddin yesterday. More than 40,000 people turned up yesterday for the event, which was more than on Monday when an estimated 25,000 people came.

    Also present were Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Datuk Seri Madius Tangau, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Tan Sri Joseph Kurup as well as state Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun and KDCA Deputy President, Datuk Seri Clarence Bongkos Malakun who is also the 2016 Kaamatan Festival Main Implementation and Coordination Committee chairman.

    (Source: New Sabah Times, 1st June, 2016)


  • Jun
    01 Jun 2016 -

    KOTA KINABALU : KOTA KINABALU: Sherry Anne Laujang, 21, of Penampang was crowned the 2016 State-Level Unduk Ngadau yesterday amidst tough competition among the finalists.

    The Kadazan lass, who is studying for a Diploma in Accountancy, was announced the winner of the beauty pageant at about 7pm yesterday.

    Coming in second place was Claryssa Henry, 23, a Rungus graduate from Kudat while another Rungus student from Banggi Fenny Ester Joslin, 21, was placed third.



    The other four winners were Vinny Alvionitta Sasisting from Matunggong; Christine Joan Charles from Papar; Patriciaelsa Jimy from Klang Valley; and Charmine Bartholomew from Kepayan who won the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh places respectively.

    Sherry Anne, who hails from Kampung Ramayah, aspires to become a chartered accountant, is proficient in English and Malay and spends her pastime cooking and baking.

    She aspires to be successful and a role model to the younger generation. Claryssa is proficient in English, Malay and her mother tongue, Rungus. The UNIMAS marketing graduate just turned 23 last May 20 and wants to help in the preservation of Rungus culture.

    Besides an avid reader, she has a passion for traditional dances and plays the guitar. Fenny is still pursuing a degree in Finance and hopes to venture into the business world.

    She is also fluent in English, Malay and Rungus as well as enjoys traditional and contemporary dance. The Unduk Ngadau 2016 was crowned by last year’s Unduk Ngadau Ryannie Neils Yong.

    All the finalists received their prizes from the wife of the Head of State, Toh Puan Norlidah RM Jasni, who was the guest of honour. – By Cleophas John Gordon

    (Source from New Sabah Times, 1st June, 2016)


  • Jun
    2016 Kaamatan draws larger crowd
    01 Jun 2016 -

    By: Cleophas John Gordon

    PENAMPANG: This year’s Kaamatan celebration was met with huge excitement and the Hongkod Koisaan was especially congested by people keen to take part in the festivities, especially to witness the highly popular Unduk Ngadau pageant. 

    This writer and one other from the New Sabah Times, had great difficulty inching their way inside the hall while the Unduk Ngadau was taking place. 

    Crowds cheered and wolf-whistled for their favourite contestants and many people who travelled from afar to support the contestants, came with significant number of their family and friends too. 

    Even outside the hall, the crowd appeared a lot bigger than last year’s state-level Kaamatan festival, despite the heavy downpour over the past two days and considerable lack of parking space. 

    There were also many tourists who could be seen stopping at the various stalls and booths enjoying local delicacies and lihing, a local rice wine, while joining the locals in merry-making. 

    Edward, from Beluran said the reason he came to the festival in spite of the bad weather was to catch up with friends from the city. 

    “It has been some time since I last met them so the Kaamatan festival was the best chance to do so,” he said. Another visitor, Vicky, said she travelled all the way from Kudat to show her support to the district’s Unduk Ngadau contestant. 

    “It’s far but I never miss a chance to visit the Hongkod Koisaan every Kaamatan,” said the 22-year-old from Marang Parang. 

    She is an avid follower of the Unduk Ngadau contest and always looks forward to it. Earlier in the day, Kadazandusun priestesses or Bobohizan performed the age-old ritual of magavau or thanksgiving ceremony to kick off the harvest festival celebrations. 

    Among the many cultural performances were the Sumazau dance from the Penampang Kadazandusun community, the Pokodinding by the Dusun Tindal and the Sayau Tatana of Kuala Penyu. 

    Yesterday’s festivities at the Hongkod Koisaan in Penampang marked the end of the month-long celebration. It was officially declared closed with the cutting of seven paddy stalks by Head of State Tun Juhar Mahiruddin who later beat a gong seven times. 

    Also present was Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, who is also the Huguan Siou or paramount leader of the Kadazandusun. 

    Other leaders present were Minister of Energy, Green Technology Water Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk Seri Madius Tangau, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, state cabinet ministers and the 2016 Kaamatan Festival Main Implementation and Coordination Committee Chairman, Datuk Seri Clarence Bongkos Malakun, who is also the Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA) Deputy President. 

    (Source: New Sabah Times, 1st June, 2016)