- EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENT
Aug092017PELANCARAN BUKU WARISAN SEJARAH KADAZANDUSUN JELAS ASAL USUL KAUM09 Aug 2017 -
OLEH ADUKA JASNIN SUMAN
RANAU: Sebuah buku berjudul ‘Warisan Sejarah Kadazandusun’ yang menceritakan tentang lagenda Nunuk Ragang telah dilancarkan oleh Huguan Siou yang juga Timbalan Ketua Menteri Sabah, Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, dekat sini, pada Ahad.
Buku hasil penulisan Pensyarah Kanan Pusat Penataran Ilmu dan Bahasa Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), Dr Dayu Sansalu itu dianggap suatu karya unggul yang menerangkan secara terperinci asal-usul kaum Kadazandusun.
Buku itu juga menerangkan tentang penghijrahan kelompok terawal bangsa Kadazandusun dari Liwagu ke seluruh pelusuk negeri Sabah serta unsur-unsur sejarah dalam lagenda Nunuk Ragang.
Selain itu, buku Warisan Sejarah Kadazandusun turut memuatkan huraian terhadap pelbagai teori mengenai asal-usul Kadazandusun dari aspek sejarah, ras dan susur galur bahasa yang digunakan oleh penduduk terawal di Sabah itu.
Hasil karya yang dianggap menyeluruh itu juga mengupas pelbagai isu berkaitan etnik Kadazandusun yang juga meliputi sub-etnik Kadazandusun serta pendapat tentang asal-usul nama Kadazan dan Dusun.
Dalam ucapannya, Pairin memuji inisiatif serta usaha dan dedikasi yang diberikan oleh Dr Dayu dalam membuat kajian, seterusnya menghasilkan suatu karya yang sangat berharga dan membanggakan itu.
Beliau turut menyeru agar lebih ramai lagi masyarakat Kadazandusun, terutama sekali golongan muda untuk melibatkan diri dalam penghasilan buku seumpama itu agar warisan kadazandusun tidak pupus ditelan zaman.
Pairin yang juga merupakan Menteri Pembangunan Infrastruktur Sabah, berkata demikian semasa merasmikan Pesta Moginakan Nunuk Ragang Ke 20 dan Majlis Sambutan Ulang Tahun Pertabalan Huguan Siou Yang Ke 33 2017 di Tugu Nunuk Ragang Ranau, pada hari Ahad.
Sementara itu, beliau berkata, sempena Pesta Moginakan Nunuk Ragang kali ini, semua pihak berkaitan mesti bertekad untuk membangun Nunuk Ragang sebagai salah satu destinasi pelancongan perdana di daerah Ranau.
“Dalam KDCA kita mempunyai visi untuk membangunkan kawasan warisan Nunuk Ragang sebagai satu lagi Bandar persinggahan ‘One-stop-centre’ di perantaraan Jalan Ranau – Sandakan.
“Bagi tujuan ini, saya cadangkan agar kawasan tugu warisan Nunuk Ragang di sini diilhamkan dengan keunikan dan kepelbagaian suku budaya Kadazandusun supaya pengunjung dapat melihat keunikan warisan kita.
“Kearah itu, saya mengajak semua kita, marilah kita jadikan perayaan tahun ini sebagai ‘annual pilgrimage’ bagi suku kaum Kadazandusun untuk meraikan dan seterusnya mengukuhkan kesatuan kita sebagai satu keluarga besar,” jelas beliau.
Pada majlis itu, Pairin turut menyampaikan Pengurniaan Anugerah Kehormat KDCA 2017 iaitu Anugerah Bulawan Sigah dan juga Anugerah Tindarama kepada 20 individu yang berjasa kepada KCA/KDCA pada tahun ini.
(Sumber daripada New Sabah Times. 9hb Ogos 2017)
Aug082017MOGINAKAN FEST UNITES THE PEOPLE08 Aug 2017 -
By JASON GEORGE
RANAU: The Moginakan Festival is a platform of harmony and unity for the people, asserted Assistant Minister Local Government and Housing Datuk Joachim Gunsalam.
“I feel grateful to see the presence of various parties and the people who are looking forward to this festival because this cultural celebration is uniting us,” he said.
Moginakan refers to the annual Reunion Festival of the great multi ethnic Kadazan Dusun family, while calling to ancestral spirits and souls of all departed, said Joachim during the closing ceremony of the Moginakan Festival at Nunuk Ragang Hall here recently.
“This is an example of harmonious and pluralistic society which should be celebrated by all parties’ regardless the political boundaries.
“It teaches us the importance of unity as the foundation to strengthen the harmony of our rich ethnic and cultural diversity.”
He said Moginakan is a time to meet friends and celebrate the festival together even though this is a Merdeka 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 “NEGARAKU” and the theme of “MOGINAKAN” ,” enthused Joachim.
He believed the involvement and commitment of all people especially the Kadazandusun Culture Association of Ranau(KDCA) in making the celebration a success through the display of traditional costumes, cuisines, “Rombituon” competition (singing competition) and others have strengthened 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 Joachim. “We need all the ethnics to stay united to develop Sabah because no one can do it alone,” he said.
Meanwhile, Joachim also announced that the KDCA President Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan will allocate RM10,000 to KDCA Ranau to do the rewiring work of the Nunuk Ragang building in response to a request.
(Source form New Sabah Times, 8th August, 2017)
Aug062017THE KOISAAN ILLUSTRIOUS AWARDS 201706 Aug 2017 -
THE KOISAAN BULAWAN SIGAH & TINDARAMA ILLUSTRIOUS AWARDS 2017
Aug052017Pesta Moginakan Nunuk Ragang Ke-20 & Majlis Sambutan Ulang Tahun Ke-33 Pertabalan Huguan Siou05 Aug 2017 - 06 Aug 2017,
Jul232017KDCA SERVICES AND RECOGNITION AWARDS23 Jul 2017 -
PROPOSED KADAZANDUSUN LEADERSHIP SERVICES RECOGNITION AND AWARDS TITLES AND QUOTAS WITHIN THE POWERS OF THE KOISAAN (KDCA)
Based on former proposals by former council of Elders, the meeting took time to deliberate and finally agreed that the following considerations be made by the Koisaan to confer Titular Awards in various Categories for the official recognition of Kadazandusun Leadership and Services within the purviews of the Koisaan (KDCA):
KADAZANDUSUN LEADERSHIP SERVICES RECOGNITION AND AWARDS TITLES AND QUOTAS WITHIN THE POWERS OF THE KOISAAN (KDCA)
It was proposed that except for the Huguan Siou Titular Award, the rest should be done annually and presented at Nunuk Ragang in conjunction with the Nunuk Ragang Heritage Festival and Huguan Siou’s Annual Anniversary Celebration.© HAK KDCA 120708.
There are two types of awards which is the Bulawan Sigah and Tindarama to be awarded this year. Otherwise the other awards will be determined later.
SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS FOR THE PROPOSED KDCA SERVICES AND RECOGNITION AWARDS.
A. QUALIFYING CRITERIA
- Past and present members of KCA/KDCA who have shown significant contribution and outstanding services towards the development and advancement of KDCA.
- Commendable and outstanding services in promoting the objectives of the Kadazandusun Cultural Association as outline in its By-Laws.
- Most active KDCA Divisional / Branch Chairman/ Vice-Chairman/ Secretary/ Treasurer/ Sub-Committee..(i.e.) initiative and leadership, activities done, most up-date reports made to KDCA Headquarters and so forth.
- Support and contributions towards achieving KCA/KDCA goasls & objectives.
B. SERVICES APPRECIATION AND RECOGNATION AWARDS
Council of Elders meeting (Mitingan Mohoingon Susukuon Hukum Adat om Koubasanan/HAK Sabah) was held on 16/02/2008 at the KDCA Conference Room Chaired by its Chairman.
- Awards Categories:
- Huguan Siou (Highest /1st. Class Awards).
- Buhavan Sigah (2nd. Class Awards).
- Tindarama (3rd. Class Awards).
- Mogokounan (4th. Class Awards).
- Miontong (5th. Class Awards).
- Susukuon (6th. Class Awards).
- Rindawan (7th. Class Awards).
i. HUGUAN SIOU.
Huguan Siou is the highest awards given to an individual for his commendable and outstanding services in the promotion of the objectives of the KadazanDusun Cultural Association as outlined in its By-Laws. Only one (1) award shall be given out in this category to an individual who is proclaimed as paramount leader of the KadazanDusun people.
ii. BUHAVAN SIGAH.
This is the second highest award to an individual as a recognition and appreciation for his active participation in promoting the objectives of the KadazanDusun Cultural Association. Only three (3) awards shall be given out in this category to three individuals and one (1) of them to succeed the “Huguan Siou” when the time comes.
To be awarded to an individual in recognition and appreciation for his/her outstanding participation in promoting the KadazanDusun culture in line with the KadazanDusun Cultural Association objectives. Only Five (5) to Seven (7) awards of this category would be given out at one time and should be limited to Thirty (30) in numbers.
This award shall be given out to an individual for his/her participation in promoting the objectives of the KadazanDusun Cultural Association. Seven (7) to Fifteen (15) awards of this category shall be awarded to selected individual at one time and the number shall be limited to fifty (50).
Awarded to an individual for his/her support and contribution towards the promotion of the objectives of the KadazanDusun cultural Association. Fifteen (15) to Twenty Five (25) awards at one time and limited to (60).
Twenty Five (25) to Fifty (50) awards at one time and limited to eighty (80).
Twenty Five (25) to Fifty (50) awards at one time and limited to One Hundred Fifty (150).
C. GUIDELINES FOR AWARDS.
a) The nomination for any awards given during the annual Nunuk Ragang celebration must be submitted on the appropriate Entry Form. Sample of the award Entry Form is shown as Appendix A.
b) Five copies of the entry forms must be received by the Awards Committee Chairperson fifty (50) days to the Annual Recognition day.
c) Each entry must be sealed in an envelope clearly marked for the appropriate classification of the Award submitted for.
d) The Chairman of the Award Committee shall be President of the KadazanDusun Cultural Association.
e) An Award Committee will be appointed by the Awards Committee Chairperson to judge the entries.
f) Any member of the KadazanDusun Cultural Association is eligible to enter or propose a nomination for these Awards.
Merits are based on:-
- Participation and significant interest shown in promoting the objectives of the KadazanDusun Cultural Association . (40 points).
- Contribution & achievement pertaining to the aforesaid objectives . (30 points)
- Character and integrity . (20 points).
- Other .... (10 points).
These guidelines may be amended, improved or changed if deemed necessary.
D. AWARD CERTIFICATES AND DECORATIONS (TANDA DO GAA OM BASAAN)
a) HUGUAN SIOU (Highest/1st. Class Award).
- Kisigah tapantang om kibasaan di kivotik do koubasanan.
- Kisolindang tinandak (Traditional Sash) om pointangkil do gozong/padang di kivotik do koubasanan.
- Kisokot do Medal tanda do Gaa.
b) BUHAVAN SIGAH (2nd. Class Award).
- Kisigah om kibasaan koubasanan.
- Kisolindang/misuvai mantad doun Huguan Siou om kisokot Medal tanda do Gaa.
c) TINDARAMA (3rd. Class Award).
- Kisigah om kibasaan koubasanan miampai solindang di tiingoton om kisokot Medal tanda do Gaa.
d) MOGKOKOUNAN (4th. Class Award).
- Kisigah om Kibasaan koubasanan miampai solindang toniini di hamazaon, kisokot Medal tanda do Gaa.
e) MIONTONG (5th. Class Award).
- Kisigah om kibasaan koubasanan miampai solindang toniini di hamazon/misuvai tokuudi mantad di doun Mogkounan, kisokot Medal tanda do Gaa.
f) SUSUKUON (6th. Class Award).
- Kisigah om kibasaan koubasanan miampai Medal tanda do Gaa.
g) RINDAWAN (7th. Class Award).
- Kisigah om kibasaan koubasanan miampai kisokot do Medal ih tanda do Gaa.
THE FIRST AWARDEES OF THE KDCA SERVICES RECOGNITION AND APPRECIATION ILLUSTRIOUS AWARDS RECEIVED THEIR RESPECTIVE AWARDS FROM HUGUAN SIOU ON APRIL 28, 2016 AT HONGKOD KOISAAN UNITY CENTRE HALL:-
- Tindarama Bolungkitas Amman Sirom Simbuna Bin O.T Tarantab
- Bulawan Sigah, Gundohing Dominic Chu
- Bulawan Sigah, Datuk Justin Stimol
- Bulawan Sigah, Datuk Patrick @ Pat Michael
- Bulawan Sigah, Datuk Richard Maning
- Bulawan Sigah, Gundohing Thaddeus Manson
- Bulawan Sigah, Gundohing Francis Chu
- Bulawan Sigah, Gundohing Rigor Dunstan
NB: The current Council of Elders headed by Dr Anson George Kunjan will now need to develop the Koisaan’s Illustrious Awards from the last proposal by Datuk Patrick Michael. But for the purpose of recognizing and appreciating the special roles and contributions of the 7 founder members of KCA in 1963, the Bulawan Sigah Award had been agreed by the current KDCA Central Committee as befitting them to be awarded in conjunction with the KDCA Golden Jubilee Celebration. Tindarama award had also been adopted an awarded to one deserving candidate.
Jul232017Hongkod Koisaan 10K Run 201723 Jul 2017 -
A MASSIVE thank you and congratulation to all who've participated in the 2017 edition of #HKR2017 . Here are the Top 10 results of each category - Congratulation to all winners!
Complete results will be posted together with your e-cert within the week.
Jul232017HONGKOD KOISAAN 10K RUN 201723 Jul 2017 - 23 Jun 2017,
HONGKOD KOISAAN 10K RUN 2017
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
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.
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
Jun042017Proposal for centre to churn out Bobolians
By Leonard Alaza04 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)
Jun012017“Kaamatan is a season for forgiveness”
By VESTA VANESSA JSOL01 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)
Jun012017Upholding harmony and unity through Kaamatan
By PAUL MU01 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)
May312017Kerinah Mah, Crowned the new Unduk Ngadau queen
By AVILA GERALDINE31 May 2017 -
May282017Spirituality, Culture & Sustainable Tourism (SCST2017)28 May 2017 - 02 Jun 2017,
May142017Pengisian Program Perayaan Pesta Kaamatan 201714 May 2017 - 31 May 2017,TARIKHPROGRAM/ACARAMASA14.5.2017(Ahad)Makan Malam & Pertandingan Muzik Tradisi 20176.30PM-11.00PM15.5.2017(Isnin)Pertandingan Hiss Peringkat Negeri 20176.30PM-11.00PM16.5.2017(Selasa)Raptai Penuh Juara Carta Lagu Popular Kadazan RTM 201617.5.2017(Rabu)Juara Carta Lagu Popular Kadazan RTM 20166.00PM-11.00PM18.5.2017(Khamis)Raptai Anugerah Lagu KDCA 2016Malam Anugerah Lagu KDCA 20166.00PM-11.00PM19.5.2017(Jumaat)Pendaftaran & Latihan Sugandoi Songkotoun8.00AM-12.00PMPertandingan Separuh Akhir Sugandoi Songkotoun6.00PM-11.00PM20.5.2017(Sabtu)Pendaftaran & Latihan Sugandoi Dazanak8.00AM-12.00PMPertandingan Separuh Akhir Sugandoi Dazanak6.00PM-11.00PM21.5.2017(Ahad)Pendaftaran dan Latihan Sugandoi Kaamatan8.00AM-6.00PM22.5.2017(Isnin)Suku Akhir Sugandoi Kaamatan Peringkat Negeri 20176.00PM-11.00PM23.5.2017(Selasa)Separuh Akhir Sugandoi Kaamatan Peringkat Negeri 20176.00PM-11.00PM24.5.2017(Rabu)Latihan Finalist Sugandoi Kaamatan Peringkat Negeri 20178.00AM-6.00PM25.5.2017(Khamis)Latihan Finalist Sugandoi Kaamatan Peringkat Negeri 20178.00AM-6.00PM26.5.2017(Jumaat)Pertandingan Akhir Sugandoi Kaamatan, Songkotoun & Dazanak Peringkat Negeri Sabah 20176.00PM-11.00PM27.5.2017(Sabtu)Pendaftaran Unduk Ngadau Seluruh Daerah & Sodop Pintutunan Unduk Ngadau7.00PM-11.00PM28.5.2017(Ahad)Konsert Kaamatan KDCA-ISCEP 20176.30PM-11.00PM29.5.2017(Isnin)Sodop Unduk Ngadau6.30PM-11.00PM30.5.2017(Selasa)Majlis Perasmian Sukan Tradisi, Pameran Hasil Pertanian dan Alat-alat Kebudayaan Kadazandusun.8.00AM-5.00PM31.5.2017(Rabu)Perasmian-Penutupan Pesta Kaamatan Peringkat Negeri 2017.8.00AM-5.00PM
May012017Jadual Penganjuran Pesta Kaamatan Peringkat Daerah dan Negeri tahun 201701 May 2017 - 31 May 2017,
Apr042017Kaamatan 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:
A. PART II: ASSAULT, BATTERY AND THREATENING BEHAVIOUR
Section 4:Causing hurt
Section 7:Instilling fear
B. PART III: SEXUAL OFFENCES
In respect of safeguarding the modesty of Kaamatan Unduk Ngadau contestants:
Section 21:Enticement of another person’s daughter / fiancé / wife
C. PART VI: GROSS MISBEHAVIOUR, INDECENCY AND MISCHIEF
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.
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Jun012016KAAMATAN FESTIVAL ENHANCES UNITY IN SABAH, SAYS CM01 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)
Jun012016SHERRY ANNE IS 2016 UNDUK NGADAU01 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)
Jun0120162016 Kaamatan draws larger crowd01 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)