Aug182022Uphold spirit of working together, says Pairin
Jun302022KDCA CENTRAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR THE TERM OF 2022-2025
May302022KM lulus peruntukan khas RM3.5 juta untuk KDCA
PENAMPANG: Persatuan Kebudayaan Kadazan Dusun (KDCA) diberikan peruntukan khas sebanyak RM3.5 juta daripada Kerajaan Negeri bagi projek pembesaran dewan, gerai makan dan kerja-kerja berkaitan.
Ketua Menteri, Datuk Seri Hajiji Haji Noor meluluskan dan mengumumkan peruntukan khas ini semasa merasmikan Majlis Pembukaan Sambutan Perayaan Pesta Kaamatan Peringkat Negeri Sabah 2022 di Dewan Hongkod Koisaan KDCA, di sini, hari ini.
Hajiji Haji Noor
Terdahulu, Hajiji dalam ucapannya berkata, Kerajaan Gabungan Rakyat Sabah -Barisan Nasional (GRS-BN) komited dalam pemeliharaan dan pemuliharaan alam sekitar negeri ini.
Katanya, mengambil kira kepentingan pemeliharaan dan pemuliharaan alam sekitar, Kerajaan Negeri memperuntukkan sejumlah RM227.4 juta kepada sektor pelancongan di negeri ini dalam Belanjawan Sabah 2022.
“Daripada jumlah itu sebanyak RM131.93 juta kepada Kementerian Pelancongan, Kebudayaan dan Alam Sekitar serta jabatan dan agensi di bawahnya. Ini adalah antara komitmen berterusan Kerajaan untuk pemeliharaan dan pemuliharaan alam sekitar.
“Inisiatif ini adalah sebahagian daripada usaha untuk memastikan setiap komponen dalam mewujudkan kelestarian hijau akan dapat diberikan perhatian yang sewajarnya,” katanya.
Hajiji (kanan) menerima cenderamata daripada Timbalan Ketua Menteri merangkap Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Induk Sambutan Perayaan Pesta Kaamatan Peringkat Negeri Sabah tahun 2022, Datuk Seri Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan selepas merasmikan Majlis Pembukaan Sambutan Perayaan Pesta Kaamatan Peringkat Negeri di Dewan Hongkod Koisaan KDCA, Penampang, hari ini.
Ketua Menteri berkata, Sabah juga diberikan penghormatan selaku tuan rumah bagi acara Kongres Taman-Taman Asia kedua yang diadakan di Kota Kinabalu minggu lalu, anjuran bersama dengan International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
“Saya menyeru seluruh rakyat untuk sentiasa menjaga alam semula jadi, flora dan fauna yang ada di negeri ini. Seperti yang dilaporkan oleh media, banyak bencana alam berlaku berikutan keadaan cuaca yang tidak menentu di seluruh dunia, termasuk di negara kita.
“Keadaan ini sudah pasti turut mempengaruhi hasil pengeluaran makanan yang akhirnya akan memberi kesan kepada rakyat,” tambahnya.
Hajiji berkata, pemilihan tema Perayaan Pesta Kaamatan tahun ini, iaitu Kaamatan Monunduan Do Winorun(Kaamatan Menjiwai Alam Semula Jadi) amat tepat terutama sekali dengan pelbagai fenomena akibat perubahan iklim dunia pada masa kini.
Katanya, dengan tema itu diharapkan ia dapat memberi kesedaran dan peringatan kepada semua lapisan masyarakat untuk memelihara dan memulihara alam semula jadi untuk diwariskan untuk generasi akan datang.
Hajiji berkata, Pesta Kaamatan yang diraikan setiap tahun oleh masyarakat Kadazan, Dusun, Murut dan Rungus (KDMR) merupakan budaya yang diwarisi sejak zaman- berzaman.
Menurutnya, pesta ini bukan sahaja bertujuan melahirkan rasa kesyukuran atas hasil tuaian yang baik tetapi juga memberi peluang kepada saudara mara untuk berkumpul dan mengeratkan silaturahim.
Beliau berkata, rakyat Sabah sangat bertuah kerana dikurniakan dengan pelbagai budaya dan seni tradisi yang kaya.
“Saya percaya setelah sebulan pesta ini berlangsung, ia telah memperkukuh dan memantapkan lagi semangat perpaduan, persaudaraan, persahabatan dan semangat kebersamaan dalam kalangan rakyat pelbagai suku, kaum dan budaya.
“Kepelbagaian etnik di Sabah yang boleh duduk semeja tanpa mengira sentimen agama dan bangsa adalah gambaran dan semangat sebenar Keluarga Malaysia yang perlu dikekalkan dan dipelihara selamanya.
“Saya ingin menyeru seluruh rakyat untuk mengekalkan budaya perpaduan dan permuafakatan demi masa depan yang lebih cemerlang untuk rakyat Sabah dan generasi akan datang,” tegasnya.
Feb232022Pesta Kaamatan 2022 akan dilancarkan di Keningau
KOTA KINABALU: Daerah Keningau telah dipilih sebagai tempat pelancaran Perayaan Pesta Kaamatan pada 1 May, 2022 yang bertemakan “Kaamatan Menjiwai Alam Semulajadi”.
Ini diputuskan semasa mesyuarat pertama Jawatankuasa Induk Perayaan Pesta Kaamatan Peringkat Negeri Sabah 2022 yang dipengerusikan Timbalan Ketua Menteri merangkap Menteri Pertanian dan Perikanan Datuk Seri Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan di sini hari ini.
Dr. Jeffrey berkata, perayaan Pesta Kaamatan adalah platfom untuk mengekalkan budaya dan adat istiadat kaum Kadazan Dusun Murut (KDM) terutamanya dalam kalangan generasi muda.
Di samping itu, katanya, Pesta Kaamatan berupaya untuk mempromosikan pelancongan di negeri ini melalui pelbagai program yang melibatkan kebudayaan serta tempat-tempat yang menarik.
(Sumber daripada: Warta Oriental, February 23, 2022)
Dec172021Notis Dari Setiausaha Agung Berkenaan Dengan Persidangan Perwakilan Tiga-Tahunan KDCA Ke-15
KENYATAAN DARIPADA SETIAUSAHA AGUNG KDCA
Semua Pengerusi Cawangan KDCA Semua Pengerusi Ahli Sekumpulan KDCA Semua Pengerusi Penyelaras Ahli Bebas (Unattached Member) KDCA Semua Pengerusi Badan Penyelaras Daerah KDCA Semua Ahli Jawatankuasa Pusat KDCA
Dimaklumkan bahawa Persidangan Perwakilan Tiga-Tahunan KDCA Ke-14 yang akan diadakan seperti ketetapan yang berikut:-
Tarikh: 19hb-20hb Mac 2022 Tempat: Hongkod Koisaan KDCA, Penampang. Perhubungan: Zandi Angeline Boilis, Zandi Munam Charles @ Zandi Maureen Sharon Inoh Telefon: 088-713696 / 713337 Fax: 088-713350 Email: email@example.com
Dengan ini, bersama-sama dikemukakan laporan seperti berikut untuk rujukan dan simpanan pihak tuan/puan.:-
1. Agenda Persidangan Perwakilan Tiga-Tahunan KDCA Ke-15
2. Minit Mesyuarat Persidangan Perwakilan Tiga-Tahunan KDCA Ke-14
3. Laporan Setiausaha Agung bagi sesi 2018-2021
4. Penyata Kewangan KDCA yang telah diaudit bagi tahun 2018, 2019 dan 2020
5. Usul-usul yang akan dibentangkan pada Persidangan Perwakilan Tiga-Tahunan KDCA Ke-15
Dec172021CAWANGAN-CAWANGAN KDCA DIINGATKAN AGAR MENGADAKAN MESYUARAT AGUNG TRI-TAHUNAN DENGAN SEGERA, SETIAUSAHA AGUNG
PENAMPANG: Persatuan Kebudayaan Kadazandusun Sabah (KDCA) bakal mengadakan Persidangan Tri-Tahunan bagi memilih Ahli Jawatankuasa bagi Sesi 2022-2025 yang baru memandangkan tempoh sesi Jawatankuasa yang sedia ada akan berakhir tahun ini.
Setiausaha Agung KDCA, Gundohing Suman Yasambun menjelaskan bahawa persidangan Tri-Tahunan ini dijadual berlangsung pada 19hb-20hb Mac 2022 bertempat di Hongkod Koisaan KDCA, Penampang.
Sebanyak 282 cawangan KDCA termasuk Penyelaras Ahli Bebas KDCA Klang Valley, Johor Bahru, Pulau Pinang, Perak dan Melaka dijangkakan akan mengambil bahagian dalam persidangan ini nanti.
Sehubungan dengan itu, semua Badan-badan Penyelaras Cawangan dan Ahli Jawatankuasa Bebas KDCA (Un-attached KDCA Members) diingatkan agar mengadakan Mesyuarat Agung Tiga Tahunan Cawangan masing-masing dengan segera.
Tambahnya lagi, Laporan Minit Mesyuarat cawangan masing-masing serta borang pencalonan harus sampai ke ibu pejabat KDCA selewat-lewatnya pada 17hb Januari 2022.
Beliau juga menegaskan bahawa kegagalan setiap cawangan KDCA untuk berbuat demikian akan mengakibatkan cawangan berkenaan tidak layak menyertai Persidangan Delegasi Tri-Tahuanan KDCA kali ke-15 ini.
Bagi sebarang pertanyaan, sila hubungi Setiausaha Kerja KDCA (Pn. Angeline Boilis), Pn Maureen Inoh atau Puan Munam Charles ditalian 088-713 696 pada waktu pejabat atau emailkan kepada firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gun. Suman Yasambun
Setiausaha Agung KDCA
Aug132021KDCA, Marcel Jude capai persetujuan untuk sogit (denda) tujuh kerbau kerana menghina masyarakat KDMR
KOTA KINABALU: Persatuan Kebudayaan Kadazan Dusun (KDCA) dan peguam, Marcel Jude Joseph, mencapai persetujuan untuk ‘sogit’ sebanyak tujuh kerbau terhadap beliau kerana menghina masyarakat Kadazan, Dusun, Murut dan Rungus (KDMR)
Timbalan Presiden KDCA, Bulawan Sigah Datuk Seri Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, berkata Marcel diberikan 14 hari dari hari ini untuk membayar sogit tersebut. Selain itu, Marcel juga diminta untuk menerbitkan permohonan maaf umum setengah halaman di sebuah akhbar tempatan harian pilihannya. “Perjanjian ini akan didaftarkan di Mahkamah Anak Negeri di Penampang. Kedua-dua pihak telah bersetuju untuk tidak mencabar syarat-syarat perjanjian di mahkamah yang ada di Sabah. “Bagi pihak KDCA dan semua persatuan bersekutu dengan kami, kami telah bersetuju untuk tidak meneruskan tindakan pengadilan terhadap Marcel, dan kami menganggap perkara ini ditutup. “Oleh itu, kami meminta seluruh masyarakat Kadazandusun untuk menghentikan persengletaan dan melakukan apa yang selalu kami lakukan, iaitu untuk mempromosikan perdamaian,” katanya. Dr. Jeffrey menjelaskan bahawa resolusi itu turut mendapat restu dari Huguan Siou, Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, yang menuntut agar isu ini tidak berlanjutan. Jumlah kerbau ditentukan oleh tujuh jenis adat dan tradisi KDMR. “Kepentingan permohonan maaf kepada masyarakat tidak boleh di nafikan . Walaupun Marcel telah memohon maaf kepada Jawatankuasa Unduk Ngadau dan para pesertanya, beliau telah bersetuju untuk mengeluarkan permintaan maaf umum yang lain, ”katanya. Untuk memastikan masalah ini tidak berulang, Dr. Jeffrey menyatakan Huguan Siou telah mengarahkan KDCA untuk mendirikan batu sumpah di kawasan KDCA yang menyenaraikan adat dan tradisi terpenting orang KDMR. Setiap kampung juga dianjurkan untuk membangun batu sumpah mereka sendiri atau pemberitahuan tetap, mencantumkan adat dan tradisi mereka yang mesti dihormati oleh anggota masyarakat dan orang luar yang masuk ke kampung. Mengenai KDCA, Marcel menyatakan penyesalannya kerana menyinggung perasaan komuniti KDMR, dengan menegaskan bahawa beliau tidak pernah bermaksud untuk menyakitkan hati sesiapa sahaja, terutamanya masyarakat KDMR. Mengulas mengenai hasil perjanjian itu, Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Unduk Ngadau, Tindarama Joanna Kitingan berkata wanita selalu dipandang tinggi dalam komuniti KDMR. “Kerana wanita memainkan peranan penting, terutama dalam bidang spiritual. Oleh itu menghina wanita di masyarakat kita sangat menyinggung perasaan. “Anda telah datang ke tanah kami dan menikmati hasil dari tanah kami. Adalah bijaksana untuk belajar tentang sejarah kami dan menghormati adat istiadat kami, ”katanya.
Jun142021Pairin to Marcel Jude: What has KDCA got to do with your client’s alleged offences
PENAMPANG: Kadazan Dusun Cultural Association (KDCA) President, Huguan Siou (paramount leader) Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, today lambasted lawyer Marcel Jude for defaming and shaming the association. “What has KDCA got to do with his client’s alleged offences? KDCA together with the Government organised the Online Kaamatan celebrations, including the presentation of the Unduk Ngadau beauty contest, which is based on the Legend of Huminodun who saved people from the famine and starvation, and became an exemplary personality and a fine model for our community to follow. “The Unduk Ngadau contest is an attempt to emulate the love and beauty of Huminodun for her people every year during the Celebrations of KadazanDusun Harvest Festival. “The Contest is one of a noble objective in the search for highly capable, skilful and loving personality in our community, and qualified in the Unduk Ngadau contest for that year to be the shining example of Huminodun! “This contest is ruled professionally by a pre-accepted regulations and norms. Everything is above board to ensure the enjoyment and happiness of everyone following the event is held high and meaningful and the end result reflects the conditions and quality of Huminodun,” he said in a statement today. Pairin said Philip Among was arrested and detained for questioning and his lawyer (Marcel Jude), in plea for his release, instead of focusing on professional plea for his client, deviated into defaming and shaming KDCA! The Huguan Siou said Marcel Jude as a lawyer has done the worst for his own profession, and stretching out beyond his professional boundaries and indulging in his personal attacks and defaming KDCA, as a an association which has done everything possible in organising with the State Government professionally and in the best interest of the community, Malaysians generally, and the people of the world who thirsts for love, friendship, understanding and peace through programmes and traditional festival, such as the Tadau Kaamatan in Sabah the Land Below the Wind. “Since Marcel Jude has brought his shameful and defamatory statements into public arena, he should be taken to task in the right manner and through the right channels, as he has not only offended KDCA directly but everyone else who are not only members of the association and the community but also everyone who felt and share the negative and defamatory impact arising out of Marcel Jude’s statement or part of his plea in his presentation to the honourable court to obtain the bail release for his client, Philip Among. “First, his action must be reported to the police, to ensure that nothing is taken out of context and that the police has the record of the bad and unforgiveable occurrence. “Second, an action by KDCA is warranted as Marcel Jude has shames the innocent association and ridicule KDCA in no uncertain manner to the extent that it paints KDCA as shameful association with evil intentions. “Third, in the context of our innocent and genteel community where the community tries to rise our people, especially our young girls to achieve a high standard in knowledge, education, love for their own traditions, just like other communities love their own customs and traditions and achieve a high standard in arts and skills in life and economy, it is unbelievable that Marcel Jude has gone down so low as to ignore the local customs and traditions of the KadazanDusun and literally “langgar adat (break the customary law)” which need to be compensated with the proper “sogit (penalty)” by the Native Court another institution of justice found in the State,” said Pairin, who is also former Chief Minister.
Jun142021KDCA buat laporan polis terhadap kenyataan Marcel Jude
PENAMPANG: Persatuan Kebudayaan Kadazan Dusun Sabah (KDCA) membuat laporan polis hari ini berhubung dengan kenyataan peguam Marcel Jude yang menyamakan Pertandingan Unduk Ngadau dengan ‘pertunjukkan lembu esotik’. Setiausaha Agung KDCA Suman Yasambun berkata laporan polis tersebut dibuat oleh beliau bersama Pengerusi Majlis Wanita KDCA Joanna Datuk Kitingan and Pengerusi Belia KDCA Steve Johnny Mositun. Katanya, Marcel Jude dalam kenyataannya yang menyamakan Pertandingan Unduk Ngadau yang dirayakan oleh masyarakat Kadazandusun (KDMR) seperti pertunjukan lembu eksotik di dalam hujahnya sebagai alasan mendapat pembebasan ikat jamin untuk anak guamnya Philip Among. “Sejak timbulnya kenyataan tersebut, yang jelas menunjukkan satu kenyataan provokasi terhadap masyarakat KDMR yang dianggap sebagai menghina masyarakat KDMR. KDCA telah mendapat laporan yang merupakan bantahan daripada semua lapisan masyarakat KDMR terhadap kenyataan peguam tersebut dan mendesak KDCA mengambil tindakan terhadap peguam tersebut,” katanya dalam kenyataan media hari ini. Katanya, masyarakat KDMR dibawah naungan KDCA mempunyai 40 suku kaum dan merupakan masyarakat yang mempunyai adat resam yang bersopan santun dan cintakan perdamaian, hidup harmoni dengan kaum-kaum yang lain tanpa menganggu gugat mana-mana kaum di Sabah. “Tahap toleransi masyarakat KDMR amatlah tinggi untuk mencerminkan bahawa kami tidak mahu campur hal soal budaya kaum-kaum yang lain. Demikian juga kami masyarakat KDMR tidak mahu mana-mana pihak ingin mencampuri apa lagi memperlekeh urusan soal hak budaya kami,” katanya. Tambahnya, peristiwa penganjuran Unduk Ngadau baru-baru ini menjadi titik hitam kepada masyarakat KDMR dimana seorang personality yang bernama Philip Among telah dituduh mencabul kehormatan seorang peserta Unduk Ngadau yang menjadi kes Mahkamah sekarang ini. “Peristiwa ini telah menimbulkan kemarahan daripada masyarakat KDMR. Belum pun perkara tuduhan tersebut diputuskan di Mahkamah, Peguam Philip Among mengeluarkan kenyataan bahawa Unduk Ngadau ialah seperti “The UNK contest is not about women, it is just a contest, it doesn’t incorporate all women, whatever their talents and skills and education and abilities but it is nothing more than an exotic cattle show and almost feel like an auction show. There is nothing outstanding about these women and there [are] more women outstanding outside but they don’t get to be the contestants. The UNK is a throw back to a former period where women are only objects of desire to be paraded around in an extravagant pet show”. Penghinaan ini samalah seperti “rubbing salt to the injury” kepada masyarakat KDMR. “Justeru itu walaupun masyarakat KDMR mempunyai tolerensi yang tinggi akan tetapi kita juga mempunyai had yang harus dihormati oleh semua kaum lain. “Marcel Jude sebagai seorang peguam telah melangkaui batas tugas profesionnya sebagai seoarang peguam dengan menyerang masyarakat KDMR melalui hujahnya yang sangat memalukan dan menghina Pertandingan Kebudayaan Unduk Ngadau. “Laporan polis pada hari ini mengingatkan bahawa KDCA tidak berdiam diri untuk menggunakan semua saluran yang dibenarkan oleh undang-undang untuk menuntut keadilan sebagai jalan penyelesaian. “Kita juga meminta pihak polis untuk membuat siasatan dan tindakan yang berpatutan terhadap penama tersebut yang dianggap oleh masyarakat KDMR sebagai cubaan menimbulkan kemarahan yang kalau tidak dikawal mungkin akan menimbulkan kekacauan ketenteraman awam,” katanya. Dimasa yang sama, KDCA sedang mengkaji tindakan-tindakan yang berpatutan, selepas mendapat nasihat peguam-peguam dari suku kaum KDMR.
Feb182021Pesta Kaamatan secara dalam talian
Pesta Kaamatan peringkat negeri tahun ini akan diadakan secara dalam talian, sesuai dengan kebiasaan baharu bagi mengekang penularan wabak Covid-19, kata Timbalan Ketua Menteri Sabah Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan.
Beliau berkata dalam mesyuarat pertama jawatankuasa sambutan Kaamatan yang dipengerusikan beliau dan diadakan secara dalam talian hari ini, jawatankuasa itu juga memutuskan tema untuk sambutan tahun ini iaitu ‘Kaamatan Aiso Wolit Montok Piompunan om Pibabasan’ (Kaamatan Tanpa Sempadan Demi Pendamaian dan Keamanan).
“Kami merasakan tema ini sesuai untuk tahun ini selepas banyak perkara berlaku terutamanya yang disebabkan oleh Covid-19,” katanya dalam kenyataan di sini.
Kaamatan ialah pesta menuai yang disambut setiap tahun di Sabah oleh kaum Kadazan Dusun dan juga kaum lain yang berkaitan di negeri ini pada Mei.
Jeffrey yang juga Timbalan Presiden Persatuan Kebudayaan Kadazan Dusun (KDCA) berkata upacara pembukaan dan penutup sambutan itu akan diadakan di Hongkod Koisaan di Penampang dan akan disiarkan secara dalam talian.
Bagaimanapun katanya, semua daerah akan mengadakan sambutan peringkat daerah masing-masing dengan mematuhi prosedur operasi standard (SOP) yang ketat.
“Terdapat juga kemungkinan keadaan berubah pada Mei nanti yang mungkin membolehkan kita mengadakan sambutan secara dalam dan luar talian serta orang ramai boleh menyertainya secara fizikal,” katanya.
(Sumber daripada Daily Express, Selasa, 18 Februari , 2021)
May282020PASON KAAMATAN 2020 MANTAD DI HUGUAN SIOU TAN SRI DATUK SERI PANGLIMA JOSEPH PAIRIN DATUK KITINGAN, PRESIDEN DO KDCA
KOPISUNDUAN DOID WULAN KAAMATAN 2020.
Tobpinai kou ngaawi, kanou po laid lumongkod doid Kinoingan miampai monongkotoluod tokou kumaa Disido montok koginawaan om koumoligan Dau solinaid kumaa dotokou lolobi no doid timpu koligaganan do podokitan sakit corona sompomogunan poimaso diti.
Mantad no do koligaganan sakit rapit Korona dilo do oponsol kopio do mi-iso ginawo dotokou do umampayat do laang om kootulan ngaawi koporintaan sompomogunan doid pinggisaman dotokou mongipop do sakit tobingroli dilo.
Monongkotoluod tokou do au giigina kumaa toinsanan di monogulu dotokou ngaawi doid pisangadan dotokou miampai corona kogungsakit dilo. Montok dotokou, kanou tonudo tokou kootulan ngaawi pinatantu do koporintaan doid pinggisaman dotokou mongipop do sakit koligogon do mantad corona dilo.
Doid Wulan ko-5, Wulan Kaamatan diti, ounsikou ginawo ku tu abasa om okito tokou maya “WhatsApp” om media ngaawi suwai do kakal poinwakas o sunduan do Kaamatan doid ginawo ngaawi dotokou, sundung ima do amu tokou kaanu tumimung id Hongkod Koisaan mamaantang om mamaramai Wulan om Tadau Kaamatan miagal tikid toun do toun diti sabap no dilo koligaganan podokitan sakit corona.
Nga i lobi kopongunsikou ginawo ku nopo nga i koimaan ngaawi dotokou do mogitaatabang mogiruurugup monulung tobpinai dotokou di tongosusa dasom timpu kikoligaganan poimaso diti. Montok dilo maganu oku do kosiwatan diti do montongkotoluod au giigina kumaa toinsanan i nagaanan do ginawo monoluod kousinan kumaa “Tabung Kebajikan” do KDCA montok ponulung do panon om waris panon ngaawi KDCA di tongosusa.
Balakatan, Wanadan om Umoligan tokou no daa ngaawi toriirimo do Kinoingan.
Kotobian om Kopiwosian Tadau Tagayo Kaamatan 2020.
Posudongo tokou no ralan koposion kawawagu montok koumoligan om kolidasan dotokou songoowian dasom timpu kikoligaganan diti.
May152020HUGUAN SIOU‘S GREETINGS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE CELEBRATIONS OF OUR KAAMATAN FESTIVAL 2020 DURING AND WITHIN THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC ONGOING ATTACK
In the first place, let us turn to the Almighty God and thank Him for His blessings and protection during this very trying time when the whole world is facing together and battling the coronavirus Covid-19 onslaught.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic all manner of activities have been stopped and laws restricting movements imposed. The MCO has, therefore, affected adversely the holding of our sacred Kaamatan Festival for this year of 2020. Whether we like it or not the emergence of the coronavirus Covid-19 has to be acknowledged as a disease which cannot be ignored as a disease which can cause many deaths if not treated or if preventive measures are not taken by governments and those in authorities!
Whilst the whole world is working hard to battle the coronavirus pandemic, we have to comply with the MCO imposed by the government as part of the overall strategy to overcome and reduce the adverse impact on people worldwide as well as within our own community.
We thank our people for their understanding and concern as well. We thank, especially, those heroic and stoic front liners whose dedication to duties and responsibilities encourage us all to comply with the various SOPs which government has imposed on us. Nonetheless, I have noticed that the spirit of Kaamatan is very high indeed. This is very obvious when we view “WhatsApps” comments, and sharing of old Kaamatan and sentimental traditional songs! We are certainly uplifted by the high spirit of Kaamatan despite the coronavirus still threatening all humanity!
I am very appreciative of whatever contribution each and everyone of us can combine with others within and through our KDCA to extend our support to those of our members in our community who need such assistance. May God Almighty continue to bless them, and guide us all in this crisis!
Kopivosian om kopiranggaian Tadau Tagazo do KAAMATAN kumaa tobpinai ngaavi!
Be safe! Stay at home and adopt new good and healthy habits to help break the spread of the coronavirus the Covid-19!
Feb222020KAAMATAN FESTIVAL 2020Theme: Kaamatan, Our Sacred Festival
PENAMPANG: The KDCA Central Committee at it's recent meeting held on February 15, 2020, chaired by Huguan Siou Tan Sri DSP Joseph Pairin Datuk Kitingan, after thorough deliberations on the Kaamatan Festival unanimously decided that KDCA will continue to celebrate the Finale of the Annual Kaamatan Festival 2020 at Hongkod Koisaan, (KDCA Culutral Unity Centre) Penampang comes May 30th & 31st, 2020.
The KDCA Kaamatan 2020 Main Organizing Committee is chaired by Datuk Daniel Datuk Kinsik, which had already held two meetings so far with all the Sub-Committee Chairperson already appointed and designated their respective responsibilities.
The theme for the KDCA Kaamatan Festival 2020 has been set as, "Kaamatan, Our Sacred Festival" in order to emphasize to the young generations the essence, meanings and purposes of Kaamatan Festival from the socio-cultural perspectives, beliefs, worldview and adat of the originating celebrants, particulary the Kadazandusun multi-ethnic community.
In view of the global COVID-19 menace, Datuk Daniel Kinsik said, that the organizer will undertake all the necessary precautions within their means and in cooperation with the relevent authorities, both government and private sector to make the celebration as safe as possibly can, with a reminder that all celebrants, guests and visitor should also do their part to protect themselves to the best they can. We may not shake hands but bow to greet each other and dance without touching other, and still truly experience and convey the warmth, spirit and meaning of Kaamatan as we dance to the rhythm of the music and songs of the sacred Festival. Celebrants may no longer take turns to suck the sacred rice tapai from the same jars, as tapai can be served to them individually in disposable cups.
As usual, we will have a Medical Team and an ambulance on standby within the KDCA complex to deal with emergency eventualities.
In the meantime all KDCA Coordination Districts throughout Malaysia inculding 5 in Peninsular Malaysia have been advised to organize their respective Kaamatan Festivals through the "Mitatabang & Miulung" Spirit so that they can each send their representative contestants for the Kaamatan Festival 2020 Unduk Ngadau and Sugandoi final competition at Hongkod Koisaan (KDCA Culutral Unity Centre), Penampang, Sabah on May 30th & 31st, 2020.
For further information and details regarding KDCA Kaamatan Festival 2020 Programmes and Activities Progress, kindly contact the Secretaries: Zandi Elaine Nora Amandus at H/P: 013-8839988 or O/P: 088-713696.
Kopisunduan om Kotoluadan kumaa toinsanan. Gundohing Suman Yasambun KDCA Secretary General
Dec142019Koisaan Cultural Village second to receive MyTQA Certificate in Sabah – DCM
KOTA KINABALU: Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA) Koisaan Cultural Village (KCV) is the second to receive Malaysia Tourism Quality Assurance (MyTQA) Certificate in Sabah.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew, who is also the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, said the certification is a very prestigious tourism service award given by The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC), which showed KDCA’s quality of service provided to its visitors.
In her speech, Christina said the main purpose of the certification was to improve the services and quality of facilities of tourism products in Malaysia by the tourism industry players.
Her speech was delivered by General Manager Sabah Tourism Board (STB) Noredah Othman during the launching of Sabah Food Festival 2019 and Sabah Homestay Carnival and official launching of Experiencesabah.com (Online booking portal for Sabah Homestay Association) at KDCA in Penampang, yesterday.
Christina also lauded the effort of the three organizers of the event, KDCA KCV, Sabah Homestay Association and Experiencesabah.com, which was a smart partnership between non-government organizations and business agencies.
She said the collaboration was good of the culture and tourism in Sabah and in line with the government’s aim to foster unity among all Malaysians.
Highlighting tourism as the major source of income for Malaysia, particularly in Sabah, she reminded that two fundamental and unique attractions for Sabah are rich and diverse culture and awesome environment.
Therefore, the food festival which a three-in-one programme would provide opportunity to promote products of cultural tourism and become a pioneer for other tourism industry players.
Meanwhile, KDCA president, Huguan Siou Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Datuk Kitingan in his speech said KDCA played its role in Sabah economic development through tourism.
He said the event which was held for four days (December 13 to 16) showcased Sabah’s multicultural community through various signature dishes and hoped that the festival could be an annual event as well as put in STB’s event calendar.
Also present at the event the political secretary of the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Jamil Datuk Hamzah and organizing chairperson from KDCA Zandi Sairah Indan.
(Source from Borneo Post Online, on Disember 15, 2019, Sunday)
Aug062019Hari Orang Asal Sedunia negeri 9 – 10 Ogos di KDCA
Sambutan Hari Orang Asal Sedunia peringkat negeri kembali untuk tahun kedua pada 9 hingga 10 Ogos ini di Dewan Terbuka Kampung Kebudayaan Koisaan, KDCA di Penampang.
Timbalan Ketua Menteri Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau berkata Kerajaan Negeri bersetuju dan akan menyediakan peruntukan untuk sambutan tahun ini.
Katanya, sambutan itu biasanya disambut pada 9 Ogos setiap tahun, selepas Deklarasi Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu mengenai Hak-hak Orang Asal (UNDRIP) ditandatangani oleh 144 negara, termasuk Malaysia pada 13 September 2007.
“Bagi pihak Kerajaan Sabah, saya mengalu-alukan dan mempelawa semua orang untuk hadir. Sambutan sama diadakan tahun lalu di Kiulu dan ia sangat menggalakkan.
“Saya berharap sambutan tahun ini lebih meriah dan bermakna sejajar dengan salah satu matlamat UNDRIP iaitu bagi meningkatkan kesedaran sambil menghormati pelbagai hak yang sesuai untuk masyarakat Orang Asal,” katanya kepada media dalam sidang akhbar di Bangunan Dewan Undangan Negeri di sini, Isnin.
Acara itu melibatkan pelbagai demonstrasi dan persembahan etnik, pameran pendidikan dan kesedaran UNDRIP, pameran etnik dan cabutan nama bertuah untuk pengunjung yang menjanjikan hadiah menarik seperti dua ekor kerbau dan pelbagai barangan elektrik.
Sejumlah 22 kumpulan etnik iaitu KadazanDusun, Lotud, Bisaya, Murut, Tasilung dan lain-lain akan mengambil bahagian dalam acara tersebut.
Pada 9 Ogos, Pembantu Menteri Undang-Undang dan Hal Ehwal Luar Jannie Lasimbang akan merasmikan Malam Kebudayaan Orang Asal Sabah, manakala pada 10 Ogos, Madius berkata beliau akan merasmikan Forum Orang Asal berjudul Isu dan Cabaran.
Ketua Menteri Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal akan merasmikan majlis itu pada malam, katanya. Kira-kira 3000 pengunjung dijangka menghadiri acara dua hari itu.
(Sumber daripada Harian Ekpres, 6hb Ogos 2019, Selasa)
May212019Huguan Siou Song Awards: Nick crowned overall winner
‘Kiva Koupusan Nu’ composed by Nick Tudol was crowned overall winner in the 4th KDCA Huguan Siou Song Awards.
The song performed by Fanzi Ruji also won the best song award in the Kadazan category while Fanzi won best performance and best vocal prizes.
For the top award, Nick received RM5,000 and he received another RM2,000 for the best Kadazan song.
“This award has a very special meaning in my life...and I tributed it to my late father who passed away recently,” he said when met after the prize giving ceremony at the Hongkod Koisaan Kadandusun Cultural Association (KDCA), Tuesday.
“The song was released in 2013 and had won first runner-up in RTM’s Kadazan Popular Song Chart competition in 2017.
“I made it according to Fanzi’s vocal range where I assessed the maximum note that he can reach before finalising the composition.
“I am pleased to work with him and there will be future collaborations with him as well.”
On the event, he said, it was a good move by KDCA to organise it as it can serve as a good platform for local composers, lyricists and performers to shine.
“It is also an excellent stepping stone for us, especially those who have just venture into the music scene.
“Such events inject further encouragement to us to continue making music,” he said.
The other winners were ‘Magandad Dika’ composed by Ateng and performed by Hosiani Jaimis for the best Dusun song while ‘Pangkulimanan’ (Sharin Amud Shapri/Erdeeyona Christopher Kunjan) won the best Murut song.
The best lyric prize for Kadazan song was given to Cosmas Chin for ‘Piginavaan Titaak Mantad Savat’ while Benn Simon Bukag (Nosindualan) and Sharin Amud Shapri (Layavinku) received the best lyric awards for Dusun and Murut song, respectively.
The other finalists were ‘Okon Koupusan Nu’ composed by Douglas Henry and performed by Joveya,’Piginavaan Titaak Mantad Savat’ (Cosmas Chin/Queennera Francine), ‘Nosindualan’ (Benn Simon Bukag/Phauline Lenn), ‘Nokuro’ (Douglas Henry/Diandra Justin), ‘Layavinku’ (Sharin Amud Shapri/Nurfaziana Emran) and ‘Kalo Boh Malililianan’ (Apiang Sausun).
Meanwhile, KDCA President Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, who is also the Huguan Siou, in his opening speech, said the association will continue to support the works of local artistes.
“We will ensure this event will be the main programme for Kaamatan every year so that there will be a continuity of effort and commitment by our artists,” he said.
(Source from Daily Express, Thursday, May 23, 2019)
Apr302019Return to saving habit, Pairin urges the KDMs
Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA) President-cum-Huguan Siou Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan said the saving culture was once a theme of the Kaamatan Festival and should be practised by the Kadazan Dusun and Murut (KDM) communities.
“It is to ensure we reduce wastage and adopt savings that can strengthen our economy,” he said when launching the District KDCA Kaamatan Festival held at Bandukan Riverside Resort, Saturday.
He recalled the ancient KDM practice of storing food in a tube made of bamboo or under a pillow.
He said it was clear that ancestors were so prudent and thrifty when spending and reducing wastage and increasing their savings.
He also urged the people not to waste too much when celebrating the festival this time but strengthen their economy by producing local products.
“This is a very high result and I hope that our people will continue to work with less thought in other contexts but we need to make sure our progress will increase empowerment of our economy.
“I would like to emphasise the result of our participation from our understanding and cooperation and this is what we want and if in the village there is a strong spirit of union with good cooperation and understanding, it will certainly result in our economic strength and financial position,” he said.
Pairin who is also former Deputy Chief Minister and Infrastructure Development Minister said the annual Kaamatan Festival is the pride of the KDM community.
He said the KDM community should be proud of their unique culture as it can be an attraction to both foreign and domestic tourists.
“In Korea, Japan, China and other countries, we can see how they preserve and promote their respective culture as an economic activity.
“It is a draw for tourists to visit the country as tourists will not only be interested in the its background, interesting places, cultures but the food and drinks as well.
“These are examples to show that we should never neglect our culture by disregarding the cultural skills passed down to us. The knowledge that are passed down from our ancestors is should also be passed down to our children and grandchildren,” he said.
He said, the people in the modern era have many tools that can help them to improve, decorate and advance cultural elements whether it is from modern farming, voice art, dance art, music and also oral story-telling.
To this, Pairin urged that more oral story telling on the background of the KDM community including history, art and culture be carried out so that it may not go extinct.
He said that if each family take the responsibility of writing the stories that are told to them from their respective ancestors and then publish it in a book, it will be a marvellous item for reading.
“We often ask stories from our elders who are still alive including from the “Bobolian”, this will also contribute to our reading materials for our grandchildren so as to increase their knowledge and indirectly enhance their knowledge about the historical and cultural background of this community in the future.
“I believe the tourists and foreign investors that come to our place are also attracted to the beauty of our culture,” he said.
Many events were held in conjunction with the festival including Unduk Ngadau, cultural performances, sale of village products and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) exhibitions.
Cora Wybin @Coraa was crowned the Unduk Ngadau Bingkor 2019. She will represent the district at the State-level Kaamatan Festival.
In second and third place, Jayceline Jenner and Claravie Jusop @ Christania Jusop won respectively.
Some 2,000 people including KDCA Deputy President-cum-Keningau MP and Tambunan Assemblyman, Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, Kimanis MP, Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, KDCA Vice-President-cum-Bingkor State Assemblyman and Chairman of the Organising Committee, Robert Tawik, political leaders, community leaders and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) attended the event.
(Source from Daily Express, Tuesday, April 30, 2019)
Dec232018KDM costumes display
Traditional costumes in the State, especially from the Kadazandusun communities should be preserved and documented for research, said Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA) President Huguan Siou Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan.
Such efforts, he said, are needed so that the future generation will have a cultural reference.
"I hope our culture will always be preserved as it is, regardless of the modernisation that we are experiencing now," he said, in a speech read by KDCA deputy president Datuk Seri Clarence Bongkos Malakun, during the opening of the Unduk Ngadau Gallery at the Hongkod Koisaan KDCA, Saturday.
Towards this end, Pairin commended the initiatives taken by the KDCA Women Council on establishing the gallery.
"After almost 58 years of officially celebrating the Kaamatan Festival with the Unduk Ngadau as its highlight, we finally have a dedicated Unduk Ngadau Gallery.
"This is a testament of the importance of this part of our culture. The Unduk Ngadau pageant has not only helped to preserve our culture but is also the oldest and longest-running cultural pageant held in Sabah to date."
While the contestants are required to wear traditional costumes, he said, over the years, the costumes had gone various phases of modifications.
"I was made to understand that the Unduk Ngadau Gallery will display the original traditional costumes as a reference for all district Unduk Ngadau organisers as well as Kadazandusun future generations," he said.
He added, the KDCA Women Council worked hard to get the gallery ready for the last few months.
"With a minimal budget from both their fund raising activities and support from Sumuni Sdn Bhd and the KDCA Central Committee, the gallery is finally ready.
"I believe the gallery will be part of the Hongkod Koisaan's cultural heritage attractions for tourists.
"The space is very small but is a good start and I hope the request from the KDCA Women Council to extend the gallery will be approved by the Central Committee."
KDCA Women Council chairperson Joanna Datuk Kitingan who is also the State-level Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan organising chairperson said, it is the responsibility of the council to make sure that the young generation know the proper way of wearing traditional costumes as well as the meaning of the motifs on the costumes.
"As the Unduk Ngadau chairperson for the last five years, our committee has emphasised on the back-to-basics traditional costumes.
"We have also requested for the documentation of materials and accessories from each district Unduk Ngadau chairperson," she said.
Currently, she said, the gallery housed seven traditional and contemporary ethnic-inspired costumes, and she is expecting the collection to grow bigger soon.
"We hope that with the starting of our small collection in the gallery, we can expand it into a museum that exhibits all ethnic groups under the KDCA."
Also present were KDCA Cultural Village chairperson Sairah Indan, 2018 State-level Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan Hosiani James Jaimis, and past crown holders of the annual pageant. - Ricardo Unto
(Source from Daily Express, Sunday, December 23, 2018)
Oct012018Notis Dari Setiausaha Agung Berkenaan Dengan Persidangan Perwakilan Tiga-Tahunan KDCA Ke-14
KENYATAAN DARIPADA SETIAUSAHA AGUNG KDCA
Semua Pengerusi Cawangan KDCA
Semua Presiden/Pengerusi Ahli Sekumpulan KDCA
Semua Pengerusi Penyelaras Ahli Bebas (Unattached Member) KDCA
Semua Pengerusi Badan Penyelaras Daerah KDCA
Semua Ahli Jawatankuasa Pusat KDCA
Dimaklumkan bahawa Persidangan Perwakilan Tiga-Tahunan KDCA Ke-14 yag akan diadakan seperti ketetapan yang berikut:-
Tarikh: 3hb-4hb November 2018
Tempat: Dewan Hongkod Koisaan, Penampang.
Masa: 8.00am - 5.00pm
Perhubungan: Zandi Munam Charles & Zandi Maureen Sharon Inoh
Telefon: 088-713696 / 713337 Fax: 088-713350
Dengan ini, bersama-sama dikemukakan laporan seperti berikut untuk rujukan dan simpanan pihak tuan/puan.:-
- Agenda Persidangan Perwakilan Tiga-Tahunan KDCA Ke-14
- Minit Mesyuarat Persidangan Perwakilan Tiga-Tahunan KDCA Ke-13
- Laporan Setiausaha Agung
- Penyata Kewangan KDCA yang telah diaudit bagi tahun 2015, 2016 dan 2017
- Usul-usul yang akan dibentangkan pada Persidangan Perwakilan Tiga-Tahunan KDCA Ke-14
Jul142018THE "HUGUAN SIOU" LEGACY OF THE KADAZANDUSUNS
Jun082018CAWANGAN-CAWANGAN KDCA DIINGATKAN AGAR MENGADAKAN MESYUARAT AGUNG TRI-TAHUNAN DENGAN SEGERA, SETIAUSAHA AGUNG
PENAMPANG: Persatuan Kebudayaan Kadazandusun Sabah (KDCA) bakal mengadakan Persidangan Tri-Tahunan bagi memilih Ahli Jawatankuasa bagi Sesi 2018-2021 yang baru memandangkan tempoh sesi Jawatankuasa yang sedia ada akan berakhir tahun ini.
Setiausaha Agung KDCA, Datuk Ir. John Anthony menjelaskan bahawa persidangan Tri-Tahunan ini dijadual berlangsung pada 3hb-4hb November 2018 bertempat di Dewan Hongkod Koisaan, Penampang.
Sebanyak 638 cawangan KDCA termasuk Penyelaras Ahli Bebas KDCA Klang Valley Johor Bahru dan Pulau Pinang serta Cawangan Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan dijangkakan akan mengambil bahagian dalam persidangan ini nanti.
Sehubungan dengan itu, semua Badan-badan Penyelaras Cawangan dan Ahli Jawatankuasa Bebas KDCA (Un-attached KDCA Members) diingatkan agar mengadakan Mesyuarat Agung Tahunan Cawangan masing-masing dengan segera.
Tambahnya lagi, Laporan Minit Mesyuarat cawangan masing-masing serta borang pencalonan harus sampai ke ibu pejabat KDCA selewat-lewatnya pada 31hb Julai ini.
Beliau juga menegaskan bahawa kegagalan setiap cawangan KDCA untuk berbuat demikian akan mengakibatkan cawangan berkenaan tidak layak menyertai Persidangan Delegasi Tri-Tahuanan KDCA kali ke-14 ini.
Bagi sebarang pertanyaan, sila hubungi Setiausaha Penganjur KDCA, Gundohing John Paujik atau Setiausaha Kerja KDCA, Cik Bervely Judin atau Puan Munam Charles ditalian 088-713 696 pada waktu pejabat atau emailkan kepada email@example.com.
Datuk Ir. John Anthony
Setiausaha Agung KDCA
Feb252018KDCA eyeing bigger land to house all 40 groups
By Neil Brian Joseph
PENAMPANG: The Kadazan Dusun Cultural Association (KDCA) will try its best to ensure that all 40 Kadazandusun sub-ethnics can be represented in its cultural village.
Deputy Chief Minister cum KDCA president Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan asserted that as of now the newly refurbished KDCA Cultural Village (KCV) could only accommodate 11 sub-ethnic houses.
Speaking at the launching of the newly refurbished KCV yesterday, Pairin said KDCA would “continue to pursue our dream to look for the ideal and more accommodative cultural village.
“We have currently 11 cultural houses, one Unduk Ngadau Gallery, one gift shop, a mini-local restaurant and an open performance stage within our Hongkod Koisaan Cultural Unity Centre Complex, which until this time have been mostly idle except during the Kaamatan festival celebration month of May each year,” Pairin said in explaining the current state of the KDCA premises in Penampang.
In this regard, KCV chairman Sairah Indan disclosed that KDCA was currently working on acquiring a much bigger land to accommodate the remaining sub-ethnics, the ones that have yet to have its own cultural house.
“We hope to get a bigger land so that we can accommodate all the 40 ethnic groups and their representatives for their traditional houses. We hope to acquire the approval from the government to get a bigger land,” Sairah told reporters.
Sairah said the current size of KDCA Penampang was just about nine acres. In order for KDCA to house all 40 ethnics, it would need at least a 50-acre land.
Commenting on the proposed location of the new land site, Sairah said KDCA currently had earmarked the Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park (KKIP) area.
However, she declined from commenting further as only KDCA secretary-general Datuk John Anthony had the authority to do so.
“Definitely, we hope to get a bigger land and we want the state government to support us. It is very crucial for us to preserve and to have a venue that gathers all the ethnics,” she said.
Meanwhile, Pairin thanked the state government for the latter’s continuous supportive subsidy funding for the annual Kaamatan festival since 1960 as well as for respecting the role of KDCA as the implementation and coordination committee for both district and state level.
The newly refurbished KDCA Cultural Village opens from Tuesday to Sunday from 9am-4pm for the morning session and 5pm-9pm for night viewing.
Tickets are priced at RM25 for locals and RM35 for foreign tourists.
(Source from The Borneo Post, Sunday, February 25, 2018)
Feb202018Cultural village now open anytime
Source from Daily Express, 20th February 2018, Tuesday.
Oct072017Heartiest Congratulations to Datuk Dr. Dayu Sansalu & Zandi Flavia Ignatius
Oct032017KAAMATAN A SACRED FEAST; EQUATING IT TO A BEER FEST IS UTTERLY DISRESPECTFULThe magavau dance which is part of an age-old ritual performed during Kaamatan.By DATUK IR JOHN ANTHONYCOMMENT: The recent statement by a DAP politician insinuating that the Kaamatan Festival may also one day be banned as it involves tapai/liquor drinking is not only distasteful but uncalled for as an irresponsible statement.The misleading statement that highlights Kaamatan Festival as mere ‘tapai drinking’ is not only insulting but disrespectful to the Kadazandusun community who regards the Kaamatan Festival as their sacred festival to commemorate the sacrifice of their Goddess Saviour Huminodun to save them from the curses of terminal famine.It is also an opportunity for them to thank and praise their Creator Couple Deities Kinoingan and Sumundu for their loving providence of their staple sacred food rice along with other diverse food resources.Kaamatan Festival is a harmonious time for forgiveness among relatives and friends and establishing new friendship and renewing old ones.Rice wine or tapai is of course served during the Kaamatan Festival as sacred drink but certainly tapai and liquor drinking are not, and should not, be viewed as the main highlights of the Kaamatan Festival.If you do not know about our Kaamatan Festival, please do not volunteer to talk about it on our behalf.
Sep302017KDCA sets up Huguan Siou FoundationBY JENNE LAJIUNKOTA KINABALU: The Kadazandusun Cultural Centre (KDCA) has set up the Huguan Siou Foundation (HSF).According to KDCA president cum Deputy Chief Minister and Infrastructure Development Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, the HSF was one of the main pre-requisites for the setting up of KDCA’s own educational institutions and funding for its socio-cultural heritage development.“With the globalising world, where we may differ in politics, religions and views, we, Kadazandusun must rise above our differences and move to involve and empower all strata of our community, that together we may realise the power of our common dreams and progress ever onwards as 1Kadazandusun,” he said at the KDCA awards presentation and signing of the HSF Deed of Trust on Thursday.At the same time, Pairin also mentioned the contributions of KDCA’s pioneers, leaders and members into making what the association was today.He also said since its inception in the 1950s and registration in 1966, KDCA, like any other cultural organisation, had come a long way to be what it was today as a result of individuals, spoken words, shared thoughts, sacrificial contributions and collective actions.He added that they decided to seriously look into the KDCA Illustrious Awards for the association’s past and present leaders who had greatly contributed to the cause of KDCA since the time of the Society of Kadazans, in 1950s.He said the award served as a reminder of the many people who had sacrificed and contributed in many forms and ways towards making KDCA a reality and to build it to what it is today.Among the recipients of the first KDCA Illustrious Award were the late Tun Fuad Stephens and Datuk Darius Binion.During the event, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau provided a sponsorship for the publication of a reference book on Kadazandusunology and Rinaits.(Source from BorneoPost Online, September 30, 2017, Saturday)
Sep302017Call for unity of Kadazandusun communityBy MICHAEL TEHKOTA KINABALU: The time has come for the Kadazandusun to be united more than ever before and regain respect from the other communities, said Upko acting president Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau.“The time has come for us, more so now than ever before, to be united and be counted as one. Our community had achieved much, but without any doubt, we could have done and grasped so much more,” he said.Speaking after presenting a RM100,000 to Huguan Siou cum President of the Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA) Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan for the publication of a book entitled “Kadazandusunology Om Rinait”, he also urged the people to stand united behind Pairin and “misompuru id koubasanan” (be united through culture).“As the Huguan Siou have mentioned we have found the “tataba” (magic wand), which was the unity of the people gaining respect from the other community,” said Tangau who is also Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation at the KDCA Honorary Awards Presentation ceremony held in Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa here Thursday night.“There was a time when we were even shy to be identified as a Kadazandusun but not anymore and I think this was when Huguan Siou stood his ground to say that this is our right and nobody should take our right from us,” he said to applause from the floor.However, Tangau said it was sad that there were people who continued to talk about the Kadazandusun losing the “tataba” but did not even think of wanting to unite.“The time has come for us to unite, and to be a good leader, we must be a good follower. The Huguan Siou has done a lot for us and this is an understatement,” he added.Tangau also acknowledged that the contribution for the publication of the first-of-its-kind book symbolised the homecoming to KDCA for him who had been involved with KDCA when it was still known as the Kadazan Cultural Association when its office was located in Sinsuran.He revealed that he was very interested to support the book’s publication when Benedict Topin and KDCA secretary-general Datuk Ir John Anthony showed it to him last Kaamatan.“To me only when it is written in a book can we really understand where we come from and gain respect and that it is all right to be a Kadazandusun. This book will tell us who we are,” said Tangau.Besides that, the wellbeing of the Momogun community has always been Upko’s priority in the political arena since its inception in the 1960s, he said.“It is not so much the amount, more the intention. Upko is synonym with the Momogun journey in politics towards a better tomorrow. I am only too happy to chip in for the people,” he said.He further noted that such efforts were in line with Upko’s struggle to put the Momogun community at a higher pedestal cutting across all political boundaries.“Upko’s struggle is based on its seven pillars and ideologies for the Momogun rights including to seek betterment of the community’s livelihood as well as preservation of their culture and traditions,” he pointed out. Meanwhile, Pairin in his speech expressed gratitude to Tangau for the contribution to sponsor the publication of the book.He also commended the big delegation from Tangau attending the ceremony comprising among others Upko vice presidents Tan Sri Wences Angang and Datuk Masiung Banah as well council of elder Toh Puan Rahimah Stephens.“Hopefully our hearts will be united and finally we will walk along one path,” said Pairin who is also a Deputy Chief Minister.(Source from New Sabah Times, September 30, 2017, Saturday)
Sep302017Time for Kadazandusun to uniteKOTA KINABALU: The time has come for the Kadazandusun to be united more than ever before and regain respect from the other communities, said Upko acting president Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau.“The time has come for us, more so now than ever before, to be united and be counted as one. Our community had achieved much, but without any doubt, we could have done and grasped so much more,” he said.Speaking after presenting RM100,000 to Huguan Siou cum President of the Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA) Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan for the publication of a book entitled ‘Kadazandusunology Om Rinait’, he urged the people to be united and stand behind Pairin and “misompuru id koubasanan” (be united through culture).“As the Huguan Siou has mentioned we have found the “tataba” (magic wand), which was the unity of the people gaining respect from the other communities,” said Tangau who is also Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation at the KDCA Honorary Awards Presentation ceremony in Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa here Thursday.“There was a time when we were even shy to be identified as a Kadazandusun but not anymore and I think this was when Huguan Siou stood his ground to say that this is our right and nobody should take our right from us,” he said to applause from the floor.However, Tangau said it was sad that there were people who continued to talk about the Kadazandusun losing the “tataba” but did not even think of wanting to unite.“The time has come for us to unite, and to be a good leader we must be a good follower. The Huguan Siou has done a lot for us and this is an understatement,” he said.The contribution for the publication of the first-of-its-kind book symbolised the homecoming to KDCA for Tangau who had been involved with KDCA when it was still known as the Kadazan Cultural Association when its office was located in Sinsuran.He was very interested to support the book’s publication when Benedict Topin and KDCA secretary-general Datuk John Anthony showed it to him last Kaamatan.“To me only when it is written in a book can we really understand where we come from and gain respect and that it is all right to be a Kadazandusun. This book will tell us who we are,” he said.Besides that, the well-being of the Momogun community has always been Upko’s priority in the political arena since its inception in the 1960s, he said.“It is not so much the amount, more the intention. Upko is synonym with the Momogun journey in politics towards a better tomorrow. I am only too happy to chip in for the people,” he said.The Upko efforts were in line with Upko’s struggle to put the momogun community at a higher pedestal cutting across all political boundaries.Upko’s struggle is based on its seven pillars and ideologies for the Momogun’s rights including to seek betterment of the community’s livelihood as well as preservation of their culture and traditions.Meanwhile, Pairin in his speech expressed gratitude to Tangau for the contribution to sponsor the publication of the book.He also commended the big delegation from Tangau attending the ceremony comprising among others Upko vice presidents Tan Sri Wences Angang and Datuk Masiung Banah as well council of elder Toh Puan Rahimah Stephens.“Hopefully our hearts will be united and finally we will walk along one path,” said Pairin who is also a Deputy Chief Minister.(Source from BorneoPost Online. 30th September 2017)
Sep172017Persatuan Rungus Bersatu Sabah (PRBS), rejects the term "Momogun" for Rumpun as proposed by Momogun National Congress (MNC)
A strong delegation comprising 35 Committee Members of Persatuan Rungus Bersatu Sabah (PRBS), led by its President, OKK Makinsos Nawai and accompanied by its Patron, En. Modiyim Layapan (Tenom District Officer) and En. Benedict Kuntong (ADO Matunggong), paid a courtesy call to Huguan Siou Yang Berhormat Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima, Joseph Pairin Datuk Kitingan, Deputy Chief Minister of Sabah, Minsiter of Infra-structure Development and President of KDCA at his office. Among the high level PRBS delegation in full Rungus cultural traditional costumes were Wakil Ketua Anak Negeri, Ketua Anak Negeri and Ketua Kampongs. Also present were KDCA Treasurer General, Datuk Joseph Paulus Lantip, KDCA Organizing Secretary, Mr. John Paujik and KDCA Director of Socio-Cultural Heritage Division, Dr Benedict Topin.
In his welcoming address, the Huguan Siou thanked PRBS President, OKK Makinsos for their courtesy call and expressed his admiration and commendation of the strong commitment and determination by the Rungus community is preserving and practicing their cultural heritage.
PRBS President, OKK Makinsos thanked the Huguan Siou for his time for their courtesy and went straight to the point in presenting their main objectives to meet up with their Huguan Siou.
- To state their objection and rejection to the term "momogun" for rumpun as proposed by the Momogun National Congress (MNC).
- To state their objection to Lembaga Kebudayaan Negeri Sabah (LKNS) in simply collecting dancers from here and there to perform Run gus Traditional Dances incorrectly to the detriment of Rungus Cultural image. The seek KDCA help to strengthen their cause to correct this anomalies in the LKNS cultural dance performances particularly on Rungus Cultural Dances.
- To seek for greater role and allocation foe the Rungus Participation in the Annual Kaamatan Festival both at District and State Levels.
- To request KDCA to allocate University Students on practical training with KDCA to help PRBS to do research and documentation works on the various aspects of the Rungus Cultural Heritage.
- To request technical guidance from KDCA in setting up a Tadika School for Rungus kids using Rungus Language as medium of instruction.
In closing OKK Makinsos then presented to Huguan Siou a copy of their Rungus Adat reference book and a copy of their PRBS constitution, with enthusiastic applauds from withnessing delegates.
Aug092017PELANCARAN BUKU WARISAN SEJARAH KADAZANDUSUN JELAS ASAL USUL KAUM
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 PEOPLE
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 2017
THE KOISAAN BULAWAN SIGAH & TINDARAMA ILLUSTRIOUS AWARDS 2017
Jul232017Hongkod Koisaan 10K Run 2017
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Jul232017KDCA SERVICES AND RECOGNITION AWARDS
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.
Jun042017Proposal for centre to churn out BoboliansBy Leonard Alaza
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 JSOL
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 KaamatanBy PAUL MU
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)
Jun012017CM approves RM1 mln to renovate KDCA buildingKOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman has agreed to allocate RM1 million for the renovation and upgrade of Hongkod Koisaan KDCA.“The practice of helping out each other has always been our culture. This was our culture back then, this is our culture today.“No one race can elevate Sabah alone. To do so, every single race must work together.“I have not forgotten Datuk John Anthony’s request…as soon as I have heard his speech, I whispered to Tan Sri Pairin that I will allocate RM1 million for the repair works of KDCA,” said Musa.Musa also shared that he was thankful for all the support that had been poured by the various groups of society in ensuring the success of this year’s Kaamatan celebration.Thus, Musa hoped that the Kaamatan festival would continue to serve as platform for unity and harmony in the state.Musa spoke during the closing ceremony of the State-level Harvest Festival celebration at Hongkod Koisaan, KDCA, yesterday.Earlier, State-level Harvest Festival 2017 Steering and Coordinating Committee chairman Datuk John Anthony said that the KDCA building was in need of renovation.“As we have been graced by the presence of the Chief Minister today, I would like request for an allocation to be given to KDCA for the refurbishment of its building.“The KDCA building has already been around for 40 years. It is in need of major repair works, from its electric supply, power set and many more,” he said.John disclosed that the estimated allocation needed for the the entire renovation work is RM2 million.He added that with the repair of Hongkod Koisaan, the KDCA would be able to perform better.“Once the KDCA building has been revamped, it will not only be used for cultural events alone, but it may even be used for formal government functions.“On top of that, the revamped version of the KDCA building may also be used as a platform for tourist attraction,” added John, who is also the KDCA secretary general.“According to the Kadazan Dusun culture, the Kaamatan season is the perfect time for us to forgive each other, in hopes of preserving the culture of respect, togetherness and unity.“…this is in line with this year’s Kaamatan Celebration theme: Kaamatan Impowon Pisompuruan (Kaamatan: Foundation of Unity,” said Pairin, who is also the State-level Harvest Festival 2017 Main Committee chairman.Also present at the event yesterday were Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau, Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun, Energy, Green, Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Maximus Ongkili and Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Yahya Hussin.(Source from BorneoPost Online, June 1, 2017, Thursday)
May312017Kerinah Mah, Crowned the new Unduk Ngadau queenBy AVILA GERALDINE
Apr042017Kaamatan and the rule of the Adat (Customary laws and Traditional Practices)
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.
Jun012016KAAMATAN FESTIVAL ENHANCES UNITY IN SABAH, SAYS CM
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)
Jun0120162016 Kaamatan draws larger crowd
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)
Jun012016SHERRY ANNE IS 2016 UNDUK NGADAU
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)
May312015Grant, larger land for KDCA
KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Aman gave two thumbs up for a RM100,000 grant and larger land acquisition for the Kadazan Dusun Cultural Association (KDCA) Cultural Village here yesterday.
Musa was responding to two separate requests made earlier by Deputy Chief Minister and Huguon Siou Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Joseph Pairin Kitingan as well as Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili at the Traditional Sports, Agricultural Product and Cultural Tools Exhibition launch here.
The move, he said, symbolises the state government’s concern and efforts in safeguarding the harmonious camaraderie that has long existed among the people of various ethnicity, religion, and culture here.
“I have listened closely to Datuk Dr Max’s request for the RM100,000 fund for Kadazandusun and Murut (KDM) culture and all of us. I am pleased to approve the application.
“Secondly, regarding the rather heavy request made by Tan Sri Pairin, if there is a suitable location to relocate the KDCA, I would not hesitate to approve it.
“This move is not simply decided only for the KDM, much like the USDA’s (United Sabah Dusun Association) request, as I feel the provision will allow, to some extent, the freedom to demonstrate and conduct celebrations for all rakyat,” Musa announced.
Pairin, who is also state-level 2015 Kaamatan Celebration chairman, said the enormity of the public’s response to the state-level Kaamatan celebration has grown larger than the capacity of the KDCA each passing year.
Therefore, he said, this calls for the KDCA to source for a new location to hold and provide more activities as a platform to encourage the spirit of unity amongst Sabahans.
For the time being, the RM100,000 grant will be used for maintenance and repairs to the KDCA to ensure the preservation and safety measures of its unique facilities, said Ongkili, who is also state-level 2015 Kaamatan Celebration Main Implementation and Coordination Committee (MICC) chairman as well as KDCA deputy president.
According to Ongkili, the state government has allocated RM500,000 to execute the state-level Kaamatan celebrations this year and a separate RM46,000 allocation to repair the dwindling “Langsaran” in the Murut traditional house at the KDCA.
RM500,000 was also acquired from the central government for the two-day festival this year, he added.
The exhibition showcased the state’s agricultural transformation and development over the years, which has contributed to the main economy of the state, Ongkili said.
Meanwhile, domestic and international visitors will have a chance to participate in traditional sports such as the Mipulos (arm wrestling), Monumpok (blowpipe) and Momolositik (slingshot) exhibited throughout the two-day festival.
Also present during the launch were participants of the 33rd Asean Senior Officials Meeting on Energy (SOME) held from May 25 to 30 here.
(Sources from Borneo Post Online, May 31, 2015, Sunday)