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.
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)
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)
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
A MASSIVE thank you and congratulation to all who've participated in the 2017 edition of #HKR2017 . Here are the Top 10 results of each category - Congratulation to all winners!
Complete results will be posted together with your e-cert within the week.
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)