1st June, 2009PENAMPANG: The state government has approved a RM800,000 allocation to the Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA) to continue with its effort in preserving the uniqueness of the community’s cultural heritage.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, who made the announcement when speaking at the opening of the state level Kaamatan Festival on Saturday, said the grant was to be utilised by the association for repairs and renovations needs.
He said the state government had no hesitation in approving the grant because it had to do with the development of the various ethnic groups in the state.
“KDCA president Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan had asked for the allocation. Hence, on behalf of the state government, I have decided to approve it not just for KDCA but also for the good of all of us.
“The state government is ever willing to lend a hand when it comes to financially assisting any ethnic group in Sabah to progress with their cultural activities. This is the spirit of togetherness that we desire in order to bring the people as one regardless of their races and cultures,” Musa said.
He said the festival was one of the cultural events in the state that showed the uniqueness of the multi-racial communities.
The Chief Minister said although the government had always been busy in meeting its development objectives, cultural needs of the communities had never been neglected.
He assured that the federal and state governments will always work with the people to overcome challenges despite the cloud of uncertainty in the global economy.
At the same time, Musa said the political stability in Sabah had enabled the government to pursue its development agenda.
He added this had also lifted the confidence of investors and visitors to come. Some even have made Sabah their favourite destination.
“This directly contributes the economic development growth which at the end of the day will benefit the people,” he said.
Meanwhile, Pairin, in thanking Musa for the grant, reminded the people to continue lending their support to government programmes all of which are geared toward development.
“A big desire like this cannot be achieved without the full support of the people,” he said.
Pairin who is also the Huguan Siou (paramount leader) of the Kadazandusun community said the effort by the government to celebrate cultural events such as Kaamatan was in line with the Prime Minister’s 1Malaysia tagline.
He said arts and culture do not only give added value to the nation’s economic growth but also to the country’s identity as a multi-racial country.
“I believe these programmes will spur our tourism sector and at the same time to be able to promote 1Malaysia to the entire world.
“I hope one day these programmes including the tradition, arts and cultural heritage of the communities can be released in the forms of documentation, journal and reference books. This is important for the information of our future generation,” Pairin said.
He also said the celebration was not just to promote continuity in the Kadazandusun and Murut cultural heritage but also lays a foundation for unity.
Also present at the event were Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili and Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Datuk Masidi Manjun.
AK : Preception that State/Federal government wants to ‘divide & rule’ Kadazandusun Murut must be shead.Hopefully funds not to be abused, Congratulations KDCA & thank you State Government.