KLANG: Although the month-long Kaamatan celebration ended more than three weeks ago, Sabahans residing in Klang decided it was still not too late to hold their very own version of the Harvest Festival.
Last Sunday, a group of them together with the Malaysia Momogun Association organised a mini Kaamatan bazaar at the SJK (C) Pandamaran B which was graced by Minister of Plantation Industries & Commodities, Tan Sri Bernard Dompok and his wife Puan Sri Diana.
More than 500 people showed up at the bazaar including local leaders to sample the variety of traditional food and drink as well as enjoy cultural performances.
In his speech, Dompok said he was pleased to note that many Sabahans residing in the peninsular had become successful and had not forgotten their culture.
“I urge them to continue working hard and to make something of themselves here. Be open to ideas and technology to advance no matter what our jobs are,” he said.
Meanwhile, deputy organizing chairman John Gaji said they felt honoured to have a minister from Sabah in their midst.
Francisco Lo, originally from Kg Kionsom in Inanam was happy to be able to get to know other Sabahans in Klang Valley.
“This is the first Kaamatan outside of Sabah for me since coming over here six years ago. It feels good because it doesn’t make me miss home so much anymore,” he said.