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Sabahans celebrate Kaamatan in Klang

Bernard DompokKLANG: 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.


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Unduk Ngadau pledges to promote Sabah

Unduk Ngadau 2009

KAAMATAN QUEEN… Appey Rowenna (seated) is flanked by first runner-up Pearl Dianne (second right) and second runner-up Joanne Kimberly. Third runner-up, Flina Rutum of Tamparuli is at right and fourth runner-up, Jacqueline Joseph of Keningau at left.

PENAMPANG: Appey Rowenna Januin from Kampung Tomui, Papar, was crowned the 2009 Unduk Ngadau during the grand finals at the state-level Kaamatan celebrations yesterday.

The 18-year-old student said that she was totally surprised by the result because of the stiff competition in this year’s event.

However, she was happy and proud to represent Papar and promised to do her best in promoting Sabah.

Appey also expressed gratitude to her family for their constant support in pursuing her dream to be an Unduk Ngadau and dedicated her win to them.

appeyAs this year’s winner, Appey received a total of RM39,000 in cash and prizes.

The winner was crowned by Toh Puan Dayang Masuyah Awang Japar, wife of the Sabah Head of State, Tun Ahmadshah Abdullah.

The second place went to polytechnic student Pearl Dianne Petrus, 22, representing Kota Kinabalu City Hall while the third placing went to Joanne Kimberly J. Majalap, 19, from Penampang.


AK Brain Quiz : Do you know, 

Unduk Ngadau is a beauty pageant held during Kaamatan in Sabah, Malaysia. The word comes from ‘Runduk Tadau’ which literally means ‘the girl crowned by sunlight’.

The Unduk Ngadau, or Harvest Festival queen, symbolizes Huminodun, the sacrificed daughter of Kinorohingan. It is also believed that she is the first who teach Bobohizan the ritual mantra that exist until today.

The pageant was formerly known as Miss Kadazan (1960-1970), Miss Harvest Festival (1971-1980), Ratu Kaamatan (1981-1990). The current Unduk Ngadau title has been in place since 1991.

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0.8 Million aid for KDCA

Kaamatan 2009 leaders
(from left to right) Pairin, Musa, Minister of Science, Technology & Innovation, Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili and Deputy Chief Minister, Datuk Peter Pang try traditional slingshots

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.


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Kotobian Tadau Tagazo do Kaamatan

bdUPKO will be organizing Kaamatan in Ranau officiated by the Chief Minister on the 23rd May  2009.

p08pairinThe Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA) will be holding its State-level Pesta Kaamatan on May 24, beginning at 8am until noon.To be held at Dewan KDCA, the celebration will be officiated by Deputy Chief Minister and Huguan Siou Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan

20080710-yongMeanwhile, the SAPP State-level Pesta Kaamatan will be held in Kg Saupi, Nabawan on May 23 at 12.30pm to be officiated by its President Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee.

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Pesta Kaamatan Sipitang mengecewakan.

SIPITANG: Roziana Mutang dimahkotakan sebagi Ratu Unduk Ngadau Sipitang, bersempena dengan sambutan Pesta Kaamatan peringkat daerah yang diadakan pada petang sabtu lalu.

Manakala, Cynderella Pointin dan Judith Spencer Sam masing-masing berjaya menduduki tempat kedua dan ketiga.

Sementara itu, Azizah Sapat muncul sebagai Johan Bintang Sugandoi peringkat daerah Sipitang setelah menewaskan peserta lain yang turut bertanding dalam acara ini. Tempat kedua dan ketiga masing-masing disandang oleh Aemiliana Justine dan Noel Markus.

Pesta Kaamatan peringkat daerah ini turut diserikan dengan persembahan tarian Suku Kaum  Kadazandususn, Bisaya, Brunei, Murut dan Lundayeh.

Majlis perasmian Pesta Kaamatan Peringkat daerah Sipitang telah disempurnakan oleh ADUN N28 Sindumin Hj Ahmad Hj Bujang. Turut hadir Pegawai daerah Sipitang Abdul Wahap Abd Hamid.

Hj Ahmad Bujang ketika berucap pada majlis ini berharap perayaan Pesta Kaamatan ini akan menjadi medan pertemuan antara pelbagai suku kaum demi mengeratkan lagi hubungan sesama mereka.

 AK :  Seperti tahun-tahun sudah, kaamatan ‘ala kadar’ di daerah Sipitang cuma bertujuan untuk mencari peserta untuk ke acara Unduk Ngadau dan Sugandoi peringkat negeri yang bakal diadakan di Hongkot Koisaan pada 30hb Mei. 

Intipati Kaamatan di sini amat meragukan. Lebih pada ‘yang penting YB datang untuk rasmi.’  Mereka mempersoalkan keputusan tuan DO, kenapa Pesta Kaamatan tidak boleh diadakan di Dewan Sebaguna SFI. Ini telah terbukti dengan kejayaan yang pernah diadakan di situ. SFI adalah tempat yang stratergik berdekatan dengan kampung-kampung masyarakat Murut/Lundayeh dan juga kawasan perumahan yang mempunyai lebih 1500 orang masyarakat Dusun Kadazan. Bayangkan tambang bas dari Kg. Batu Tujuh Pantai (Majoriti masyarakat Lundayeh) ke pekan Sipitang adalah RM3 seorang, manakala ke SFI cuma RM1.5 seorang. Kenapakah tuan DO tidak memikirkan hal ini? Lagipun Kerajaan Negeri masih memiliki beberapa % ekuiti SFI sdn. Bhd. Kalau malu minta, sendiri rugi.

Keadaan perkarangan Dewan Serbaguna Sipitang yang kecil dan tidak bergerai menambahkan lagi ketidakselesaan pengunjung. Patutlah setiap tahun keadaan dewan tidak meriah lansung dan lengang. Namun yang ramai hadir di dewan adalah mat-mat rempit ‘Tink Tank Putera UMNO’ yang tak segan silu melalak setiap kali peserta Unduk Ngadau keluar ke pentas.

FIkir-fikirkan lah…….




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Mukim Kirokot – a budding veggie producer

pairin-kirokotTAMBUNAN: Blessed with fertile soil and a temperate climate on the high altitudes of the Crocker Range, Mukim Kirokot is ideal for cultivating vegetables and therefore has tremendous potential to become a major producer of fresh greens in Sabah.

Deputy Chief Minister, Datuk Joseph Pairin Kitingan therefore urged farmers in Mukim Kirokot, which consists of 18 villages, to double their efforts in order to supply more for the market.

“The vegetables from Tambunan are mostly from Kirokot and are even in demand in Brunei. In fact, the vegetable co-operative in Brunei have said that they would like to import vegetables from Tambunan,” said Pairin, who is also the Minister of Rural Development.

He was speaking when officiating at the Mukim Kirokot Kaamatan celebration jointly organised by the 18 villages in Kg Libang Laut near here on Tuesday night.

He assured the people that the government would always put the concerns of the rural poor as a priority even in times of an economic slowdown.

“The Kadazandusun are known to be hardworking farmers but it is time to turn this trait more profitable by planting commercial crops on a larger scale,” he said.

Other than ginger which has generated lucrative income for many farmers in Tambunan, he suggested bird chillies as another option to provide them with a handsome income.

“A random survey at the open market in Keningau found that bird chillies can fetch prices of up to RM25 per kilo. Some farmers in Keningau have already started planting them commercially and for each harvest or every six months, for an area of two acres, they can get returns of up to RM80,000,” said Pairin.

Under the One District One Industry programme, Tambunan was allocated a ginger processing plant to produce among others, ginger chilli sauce.

“We really do want more people here to plant chillies because the supply is not enough. Now is the best time to do it.

Anyone keen to start off the venture can seek advice from the Tambunan District Office.

Meanwhile, at the Kaamatan celebration, 20-year-old Dora Basil of Kg Libang Laut was crowned the Unduk Ngadau of Mukim Kirokot.

Medelin John, 18, of Kg Rumuyu was second and Jecy Akim, 18, of Kg Geras came in third.

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Unity message in Harvest Fest: Pairin

kdcastartPenampang: The Kaamatan Festival celebration will continue to be celebrated in a meaningful context, particularly the promotion of understanding and spirit of working together as well as creating a conducive atmosphere for unity, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan.

Pairin, who is also the celebration’s main organising chairman, said this was emphasised in this year’s celebration theme “Together We Mould A Better Future”.

Speaking at the handing over of contributions from the celebration’s main sponsor, Nestle (Malaysia) Berhad, at the Hongkod Koisaan here, Monday, Pairin, who is President of the Kadazan Dusun Cultural Association (KDCA), said there was a underlying and forceful message in this year’s theme.

Towards this end, he said support from everybody is needed, including from the corporate world, such as Nestle (Malaysia) Berhad in the context of its Corporate Responsibility. “Let’s hope we will continue to march forward and provide something better for the future generation to inherit,” said the Huguan Siou.

He also commended Nestle for its continuous support to the Tadau Kaamatan as the company had for the past six years come out with a series of consumer and trade promotions in conjunction with the festival.

This year, the sponsorships, promotions and contests are courtesy of Nescafe, Maggi and Cap Junjung, said Nestle Products Sdn Bhd Sabah Branch Manager, Fung Tze Shing.

For Nescafe, it would be co-sponsoring the Unduk Ngadau and Sugandoi organised by the State Government and KDCA, offering prizes at the district level and State level competition on May 30 and 31.

Apart from that, the Nescafe is also organising a consumer contest and an outlet display contest in Sabah and Labuan beginning from May 6 to June 30 offering eight Modenas Kriss 100 motorcycles, inclusive of registration fee for the first year, insurance and tax as prizes.

One unit would be given away every week, for eight consecutive weeks. Maggi would also be running a consumer contest that would end on June 30 offering a Mitsubishi Triton Lite as the grand prize and a total of RM37,000 cash will be up for grabs.

The third participating brand, Cap Junjung, is running its consumer contest from April 30 to June 30 offering cash prizes totaling RM20,000.

“As a socially responsible corporation, Nestle does not only reward its customers for their loyalty but also plays its role in contributing back to society in different ways,” said Fung.

Also on hand were KDCA deputy presidents Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, Datuk Dr Othman Menudin and Datuk Clarence Bongkos Malakun, and management representatives from the sponsoring brand.

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