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Former Govt printing Dept Director passes away

Sipitang: Former Sabah Director of the Government Printing Department, Charles Ayub Tabed (pic), passed away at the age of 58 at his hometown early Sunday.

He is survived by his wife Anna Sali and five children.

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He was also a former State footballer and one of the four Lundayeh boys selected to represent Sabah in the Burnly Cup and Borneo Cup in 1971 and 1972.

Tabed was responsible for setting up a body to take care of the welfare of people from villages in Tenom and Sipitang when they visited sick family members at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Later, he helped form the famous Dayeh United Football and Hockey Clubs.

He was responsible for drafting the constitution of the Persatuan Lundayeh Sabah and later became its first secretary-general and eventually elected as one of its presidents.

In honour of his dedication and commitment to his job, Tabed was awarded the ADK in 2000 and ASDK in 2007 by Head of State Tun Ahmadshah Abdullah.

DE

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Etnik Lundayeh memerlukan pengiktirafan kerajaan BN?

Oleh: Jinius Pandakin

SIPITANG: Isu etnik Lundayeh kini semakin mendapat perhatian para pemimpin masyarakat itu sendiri yang mendakwa bahawa meskipun kumpulan itu dianggap minoriti dinegeri ini, namun ia tidak terpinggir dari arus pembangunan perdana khususnya dalam bidang pendidikan, malah ramai golongan muda terpelajar sudahpun bekerja disektor swasta mahupun kerajaan.

Timbalan Presiden Persatuan Lundayeh Sabah Taba Libang 52, berkata demikian ketika ditemui dipejabat beliau untuk mendapatkan ulasan berhubung masa depan suku etnik Lundayeh pada Jumaat.

Beliau sebagai mengulas beberapa kenyataan pemimpin etnik Lundayeh sebelum ini, yang meminta kerajaan Barisan Nasional (BN) agar satu daripada pemimpin kesukuan itu dilantik kedalam jawatan kerjaan yang bertanggung jawab penyusunan masyarakat itu.

“Kita tidak nafikan ada segelintir etnik ini menyokong pembangkang namun mereka tidak terus terpinggir, malah ketika era kerajaan USNO pun ada berlaku sedemikian, tetapi masyarakat ini akhirnya menyokong kerajaan yang memerintah,” jelas Taba.

Dari segi sumbangan masyarakat Lundayeh dalam aspek ekonomi dan kebudayaan dinegeri ini Taba berkata, masyarakat ini telah berjaya menonjolkan pelbagai seniukiran yang tidak kurang hebatnya sehingga mampu menggamit minat pelancong asing setiap kali kedatangan mereka.

Malahan, para pelancong turut terpukau dengan seni alat bunyi bunyian musik teradisional khususnya tiupan seruling bambo yang mampu mengulit banyak irama yang menarik, kata Taba lagi.

Ketika menceritakan peranan penting yang dianugerahkan oleh kerajaan USNO dahulu kepada suku Lundayeh Taba berkata, OKK Mulok Bangau dari suku Lundayeh merupakan pemimpin pertama kesukuan itu mendapat pengiktirafan kerajaan sebagai pemimpin mereka dalam kerajaan ketika itu.

“ Bagaimana pun selepas itu..ia terlepas begitu sahaja tanpa pengganti mahupun susulan…dan inilah yang berulangkali dituntut masyarakat ini,” jelasnya lagi.

Ketika ditanya berhubung cadangan beberapa pemimpin Lundayeh yang mengatakan bahawa teori masyarakat ‘orang asli’ di Semenanjung merupakan formula terbaik yang harus diikuti untuk penyusunan masyarakat Lundayeh diSabah Taba berkata:

“ Teori itu tidak perlu di Sabah kerana cara penyusunan masyarakat Lundayeh di Sabah memadailah jika kerajaan mempertimbangkan jawatan jawatan kepada etnik ini seperti Setiausaha Politik atau jawatan Pengerusi Lembaga badan badan berkanun untuk membantu menaiktaraf dan menyusun semula masayarkat ini.” Kata beliau.

Dalam pada itu, Taba mengajak masyarakat Lundayeh supaya menyokong penuh tanpa berbelah bahagi kepada kerajaan BN demi kesejahteraan kesukuan mereka.

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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…….

 

AK

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Sabah Lundayeh Cultural Association new line-up

topi-lundayeh1Here is the list of the newly elected Committee members of the Sabah Lundayeh Cultural Association. They were elected during the association annual general meeting held at its own building in Sipitang on Saturday, April 25, 2009.

President: Pengiran Lalung (retains the post uncontested)
Deputies: 1. Thaba Libang.(uncontested).
2. Raymond Isak Uta.
3. Martin Aran.

VP: 1. Edward Padan Danor.
2. Richard Kamtan Tuah
3. Pius Ganang.
4. Richard Sulaiman Liau.
5. Joseph Arow Sinau.

Committee Members:
1. Sulaiman Boing.
2. Joshua Tuah.
3. Stephen Baru Labo.
4. Buing Balang.
5. Samuel Kafung.
6. Sidan Labo.
7. Mariam Sakai.
8. Saran Ipui.
9. Titus Sakai.
10. Salam Selutan.
11. Semion Sakai.
12. Richard Selutan.

The Secretary General and its assistant, Treasurer and its assistant and Information chief and its assistant will be appointed later.

In his opening speech, Sipitang MP Datuk Sapawi Hj. Ahmad praised the Association for its commitment in promoting culture of the Lundayeh, who is already well-known throughout the nation, although they are one of the minority groups in sabah. He said the Lundayeh is also well-known for their unique bamboo band performance which cannot be found in any other ethnic group in the state.

He also praised the Lundayeh Association for their success in building its own cultural building with their own initiative and funds. During the same occasion, Sapawi made a personal donation of 150 plastic chairs for the association use.

According to Lalung, the building, which is situated at kilometer 7 off Sipitang-Sindumin road costs the association more than RM600,000 to date. it still requires more funds to furnish the building.

So far the Association received about RM250,000.00 from the state and federal government.

Thanks Aki Momogun for the info.

(Pengiran Lalung is Sabah Forest Industries Security Manager while Thaba Libang is a graduate-Head Master). According to Pengiran, they will be taking part in the KDCA-State Goverment function on the 30 and 31st May which have been technically approved by Huguan Siou Pairin himself.

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Malaysian Datukship: who you know, not what you know

srkmalay_fullShah Rukh Khan is a Hindustani and was given a ‘mee segera’ Datuk by Malacca Government. Although protested by many, the super CM had said it all.

Question: How many State level Datuk conferred to Sabahan every year. Answer; last year  3 SPDK (Level 1 Datuk Seri Panglima), 48 PGDK (Level 2)(include CM’s son inlaw).

In 2007 , 5 SPDK awarded(Include TYT’s wife, and BPR boss), 46 PGDK Datuk. If we take 2008 as  benchmark, we can calculate that approximately  minimum 2,300 person have been awarded with Datuk/Datuk Seri since 1963. Not to mention during the fallout of PBS government after 1994, this numbers have doubled. This does not include Tun,Tan Sri, Dato’ received by Sabahan from Federal level and other state of Malaysia.  From the data that I received, I learn that 18% whom was conferred Datuk are from KDM community, 35% chinese (mostly cooperate sector) and 47% other Muslim native(include west Malays leaders).

Anyway, back to the topic, about 414 KDM receive datuk since 1963, about 805 Chinese receive datuk and 1081 from Muslim/Malay community.

I ran out of fingers how many KDM datuks I knew receive one. I remember Kadazan Society (KSS) president receive one last year, this is amazing because I think only 2 years that KSS being formed. Maybe some political connection I guess?  Other race such as Bajau Society have receive more than 400 Datuks and a handhold numbers of Tunship and Tan sri  from his royal highness Agong.

 What about other native minorities? Either being wrongly label as lacking of  ability or been socially overlooked. Lundayeh tribes was highly neglected by the state government for so long in terms of fair distribution and recommendation of State and awards.What more Federal award? Every year, only 1 or two person were bestowed with lower rank award (SK or BK).

This article doesnt mean Lundayeh are ‘Gila Pangkat’ or what soever. I myself is not a Lundayeh. Neither I am a SIB member. I’ve been with this soft spoken community for more than 10 years now and seen,experience that majority  Lundayeh people’s daily lives is been very difficult. Only once in 4 years ‘Santa Claus’ came to town and bring present. Both BN and opposition come to Sipitang and Tenom district to ‘bribe’ this tribesman with so called ‘politik pembangunan’ and other national propoganda.

Well the biggest ‘Santa Claus’ normally wins due to promisses to improve the basic infrastructure of their community. Double carriage seal highway from Sipitang town to Long Pasia is one of their promise since 2004.

Anyway, promises left promises, after the election everything went back to normal. This Lundayeh lifelyhood back to square one. ‘Hidup susah’.The road to Long Pasia is like everyday ‘hell’ especially during raining.I suggest anyone who wants to travel to Brunei by road from KK, please stop by to Sipitang’s Long Pasia.You wish you were never born.

Same goes in 2008 election.Elders were promise, cheated repeatedly.Years keep passing by, people repeatingly keep grumbling demanding the Government promises on why it was not carried out.The Government excuse are simply budget problem! Ow man, is this what you call ‘politik pembangunan’? Lie and lie again. “Isin’t Sabah one of the biggest Gas producer in South East Asia? I can’t bellive that moden lie this existed in daylight.

keamatan4-20lundayehAgain they cried out; ” Why are our leaders were not appreciated by the State Government in terms of Datukship”? The only Lundayeh who have ever received Datuk have  recently died and many people during the funeral, including non lundayeh Leaders realize that minority native in Sabah have been given a tiny share of what we want to call ‘One Malaysia’. It is saddened when talking about the  number of Datukship awarded to this Lundayeh community, especially after the BN era. Only one Datuk in 46 years since independents! This was awarded way back in 1993 by then PBS government. No Lundayeh have ever received any ASDK (One step to Datuk) since BN took over.

One prominent candidate that I’ve seen should be appreciated by this award that is Mr. Pengiran Lalung the Sabah Lundayeh Cultural Association President since 2000. Don’t get me wrong.I am not a lobbying. I have no relation or connection with this guy.Just to highlight.. Pengiran was born in 1955 from a poor family, after his school days he join the police force and was a former Police act ASP between 1975 to 1984. After 1984 he decided to take up responsibility as an Security Officer and now the Security Manager in Sabah Forest Industries (SFI) since 1994.

This guy is very humble. Apart from actively involve in State level Cultural function, he is known as a person who is very helpful to his fellow community and lend a hand whenever he is wanted by his community. Problem ranging from daily bread of this Lundayeh tribe to basic infrastructure, this guy always trying his best to make ends meet for his people.

You can ask any Lundayeh friend you know, no one talk bad about this guy except praises. He is a good example of his community thus to bring his community one step foward.

Other prominent Lundayeh community leaders  are Taba Libang(vice president), Adang Sulaiman(businesswoman), Ricky Ganang (US grad whom wrote the Lundayeh dictionary), Martin Akat and Lajim Buayeh (also businessman).

I can conclude my statement that majority Malaysian datukship only implies the concept of who you know, not what you know.You must be politically affilidated to be one.

Again, Malaysian is still full of Cronysim and Nepotism.

by Anti Kronisma

First (and last) Lundayeh Datuk dies

arun2Sipitang: Datuk Arun Selutan (pic), the first Lundayeh in Sabah to be bestowed the title “Datuk”, was laid to rest in his village of Kampung Mendulong, about 25km from the township here. Arun, 67, who was the Deputy President of the Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB) Sabah, died last Saturday of illness. He leaves behind a wife and three children. Born in 1941, he became the first Lundayeh in the State to be bestowed with the Panglima Gemilang Darjah Kinabalu (PGDK), which carries the title “Datuk” in 1993. Arun served as the SIB Sabah President for 14 years from 1981 and also as President of the Sabah Council of Churches for two years from 1995.

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