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Kaamatan also to spread love and friendship
Published on: Sunday, May 15, 2016
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Kota Kinabalu: Kaamatan celebration is not only about preserving culture but there is a more noble intention to it – promoting love and friendship.Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, who is also Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA) President, said Kaamatan Festival is a perfect time for people to get to know each other.

"In line with the Kaamatan Festival's theme this year, 'Pibabasan om Piombolutan' (Peace and Friendship), the Kaamatan celebration is a platform to foster the spirit of unity, camaraderie, mutual respect and understanding among the people of Sabah," he said during the launching of City Hall's Kaamatan Carnival at Padang Merdeka, here, Friday.

He said the carnival is one of the main attractions of the city and hoped it will enhance public awareness to strengthen unity and preserve culture and customs.

Earlier, Mayor Datuk Yeo Boon Hai urged the people, especially those residing in the city, to help City Hall achieve its aspiration of becoming a clean, green and liveable city.

The two-day carnival kicked off with various activities being lined up, among them traditional sports and food exhibitions, Sugandoi Kaamatan and Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan competitions.

Meanwhile, at the same event, Sitipah Jahamin grabbed the top spot in the Sugandoi Kaamatan competition, beating four other finalists.

She received RM2,500, a trophy and a certificate, while Diandra Justin and Musliadi Toning won second and third places, respectively.

Diandra brought home RM2,000 and Musliadi won RM1,500. Both first runner-up and second runners-up also received a trophy and a certificate.

Sitipah also won Best Vocal and Diandra won Best Performance. The other finalists were Mamat San Ambu and Angie Imelda Minsu.

Sitipah and Diandra will represent Kota Kinabalu and Likas, respectively, at the State Level Sugandoi Kaamatan competition to be held at Hongkod Koisaan KDCA, Penampang next week.

Also present were State Secretary Tan Sri Sukarti Wakiman, Japanese Consul-General Hiroko Matsuo and Indonesian Consul-General Akhmad Daya Handasah Irfan, among others.



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