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'Kaamatan more than just Unduk Ngadau'
Published on: Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tuaran: The scope of Pesta Kaamatan celebration is more than just about the beauty of Unduk Ngadaus (beauty queens).Deputy Chief Minister cum Minister of Infrastructure Development, Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan said Sunday, it is a meaningful occasion to foster unity and goodwill among all communities who partake of the celebration.

In an era of globalisation which is full of challenges, he said the Sodop Unduk Ngadau is one place where we can exchange notes, get acquainted with people and strengthen our relations in a cultural environment.

"This community-based activity creates a happy atmosphere for all Malaysians to promote friendship ties and mutual understanding.

"It reminds us of the beauty of our culture. That is why the theme of this year's celebration is 'Understanding Culture - Wise Forward Move'.

"Having 55 tables on this gala night is great. It is a good sign. On behalf of the State Government and the State-level Pesta Kaamatan Celebration Main Committee, I wish to express my appreciation to all the donors and sponsors who have contributed to the success of this event," he said when officiating at the Tuaran Sodop Unduk Ngadau (the district's first such event).

About 600 people attended the function held at Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort here.

Pairin, who is Chairman of the 2011 State-level Pesta Kaamatan Celebration Main Committee, noted that Tuaran has started the ball rolling as the host for this year's launching which takes place on May 1 at Dewan Tun Hamdan, Tamparuli.

Meanwhile, Lydiana Denno, 23, from Tamparuli was named Miss Popular while Nillsey Debbie Sening, 18, from Tenghilan was adjudged Sumandak Alawa' (Miss Natural Beauty) and Evoline Lim, 22, from Kiulu, Sumandak Osu'au (Miss Friendly).

Wife of Deputy Chief Minister, Puan Sri Genevieve Kitingan crowned the winners and presented prizes to them.



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