Published on: Sunday, November 13, 2011
Kota Kinabalu: Newly-formed Sabah Sino Native Association wants Nov 11 which has been declared as Sino-Kadazandusun Murut (KDM) Day to be listed in the Sabah tourism calendar.
Its President, Datuk Johnny Goh, said its recognition as an annual event would ensure the identity of the Sino-KDM community is celebrated on par with that of other races.
Sino-KDM Day was officially declared as such by Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan on Friday night which happened to fall on 11.11.11.
He was represented at the declaration held at the tennis courts of Sutera Harbour by Assistant Minister of Industrial Development, Datuk Seri Michael Asang.
Pairin, in his speech delivered by Asang, said with the declaration, he hoped the Sino-KDM community could play an important role in the State by working together with other Bumiputeras.
"This Sino-KDM community is a unique cultural idol among the various ethnic groups given the community's links to two groups, the KDM and Chinese," he said.
Goh, meanwhile, hailed the declaration of the Sino-KDM Day on Nov 11, saying "11" in Cantonese is believed to convey good fortune.
The highlight of the event was a Miss Sino Bumiputera KDM Beauty Queen 2011 pageant, which was won by Angelly Chang Siong, 18, who represented Keningau.
The second spot went to Marianna Lim Siew Yee, 21, from Kualu Penyu, and third placed was Evelyn Lim Lee Geh, 25, from Lahad Datu.
The Miss Personality, Miss Popular and Miss Photogenic titles were won by Joanna Kong, 19, who represented Kota Kinabalu.