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Documenting of ethnic cultures to go on: Yong

Published on: Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Kota Kinabalu: The State government will continue efforts to preserve, enrich and improve programmes involving the documentation of ethnic cultures with a recent allocation of RM29.6 million.

Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister Datuk Edward Yong said that the Chief Minister in tabling the recent State budget had stressed upon the importance of preserving the cultures and customs for future generations.

"The government is committed to ensure the stability of the State's politic, economy and the prosperity of the society. Therefore, any actions which could undermine the unity of the people and the stability of the government should be prevented for the effective realisation of our State's development agenda and the socio economy of the people.

He also said that the State government through the various development programmes had never abandoned any community, ethnic group and religion.

"Therefore, the State government will continue to preserve, enrich and improve programmes such as the documentation of cultural aspects and others with the given allocation worth RM29.6 million for year 2014," he said.

"The State government will ensure the prosperity of the people, harmony of the community and tolerance in religion in order for a successful outcome and better future for the people and generations yet to come," he said.

Yong said this during the launching of the annual Gaya Christmas Celebration 2013 here at the Lintasan Deasoka.

Earlier, he said that the celebration reflected the spirit of 1 Malaysia which had become the culture of the people in the State through the reflection of unity, religious tolerance and harmony among the community.

He also said that the government appreciated the commitment given by the organiser to run such programmes every year.

"I am happy to see hundreds, maybe thousands of people attending the celebration and visiting the exhibitions and stalls along Jalan Gaya.

"Therefore, the State government does not hesitate to provide allocations for the Gaya Christmas Celebration and also the Chinese New Year Carnival and Harvest Festival organised by City Hall," he said.

"I understand that these celebrations were encouraging and accepted well by the community here," he said, explaining that the celebration clearly reflects the unity among the people here as well as the people in the State.

"I hope that that there will be more such programmes for the benefit of the community besides strengthening the spirit of togetherness, goodwill and harmony in the State," he said.

The celebration will be from Dec 10 to 13 with different themes based on the activities held each night.

The theme for the first day of celebration will be 'Hope', the second day will be 'Joy', the third will be 'Peace' and the on the final day will be 'Love'.

There will be children's performances which includes a group of children welcoming the guest of honour, drama and singing, Yap Ling Strings, children choir and Ukulele group.

Besides that, there will also be a bamboo orchestra performance by the Tamparuli Bamboo Musician Association from the Sabah Tourism Board and livestock which are mainly goats and horses.

The celebration will also have artificial snow falling at certain spots and there will be approximately 300 stalls opened throughout the celebration.