Kaamatan is not a political programme: Peter
Published on: Friday, May 24, 2019
By: Ricardo Unto

KOTA KINABALU: Kaamatan is a cultural event, rather than a politically-influenced programme, said Infrastructure Development Minister-cum-State Kaamatan Organising Chairman Datuk Peter Anthony (pic).

“We are reaching the climax of the State Kaamatan Festival celebration and nearly all districts have already held their respective celebrations,” he said when met after distributing breaking of fast food items to train commuters at the Sembulan train station.

“But there was a slight confusion in Bingkor Unduk Ngadau recently due to technical issues.

“However, I believe that with the openness of the new government which practises inclusivity, there should be no problem (in settling the matter).

“Furthermore, this concerns the preservation of our culture...whatever it is, we can discuss about any issue.”

On Wednesday, it was reported that the status of Bingkor Unduk Ngadau Cora Wybin has been resolved as she remains the representative for Bingkor at the State-level pageant, according to KDCA (Kadazan Dusun Cultural Association) Vice President-cum-State Kaamatan Main Implementing and Coordinating Committee (MICC) Chairman Datuk Daniel Kinsik.

Daniel said he called Peter on Tuesday evening and was informed that the winners for Unduk Ngadau and Sugandoi in Bingkor Kaamatan can represent Bingkor at the State-level competitions.

He added that as far as KDCA is concerned, the association is working closely with Peter and other committee members.

The uncertainty arose because the Bingkor Kaamatan where Cora was crowned on April 28 was organised by the KDCA and not the State Government.

Another Kaamatan Festival for Bingkor was supposed to be held at the Bingkor open hall on May 25 where a Unduk Ngadau will also be held to select representative for Bingkor at the State-level Kaamatan.

Peter, nevertheless, has given his assurance that the issue has been resolved.

“As a matter of fact, we welcome the contribution from any quarters who are interested to work with us (toward the organising of the) Kaamatan celebration.

“It is timely for us to be more tolerant and intensify cooperation with all quarters,” he said.


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