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Tamparuli Tamu besar launched
Published on: Saturday, May 28, 2022
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TAMPARULI: Monday, July 26, 1965

July 25 – Thousands of people from the Tuaran District and the capital stormed this small township today to witness the colourful and successful Annuam Tamu Besar which was declared open by Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, Enche Mohammad Said Bin Keruak.

The crowd in a riot of colour and in their Sunday best, comprised the sophisticated urban people in their western dress and beautifully matched by black costumes of the native girls.

The Chairman of the Tuaran District Council, OKK Nonon bin Anad, in his opening speech in Malay declared that the Tamu gave an opportunity to the farmers to put their best produce on display. This was an added incentive to improve on the quality of their produce, he added.

He said that it also gave the farmers the chance to improve on their crops generally. The machinery put on display by the various firms would also indicate how farmers could get modern tools to replace the old methods of farming.

The Chairman thanked all the officials who had helped to organise the Tamu and make it a success.

The Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, Enche Mohammad Said bin Keruak, speaking in Malay, complimented the farmers of the Tuaran District for the hard work they had put in to get the produce for the show. He stressed that all the farmers had learned their endeavours in the long run would bring prosperity to all of them in the District.

Reiterating that the quality of the produce was the result of the diligence of the farmers, the Minister added that “these are the type of people wanted most urgently in an agricultural country like ours.”

Enche Mohs Said pointed out that his Ministry would do everything to help and encourage the farmers in the State to improve their methods of farming and enable them to produce better quality padi, yam, ground-nuts, fruits and vegetable.

Urging the farmers to take full advantage of Government’s help to raise the standard of living in the rural areas, the Minister emphasised that farmers should also make determined efforts to save their handicraft skill, which is threatening to die out.

He observed that the venues of these Tamus were excellent places to exchange ideas and discuss problems.

Later the Minister, accompanied by officials, toured the Tamu grounds which was packed to capacity within minutes of the opening.

After a tour of the agricultural show, school and kampong handicrafts and judging of the mounted horsemen competition, Enche Mohd Said Keruak saw the “Miss Sarong Kebaya” and Miss Native Costume” competitions.

A Tuaran St. John’s Secondary School pupil, Miss Rita Bagong, took top honours in the Native Costume competition with Miss Antiling Podiri of GPS Tuaran, and Miss Lawina Kitut of NVS Bantayan in second and third places respevtively.


Rita, a veteran of beauty competitions, had won the “Miss Merdeka, Tuaran” and the “Tuaran Malayia Queen” contests in 1963 and the “Miss Kadazan” competition last year.

Miss Ulian Salunda of GPS Tenghilan won the “Miss Sarong Kebaya” title with Miss Azizah Indasan and Miss Ribut Mulyani, both of Tamparuli Junior Secondary School in second and third places respectively.

The visiting Federal Assistant Minister for Natural and Rural Development, Enche Sulaiman Bulon was among the large crowd that witnessed the competitions.

Also visiting the Tamu, held in Tamparuli for the first time, were the Minister for Local Government Datok Pang Tet Tshung, the Minister for Natural Resources, Enche Thomas Jayasuriya, the Chairman of the Jesselton Town Board, Dato Lain En Kong and many others.

The large crowd saw a sumazau exhibition by Kampong folk, a physical education drill by school children, a sepak raga exhibition, a soccer match between Tuaran youths and a Tamparuli XI and later in the evening a school concert competition.

The band of the Sabah Component Royal Malaysia Police was in attendance.


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