Friday, May 13, 2011

Activities planned in Sabah for cultural village all year

KOTA KINABALU: Year-round cultural activities are being planned for the Kadazandusun and Murut “village hub” at the Hongkod Koisaan (Unity Hall) in Penampang.

Traditional replica homes of various Sabah ethnic communities come to life annually in May as the indigenous communities celebrate Pesta Kaamatan but now the Kadazandusun and Murut Cultural Association (KDCA) plans to keep it alive all-year round.

KDCA president Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, who is the Huguan Siou or paramount leader of the community, said they were identifying suitable cultural-based economic activities to be carried out within the hub throughout the year.

He said it would be in line with the promotion of cultural and economic activities that would be an added lure for the state’s tourism.

“Hongkod Koisaan has the potential that has yet to be unlocked and explored similar to other places of interest in Sabah,” he said when launching new facilities including a hanging bridge at the cultural village on Wednesday.


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