Wednesday, May 18, 2011

KDCA Welcomes Suggestion For Kaamatan Festival To Become National Celebration

KOTA KINABALU -- The Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA) has welcomed State Assembly Speaker Datuk Seri Salleh Tun Said Keruak's suggestion that the federal government should recognise the state-level Kaamatan Festival, observed annually on May 31, as a national-level celebration.

Deputy President Datuk Dr Clarence Bongkos Malakun said the move would allow the celebration to be organised on a larger scale.

"In the past, we had to rely heavily on sponsorships from corporate companies every year to make this event a success, since the state government could only give us a limited allocation.

"If it is elevated to a national celebration, then we hope we will get a higher allocation," he told reporters after signing a sponsorship agreement with DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd for the Kaamatan Festival, near here, today.

On Sunday, Salleh said that a national-level Kaamatan Festival would be in line with the government's goals under the 1Malaysia concept, which aims for unity within a multi-racial, multi-religious and multi-cultural society.

Malakun, who is also the chairman of the Kaamatan Festival Coordinating Committee, said the Tourism Ministry and the Information Communication and Culture Ministry could play large roles in organising the festival given that it was one of Sabah's biggest tourist attractions, and promoted the cultures and traditions of the Kadazandusun and Murut.

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