Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Bamboo fence contest an attraction at Kaamatan Festival

TAMBUNAN: A bamboo fence competition, in conjunction the State-Level Kaamatan Festival on May 1, will be one of the attractions for visitors using the Kota Kinabalu-Tambunan road on that day.

Organizing chairman of the festival, Thomas Logijin, said yesterday that the uniqueness of the competition would be on the fences, built using local resources such as bamboo and rattan.

“And for the first time, this bamboo fence competition will be the longest stretch ever undertaken by the residents living along the road leading to the town,” he said.

Thomas said the bamboo fence would be 11 kilometres long, and the competition, involving 26 villages, would certainly be an attraction for visitors during the festival.

He said the construction of fence started from Kampung Sunsuron Ulu and Sunsuron Bawah right up to Kampung Dabata.

“The villages involved are Kg Sunsuron Ulu, Kg Sunsuron Bawah, Kg Pantai, Kg Kapayan Baru, Kg Tombotuon, Kg Kapayan Lama, Kg Mangi-Pangi, Kg Tangaban, Kg Lumondou, Kg Tinompok, Kg Tibabar, Kg Maras Karas, Kg Toboh, Kg Minodung, Kg Gagaraon, Kg Botung, Kg Piasau, Kg Nouduh, Kg Karanaan, Kg Mogong, Kg Sandapak, Kg Lintuhun, Kg Dalungan, Kg Kampung Baru and Kg Dabata.

He said the fence would beautify the roadside for visitors who use the Kota Kinabalu-Tambunan road as a symbol of wealth with the abundance of bamboo trees growing wild in the district.

Thomas, who is also the Tambunan district officer, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman would launch the state-level Kaamatan Festival at the Pisompuruan Square here on May 1.

As the host, he said the district would be preparing to make this the grandest launching ceremony of the Kaamatan Festival.

“The grand launch will be attended by about 35 representatives of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association,”he said.