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Monday, June 8, 2009

Cultural Village for Sabah

The Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has mooted the idea of creating a Cultural Village that will showcase the diverse cultures of Sabah due to its multi-ethnic and multi-cultural society.

The Deputy Prime Minister made the announcement when officiating at the Tadau Kaamatan Open house 2009 at Padang Merdeka here yesterday.

In fact the Kadazan Society Sabah (KSS) has already made a similar proposal to the State Government last year when its President, Datuk Marcel Leiking and his Supreme Council members paid a courtesy call to the Chief Minister on 19th February 2008. One of the proposals submitted to the Chief Minister by KSS was to create a Cultural Village which is similar in concept to that of Santubong Cultural Village in Sarawak, save that in Sabah, all the indigenous ethnic groups will be accommodated to preserve their own social and cultural heritage.

A site for this purpose has already been identified by KSS and for which a formal land application, together with the project brief, was submitted to the State Government for consideration.

As the Deputy Prime Minister himself has mooted the idea of creating a Cultural Village for Sabah, KSS hopes that the State Government would give due consideration to its land application. The availability of the land would make it much easier for the Federal Government to discuss this project and in ensuring its implementation.

It is even suggested that the Federal Government should declare ‘Tadau Kaamatan’ and ‘Gawai’ Festivals as a 2-day National Public Holiday. This suggestion is in line with the proposal by the Information, Communication and Culture Minister, Datuk Seri Utama Dr. Rais Yatim who said that his Ministry may host next year’s National Tadau Kaamatan and Gawai Open house in Kuala Lumpur.

The proposal to declare a 2-day National Holiday is also in line with the 1Malaysia Concept propagated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to enhance the national integration process.

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