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Pesta Kalimaran 2009

The main entrance of the Murut Cultural Centre, Tenom

The main entrance of the Murut Cultural Centre, Tenom

depan-dewan-kalimaranPesta Kalimaran is a Murut festival yearly held on the first week of April of a calendar year. It celebrates and honours the Murut people and their uniquie traditions through a 3 day showcase of cultural events that feature among others, a myriad of traditional Murut dances, songs, food, games and handicrafts.

Despite the global economic downturn, Pesta Kalimaran was an exception. Themed “Kalimaran Towards Progressive Community”, It was held for 3 days beginning from the 3rd. April to the 5th April 2009 at the Murut Cultural Centre in Tenom, Sabah where the Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman had this to say ” holding various ethnic cultural festivals is important in ensuring continuity of the State’s cultural heritage which can, otherwise, be easily forgotten due to globalisation”
and further reinforced his belief by saying ” these ethnic festivals not only make the ethnics concerned more known and popular but attract more tourists ” as evidenced from an increase in tourists’ arrival to Sabah from 1.25 million in 2003 to 2.3 million last year alone where the country is also estimated to receive over 24 million tourists by next year of which the expected income to be generated will be about RM59 billion and would be expected to provide 520,700 jobs. “

Among the highlights was the allocation of awards in the form of 2 full-grown cows and goats to the winners who had worn the most complete Murut traditional costumes regardless of ethnicity on the 2nd day of the celebration.

These are some of the pictures taken to show enthusiastic Muruts from all walks of life.

The Judges with the winner (men) of Murut Kolor ethnicity >

The Judges with the winner (men) of Murut Kolor ethnicity

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Yes. Ready for the showcase of their lives?

Yes. Ready for the showcase of their lives?

Murut ladies well-known for their handicrafts creativity

an up and coming local murut artist

an up and coming local murut artist


a very charming and pleasant lady

a very charming and pleasant lady

Folks, I will have more pictures in my next post.

Cheers!

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Is it a fair deal for PBRS?

Tan Sri Joseph Kurup (courtesy of the NSTP)

Tan Sri Joseph Kurup (courtesy of the NSTP)

Folks, I am going to say it point blank. The new Malaysian Cabinet does not reflect very nicely on PBRS. Why is it so?

Although I should be thankful for the reappointment of the PBRS President, Tan Sri Joseph Kurup as a Deputy Minister by the new PM, Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak, I remain quite disappointed though, when he was moved from the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development which is considered to be as one of the most important Ministry in the country to the lowly regarded Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. At least, that is what the majority of Malaysians perceived it to be. A low ranking Ministry in the Federal Cabinet.

As such, I can’t help but consider this move as a demotion for the PBRS President. Am I alone having this perception? I don’t think so based on the various conversations I have had with some very influential politicans, businessmen and people on the streets.

And therefore, I can only deduce that PBRS had NOT indeed received a fair deal despite its well documented history of being part of the “catalyst” that led to the formation of a BN government in Sabah in 1994.

What’s your take on this, Folks?

Cheers!


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