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The communities in Sabah should reflect on the significance of Tadau Kaamatan or harvest festival in order to close ranks and strengthen unity for the progress of the state.

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said this was because the annual festival, commonly celebrated by the Kadazandusun Murut community on May 30-31, was associated with giving thanks for a bountiful rice harvest that contributed to friendship among the various indigenous and ethnic groups in the state.

“Although the planting of paddy is no longer a major agricultural practice, this festival is still an integral part of our local culture. Communities here respect and celebrate it as a mark of gratitude,” he said in his Kaamatan message here Sunday.

Musa said over the decades, Sabah has experienced growth and progress in terms of infrastructure and also has more bustling urban centres today.

He said locals now have better access to education and training opportunities and were contributing to the state through their chosen fields.

“This, combined with the fact that we are a melting pot of more than 30 ethnic groups, gives us a competitive advantage within Malaysia and the region.

“Our steadfastness in staying united and our commitment to work together encourage us to learn from one another and are positive factors in our quest to achieve more progress for Sabah,” he said.

In this regard, the chief minister reminded the people not to give in to attempts by certain quarters to damage ties among the people of various backgrounds.

“I call on Malaysians in Sabah to not succumb to such thinking. Calls by certain quarters for Sabah to leave the Malaysian federation are irresponsible and will only lead to division among the people,” he said.

Musa also said Sabah was on track in achieving the various developments outlined in the State Development Agenda or Halatuju introduced over a decade ago, with a focus on agriculture, tourism and manufacturing.

“The Sabah Development Corridor (SDC) launched in 2008 has further strengthened our quest to focus on the three areas outlined by the State Development Agenda.

“We are also participating actively in the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) and the Malaysia Plans, as a way to bring holistic and meaningful progress to the people of Sabah, regardless of where they live,” he said.

He also noted that Sabah was a large state making it necessary to close the gap between regions, especially those located in the interior, by continuing to focus on poverty eradication programmes and ensuring more school-leavers get the opportunity to study at a higher level, including at skills centres.

Musa also called on youths in Sabah to explore the opportunities available and help turn the state into a vibrant region within Malaysia and Southeast Asia.

To ensure successful implementation of the state government’s plans and policies, the chief minister said security remained the state’s priority, with the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone) and Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) always ensuring that citizens and visitors felt safe while in Sabah.

Just before the Tadau Kaamatan Festival this end May, Musa Aman had invited ALL Sabah Barisan National Youth Leaders for a meeting. The meeting was basically to gather support for Musa Aman to continue as Chief Minister, in an attempt to retain a hold on the state.

The Barisan Youth Leaders would come out with statements in support and prove loyalty to Musa Aman in public displays of self-flagellation for Musa to remain as Chief Minister. It is also to send a clear message to premier Najib Tun Razak that Sabah Barisan National do not want Musa Aman to be dropped as Chief Minister. Sabah needs Musa Aman.

Then today in a statement, Sabah Umno Youth had urged premier Najib Abdul Razak to seriously consider a cabinet post for the movement’s national chief Khairy Jamaluddin the son in law of former premier Pak Lah.

Musa’s boys decided Najib had to be cut down to size to protect their leader; and what better way than to use Khairy the SIL who is most hated by Rosmah, Najib and his mentor The Mahathir. And so Khairy, the UMNO Youth Chief is proposed for a cabinet post and a proxy war launched by Musa Aman against Najib.

A ground revolt, disgusted at the attempt to shorten Musa’s odds to control Sabah, made sure of it. Najib does not control Sabah. UMNO Sabah does. But many Sabah UMNO Division kingpins are indebted to Musa. The Sabah UMNO Division chiefs, though supported by Musa Aman financially via kickbacks and contracts, is in revolt. There is a split. The defiance of at least eight Ketua Bahagian align to Datuk Shafie Apdal has spilled over.

Then you have Sabah BN which is dissatisfied with Kuala Lumpur’s secret negotiations with Brunei over the Limbang fiasco and the losing of Sabah’s oil-rich Block L and Block M on the process.

Najib is now worried if removing Musa Aman as Sabah Chief might make other UMNO chaps turn against him. Can he afford this? But he knows that to be in charge, he has to destroy Musa Aman, the unlikely flag-bearer of the Pak Lah insurrection. Najib knows that Musa Aman was only Pak Lah’s pawn to bring him down during Pak Lah’s era so that Pak Lah could continue as premier and make way for Khairy Jamaluddin to become the youngest Prime Minister of Malaysia.

There is little love lost between Musa Aman and Dato’ Seri Najib. The Najib camp in Sabah is in disarray. Najib’s prefered choice to head Sabah UMNO, the federal cabinet minister, Dato Shafie Apdal does not have the kind of cloud and money Musa has, which is in a tune of US$ 3 Billion.

The Sabah UMNO crisis has got out of hand. Dato’ Seri Musa is Pak Lah’s man in the state. But the growing revolt against him, mainly from his unalloyed ambition to be the power in the state, his arrogance, his belief that he is Sabah UMNO and Sabah UMNO he, foments a revolt.

The infighting in Sabah UMNO over the next chief minister is not easily resolved. UMNO in the state has more factions than colours in a rainbow. Besides, the non-Malay tribes, the Kadazandusun, and others, resent being told, after the Saturday 8 March, 2008, 12th General Elections, that the chief minister in future will be from UMNO.  If Dato’ Seri Musa is ousted, it weakens Sabah BN yet more as Datuk Pairin Kitingan of Parti Bersatu Sabah may claim the Chief Ministership of Sabah which rightly belongs to him. And Datuk Seri Pairin Kitingan “posthumously” conferred the Tan Sri tittle by the Yang di Pertuan Agong has anything to do with this?

Yes, its Kaamatan time again!

The most important festival of the Kadazan Dusun Murut people, who are traditionally rice farmers, who honour the rice spirit, during the month long Kaamatan festival.

Happy Harvest Festival to all my relatives and friends where ever you are, also not forgetting Huguan Siou Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan & Datin – Kotobian Do Tadau Tagayo Do Kaamatan.

For this Kaamatan, I give you guys a Kadazan Dusun song for your listening pleasure. This song is also for Rosdiana Wasimin of Kundasang. Here goes….’ Sayang Kinabalu’

Happy Pongal To All ‘My Anbullangals’ And All My Wonderful Readers Who  Are Connected To Me By Love.

Hope This Year’s PONGAL brings tons of happiness….good fortune,And lights up your home with hope and prosperity….Today and Always!


A little about Pongal….

Pongal is one of the most important popular Hindu festivals of the year. It is a festival of thanksgiving to nature after the harvesting of rice and other cereals, sugar-cane, and turmeric. It’s the Tamils Harvest Festival.

Pongal follows the solar calendar and is celebrated on the fourteenth of January every year. Pongal has astronomical significance: it marks the beginning of Uttarayana, the Sun’s movement northward for a six month period. In Hinduism, Uttarayana is considered auspicious, as opposed to Dakshinaayana, or the southern movement of the sun. All important events are scheduled during this period.

Thai Pongal is an occasion for family re-unions and get-together. Old enmities, personal animosities and rivalries are suppose to be forgotten. Estrangements are healed and reconciliation effected. But this does not seem to be the case in this today’s world. Sad, but this is the reality.

Indeed, Thai Pongal is a festival of freedom, peace, unity and compassion. Thus, love and peace are the central theme of Thai Pongal. But is it?

Happy Tadau Kaamatan to all my Kadazandusun and Murut relatives and friends in Sabah.

Harvest Festival Celebration is the end of the rice harvesting season and it is when kadazandusun and Murut people offer their thanksgiving to the GODS for the bountiful harvest.

So, Happy Harvest Festival everyone and ARAMATI BOH!