Tuesday, 9 June 2009

National Pesta Kaamatan celebration in Kuala Lumpur.

The Information, Communication and Culture Ministry may host next year’s National Tadau Kaamatan and Gawai Open House in Kuala Lumpur so that folks in the Peninsula will better understand the traditions and cultural practices of Malaysian in Sabah and Sarawak. Dr. Rais Yatim said hosting the event in Kuala Lumpur would enable to enhance the progress of national integration through organizing national level cultural celebration.

Edward Ewol Mujie, the DAP Sabah vice chairman strongly rejected the proposal to have the National celebration for the Tadau Kaamatan to be held in Kuala Lumpur. He said that it is irrational to move the festive celebration to a strange place and especially to have the National Pesta Kaamatan celebration in Kuala Lumpur. The people from Semananjong should come to visit Sabah and celebrate with us to show their solidarity towards a 1-Malaysia concept, and enhance national integration. How many people from Semananjong have visited Sabah yearly? The State and National level celebration should be one celebration all together, and there should be no duplication in wasting public fund. If the celebration is held in Kuala Lumpur, this means the local folks will miss the opportunity to participate and to earn money. We want the fund for the event to be spent in Sabah and this will be of little help to our poor folks. Just give us the money, and get more people to come to Sabah, then we will say thank you.

Talking about national integration, the government has failed totally in the past years. This can be demonstrated by the lines drawn between races and religions. The “1-Malaysia” slogan is practically not matching with what is happening in the real sense in our society now. We do not see the materializing of the concept, because there is such a wide gap in thinking and polarization of the races and religions, which were created by the BN government. That is “split, divide and rule”. The people in Sabah are different, we are brothers and sisters here, so don’t destroy our close relationship here.

Edward Ewol Mujie.


沙巴民主行动党州副主席爱德华慕吉针对该建议提出强烈反对。他说,该项建议是不合理,特别是沙巴州的全国性丰收节庆典活动要在吉隆坡举行。 如果要展示‘一个马来西亚’的概念及加强国家的团结,西马人应该是前来沙巴州参与当地的庆典。 每年有多少位西马人会到沙巴州来旅游? 他说该项丰收节庆典,无论是国和州的庆典活动,应该是要一起庆祝,并且不应重复的浪费人民的钱。 如果庆典活动是在吉隆坡举行,这意味着沙巴州的土著将失去机会参与活动和赚钱的机会。 我们希望该项活动的拨款能使用在沙巴州,这将会帮助我们的穷人。 把庆典活动的拨款给沙州,让更多的西马人过来沙巴州游玩,我们将会很感激。

政府在过去几年里一直都无法达致全民统合,可以从国阵分划种族和宗教之间所显现。 “一个马来西亚”的口号,实际上是与现实及我们社会里所见大有出入。 我们没法看到该概念会落实,因为国阵政府在种族及宗教的思想和两极化造成了很大的差距。这是他们所惯用的手段,“分而治之”。 沙巴人民是不同的,在这里我们都是兄弟姐妹,所以不要来破坏我们的密切关系。