Kadazandusun leaders see red over shopping mall’s move to stage beauty contest

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  • Wednesday, 13 May 2015

A file photo of Melinda Louis (Unduk Ngadau 2012) is flanked by 1st runner up, Fenney Doimis (left) and 2nd runner up, Meryl Foster Paladius (right). The Beauty Queen or Unduk Ngadau contest during the Harvest Festival celebration on May 2012 held at the Hongkod Koisaan building in Penampang. (May 13) NORMIMIE DIUN/The Star.

KOTA KINABALU: A shopping mall’s move to stage its own Harvest Queen pageant is making some prominent Kadazandusun leaders see red.

They have taken exception to the event being called Unduk Ngadau (beauty contest) as such an event should be organised by those of from Kadazandusun and Murut while the contestants should strictly be from these two ethnic communities.

“The contestants for the Unduk Ngadau should be able to converse in Kadazandusun,” said Joanna Kitingan, the chairperson of the state level Kaamatan or Harvest Festival Unduk Ngadau organising committee on Wednesday.

Joanna, the Sabah Museum director, said the Unduk Ngadau contestants should also embody the spirit of Huminodun.

In Kadazandusun legends, Huminodun was the daughter of the creator Kinoingan and was sacrificed so that humans could have food amid a famine.

Joanna, said it was improper for the Unduk Ngadau title to be used for promoting a commercial establishment.

“By doing so they are making the Unduk Ngadau title cheap. They can use Ms Kaamatan or Miss Harvest Festival instead,” she added.

The state level Unduk Ngadau will be held on May 31 and would be the highlight of the two-day Kaamatan festivities at the Hongkod Koisaan in Penampang near here.

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