Musa: It’s okay to differ in opinion


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 31 May 2005

BY MUGUNTAN VANAR

KOTA KINABALU: It is all right for Sabah's Kadazandusun leaders to have slight differences of opinions in politics, said Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman. 

“I see no problems. It is just the perception of some people.  

“What I hope for is that the younger generation will preserve the goodwill and traditions of our Malaysian culture,” he told reporters when asked if unity was eluding the Kadazandusun community in multi-racial political parties, including the three major parties representing them. 

Musa, who is state Barisan Nasional chief, said he was pleased to see the mix of cultures, traditions and religions, which “is an asset that is unique to Malaysians in the state.” 

Musa earlier toured the exhibition stalls at the grounds of the Hongkod Koissan cultural hall in Penampang in conjunction with the Kadazandusun Harvest Festival. 

Present at the celebrations to mark the end of the month-long Pesta Kaamatan that begun in Tambunan on May 1 were Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) president and Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Joseph Pairin Kitingan and Parti Upko head Tan Sri Bernard Dompok, who is Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department. 

Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah, which has agreed to merge with Upko, also sent representatives to the event. 

WARM WELCOME: The Bongi community, in traditional costume, greeting Musa during theHarvest Festival celebrations in Penampang yesterday. Accompanying him is Pairin (left).

Pairin, the Huguan Siou or paramount leader of the Kadazandusun, called on the community to strengthen unity and brotherhood through the festival. 

“This year we are seeing more ethnic communities joining us in our celebrations,” added Pairin, who is also the Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA) chief. 

Dompok said he felt that there was no problem in uniting people under the Federation of Rumpun Momogun (smaller indigenous communities) Organisation. 

Dompok, who is president of the organisation, told reporters that there was “no big deal” if the KDCA refused to be part of the federation. 

“We have no shadow fight; we could have stopped them (PBS) politically if we did not want them to return to the Barisan. We did not do that,” said Dompok.  

He added that there was no need to make “a mountain out of a molehill.” 

Today, the Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Ahmadshah Abdullah will close the colourful festival, which will see the crowning of the Unduk Ngadau or Harvest Queen. 

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