KOTA KINABALU: The state-level Kaamatan festival this May will be held behind closed doors in accordance with the strict Health Ministry’s standard operating procedures (SOP).
State Kaamatan organising chairman Datuk Seri Dr Jeffrey Kitingan said the state harvest festival set to kick off on May 1 will be held online as planned but the number of people allowed to attend physically will be restricted.
He said the state cabinet has agreed that this year’s Kaamatan will take place, and celebrations will be held at the Hongkod Koisaan hall on the grounds of the Kadazandusun Cultural Association in Penampang.
Speaking after chairing the organising committee meeting here on Friday, (April 23) he said there will be no open house, and attendance will be limited to 50 people or 30% of the venue capacity, whichever is lower.
“In keeping with this year’s theme of ‘A Borderless Kaamatan for Peace and Reconciliation, ’ we will stick to our initial plan of holding the celebration online, ” said Jeffrey, who is also the Deputy Chief Minister.
He said that Kaamatan celebrations at the district levels will also adhere to the SOP in terms of the number of people allowed to congregate.
Jeffrey said aside from being able to watch the celebrations online, there will be many online events people can participate in, including online games.
He added that all Kaamatan events will be broadcast live, online or shared through various channels such as RTM, Astro, Facebook, YouTube and other news outlets.
“On May 1, I will officiate the launching ceremony while Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor will officiate the official opening of the state-level Kaamatan culmination on May 30, ” said Jeffrey.
He also said that Head of State Tun Juhar Mahiruddin will grace the closing ceremony on May 31.
“I would like to invite the public to participate in the Kaamatan activities by tuning in to any of the channels that will broadcast the events, ” he said.