KOTA KINABALU: A local author has launched an interactive children's book to preserve traditional stories here.
Fariza Sakina Farish launched her interactive children's book titled "A Tale From Tuaran: Tales For Our Tiny Tribes during the two-day state level Kaamatan festival at the Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA) grounds in Penampang on May 30 and 31.
She said this book included illustrations that accompany the folk tales shared by her grandmother.
"Through this, I hope to inspire children and adults alike to appreciate and cherish our unique culture," she said.
Fariza’s passion for storytelling extends beyond Tuaran, as she envisions writing more children's books based on different districts, thus ensuring the stories of Sabah are brought to light and cherished.
She said this was one way to pass on tales of the past to children while allowing them to not only read the stories but also take part in the various activities in the book that can help them better remember and understand the tales within.
Her book caught the attention of not only visitors to the KDCA but also state leaders including
Tourism, Culture, and Environment Assistant Minister Datuk Joniston Bangkuai and state Finance Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun.
Bangkuai, who was also the Sabah Tourism Board chairman, said Fariza's commitment to uplifting local tales through storytelling was commendable.
"By preserving and sharing our cultural heritage, we ensure its continuity for future generations.
"I urge young individuals to take inspiration from Fariza's work and contribute to preserving and promoting our folklore," he said.
"Through her efforts, she not only introduces young readers to the captivating tales from the many ethnic groups but inspires them to explore and appreciate their cultural roots," added Bangkuai.
Fariza has committed to give 10% of the proceeds from the sales of this book towards supporting the Seratu Aatai’s Borneo Pygmy Elephant conservation efforts.