KOTA BELUD – In a simple and solemn ceremony steeped in ‘adat’ and tradition, Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan was installed as the ‘Huguan Siou Lundu Mirongod’ or ‘Brave Paramount Thinker’ by the Keeper of the “Adat” and Traditions of the KadazanDusuns, Tindarama Bobolian Chief, OKK Ammann Sirom Simbuna OT Tarantab.
The installation ceremony was done in the presence of the Bobolian Council Friday at Kampong Bangkahak Nayasan, Tempasuk, Kota Belud.
The ‘Brave Paramount Thinker of the KadazanDusun community was bestowed on Dr. Jeffrey in recognition of his contributions in leading them in intellect, knowledge and education and fulfilment of the strict requirements of the esteemed title.
In accepting the customary title, Dr. Jeffrey said that he felt humbled and at the same time honoured and should be respected and honoured in accordance with the traditions and customs of the native community in Sabah.
“I will endeavour my best in further enhancing the contributions of the native community and helping to chart their further development and progress especially through the sharing of my knowledge and experience to the younger generations through the activation of the People Development Foundation.
“I hope that with the additional knowledge and experience, the younger generation will help in making Sabah more progressive and contribute towards nation building in Malaysia” said Dr. Jeffrey.
He added that the bestowing of the award should not be politicised or questioned by anyone particularly those who are not familiar with the “Adat” and traditions governing the award which is to complement and not in competition with the Huguan Siou title held by his beloved elder brother, Tan Sri Pairin.
The installation ceremony was also witnessed by a delegation from the Majlis Adat Dayak Nasional from several Kalimantan provinces including Dr. Adrianus Asia Sidot, Drs. Agustinus Clarus, Dr. Yulianus Enock Sumual, Dr. Bonefasius Bone, Drs Thresia Hosanna Sumual, Wisi Antiochus, Dra Petronela, Dra Rufini, Drs Asuardi Darius, Keven Sukimo, Ronik, Marsoamis Sugiono, Antonius, Drs. Leonardo Yohanes Lukman, Drs Kiat and Marcus Madu.
The Sarawak Dayak National Congress delegation led by Mangga Mikui with Sarawak Bidayuh community representatives as well as Adat elders including James Bagah, President of the United Sabah Tindal Organisation, and his full committee, Organising Chairman Tantagas Jeams Suali, and a large local crowd from all over Sabah.