BY GREEK MUMPIN
PENAMPANG – The Kadazan Society Sabah is hopeful that the Prime Minister will step in and assist in making their dream a reality – the much-awaited and anticipated Cultural Village.
Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak did express his willingness to support the proposal when the KSS council and Kadazan Foundation paid him a courtesy call in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.
KSS president, Datuk Marcel Leiking who led the group said the idea of a Cultural Village was first mooted way back in 2008, when KSS called on the Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman.
A site for this purpose has already been identified by KSS and for which a formal land application, together with the project brief, was submitted to the State Government for consideration.
“The availability of the land would make it much easier for the Federal Government to discuss this project and ensure its implementation,” Leiking told BorneoToday.
The Cultural Village will showcase the diverse cultures of Sabah due to its multi-ethnic and multi-cultural society, when implemented.
It is similar in concept to that of Santubong Cultural Village in Sarawak, save that in Sabah, all the indigenous ethnic groups will be accommodated to preserve their own social and cultural heritage.
Another issue raised by the KSS group, said Leiking, was to urged Najib to quickly include the term Kadazan in all official (government) forms instead of lumping the Sabah’s largest ethnic group under ‘dan lain lain’ (others).
Meanwhile, KSS secretary Bartholomew Jingulam, who is a lawyer by profession, said they informed the prime minister that they were supportive of Tan Sri Richard Malanjum being elevated to Chief Justice of Malaysia upon the retirement of the current top Judge in the nation.
“We also suggested to the premier that more Kadazans who really deserve recognition to be given awards among other things,” Jingulam said.
At the function at Najib’s office at Parliament House, Jingulam handed the Red Devil fan a MUSC Malaysia / Sabah Red Devils shirt.
“I told the prime minister that we are the only United Supporters club to be allowed to use the country’s flag on the crest. Every Malaysian should actually be proud of this,” he said.