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‘Sabah’s diverse society remains a vital ingredient’

FINAL VENUE … Aidi striking the gong to officiate the launching of the Tadau Kaamatan and Hari Raya celebrations at the KK City Mosque organised by Momogun Muslim organization.

23rd July, 2019


KOTA KINABALU: The unity of Sabah’s multiculturally diverse society remains a vital ingredient that holds together the prevailing peace and harmony between Sabahans of diverse ethnics and cultures, noted Sabah Law and Native Affairs Minister Datuk Aidi Moktar.

“Efforts to strengthen our unity in diversity between people of different races and faiths adds to Sabah’s richly vibrant cultural mosaic which also promotes a better appreciation of each other’ cultural heritage and traditions,”he said.

In his opening speech at the state-level Tadau Kaamatan and Hari Raya celebrations at the Kota Kinabalu City Mosque, Aidi highlighted such programmes aimed at establishing stronger relations between people of different races is the way forward to building a harmonious society.

“It gives me great happiness to join this joyous festive occasion celebrated by ethnic Muslims (Momogun) and also an opportunity to showcase their culture and traditions to Sabah’s wider multicultural diverse society,” adds Aidi.

The festive occasion gathered hundreds of people adorned in their native dress, wearing traditional garments of Kadazan, Dusun, Murut and Bajau ethnic, who joined the wide range of vibrant and exciting activities throughout the Hari Raya and Kaamatan celebrations.

Among the activities held during the event include a colourful parade of ethnic dress by representatives from Sabah’s 15 districts, handicraft exhibition, Sulap replica contest and the ethnic fashion show for children under 9 years old among others.

Extending his praise to organisers, The Kadazandusunmurut Muslim SeMalaysia Organisation (Momogun Muslim), Aidi hailed the programme which he describes as an exemplary approach which focuses on enhancing ties between Momogun Muslims while spreading the message of multicultural harmony.

“This is a commendable effort to uplift positive values and building the spirit of camaraderie while enoying the fun and joy of Hari Raya and Kaamatan celebrated by Momoguns who embraced the Islamic faith,”said Aidi, who represented Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal at the event on Sunday.

During the ocassion, Aidi also took the opportunity to present a mock cheque amonting RM10,000 to the Momogun Muslim Organisation.

The celebration also saw prizes being awarded to role models of Momogun Muslim in 7 categories which include the Overall Role Model bestowed upon Ustaz Saifulzaman Sangul;Thinker Role Model,Dr Muhyidin Yusin; Productive Role Model Oneh@Latifah Osman; Entrepreneurship, Azizul Julirin; Preacher, Ustaz Naim Majin, among others.

Held annually, the celebration at the state capital was the final venue of the festival after it was hosted in 15 other districts throughout Sabah which include Sook, Matunggong, Kiulu, Ranau, Keningau, Trus Madi, Papar, Tamparuli, Kota Marudu, Tuaran, Tenom, Kemabong, Kuala Penyu as well as Selangor, in two districts which is Sabak Bernam and Klang.

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