13th September, 2012
KOTA KINABALU: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) has condemned in the strongest term an article “Tarian Sumazau Untuk Golongan Rendah Akhlak” published in the ‘SUARA PAKATAN RAKYAT’ blog on September 11 this year.
And, the party yesterday lodged a police report at the Penampang police station on the matter.
PBS secretary general Datuk Henrynus Amin said in a statement emailed to New Sabah Times yesterday, the party took exception to the article which mocked the Prime Minister for participating in the Sumazau dance during the Kadazandusun and Murut Harvest Festival.
And he said the party also condemned the title of the blog which suggested the cultural Sumazau dance was only fit for people with low morality.
“This means the Kadazandusun and Murut community are immoral or people of low morality,” he quipped.
An irate Henrynus also said the party took to task the writer for saying “Ia bukanlah tarian rakyat sepertimana yang kebanyakan dari kita semua faham.”
“This statement suggests that Sumazau is not fit to be performed for enjoyment during festivities as the dance is only for religious rituals and that those participating in the Sumazau are involved in some sort of worship.
“This is a baseless statement as Sumazau is a dance for all occasions,” Henrynus pointed out.
He also said the following statement, “Penulis akui tak berapa faham tentang tarian, cantik ke tak cantik, sumbang ke tak sumbang, tapi penulis tahu jenis dan gaya tarian itu tak berapa berkenan di mata penulis, nampak bodoh saja mengepak-ngepak macam burung.”
Henrynus said this statement suggested that those participating in the Sumazau dance looked stupid.
“We take exception to the use of the term “bodoh” to describe those dancing the Sumazau.
“And, we also condemn the statement, “Penulis yakin, bukan penulis seorang, majority rakyat Malaysia pun sama seperti penulis, tidak berapa nak berminat dengan tarian yang berasal dari upacara pemujaan semangat padi ini. Soal rakyat Sabah sukakannya, itu masalah mereka. Kita di Semenanjung yang jauh lebih moden dan bertamadun tak perlu mengikut mengepak-ngepak seperti itu.
“This statement clearly is an insult to the Kadazandusun and Murut community as not modern, backward and less civilized,” he said.
And according to Henrynus another statement by the blog writer also suggested that the Kadazandusun and Murut culture was dirty, uncivilized and unworthy of the royalty in this country. The use of the term “duli”, he said, though not fully expressed has the meaning to refer to the sovereign of this country.
On the statement “Berapa percent sangat mereka di Sabah?, he said it mocked the Kadazandusun and Murut community as a minority and politically insignificant to the country.
“We in PBS deeply regret that the good intention of the Prime Minister and his wife to participate in dancing Sumazau had been politicised by SUARA PAKATAN RAKYAT with seditious intent.
“The writer insults, belittles and downgrades the Kadazandusun and Murut community and their culture as stupid, immoral, uncivilized and backward… unworthy of the respect of the sovereign of this country.
“We urge the police to investigate and take action against the writer of this blog and the blog itself which is being used to propagate seditious remarks against the Kadazandusun and Murut community.
“We understand that the article in the blog has been removed as of 11.00 am today (Wednesday). But we wish to continue with our police report and a copy of the blog is attached with the police report,” he said.