27th May, 2013
Dr Maximus presents a trophy to Kota Marudu’s Unduk Ngadau, Daphne Fay William Santor.
KOTA MARUDU: Pesta Kaamatan is a time for everyone, regardless of their differences, to come together in thanksgiving for the plentiful harvest that symbolises all the good that they have received in life.
Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said Pesta Kaamatan was a time for everyone to cast aside their differences and rejoice with hope for a better future.
Similarly, he said that political differences should not hinder the leaders and people from cooperating to develop the community.
“We may have political differences but we should have a common ground to come together and carry out development plans and programmes because surely our common goal is for the betterment and wellbeing of the people,” he said when launching the Kota Marudu district-level Pesta Kaamatan celebrations, here yesterday.
Ongkili said that several efforts had been initiated to bring new technologies and methods to increase agricultural and agro-based products in Kota Marudu, especially with the recent launch of biotechnology initiatives in the constituency where agriculture is a main economic activity.
“These include the opening of a tissue culture laboratory which will provide farmers with seedlings such as for the planting of pineapple, banana and papaya of high value. The biotechnology initiatives for Kota Marudu also involve the planting of high-value and high-technology hybrid padi while a private company is also keen to begin the cultivation of oysters in Kota Marudu.
“These will enable Kota Marudu’s agriculture sector to develop further and the people to earn better income, but it requires the commitment and cooperation of all parties,” he said.
Touching on his new ministerial role which also involves resolving basic utility issues in Sabah, he said any solution to resolve the problem would require the people, as one of the important stakeholders, to work together with the government.
Ongkili also announced that Kota Marudu has been chosen as the venue for the state-level launching of Pesta Kaamatan celebrations next year, adding that this would give it an opportunity to showcase its products as well as the unique cultures of the various ethnic groups such as the Rungus, Tobilung, Irranun, Tinagas, Lingkabau and Kimaragang of Kota Marudu.
At the event, he also crowned Kota Marudu’s Unduk Ngadau, Daphne Fay William Santor, who will represent the district at the state-level Unduk Ngadau competition.