FOSTERING mutual understanding and dialogue among different communities is essential to ensure peace and harmony in the country. Speaking at the subdistrict-level Kaamatan Celebration 2013 at Sri Ontoros Hall last Saturday, Tenom Member of Parliament, Datuk Raimie Unggi said Malaysia is a melting pot of cultures reflected through the various cultural festivals celebrated by all in the spirit of togetherness.
"Owing to Malaysia's unique intercultural heritage, all cultural festivities are celebrated together irrespective of race and religion, " he said.
Raimie pointed out that the Harvest festival celebration is also an opportunity to promote the rich cultural heritage of the indigenous Kadazan and Murut communities throughout the country.
During the celebration the visitors were entertained by much singing, traditional dances as well as the local Unduk Ngadau Sugandoi beauty contest.
The sub-district level Unduk Ngadau contest for Kemabong was won by 18-year-old Sofeviadick Benedek, and the runner-up was Van Precila Sarag, 22. 18-year-old Natasha Mathew took the 3rd place while the Miss Popular title was won by Amanda Ng Fui Ne,19.
The Unduk Ngadau was crowned by Datuk Raimie's wife, Datin Nuriah Hj. Ibrahim.
Among those who attended the event were Sabah Rural Development Minister, Datuk Radin Malleh, Assistant Sub-district officer for Kemabong, Fredian Gan and other government officials and local community leaders. (Insight Sabah)