SIDMA College Kadazan Language Public Speaking & Conversation Intensive Course Launched. Print
Monday, 10 April 2017 12:48

Dr Morni Hj Kambrie, Chairman and Founder of SIDMA College Sabah and Sarawak, who is also the advisor of SIDMA College Kadazandusun Language Club launched Sabah First Ever “Kadazan Language 16 Hours Challenge” at SIDMA College, Jalan Bundusan, Kota Kinabalu on 8 April 2017.

Also present during the simple but meaningful event were Mr David Tiongin Lumbok, Chairman of SIDMA College Kadazandusun Language Club, Ms Juliana Jimis, lecturer and a Kadazandusun language activist, as well as all the 30 very enthusiastic participants of the first cohort of the intensive course. Most of the participants who attended the course wanted to polish up their Kadazan language prior to their participation in the coming Unduk Ngadau Competition or are currently involve in the entertainment industries as Emcee, Deejay, and more.

Ms Juliana when met announced that the programme is a 16 hours face-to-face Kadazandusun language challenge, with an appointed lecturer, which is basically a combination of speaking and performing presentation in the Kadazan language. Classes will be held on Saturday beginning at 9.00 am-1.00 pm (morning session) and the afternoon (from 2.00 – 5.00 pm) for four continuous weeks. Participants can choose as to whether they are more comfortable with the morning or afternoon session.

During the first week, participants will be introduced to the basic Kadazan language and in Week Two participants will be immersed to the most commonly spoken sentences or phrases in Kadazan. During Week Three, they will focusing on the right pronunciation techniques in preparing them for public speaking, emcee as well as for their daily conversation. During the final week, all the participants will be given opportunities to presents their reflection, findings and learning in Bahasa Kadazan. All participants will received a certificate of participation on the last day of the course.

The course which is opened to all at RM 110.00 per head, and selection of participants will be based on first-come, first-served basis. Interested candidates can contact Mr Delson at 088-732 000 for details and registration. For your information the organiser has plans for the following three cohorts to be implemented:

  1. Cohort 2 : 15 April 2017
  2. Cohort 3 : 22 April 2017
  3. Cohort 4 : 29 April 2017.

Dr Morni Hj Kambrie during the launching ceremony conveyed his sincere gratitude to Ms Juliana for her active and continuous contribution in transforming Kadazandusun language to be relevant communicative language among modern Sabahans. He too, thanked her for the support that she had rendered to the SIDMA College Kadazandusun Language Club to ensure the successful launching of the course. He also praised all the participants for their eagerness to attend the course and hoped they will continued to assist in their own ways to revive our mother tongue language.

Dr Morni has always been committed as his great desire to intervene and put the Kadazan language to a stronger footing, as the Kadazan language, like any other native languages in Sabah, has been seemingly declining from its originality despite the fact that the language has been offered as an elective subject in public primary schools beginning 2000. This is due to most Malaysian parents (including the Kadazandusun parents) allowing their children to use Bahasa Malaysia in the house in order to enable their children to be able to assimilate the dynamic Malaysian culture.

The practice by Malaysian parents has led to a decrease in pureness of the Kadazandusun language usage among the modern teenagers (generation), due to the practice of code mixing (switching), thus creating ways to the infiltration of “broken” Kadazandusun language, which if not intervene accordingly, may eventually erode the pureness of the language.

Dr Morni also congratulated the SIDMA College Kadazandusun Language Club for its efforts made to intervene the Kadazandusun language issues since the club’s registration with the Registrar of Society was approved on 19 November 2014, and has successfully conducted numerous activities such as the Kadazandusun Language Storytelling (Piboi an Mananongon Boros Kadazandusun) Competition 2016; Short Stories Writing Competition (Piboi an Monuat Susuzan Toniboi Doid Boros Kadazandusun) for secondary school students which was co-organised with Sabah State Education Department and the publication of the story book “Inspirasi Anak-Anak Sabah” in Kadazandusun language to complement and supplement the shortage of reading materials in the Kadazandusun language among school children; as well as to benefit further the Kadazandusun language speaking families.

By Teo Eng Seng and Mr Zain Azrai Bin Mohd Noor.

SIDMA College,


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