SIDMA College Kota Kinabalu Distributed 2017 Kaamatan and Gawai Goodies to Staff. Print
Monday, 29 May 2017 09:39

Kaamatan Goodiest Distribution 2017 at SIDMA CollegeHarvest (Kaamatan) Festival is a very unique festival celebrated by the Kadazandusuns, the largest indigenous ethnic of Sabah on 30th and 31st May every year. The celebration is closely associated with the end of the planting cycle; hence, a time for harvest. Farmers and families take this as thanksgiving to give thanks to the spirits and gods for providing them with a fruitful reap and pray that the gods will bless them with bountiful harvest the following planting cycle. Overall it’s a complex religious practice, centered on the paddy rites of passage and the life cycle of “Bambarayon” – the in-dwelling spirit of paddy.

Gawai (Gawai Dayak) Celebration is also an annual Harvest festival, but celebrated by the Dayak, a collective term referring to the several hundred sub ethnic groups of indigenous people of Sarawak such as the few major ethnic groups, there are the Iban (Sea Dayak), Bidayuh (Land Dayak) and Orang Ulu (Kelabit, Kenyah, Lun Bawang, etc) in Sarawak, on the same principle; thanksgiving for the bountiful harvest. It is celebrated on 1st and 2nd June each year.

In conjunction with these auspicious occasions, Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Chairman and Founder, SIDMA Kota Kinabalu) distributed the Kaamatan and Gawai goodies to SIDMA staff celebrating the above festivals as a symbolic gesture to thank them for their loyal support, commitment and meaningful contributions towards SIDMA College continuous success and good “harvests”.

Goodies in the form of rice (10 kg package), fresh chicken wings, bottled soft drinks, cookies and more were distributed to all staff celebrating the occasion by Dr Morni on 26 May 2017 at SIDMA Atrium; beginning 2.30 pm. SIDMA Staff Welfare Association (PKKKSS) purchased and coordinated the goodies distributions. Also present during the event were Puan Azlina Ngatimin (Director, Corporate Marketing and Business Development), Mr David Tiongin Lumbok (BOG), Managers and Heads of Departments.

Mr Zain Azrai (Chairman PKKKSS) on behalf of SIDMA staff thanked Dr Morni (and family) for his generosity. He felt that staffs of SIDMA College are indeed fortunate and blessed to have Dr Morni, a just and caring person who takes into account his staff’s welfare as one of his many priorities. The distribution of goodies is just one of his humble ways of sharing SIDMA’s “harvests’ and hoping that everyone can celebrate this meaningful event with good spirits, cheers and festivities.

Meanwhile, Mr Zain who was very impressed by the theme of this year Kaamatan celebration ”Kaamatan Impowon Pisompuruan”, a Kadazandusun phrase which literally translated into “Kaamatan Foundation of Unity”; as it is indeed relevant to the staff at SIDMA College as they are from a very diverse background; and it’s through each and everyone’s ability to understand, appreciate and complement each on other’s culture that we have peace and are very collaborative and united together as a wonderful team of this institution.

“Kotobian Tadau Tagazo Kaamatan” and “Gayu Guru, Gerai Nyamai”, a very Happy Harvest Festival wishes from Dr Morni Hj Kambrie and family, Madam Azizah Khalid Merican and family, Managers and Heads of Departments and PKKKSS to all lecturers, staff, students, relatives and friends

By Teo Eng Seng and Zain Azrai Bin Mohd Noor,

SIDMA College Sabah,