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Tawau International Cultural Festival 2013
Festival Kebudayaan Antarabangsa Tawau 2013
...the uniqueness of Tawau district at global level...
1st February 2013 Friday
Rehearsal Tawau International Cultural Festival 2013
31-1-2013 THU 9:09PM
The Tawau International Cultural Festival
Friday, Feb 1, 2013
TAWAU: Speaking at the opening of the third International Cultural Festival at the Municipal Council compound at Fajar in Tawau Friday. Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Hj. Aman commended the people of Tawau for their strong community spirit in getting involved in the Festival.
About 50,000 people attended the festival featuring cultural performances from Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan and Syria as well as 25 sub-ethnic groups.
Musa said the active involvement of people from such diverse religious, ethnic and cultural backgrounds was a positive sign of the sense of unity and togetherness of the people of Sabah and a true reflection of the 1Malaysia spirit.
“This is the joy for us living in Sabah … we live in peace and harmony; we can sit down with one another, and indeed with the whole world, and share all the celebrations," he said
Against the backdrop of such unity and harmony in Sabah Musa cautioned the people against disunity, ill-will and chaos.
“We want to continue to live in peace,” he said.
He reminded the people that the state government is serious in its intent to bring rapid development to Sabah, and that this is borne out by the largest-ever state budget that the state Assembly had voted for 2013 to step up the state's social and economic development.
Giving the historical background of the international festival, Musa told the people that two leaders from Tawau namely Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan and Datuk Abdul Ghapur Salleh met with him three years ago to discuss the creation of a cultural event that the people of Tawau could celebrate together, like the Kalimaran Festival, among others.
“So out of the discussion the Tawau International Cultural Festival was born, thus enabling the people to see the varid cultures of the different ethnic groups and sub-groups as well as the performances of people from other countries," he said.
The Municipal Council President Datuk Haji Ismail Mayakob expressed gratitude to the Chief Minister for his unwavering support for the festival.
Describing the festival, he said,“The essence of the festival is community participation from sub-ethnic groupsfeaturing folk songs, dancing and playing of traditional musical instruments."
Among those who attended the opening of the Festival were Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Hajiji Noor, Minister in the Chief Ministers Department Datuk Nasir Tun Sakaran, Assistant Finance Minister Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan, Assistant Infrastructure Development Minister, Datuk Pang Yuk Ming, Kalabakan MP, Datuk Abdul Ghapur Salleh, assemblymen, Sabah Cultural Board Chairman, Datuk Wences Angang and representatives of foreign consulates. - Insight Sabah
Posted on February 2, 2013