Monday, 2 July 2007

Paramount Leader In The Wild

Kadazan Dusun Murut are natives of Sabah. These races, grouped together under the Kadazandusun community, are the majority in Sabah. And they have chosen a chief called Huguan Siou (Paramount leader). Huguansiou in the Kadazandusun langauge mean (Brave Leader). The first Huguan Siou was Datuk Donald Stephens who later became to be known as Tun Mohd Fuad Stephens, the first Chief Minister of Sabah. He was also one time the Yang di-Pertua Negeri (Governor) of Sabah before becoming Chief Minister again. He died in office on 06.06.1976 when an aircraft carrying him and a host of other Ministers crashed at Sembulan in Kota Kinabalu.

The second and serving Huguan Siou is Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, now one of the three Deputy Chief Ministers of Sabah. He was Chief Minister from 1985 until 1994.

My Say:

And it is interesting to know that in this confusion of Sabah politics even our `cousins' in the wild had also `elected' their own paramount leader. For there is a family of Probosics Monkey in the a Sanctuary in Labuk Sandakan whose head of the family is named Huguan Siou. Another family's head is Rivaldo.

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