Sunday, 9 August 2009

New book on Kadazandusun

Indigenous Ethnic Communities of Sabah

A book that tells us about the Kadazandusun, Malaysia's major indigenous community in Sabah, whose culture and social fabric go beyond our present mundane understanding was launched in a traditional ceremony in Kota Kinabalu yesterday.

I was one of the hundreds of invited guests to this ceremony graced by Federal Information, Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Utama Dr Rais Yatim.

The 226-pages book authored by Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Herman J Luping comprising of 10 chapters that tells the folds and chapters of life itself. This book is about the Kadazandusun written not to show the differences amongst the diverse ethnic indigenous communities in Sabah but rather to show unity and harmony amongst them.

A senior aide of Luping, Elizabeth Sikayun said this book was not for sale. It is published by the Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture Malaysia.

Luping, a Kadazan Tangaah from Penampang, was former Sabah Deputy Chief Minister and ex-State Attorney General. He holds a Master's degree in Political Science from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand and a PhD from the same university.

He is also a Barrister-at-Law from the Inner Temple, Inns of Courts, London. Among the other books that he had authored is Sabah Delima, a historical account of the development of politics in Sabah.

He is married to Puan Sri Datin Seri Margaret Tutin and they had three daughters and three grand-daughters.

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