KOTA KINABALU: There should not be any more confusion on the Bundu-Liwan ethnic language that is being used as the standard Kadazandusun language in schools.
Deputy Chief Minister cum Minister of Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau said decision to use the Bundu-Liwan dialect had been agreed upon between the two major Kadazandusun associations namely the Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA) and United Sabah Dusun Association (USDA) way back in 1988.
Madius who is also the president-elect of Upko explained this issue when receiving a courtesy call from Kadazandusun Language Club of SIDMA College led by SIDMA Chairman Dr Morni Kambrie and club President, Salumah Nain at his office today.
“When the proposal to teach the Kadazandusun language in school was forwarded to the Federal government in mid 1980s during the tenure of the late Dr Sulaiman Daud as the Education Minister, both KDCA (then KCA) and USDA signed an agreement to use the Bundu-Liwan dialect as the dialect to be used to teach the Kadazandusun language in School.
“Although at that time political differences separated the leaders of KDCA and USDA, however both association; KDCA represented by Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan as President, and Wilfred Bumburing as the Secretary General; and USDA by the late Datuk Mark Koding as the president then and Mr. Raymond Tombung as the secretary general, signed the agreement to finally decide to use the Bundu-Liwan dialect as the standard Kadazandusun language,” he said.
Madius also said that the decision to use the Bundu-Liwan dialect as the standard Kadazandusun language was a result of a resolution reached during a KCA-organised symposium held at the Perkasa Hotel in Kundasang in 1988.
“When we were first informed that the Education Ministry were prepared to approve the proposal to teach the Kadazandusun language in school, question arose as to which dialect was to be used considering there are more than 30 different dialects being spoken of among the Kadazandusun tribes.
“As a member of the then KCA central committee, and as the Chairman of the Language and Literature Bureau of KCA, I was tasked with organising the symposium which were attended by the majority stakeholders.
“And we therefore reached a consensus that the Bundu-Liwan dialect would be the official language that will be taught in school and that it will be called the Kadazandusun language incorporating the two words, Kadazan and Dusun, into one word that would defined the Kadazandusun language,” he added.
Meanwhile, Madius expressed his wish that the Kadazandusun Language Foundation (KLF) stick to its original objective in promoting the teaching of the Kadazandusun language using the dialect that it was originally tasked to carry out.
He also commended the initiative being undertaken by SIDMA in promoting the Kadazandusun language and urged SIDMA to promote the creation of Kadazandusun Language Club in primary and secondary schools.
Madius stressed that the learning of Kadazandusun language should not be restricted to Kadazandusun students but also to those from other ethnic groups as well.
During the courtesy call, Salumah presented a letter of invitation to Madius to become the Patron of an upcoming Sodop Pisompuruan programme which the club planned to hold in November at a prominent local hotel in Kota Kinabalu. -SabahNewsToday