KOTA KINABALU: Ethnic-based organizations are urged to be more efficient in its management and administration performance in order to play its role effectively.
The state Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun, said it is also for them to be able to contribute, expand, and uphold the culture fo various ethnics in the state.
“The globalization era demands for everyone to be more proactive and aggressive.
“Ethnic-based organizations are encouraged to help the government in highlighting the uniqueness and beauty of their ethnic’s cultures and develop the tourism sector in Sabah,” he said.
His text speech was delivered by his deputy, Datuk Kamarlin Ombi, during the closing ceremony for the Sabah 2/2015 Series for Ethnic and Sub Ethnic Listing Workshop.
Also present were the Sabah Cultural Board Director, Datuk Seri Wences Angang, UMS lecturer for the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Heritage cum media facilitator for the workshop Dr. Paul Porodong, and leaders of ethnic associations based in Sabah.
Masidi also said his ministry through the state Cultural Board is concerned with the future and vision in developing ethnic cultures in the state.
Currently, he added, there is no unilateral consensus for the list of ethnics in Sabah since it is frequently touched with the issue of rights and status of native and non-native.
He explained that the issue has become a problem in finalizing the list, and hopes for the obstacle to be considered throughout the workshop as a way forward in finding a concrete solution.
“I believe that it is time to come up with the final list of ethnics in Sabah as a reference.
“This list will help in the effort to preserve, protect, and develop the cultures of each ethnicity,” he added.
The government, he said, is yet to have an updated list for Sabah’s ethnics for official use. -SayangSabah