KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s new community-based radio station, Kupikupifm, is a platform to convey positive messages to youths on the importance of hard work to uplift their economic status, said State Tourism,
Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun.
He said the radio station could motivate and advise its listeners, especially the youngsters to work hard and be willing to take low level jobs if they wished to survive in today’s world.
“If our youths continue to be picky in their choice of work, I am afraid our economy will fall into the foreign workers’ hands one day and have bad implications for the state.
“Locals are being replaced by foreign workers from neighbouring countries, who now made up about three million of Sabah’s workforce, in the farming and construction sectors,” he told reporters after launching Kupikupifm, Sabah’s first community-based radio station here today.
Kupikupifm came about as a result of community efforts undertaken in 2012 by the Centre for Strategic Engagement (CENSE) aimed to engage with listeners in the interiors of Sabah as a catalyst of change to build a better future.
Kupikupifm 96.3 went on air on Jan 20 and is broadcast mainly in the Sabahan slang and various local dialects as well as play 80 per cent of local music.
Masidi said Kupikupifm’s format through its use of local languages reflected the voice of Sabahans and true identity of locals.
On whether Kupikupifm’s use of Sabahan slang would negatively affect school children’s use of national language in schools, Masidi said children are intelligent enough to use the language properly in the right situation.-BERNAMA