KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Momogun Rungus Association (SAMORA) is concerned with the lack of Rungus songs being played by radio and television stations owned by the government and private owners.
SAMORA President, Dato’ Jelani Hamdan, said there are too few radio and television stations that actually play songs in Rungus language.
This is probably due to their assumption that Rungus is a sub-ethnic of the larger Kadazan Dusun Murut (KDM) families in Sabah and therefore it has not given the proper attention.
“With the recognition from the government for the Rungus community as a full-fledged ethnic recently, and with a strong 150 thousand Rungus people in Sabah, it is time for radio and television stations to give more space for Rungus songs,” he said.
Jelani who is also Matunggong State Assemblyman (ADUN) gives his opinion during visiting the Rungus artist community at a restaurant, here yesterday.
Also present were SAMORA council members, Rungus artists led by Robert Angkangon, with other performers such as Feraddy Okuling, Jaychintha, Donny Reyn, Frankie Pulian Masanggon, Fermon Akiam @ Alexmon, Lyennie @ Elney G, Lewe Freedly (Lenz Freedy), Vincernt Duan, Jane Kastum, and others.
Jelani said, he is informed that the criteria needed by RTM to consider a broadcasting slot for a particular ethnicity is for the community to be more than 100 thousands people.
“Rungus community in Sabah is more thant 150 thousand people, with many of them living in Kudat, Matunggong, Kota Marudu, Pitas, Kanibongan, Tangkarason, and Kota Kinabalu.
“This means that Rungus community is qualified to get a slot for Rungus language in radio stations owned by RTM such as Sabah VFM, which broadcast Kadazan Dusun, Murut, Bajau, and other native language slots,” he stressed.
In this regard Jelani will schedule a meeting with Sabah Broadcasting Director and private radio station owners in the near future to voice the need for them to make a slot for Rungus language programmes.
According to him, SAMORA is prepared to help radio stations if they face problems in getting a fluent Rungus radio host (DJ) for their programmes.
He added that SAMORA has trained radio hosts (DJ) for Rungus language transmissions in Rungus FM Online which is broadcasted online.
“I am informed that as of now in Sabah there are more than 100 Rungus artists and performers. This is the strength that needs to be used to strive for the future of Rungus artists and performers,” he stressed. – SayangSabah