KOTA KINABALU – Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan commended the efforts of Sabah RTM in promoting ethnic languages especially in encouraging arts enthusiasts to develop quality work of art in the state.
He said the move by RTM in introducing the Popular Kadazan Hit Chart Competition had become the driving force for Kadazan singers and composers to hone their skills and develop the music industry in the country.
Pairin who is also the Huguan Siou, or the paramount leader of Kadazandusun Murut community in Sabah, said the move was in line with the efforts of the government to produce a dynamic multiracial community while preserving their cultural heritage.
“Besides being entertaining, songs in mother tongue could build happy families while fostering noble values and etiquette,” he said.
He was speaking at the opening of the final of the 6th Popular Kadazan Hit Chart Competition at the Hongkod Koisaan Hall at Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA) near here last night.
Pairin said the state government has been supporting the noble efforts of RTM especially in creating a knowledgeable and united community.
“As such emphasis should be placed on the education of the people with greater focus on relevant and current development,” he said.
The competition was won by Kadazan singer Heidi Vanessa Maruning who took home a cash prize of RM3,000, trophy and certificate. The runner-up was Fanzi Ruji while Grace Ah Ting was placed third.