There are Kadazan and Dusun races but not Kadazan­dusun

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I re­fer to Datuk Seri Pan­glima Dr Clarence Bongkos Malakun’s state­ment pub­lished by a lo­cal news­pa­per on Novem­ber 8, 2018 in his ca­pac­ity as Deputy Pres­i­dent of KDCA to jus­tify the ac­cep­tance of Kadazan­dusun as the sa­cred iden­tity of all the Kadazan, Dusun, Mu­rut and other eth­nic groups in Sabah sup­pos­edly made at a sem­i­nar on Novem­ber 3, 2018 in con­junc­tion with the KDCA Tri­en­nial Del­e­gates Con­fer­ence.

How­ever, I was present through­out the sem­i­nar and no such pa­per on the sub­ject was pre­sented.

This is mis­lead­ing the pub­lic es­pe­cially the com­mu­ni­ties con­cerned.

As a Del­e­gate of KDCA Tan­jung Aru Branch I had voiced my branch dis­ap­proval of the coin­ing of the Kadazan and Dusun as “Kadazan­dusun” race as sa­cred iden­tity.

By coin­ing the Kadazan and Dusun races as Kadazan­dusun we are cre­at­ing a new race and the Kadazan and Dusun races will dis­ap­pear. This I to­tally dis­agreed. How­ever, when I voiced my dis­agree­ment, the Pres­i­dent of KDCA Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitin­gan told me that this ter­mi­nol­ogy was de­cided by the pre­vi­ous KDCA Tri­en­nial Del­e­gates Con­fer­ence and he said that he had writ­ten to the pre­vi­ous State Gov­ern­ment of Sabah to en­dorse the Kadazan­dusun as the generic name for the Kadazan, Dusun and other eth­nic groups of the com­mu­nity.

KDCA has no lo­cus standi or right un­der its Con­sti­tu­tion to med­dle with our race “bangsa Kadazan”.

As Chair­man of KDCA Tan­jung Aru Branch and Life Mem­ber I strongly ob­ject to the pro­posed coin­ing of the term Kadazan­dusun as the sa­cred iden­tity as there is no Kadazan­dusun race but there are Kadazan and Dusun races.

We should be re­spected as Kadazan while the Dusun and other races should be given equal re­spect as per the 1961 Res­o­lu­tion when United Na­tional Kadazan Or­ga­ni­za­tion (UNKO) was launched and “Kadazans Will­ing To Co­op­er­ate With Oth­ers”.

I can as­sure that there is no quar­rel be­tween the Kadazans and Dusuns be­cause we re­spect the de­ci­sion of the Found­ing Fathers in 1961.

Ac­cord­ingly, I urge that this petty is­sue be done away with and let’s move for­ward as Kadazans be­ing one of the found­ing com­mu­nity part­ners in the for­ma­tion of Malaysia more so in this New Gov­ern­ment, Malaysia in gen­eral and Sabah in par­tic­u­lar.


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