As­so­ci­a­tion work­ing on Ke­labit dic­tio­nary, Bi­ble

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MARUDI: Ru­rum Ke­labit Sarawak is work­ing to come up with a dic­tio­nary in Ke­labit as well as a Ke­labit trans­la­tion of the Bi­ble.

Ru­rum Ke­labit Sarawak pres­i­dent Dr Philip Raja said this dur­ing the launch­ing of the new­ly­formed Ke­labit Se­nior Cit­i­zens As­so­ci­a­tion re­cently.

“There is also the need to pre­serve the Ke­labit lan­guage so that the younger gen­er­a­tion can learn it,” he said.

He pointed out that mem­bers of the older gen­er­a­tion of the Ke­labit com­mu­nity are full of wis­dom, which needs to be ap­pre­ci­ated.

“They have hearts of gold. Their kind­ness, wis­dom, and cul­ture need to be passed over to the younger gen­er­a­tion,” he said.

State Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly Deputy Speaker and Mulu assem­bly­man Datuk Ger­awat Gala launched the as­so­ci­a­tion.

PKR Stampin branch deputy youth chief Mok Hui Chung in giv­ing the ad­vice, said the wa­ter level at the ar­eas around Batu Ki­tang was high when he vis­ited Batu Ki­tang Old Bazaar with PKR Women na­tional vice pres­i­dent Voon Shiak Ni yes­ter­day.

“The wa­ter level at Batu Ki­tang area was high and the river was fast flow­ing. The wa­ter had cov­ered the road in some of the ar­eas and some of the res­i­dents had to move their cars out for safety,” he said in a press state­ment yes­ter­day.

Mok, who also checked on the bar­rage at Batu Ki­tang, said the area would pos­si­bly be flooded if rain con­tin­ues to fall for an­other day.

Dur­ing the visit, Mok and Voon had the plea­sure to be shown a photo by a shopowner in Batu Ki­tang only known as Phang, which showed the worst flood that hit the area in 1963.

“He was in his boat and what left to be seen were the roofs of the shop­houses there. So we can see that the flood is­sue in Batu Ki­tang is a long stand­ing is­sue for more than 50 years.”

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