Young Sabahan promotes local food through social media accounts

KOTA BELUD: A business graduate here has turned to social media to promote exotic and traditional dishes in Sabah.

Pison Jaujip, 33, said traditional food was a part of Sabah’s native people’s identity and that it was important to share the information with others.

“I created a social media account under the name of ‘Ropuhan Di Tanak Wagu’ to share new and improved local tradition recipes with fellow Sabahans.

“It is also to convince them that our local produces are on a par with imported goods,” he said, adding that the meaning of the username is “kitchen for a young man” in Kadazandusun language.

Pison started posting about traditional delicacies on his website, Instagram, Facebook and Youtube since last year.

Among the photos he shared were tuhau (pickle wild ginger), bambangan (wild mango), butod (sago worm), kodop (fungus), and bee larvae.

Despite being busy with his business in selling local rice, Pison finds time to obtain raw ingredients from the forest or oil palm plantation.

He also likes to go to the tamu, or weekly market, here as it gives him the opportunity to exchange information about traditional food with the people there.

“I have been cooking and preparing traditional food since I was a child.

“I have fond memories of helping my grandmother to make bosou (fermented river fish with pangi/keluak and rice),” he said, adding that his favourite dish was the fish soup cooked with bambangan.

Pison also posted videos on his social media accounts, sharing recipes of tuhau-flavoured mayonnaise, tuhau fried chicken, sambal liposu, sago crepe with banana and even tapai (rice wine).

“For now, people from Sabah and Sarawak are very supportive (of what I have been doing). There are also many visitors from peninsular Malaysia asking about the ingredients for my recipes.

“I hope through social media, I could generate more interest and exposure locally and abroad on Sabahan cuisines and raw ingredients.”

Pison’s perseverance and passion in promoting local foods have recently started to bear fruit.

He had the oppprtunity to film with a local television to showcase food, such as bambangan soup, grilled salted fish, brinjal and local banana and corns, at a campsite here.

He was also invited as a guest exhibitor at several food festivals in the state to demonstrate cooking and promote local dishes to more people.

Source: New Straits Times

‘Nurturing Sabah’s Rural Creative Communities’ seminar

KOTA KINABALU: The Institute for Development Studies (Sabah) (or IDS) in partnership with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung of Germany (KAS), and in collaboration with the Society of Performing Arts Kota Kinabalu (SPArKS) is organising a seminar entitled Nurturing Sabah’s Rural Creative Communities.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Hj Aman has been invited to declare open the one-day seminar on Oct 12 at Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa, here.

Executive Director of IDS, Datuk Mohd Hasnol bin Ayub in a statement said the Creative Economy is today recognised as a leading sector in generating economic growth, employment and trade.

He said the creative industries are seen as a key component in a new knowledge economy – capable of delivering urban and rural regeneration, often through initiatives linked to utilization of cultural heritage that leads to increased tourism.

“In Malaysia, the Government is embarking in creative industries strategies through the National Creative Industry Policy (Dasar Industri Kreatif Negara, launched in 2011),” said Hasnol. “While in Sabah the Sabah Development Corridor Blueprint has emphasised the importance of the creative industries in order to achieve some of its key objectives.”

The study on the development of creative industries in Sabah has also been initiated by the State government, he said.

He added that although the national and state strategies are primarily focused on developing a creative class synonymous with an urban lifestyle and amenities, the success of the “Creative Economy” idea in Sabah is also dependent on the important role and success of rural and non-urban regions. These locations can offer a different collection of amenities that can be equally attractive to a subset of the creative class, and create self-sustaining rural creative communities.

“Creativity, especially in culture, traditional heritage, and tourism assets, coupled with a vast rural area are essential keys to Sabah’s unique and distinctive identity,” Hasnol said. “In exploring the untapped potentials of rural creative communities, Sabah could position itself to boost their contribution in terms of income generation, employment and by extension, poverty reduction.”

About 150 participants both from public and private sectors, NGOs, industry players and related stakeholders are expected to attend the seminar.

Those interested to participate in the seminar may contact Lailah Chung or Marianne Kiob at 088-450500.

Source : New Sabah Times

Le Meridien and Four Points host annual “Take Care” run

KOTA KINABALU: Le Méridien Kota Kinabalu and Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan will be hosting the annual 5km fun charity run under the “TakeCare” movement by Marriott International.

The movement was launched to provide resources and opportunities for associates to stay physically and spiritually healthy where the ultimate goal is to improve the well-being and happiness of the associates.

“The fun charity run further underscores the commitment of Marriott International to ensure the presence of our hotels in terms of footprint and strength of the associates will continue to drive positive sustainable social and economic impact for the communities which we operate,” it said in a statement yesterday.

Run to Give 2017 will be held simultaneously on Sept 24 across destinations in Asia Pacific, and for Sabah it will be held at Taman Ujana Rimba, Kota Kinabalu from 7am-10am.

Registration is at RM50 per person and children under 5 years of age can participate for free. Only the first 250 registrations will receive one Ultron t-shirt, participating medal and certificate).

Marriott International will channel the proceeds from this event to the National Kidney Foundation Malaysia.

Le Méridien Kota Kinabalu and Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan have appointed PEMADAM Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu as its local beneficiary. PEMADAM is a non-governmental organization which organizes anti-drug awareness programs and activities in the city.

Those who are interested to be a part of this global activity can contact Le Méridien Kota Kinabalu – Shirley Shim at +6013 866 6699 or Clara Lim at +6012 801 9935, and Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan – Haeruddin Nurdin at +6017 373 4028 or Mohd Azwan at +6016 552 3495.

Source: New Sabah Times

Trash Hero group cleans up waterfront area

KOTA KINABALU: There was an unusual sight in Tanjung Lipat, the State capital’s popular waterfront area here yesterday.

Alongside couples taking romantic walks and families lounging under the afternoon sun were scores of people happily combing the sandy beaches for rubbish.

Many donned a yellow t-shirt proclaiming themselves as a ‘Trash Hero’.

It was a fitting name for individuals selflessly taking it upon themselves to keeping our beaches trash-free.

The leader Monica Chin said they started out with six to 10 people in their first initiative here in Sabah and now there were 125 volunteers.

Monica is the co-founder of Trash Hero Borneo, which is a local chapter of the international non-governmental organisation. During her travels in Thailand in 2014, she was amazed by the fact that everywhere she went, Trash Hero volunteers were tidying the places.

“I thought, why not start this in Sabah?” she said, embarking on various environmental talks and gathering supporters before finally launching the chapter’s first cleanup operation in March.

But not all the volunteers at Tanjung Lipat were locals. Swiss national Roman Peter stuck out like a sore thumb with his towering height and sandy brown hair.

Roman in fact is the co-founder of the original Trash Hero World that has taken the world by storm – with nothing more than plastic bags and a willing pair of hands.

“We could take pictures of the rubbish, show them to people and say ‘someone should clean this up! This is someone’s job!’

“But that is not true. This is everyone’s job,” said Roman, who was visiting Sabah for the first time to personally take part in the beach cleanup.

In just a little over three years, Trash Hero has evolved from a small project into 42 chapters worldwide.

“Trash Hero’s concept is that we do not blame anyone, or just simply talk about problems. We want to provide solutions and actions because ultimately, actions speak louder than words.

“Furthermore, we are not getting any money from this as it is fully supported and funded by the volunteers and local communities themselves,” said Roman, who believes this was the reason for the NGO’s success.

At the end of the day, rubbish weighing a total of 252 kilogrammes was collected from Tanjung Lipat – a proud achievement for the passionate group, which consisted of Trash Hero crew members, students, and other volunteers.

While Trash Hero has undeniably made an impact here, many more Malaysians will need to contribute in order to ensure that the environment stays clean.

For those interested in volunteering, check out Trash Hero Borneo’s facebook page (, where they post the latest updates on their next cleanup activity.

Source : New Straits Times

Bamboo and ginger pioneers honoured at festival

TAMBUNAN: Two bamboo and ginger pioneers in this area received certificates of appreciation at the district level Bamboo and Ginger Festival held at Pisompuruan Square here last Thursday.

They are the late Peter Lupang Tingkalus, the bamboo pioneer, and Supilin Galingai, the ginger pioneer.

Deputy Chief Minister cum Infrastructure Development Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, who officiated at the festival, presented the certificates to both recipients, with Mrs Cathrine Peter representing her late father in receiving his certificate.

The late Peter hailed from Bingkor, Keningau and was a Forestry Department employee who worked as a Forest Guard in 1936.

At the time, the number of bamboo plants in the Tambunan area had been greatly reduced due to uncontrolled bamboo consumption as it was used in almost all aspects of community life in the area.

After realising the problem and worrying about the extinction of bamboo plants in the area, Peter along with OKK Taliban had embarked on a preliminary effort to control the cutting and harvesting of bamboo trees by issuing special permits.

Special permits issued would be requested by the villagers on the condition that each one of the logged bamboos be replaced by planting 10 more bamboo shoots.

This step proved to be effective even until today as the local community could see the number of bamboo groups growing throughout the district.

The culture of planting bamboo among the population is still ongoing to this day and it is not surprising that in addition to being called ‘The Switzerland of the East’, Tambunan has also been proclaimed as the Bamboo Valley by a handful of outside communities.

Meanwhile, Supilin, born May 4, 1960, is a married man with five children from Kampung Tikolod Tambunan.

He started planting ginger in 1981, where ginger seeds were obtained from Yayang Sanat at Tamu Tambunan.

After a year of planting ginger, he saw that this commodity crop had a very high potential as the climate and condition of Tambunan’s landscape were very suitable for this crop.

He did not waste any time in making the decision to move from being a common cultivator to a grocery wholesaler to market the product outside the district around 1983.

The results were a turning point for the progress and development of the ginger industry in the district as more people began to cultivate ginger.

This was evident when many cultivators started opening and clearing forest areas to plant ginger on a larger scale.

The existence of a single ginger wholesaler at the time provided an advantage to ginger cultivators as they could sell their ginger directly to Supilin without having to worry about marketing and transportation problems.

Source : Borneo Post