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CM sees creative industry potential

KOTA KINABALU: Tan Sri Musa Haji Aman has expressed confidence that the creative industry can grow into a dynamic sector in the future.

The Chief Minister said this sector has an important role to support the needs of the community in both urban and rural areas, and that its growth is the hallmark of a maturing society which values its creative roots and culture.

In his speech at the launch of a seminar on ‘Nurturing Sabah’s Rural Creative Communities’ at Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort here yesterday, he said the development of the creative industry locally needed to focus on the various strengths and advantages that Sabah has in terms of creative resources.

The text of his speech was delivered by Special Tasks Minister Datuk Teo Chee Kang. “Sabah is well recognised as culturally diverse with vast resources in the fields of performing arts, visual arts, film and handicraft.

“The state also has a substantial pool of creative talents who have consistently proven their abilities at national level, as well as actors and film-makers currently involved in the screen industry locally and nationally,” he said.

And, he also said Sabah was also an internationally-established tourist destination, particularly in nature tourism. Sabah’s assortment of world class natural attractions, abundance of flora and fauna and unique wildlife, he said, also made the state an attractive destination for documentary projects and commercial photography, apart from film making.

The Chief Minister added that the three main niche areas Sabah could focus on were cultural heritage, performing arts and creative media.

“This ‘uniquely Sabah’ approach will provide the best prospect for us to position the state in the national and global creative industries market,” he said.

Musa added that although most of the measures surrounding the development of the creative industry was centred at urban areas, most of its creative assets could be considered to be ‘rural-centric’ and particular key ‘creative place’ strengths that existed in rural areas could attract creative workers.

Rural innovations, he said, could be driven by urban demand and the creative industry often dispersed a range of creative products, services and experiences that had been pioneered in urban areas but new to the economy of many rural places.

Musa also said developing creative industries in rural areas generated potential for sustainable high-quality enterprises and employment opportunities and would contribute to rural diversification.

Growth in such products and services, he added, correlated to rising levels of disposable income and better education.

“Hence, the role of creative industries in rural areas must be more widely acknowledged and better understood by local governments in order to pursue innovation policies and plans aimed at rural development.

“In particular, policy should routinely integrate the creative industry in plans for town centre re-development, as well as tourism strategies and marketing initiatives to help attract and retain skilled and creative individuals.

“In tandem with this, the development of government institutional support can be driven by groups in the creative industry.

“Some of the strategic measures of the government to develop the sector have taken off such as in creating a talent pool to support the sector successfully.

“And, this includes work through the creative industries cluster under the Working Committee on Nurturing Human Capital in Sabah co-chaired by IDS and SEDIA which has progressed positively and shown encouraging results,” Musa said.

According to him, policymakers have been interested in the creative industry given its size and growth and that its impact had been clearly demonstrated through its contribution to economic growth of certain countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Japan.

This industry, he said, had also been identified as the cornerstone in the transformation of economies in places like New Zealand, South Korea and Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, he said the seminar was relevant, especially when the success of our State’s development efforts today partly hinge on grass-roots participation. This will be an opportune time for the government, private sector and related stakeholders to work closely to intensify sharing of knowledge, thoughts and insights on how we can continue to enhance our efforts and resources towards the development of an exciting and potential new growth sector for Sabah.

He also said the first multipurpose community theatre or Black Box Theatre in Sabah had been established and was gaining popularity among Sabahans and tourists alike.

In addition, he said the Sabah International Convention Centre (SICC), expected to be completed by next year, would include a world standard Performing Arts Centre to cater for regional and international concerts and events. “There is an increasing number of creative events such as the on-going community awareness project, Sabah Glow, which was successfully organised by IINSCAPE recently”.

Yesterday’s seminar was organised by the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) Sabah in partnership with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and in collaboration with the Society of Performing Arts Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (SPArKS).

Also present were IDS chairman Datuk Clarence Bongkos and chief executive officer Datuk Hasnol Ayub as well as the president of SPArKS Roger Wang.

Source : New Sabah Times

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

Students learn about sustainable use of resources at environmental camp

KOTA KINABALU: A total of 35 secondary school students attended an environmental camp at the Shallom Valley Park in Inanam near here.

The Friends of Rivers and Oceans Camp (FROC) 2017 saw the students aged between 13 and 17 years learn about ocean conservation and related issues.

The students from Kota Kinabalu, Penampang, Papar, Tuaran and Kota Belud were taught about the sustainable use of resources.

Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) Institute for Tropical Biology and Conservation lecturer Kelvin Kueh then taught them how frogs play important roles in the ecosystem and water source.

“Every ecosystem has different frogs and toads and by looking at the species present, we can know whether the area is clean or not,” he said.

After that, the students were taught about the ocean, corals and marine ecosystem by UMS lecturer from the Borneo Marine Research Institute, Dr Zarinah Waheed.

They then joined in a beach clean-up, together with volunteers from Raleigh Sabah.

The camp continued with students learning ways to test for water quality and learned how to make bio-enzyme solution, bokashi and mudballs.

Participants also had the opportunity to hear about the environment from this year’s harvest queen or Unduk Ngadau, Kerinah Mah.

She told them about her role as the ambassador of culture, tourism and the environment and urged them to make the environment a priority in their everyday lives.

The camp was organised by Little Feet Initiative, a group formed after the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative’s Borneo Eco Warriors workshop last July in Kota Kinabalu.

The UMS EcoCampus Center supported the camp while other collaborators included Partners of Community Organizations in Sabah Trust and Raleigh Sabah Society.

Source: The Star

Trash Hero Borneo is asking for help to clean up Sabah beaches

KOTA KINABALU: A non-governmental organisation is taking baby steps in encouraging participation from the public to look after the environment around them, in particular the beaches here.

Trash Hero Borneo co-founder Monica Chin said she has been actively involved in helping to keep the beaches clean since joining the Trash Hero organisation in Krabi, Thailand, three years ago.

Recently, Trash Hero Borneo has been focusing their attention on the beaches at Tanjung Lipat and Tanjung Aru.

“Our city beach is full of trash and on average we collect around 200kg of rubbish per week.

“If our beach is full of trash, those lying and stuck in the seabed could be double or triple (that amount) and it will have a very bad effect to marine life especially the coral reef,” she said, adding that anyone can join in their weekly activity.

Chin, a scuba diver who hails from Kota Belud, said there was a good response from the locals in her hometown but public here had yet to be receptive to the idea of picking up rubbish with their own hands.

She added currently there were 35 dedicated volunteers aged between 7 and 55 joining the activity.

“Tourists, who jog at Tanjung Lipat, are keener to join when they see us cleaning the place.

“We hope our action can create more attention and people will learn to love our ocean and nature,” Chin said, adding she was optimistic that more people would join this cause.

The organisation also holds talks at schools and villages on conservation topics.

Coming up next will be a Kudat coastal clean-up on Sept 16. You can also follow the Trash Hero Borneo Facebook page the find out the next clean-up location.

Source: New Straits Times

KK gears up to host national-level Malaysia Day celebration

KOTA KINABALU: With Merdeka celebrations over, the city is now shifting gears and making preparations to host national-level Malaysia Day festivities on Sept 16.

Over 10,000 participants are expected to join the celebration at the district Sports Complex at Likas here, with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak himself scheduled to launch the event.

Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Abang Amar Johari Abang Openg is also expected to attend.

Full details of the celebration, themed “Negaraku Sehati Sejiwa”, have not been released, but organisers have promised a range of special performances.

Beside the 1,500 participants set to showcase their talents during the celebration, thousands of civil servants, non-governmental organisation members and volunteers will also be part of the event.

The main committee co-chairs of this year’s Malaysia Day celebration are Sabah leaders Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak; and State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun.

“We do not want people to say that this (year’s Malaysia Day celebration) is just a repeat of (previous) programmes.

“Malaysia Day is aimed at renewing our spirit of unity, and reminding us of what matters (most to us) as Malaysians,” Masidi stated previously.

More information on the celebration will be unveiled after the main committee meets one more time before a press conference next Friday, he added.

Source: New Straits Times