Moginakan Fest unites the people

RANAU: The Moginakan Festival is a platform of harmony and unity for the people, asserted Assistant Minister Local Government and Housing Datuk Joachim Gunsalam.

“I feel grateful to see the presence of various parties and the people who are looking forward to this festival because this cultural celebration is uniting us,” he said.

Moginakan refers to the annual Reunion Festival of the great multi ethnic Kadazan Dusun family, while calling to ancestral spirits and souls of all departed, said Joachim during the closing ceremony of the Moginakan Festival at Nunuk Ragang Hall here recently.

“This is an example of harmonious and pluralistic society which should be celebrated by all parties’ regardless the political boundaries.

“It teaches us the importance of unity as the foundation to strengthen the harmony of our rich ethnic and cultural diversity.”

He said Moginakan is a time to meet friends and celebrate the festival together even though this is a Merdeka month.

“And the presence of visitors have also proved how strong the spirit of brotherhood, friendship, sense of belonging and unity that has become a culture and daily life befitting the spirit of “NEGARAKU” and the theme of “MOGINAKAN” ,” enthused Joachim.

He believed the involvement and commitment of all people especially the Kadazandusun Culture Association of Ranau(KDCA) in making the celebration a success through the display of traditional costumes, cuisines, “Rombituon” competition (singing competition) and others have strengthened the sense of belonging and friendship as well as allows us to understand the heritage of a race. He urged the people to always be with the government for the welfare and progress of the state.

“Let’s support the government in order to build and develop the country and state successfully” called Joachim. “We need all the ethnics to stay united to develop Sabah because no one can do it alone,” he said.

Meanwhile, Joachim also announced that the KDCA President Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan will allocate RM10,000 to KDCA Ranau to do the rewiring work of the Nunuk Ragang building in response to a request.

Source: New Sabah Times

Sabah Fitness Festival reaches new milestone

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Fitness Festival 2017 reaches a new milestone as it approaches its fourth installment from 11-13 August 2017.

This annual event, organised in partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, is the biggest lifestyle fitness event in East Malaysia, and will once again be hosting the much anticipated X45 Challenge, Sabah Open BJJ & Submission Grappling, a series of fitness education workshops by Fit Malaysia, a fitness exhibition, and other exciting activities.

The objectives of Sabah Fitness Festival are to bring together a regional community, spread awareness on living a healthy lifestyle through health and fitness, and support the local industry by showcasing a variety of fitness products and services.

Its theme “Fit For Life” speaks of fitness as a means to living a wholesome life.

During its only qualifiers, the X45 Challenge saw over 300 athletes participate from all over the world, finally narrowing down to 190 athletes from countries such as U.S.A., Australia, Japan, Singapore, Philippines, Brunei, Indonesia, Thailand, and from throughout Malaysia.

It is one of the biggest high intensity functional fitness tournaments in Asia and is very exciting to watch. For the first time this year, the X45 Challenge will be hosting a division of Junior athletes who are under the age of 18 years’ old.

Sabah Open BJJ & Submission Grappling Tournament is East Malaysia’s premier grappling competition.

Organised in partnership with Persatuan BJJ Negeri Sabah, the Sabah Open will feature grapplers from the around the region competing in men’s, women’s, and junior divisions in White Belt and Blue Belt levels.

The SFF Fitness Exhibition will showcase brands, products and services from around the region. Vendors will include a genetics driven wellness company from Singapore, “Athleisure” apparel brands from Brunei, and there will be food and beverage booths run by local cafes.

For those looking for a way to get to the venue, Uber will be providing RM7 off on all rides to and from the venue. – PR

Source: New Sabah Times

Food writers, bloggers attending Sandakan Food Festival

SANDAKAN: As the final ingredients are put in place for the first Sandakan Food Festival (SFF) 2017, the local food and tourism community are excited about the confirmation of important food writers and bloggers travelling to the town of Sandakan.

According to the festival coordinator, Anton Ngui, considerable effort had been put into organising the first multi-cultural and largest Sandakan food platform by the Sandakan Tourism Association (STAN).

“Two seasoned travel and food bloggers from China who feature strongly on the blog platform will be visiting.

“From Shanghai, Newpepsibear is a highly popular travel and food blogger, with a quarter of million followers on his Sina and Weibo accounts. With over 100 million hits on his blog since its inception, Newpepsibear is also a travel column contributor to the United States National Tourism office as well as the Sendai City (Japan) Tourism Office.

“Summerdejia is a social media influencer on Sina blog and Weibo, but she also publishes her own cook book, a true food lover. With nearly 300,000 following on her blog and 80,000 followers on her Weibo account, her blog has garnered more than 35 million hits since its creation. Summerdejia hails from Beijing, China,” Anton said.

From Singapore, there will be a team from Seth has a wealth of experience in the food and beverages industry, an ex-bartender as well as owner of numerous food and beverages businesses over the years.

Seth is a now a food retail entrepreneur and consultant, and his site is an important part of his brand. His blog sees around 600,000 unique visitors a month, with over 1.5 million impressions and is one of the highest traffic food blogs in Singapore.

Further food specialists and writers are expected to confirm their attendance at the SFF in the coming weeks, as the team at STAN continues to bring the best of Sandakan to the international audience.


Source: TheBorneoPost

RM100,000 KCC Scholarships Up For Grabs in Magahau Festival

KOTA KINABALU: The Kinabalu Commercial College (KCC) is offering scholarships worth RM100,000 across five courses to deserving candidates who participate in the Magahau Festival this year.

KCC chief executive officer Spencer Soo said the collaboration between the college and the Sabah Momogun Rungus Association (SAMORA) is intended to benefit the Rungus community, particularly those in rural areas.

“KCC is contributing in the form of scholarships to cover tuition fees worth RM100,000 in total, to those who participate in competitions during the Magahau Festival.

“We hope this contribution to the festival will aid in making the SAMORA programme a success, especially in the empowerment and development of the Rungus community through education, as well as people in the north of Sabah,” Spencer told a press conference yesterday.

The five courses offered are Diploma in Tourism Management, Diploma in Early Childhood Education, Diploma in Business Management, Diploma in Accounting (FIA/ACCA) and International English Programme (IEP) Level 1 and 2.

Scholarships for each course will be distributed to two deserving candidates, totalling 10 recipients.

Priority for the available 10 slots will be given to those who participate in the Magahau Festival, especially those who make it into the top 10 of their respective categories, said SAMORA president Datuk Jelani Hamdan.

The Matunggong assemblyman also said that evaluation will be made based on qualifications.

Earlier, Magahau Festival 2017 deputy chairman cum Sodop Papak Tavasi (SPT) and Mitarab Gimpuhut Momogun (MGM) chairman Datuk Cobra Jeffry Ayah said the highlight of the MGM pageant event will be held on July 31 at the Puruvan Square Longhouse in Matunggong, Kudat. According to Cobra, an estimated 10,000 patrons are expected to join in the festivities.

Apart from the MGM pageant, other events held in conjunction with the Magahau Festival include Mitarab Monurizak Magahau (singing), Hontira (traditional sports), Mitarab Mongigol Sumundai (MMS), Mitarab Longoi Kodori (MLK) and Mitarab Pinapakan/Sulap (MPS).

He said there will also be the Mitarab dot Band event, or Battle of the Bands, as one of the newer activities introduced this year.

Source: TheBorneoPost

Local Talent in Limelight at KK Jazz Festival

KOTA KINABALU: Having experienced his first KK Jazz Festival from the sidelines, Sabahan musician Gordon Chin is excited to be given the chance to share the limelight at the 11th instalment of the highly anticipated annual music extravaganza.

Strumming the guitar since he was only six years old, Gordon has never looked back.

He recalled admiring the festival from afar until he managed to work his way slowly towards it, first as a reporter providing media coverage and then as an artist liaison for the festival in recent years, before landing himself a spot on the coveted stage.

“I’d been keeping myself updated with all the happenings in KK. When the first jazz festival happened 11 years ago, I was a senior in high school and I managed to convince my parents to drive me to the festival, where I watched from the sidelines because I couldn’t afford a ticket.

“Being a musician, I told myself I wanted to be on that stage one day. After high school, I went to college and then became a reporter with a local daily, which was when I covered a good three or four jazz festivals.

“I still held on to that musical dream while doing music on the side, and one day, I decided to pursue music full time.

“That was when I started participating more actively in the festival, by becoming an artist liaison,” he said.

Gordon told The Borneo Post that he had taken care of American-born fingerstyle guitarist, singer and songwriter Shun Ng, as well as Motown legend Bobby Taylor, most noted for discovering and mentoring The Jackson 5.

“I took care of Shun Ng and Bobby Taylor during the ninth KK Jazz Festival in 2015. Then, in 2016, Bobby took me on as his guitarist. And this year, I get to perform as a solo act.”

Gordon said his experience with the jazz festival has been nothing short of surreal.

“This experience, starting from the beginning and looking at the festival from the outside before finally being on the big stage, is surreal.

“It has reminded me that the festival has come this far and musicians here have also progressed so much.

“I really hope the festival will continue to grow stronger every year so that more musicians can get this type of experience and exposure.”

Gordon is currently working on producing his first solo album, which he hopes to release by Christmas this year.

Along with other performers who will be gracing the jazz festival stage this weekend, namely Shun Ng and The Shunettes, Sada Borneo, Dasha Logan and Borneo Big Band, Gordon attended a press conference at the Sutera Harbour Marina and Country Club, prior to the first night of the festival.

Organising chairperson Jack Ong noted that the festival had evolved and developed greatly through the years, and Sabahan musicians with it.

“Through interactions with the immensely diverse musicians we bring in, budding musicians who first joined us in their early 20s would have grown up with the festival and are now seasoned musicians in their own right,” he said.

In realising its purpose to nurture fresh local talent, Jack added that the KK Jazz Festival also took the initiative to send promising acts to other jazz festivals, to expose young artists to a wider audience and environment.

He said that the committee also organised jazz fringe events at entertainment outlets throughout KK, where Sabahan jazz bands get to perform.

Jack also told the press that students from Sabah Skills Training College, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) would be volunteering at the festival, to learn how it is run.

With regard to the jazz festival’s accomplishments after a decade of making its mark within the community, co-organising chairperson Roger Wang said, “I believe the festival’s greatest achievement is how it helped transform the music scene in KK.

“I have learned that the true measure of a music festival is not about the number of stars it has featured, nor about the big names it has brought in.

“A music festival is really about the number of stars it has helped create within the community.”

A non-profit event, the KK Jazz Festival also supports community projects by the Rotary Club of Kota Kinabalu (RCKK) through proceeds from ticket sales.

In the last 10 years, the festival has supported provision of clean water projects, literacy programmes and avoidable blindness campaigns.

RCKK president Dr Ravi Mandalam said that last year, the jazz festival managed to raise between RM60,000 and RM70,000, after expenses were deducted.

This year, he expressed hope that the festival would continue to generate more funds in order for the community programmes to be a success.

To avoid the hassle of parking, the festival partnered with Uber Malaysia through promo code “11KKJAZZF”, which will award ticketholders with two free rides worth RM5 each, to and from the festival yesterday and today.

Festival doors open at 6pm till 11pm on both nights. Tables and chairs are provided at the venue, with availability on a first-come-first-served basis.

Food and beverage operators will also be present during the two-day event, namely Carlsberg, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Party Play, Borenos Fried Chicken, Fruto, Adelphi and Co, Alexys, Wineshop and Purple Cane. F&B coupons of RM20 and RM50 will be sold at the venue.

Tickets to the festival are sold at various outlets around town such as Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in Damai and Wisma Merdeka, Party Play, Adelphi and Co, Alexys Cafe and Borenos Fried Chicken, at RM100 per person per night and RM150 per person for two nights.

Yayasan Sime Darby returns as the main sponsor of the event, with other sponsors including the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Sabah, PACIFICITY and Uber Malaysia, supported by Kota Kinabalu City Hall and Carlsberg.

The Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival is a premier event included in the Sabah Tourism annual calendar of events, and is also a key component of the Kota Kinabalu Arts Festival.

More information on the festival can be obtained through its website,, as well as on other social media platforms under the same handle.


Source: TheBorneoPost