SPEECH BY THE HONOURABLE CHIEF MINISTER OF SABAH Y.A.B. TAN SRI DATUK SERI PANGLIMA MUSA HAJI AMAN, AT THE LAUNCH OF THE MOVIE HUMINODUN AT HALLS 1-8, MBO KK, IMAGO SHOPPING MALL SUNDAY, 3 DECEMBER 2017
I am honoured to launch this epic film, Huminodun" which has been produced by Siung Film Productions in association with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment. I congratulate Tan Sri Dr Herman Luping for shepherding this important Kadazan language film to fruition along with his daughter Josephine Luping and son-in-law Aaron Cowan. Tan Sri Luping’s life-long dedication to the development of Kadazandusun culture is second-to-none and is appreciated by Sabahans.
I wish to commend the film’s Executive Producers Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Joseph Pairin Kitingan, Datuk Sri Panglima Masidi Manjun and Datuk Francis Goh, for supporting and enabling this film to be completed, and to be showcased to the public. This is a positive step in sharing cultural and heritage knowledge, especially to the younger generation.
This film, Huminodun, is an important step in ensuring the preservation of Sabah’s unique cultural heritage. We have never before seen a Kadazan language film on the big screen and this film is a step in sharing with the audiences one of Sabah’s unique identities – its diverse indigenous languages. At a time when indigenous languages are going extinct or not spoken as widely as they were before, we risk losing our cultural identities. When a language dies, so does its culture. We run the risk of losing generations of knowledge and identity if we do not preserve, protect and expand the use of the Kadazan language and other indigenous languages.
I applaud the efforts of the film-makers for producing a film in Sabah that has provided many of our own creative talents an opportunity to shine. The State Government has identified the creative industry as an important area of development and seeing the work of so many Sabahans brought to life through this film complements our aspiration. The effect of the creative industry on development is something that policymakers around the world have been waking up to, with countries such as South Korea and New Zealand making it the cornerstone of their economic growth.
It is heartening to see film-makers at Siung Films having worked closely with organisations here in Sabah such as the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Sabah Tourism Board, the Sabah Cultural Board, the Kadazandusun Cultural Association, the KDCA Women’s Council, the Kadazandusun Language Foundation and many others to ensure that a true depiction of Sabah’s heritage is displayed in the film.
This is not only an event to launch a movie. It is also a fundraiser to seek support for the further development of our indigenous languages and to provide scholarships to indigenous students for their university education. One important goal is to create an app that will aid in the learning of Kadazan and other indigenous languages. I thank all who have donated to this cause and I hope more will come forward to support this effort. The KDCA Women’s Council and the Kadazandusun Language Foundation which have helped organise today’s event are the two organisations that the scholarships and funds raised today will be distributed through - and we thank them for this.
With the wealth of talent we have here, I am confident this film will mark the start of many new films to come out of Sabah in the coming years - each one giving the world more insight into life in Sabah as well as giving voice to the people of Sabah. Soon, the country and the world will be able to appreciate Sabah’s creative talents.
On this note, I would like to officially declare this film Huminodun launched and look forward to enjoying it with you shortly. Thank you.