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Pesta Kalimaran (Kalimaran Fest) is an annual cultural celebration of the Muruts. It celebrates the richness of culture of the Muruts and presents most of their cultural aspects. Therefore, to know the Muruts closely, Pesta Kalimaran is the venue.

The word Kalimaran refers to the craftsmanship activities of the Muruts. It is derived from the Murut's words ralaa and alimar. Ralaa means young lady and alimar means hardworking, strong-minded, diligent and trustworthy. According to the story, there was a young Murut lady called Ralaa. She was a hardworking, strong-minded, diligent and trustworthy young lady. But her brother Yolomor had to sacrifice her for the benefit of their community. Before she was sacrificed she managed to produce many handicrafts like the Tikar, Silaung, Tikalis, Buyung, Lintoyog and Onot by using raw materials like bamboo, rattan and bamban. Ralaa ended her kalimaran by weaving cloth, sampoi (scarf) by using thread, which was produced from Timahan roots. Finally, Ralaa was sacrificed by Yolomor to get seeds for his cultivation farm.

Sabah state government has adopted Pesta Kalimaran as a state level celebration in the year 2003. First state level Pesta Kalimaran was on the 4th and 5th April 2003. Since then it is celebrated in April every year at Sabah Murut Cultural Centre. It is co-organised by Sabah state government through Sabah Cultural Board and Sabah Murut Association in collaboration with Tenom District Office. For this year’s (2011), some of the activities have to relocated to be Tenom town due to the ongoing upgrading works of the Murut Cultural Centre (please refer to the Kalimaran detailed programme). See you there!

Sabah Murut Cultural Centre (Pusat Kebudayaan Murut Sabah) is a cultural centre for the Muruts of Sabah. It is located at Kampung Pulong, 13 km from Tenom Town. The construction of the unique building started in 1994 and completed in 1996. The construction cost was more than twelve million (Malaysian Ringgit). It is unique in a sense that the building itself is a manifestation of the most aspects of the Muruts' culture. What's more, it is the biggest Belian (hardwood timber) building in Borneo (popularly known as 4B building)!

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PROGRAMME

DATE TIME PLACE ACTIVITIES
7 April 2011 (Thursday) 09:00 am
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02:30 pm
Murut Cultural Centre
  • Lansaran contest
  • Traditional sports
03:00 pm
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05:00 pm
Murut Cultural Centre "Adat Tolak Bala" ceremony
07:00 pm Tenom Town Field Kalimaran Fest Opening Ceremony rehearsal
8 April 2011 (Friday) 8.30 am
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10.30 am
Murut Cultural Centre Lansaran contest (final)
2.00 pm Murut Cultural Centre Lansaran contest & Traditional Sports Prize Presentation Ceremony
11.00 am
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12.30 pm
Tenom Town Field
  • Opening Ceremony for the Murut Sub-ethnics cultural exhibition
  • Launching ceremony of the "plastic bag and rubbish free Kalimaran" Campaign
12.30 pm
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1.30 pm
Tenom Town Field Kalimaran Beauty Contest rehearsal
4.00 pm
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5.30 pm
Tenom Town Field Murut Songs Composition Contest rehearsal
7.50 pm
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10.00 pm
Tenom Town Field Murut Songs Composition Contest final
9 April 2011 (Saturday) 7.00 am
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9.30 am
Sri Antenom Community Hall Drawing contest for primary school student
9.30 am Sri Antenom Community Hall Drawing contest prize Presentation Ceremony
7.30 am
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10.00 pm
Tenom Town Field (ongoing)
  • Free lucky draw tickets distributions
  • Government and Non-government agencies exhibition
  • Agricultural products exhibition and sale
  • Handicrafts exhibition, demonstration and sale
  • Murut Sub-ethnics cultural exhibition
  • Traditional sports and Lansaran competition
10.00 am
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12.00 pm
Tenom Town Field Official opening ceremony by Y.A.B Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman, Sabah Chief Minister
  • Official welcoming ceremony by the Murut ethnic
  • Welcoming performance (Murut ethnic)
  • "Tokoh Murut" - Award presentation
  • Kalimaran Beauty Contest (preview)
  • Performance by the winner of the Murut Song Composition Contest
  • "Solo Gong Sembilan" show
1.00 pm
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2.00 pm
Tenom Town Field Lucky Draw (Round 1)
2.00 pm
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4.30 pm
Tenom Town Field Kalimaran Beauty Contest (final)
6.30 pm
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7.30 pm
Tenom Town Field Lucky Draw (Round 2)
7.50 pm
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10.00 pm
Tenom Town Field Kalimaran 2011 Concert
10 April 2011 (Sunday) 10.00 am
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12.00 pm
Sri Antenom Community Hall Ansaluang Open House (JKKN)
  • Custom of tradition ceremony
  • Opening speech
  • Folk songs
  • Murut traditional food
7.30 am
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3.00 pm
Tenom Town Field (ongoing)
  • Government and Non-government agencies exhibition
  • Agricultural products exhibition and sale
  • Handicrafts exhibition, demonstration and sale
  • Murut Sub-ethnics cultural exhibition

HOTELS

HOTELS IN KENINGAU Phone / Fax / Email / Website
1. Hotel Juta
Locked Bag No.1 Keningau,89000 Sabah, Malaysia
Phone: +6087-337888
Fax: +6087-332888
Email: hjuta@tm.net.my
Website: www.sabah.com.my/juta
2. Kristal Hotel Keningau
Lot CL 133064990, P.O.Box 267, 89008 Keningau, Sabah, Malaysia
Phone: +6087-338888 / +6013-8844888 (mobile)
Fax: +6087-330562
3. Paramount Hotel
Lot 1, Jalan Masak Spur, P.O.Box 326, 89008 Keningau, Sabah, Malaysia
Phone: +6087-333084
4. Tai Wah Hotel
Jalan Besar P.O.Box 37 Keningau, 89007 Keningau Sabah, Malaysia
Phone: +6087-332092
5. Hillview Garden Resort
(Menawo Hillview Resort Sdn Bhd) 1 Jalan Menawo,P.O.Box 210, 89008 Keningau Sabah, Malaysia
Phone: +6087-333678, 338500, +6019-8228873 (mobile)
Fax: +6087-331757
Email: hillview@alfons.com
Website: www.alfons.com
5. Crown Hotel Keningau
Lot 7, Blok A.5, Pengalan Shopping Complex, P.O.Box 363, 89008 Keningau Sabah, Malaysia
Phone: +6087-338555
Fax: +6087-337541
HOTELS IN TENOM Phone / Fax / Email / Website
1. Hotel Perkasa (Pesona Hotel)
0.5km Jln Perkasa Hotel, P.O.Box 225, 89908 Tenom, Sabah, Malaysia
Phone: +6087-735811 / 735812
Fax: +6087-736734
Email: perkasa_Im@hotmail.com
2. Sri Jaya Hotel
Jln Tenom/Kgu, Pekan Tenom, P.O.Box 47, 89907 Tenom Sabah, Malaysia
Phone: +6087-735077 / 736000
Fax: +6087-735518
3. Orchid Hotel
Jln. Tenom/Kgu, Pekan Tenom, P.O.Box 58, 89907 Tenom Sabah, Malaysia
Phone: +6087-737600 / 736600
Fax: +6087-735600
E-mail: excelng@tm.net.my
4. Hotel Sri Perdana
Jln Tenom/Kgu, Pekan Tenom, P.O.Box 92, 89907 Tenom Sabah, Malaysia
Phone: +6087-734001
Fax: +6087-734009
5. Tenom Inn
No.56, Jln Datuk Hj.Yassin, P.O.Box 192, 89908 Tenom Sabah, Malaysia
Phone/Fax: +6087-735485
6. Padas View Chaket
Km3, Jln Bukit Nangka, Chinta Mata, P.O.Box 182, 89908 Tenom Sabah, Malaysia
Phone: +6087-736671
7. Rumah Puspanita
No.1381 Qtrs JKR Jln Tenom, P.O.Box 100, 89907 Tenom Sabah, Malaysia
Phone: +6087-735477 / 735607
Fax: +6087-736334
8. Asrama Taman Pertanian
Km5 Jln. Lagud Sebrang, C/o Taman Pertanian Sabah,W.D.T 28, 89908 Tenom Sabah, Malaysia
Phone: +6087-737952 / 737558
Fax: +6087-737571
9. Rumah Rehat ARS
Km18 Off Jln.Lagud Sebrang, C/o Stesen Penyelidikan Pertanian, P.O.Box 197, 89908 Tenom Sabah, Malaysia
Phone: +6087-735661 / 737568
Fax: +6087-737507
Email: brid@tm.net.my
10. Asia Rasa Bed & Breakfast
(Antenom Hotel Building)
Phone: +6087-737588 / 019-8104007 (mobile)
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