Culture has been identified as one of the key ingredients of human development. Positive and healthy cultures are associated with wellbeing, quality of life and overall success of a human being. Besides, culture serves as an identity of a particular group or ethnic. Thus, culture, heritage and arts are essential in nation building.
In Sabah Malaysia, Sabah Cultural Board is a state government agency, which is given the mandate to spearhead the efforts of cultural preservation, promotion and development. Since our establishment in 1996, we are glad to acknowledge some of our achievements and these are essential to keep us going, move forward and keep growing. Comparably, now we are much bigger and our programs are diversified ranging from organising cultural events nationally and internationally, traditional dance performance, cultural training, cultural research, library, and we are looking forward to do more.
We also provide cultural performances to hotels, resorts and culture-related organisers on nominal charges, such as cultural or traditional dance performances, traditional music, and renting traditional costumes. We have full time artists and musicians. Every aspect of our performance is thoroughly researched and we have a good rapport with all ethnic associations in Sabah. Those aspects make us different from others. We emphasise on balancing our social obligation and our long term organisational vision and mission by commercialising some of our services to finance our programs and activities.
We also organise international cultural events such as International Folklore Festival and Cultural Exchange programs. We also organise cultural fiesta of the multi-ethnic people of Sabah like Pesta Kalimaran of the Muruts and Culture Carnivals at the administrative district level in Sabah. Starting from this year, Sabah International Folklore festival will be organised annually. We welcome participations around the globe in our efforts to celebrate human brotherhood through cultures.
We will continue to play our roles and to positively contribute to nation building as envisioned in Malaysia's Vision 2020 and the 1 Malaysia concept. We are committed to perform the best. In order to do this, we will assess our internal and external critical success factors continuously. In this respect, contributions, inputs and suggestions are most welcome.
Datuk Seri Panglima Wences Angang,
SPDK, PGDK, ASDK, JP, JSM, BSK,
Chairman of Sabah Cultural Board