By Michelle Liew
The diversity of ethnic tribes found in Sabah needs to be dignified as cultural treasures and passed on to future generations, said Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor.
He said the diversity is clear here, where there are about 30 ethnicities and 200 sub-ethnicities in Sabah that need to be preserved especially in efforts to promote their respective cultures.
“This is one of the initiatives in the direction of Sabah Maju Jaya. We have to respect all races in Sabah in efforts to promote their culture, as well as for our great grandchildren in the future,” he said.
He said this to reporters after inaugurating the Sabah Bajau Sama Association Cultural Centre (PRBSS) at Kampung Lok Batik here on Sunday, and among those present were Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry Datuk Seri Ronald Kiandee, and former Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman.
Earlier, Hajiji who is also the President of PRBSS, in his speech said the cultural centre will be able to contribute to the pride and socio-cultural progress of the Bajau Sama ethnic group in this state.
He, who is also a member of the Sulaman Legislative Assembly said the PRBSS cultural centre was built on an area of 1.42 hectares and completed last July with an allocation of RM7.5 million.
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