Saturday, December 4

National convention to resolve usage of ‘Momogun’

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KOTA KINABALU: Sixteen Momogun non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and individuals have reached a consensus to hold a national convention, to be attended by all Momogun-based NGOs, to resolve once and for all the usage of the term ‘Momogun’ as a generic name or as a classification on the Murutic, Paitanic and Dusunic speech communities in official forms and national statistics.

They decided on this at the informal ‘Kupi-Kupi’ session organized by Momogun National Congress (MNC) last Friday.

MNC deputy president Datuk Christine Van Houten, who facilitated the ‘Kupi-Kupi & Chat’ session with the various Momogun-based NGOs at Sutera Harbour Golf Club last Friday, said the informal discussion also agreed to form a working committee to further study and refine the proposed adoption of the term Momogun.

She said the working committee, comprising of representatives from Momogun NGOs, was also given the task to organize the proposed Momogun National Convention to be held in September 2016.

The ‘Kupi-Kupi & Chat’ session, she said, would be a regular event to bring together all Momogun-based NGOs to informally meet and exchange ideas as well as to provide an avenue to discuss issues of common interest, especially on the issue of unity and social economic challenges facing the Momogun community in Sabah.

She said that during the ‘Kupi-Kupi & Chat’ session with other Momogun NGOs last Friday, MNC president Datuk Henrynus Amin had the opportunity to explain MNC’s vision, mission and goals, and at the same time answered questions on the ongoing discussions on the use of the term Momogun and the objectives of the 8-Point Momogun Economic Transformation Agenda or META.

“The various Momogun organizations also agreed to go back to their respective associations to get the necessary ‘mandate’ to adopt Momogun to classify the Dusunic, Murutic and Paitanic tribal communities in official forms and the national statistics,” said Christine, who was a former senator and an active community organizer in various voluntary organizations.

She expressed the hope that the national convention will bring forth a resolution in respect to the use of the word Momogun to be agreed and endorsed by the various Momogun NGOs to be submitted to the government.

Among those in attendance at the event were presidents, secretary general, supreme council members and ordinary members of the various NGOs, comprising of the Persatuan Momogun Rungus Sabah (SAMORA), Persatuan Bangsa Tombonuo Sabah, Persatuan Kebudayaan Lundayeh Sabah, Persatuan Tobilung Bersatu Sabah (TOBISA), Persatuan Kebudayaan Tatana Sabah (TATANA), Persatuan Dusun Tindal Bersatu Sabah (USTO), Persatuan Lun Bawang Sabah, Pertubuhan Pembangunan Wanita Desa Pantai Barat (DESANITA), Institute for Indigenous Economic Progress (Sabah) INDEP, Rungus Cultural Association Sabah (RCA), Persatuan Murut Sabah, Persatuan Suang Lotud Sabah, Persatuan Dusun Sabah Bersatu (USDA), Koperasi Towud Apin-Apin Keningau Berhad, Persatuan Penjaja Pasar Besar Kota Kinabalu, Kadazandusun Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) and various other concerned individuals.