Rabu, 29 April 2009


Several years ago I was approached by somebody (I don’t want to mention his name here) to join Sabah Momogun-Rungus Association or well known as SAMORA. I told him that I was not interested.

I came to know SAMORA long before he approached me to join it. Just that I failed to see the real direction of SAMORA. According to that guy SAMORA is an association for Rungus people, and mostly its activities are to promote Rungus culture.

I am all out for promoting Rungus culture. I believe promoting Rungus culture should start by encouraging the Rungus people especially the younger generation to speak Rungus language. I noticed that many of our young Rungus cannot speak the language. I can speak Rungus perfectly, I bet to my last dollar for it.

I wonder how to promote Rungus culture when the Rungus people itself are not interested to master their own language. We cannot expect the Chinese or Bajau to speak Rungus.

Another reason why I did not joined SAMORA is because the association was heavily infested with politically motivated people. They are fighting each other for important post within the association to shows that they have huge supporters and shall be appointed as candidate for election or something. Almost everybody in its committee is attention whore to boost their political image within the Rungus community.

Not that I hate politics, just that I am of the opinion that an association such as SAMORA shall stay away from politics and remain focused on the main objective.

So the end result is that the association become popular shortly just before the election. That is the time these people are bragging their this and that in the association to shows that they have a strong backing and influences in the community, with the hope some political party might be interested to pick them up for the election.

Until now this important association for Rungus community does not even have its own website. Type SAMORA in the google search box, you will find nothing. I wonder why an association that supposed to represent over 200 thousands Rungus people cannot afford a simple website not even a blog. I believe there is many updates about Rungus people can be uploaded in the website for Rungus people to see and read as well as for any other interested parties to make some research about Rungus.

Anyway I hope this association may evaluate its present position and goals.

4 ulasan:

  1. hello how r u all actually rungus language is considered one of the important languages in sabah and it represents the rungus identity but what i want to know here is how the rungus people see their language? do they care about it ? do they try to promot it? if they care about it what are the efforts that they plan to do to improve it ? do the younger generations feel shame if they speak rungus? what is the common language used at rungus homes; rungus or malay or english ,,,, i need rungus people responses

  2. Any Rungus out there will to answer his question? Appreciate if anyone can answer his question.

  3. Hi Mr Ramy, how the Rungus people see our language? Sure we're proud of it. FYI, we use Rungus to communicate at home. What are the efforts? We are on our way to have our own radio, you may hear Radio Rungus Online. Where?Juz google it. Next, we are going to collect all the Rungus Folktale and compile it, publish it..We are not ashamed to talk in Rungus language, and FYI the kids at kampong more fluent than me. "Intutunai Kondiri, Ihimo Kivudsuvo" :)

  4. hye everyone..yup we are proud of our language.but to speak the truth i'm not really fluent in it..we seldomly used it at home coz my dad and mum speak malay with us..not that they are influent but only when with us,their kids they will used malay.


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