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.
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Rungus Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in Thailand.

I stumbled upon this item when I was surfing the internet to do some research about Rungus community. It is about our Mr. James Rubinsin Kotulai. It appears that he have founded a company by the name Aparu International (Thailand) Co. Ltd in Thailand in 2006. He is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for this company. (If the above link does not work, you can search about this company by typing James Rubinsin Kotulai in the google search box)

Wondering about this company, I made several more clicks. The result shows that the main business of this company is in health products. I wonder what will be the problem if they just establish the company in Malaysia instead of Thailand. Isn’t much easier to market those products in Malaysia to your friends or to your community? He has a bigger network in Sabah than in Thailand. I am certain that Mr. James Rubinsin Kotulai has the answer as of why he chooses Thailand. May be we should ask him when you see him back in town.

So some details about the company are here….

"..Aparu International is a general trading company in Thailand. Some of our products are exclusively formulated by reknown manufacturers for our company and distributed worldwide. Currentlym we are exclusive distributor for several health and cosmetic products from USA and Korea.

Our exclusive herbal drinks that will enhance sexual desire for both men and women is called VGO Coctail. it is 100% mixes herbal drinks. We are seeking exclusive distributor in every country around the globe.

Our portable water ionizer called QQ Ion Water is the most convenient alkaline water maker with very competitive price. We are also an appointed distributor of plant-sourced calcium from USA. It has been clinically proven to treat and regain bone loss.

Our other rare health food called PROPOLIS PLUS. It is a balanced mixed of bee propolis and sea cucumber and approved by the Malaysian Ministry of Health and the Malaysian Islamic Development Department or JAKIM."

Back in 2006, I was approached by several people to invest in Mr. James Rubinsin Kotulai’s investment program or something. I forgot the name of the program but it was 100% similar to those of junk or spam e-mail you often received in your inbox and normally sent to you by scammer from Nigeria or West Africa. Something like someone inherited someone's wealth or property and they needs you to become their overseas partner to be able to release or claim the money or something.

I did not invest as I was skeptical about the whole thing. I was told that the group managed to accumulate huge sum of money. I lost track about what happened after that. I am not sure whether or not those investors mainly from Rungus community have received back their investment principal and the promised profit. Let me know if any of you have some light about what happened after that.

As a Rungus, I feel so proud that Mr. James Rubinsin Kotulai the CEO of the company founded a company in Thailand. Truly, Rungus can go global. Can we say “Rungus Boleh!!” now? I will reserve it until my good friend a journalist based in Bangkok get back to me about some information related to Aparu International (Thailand) Co. Ptd.
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Brief Introduction About Momogun Rungus (In Malay Language)

I found this article in website. It is about some brief introduction and history about what is Rungus or momogun and where it came from. In my previous blog post, Mr. Herman in his blog at said something about Rungus is an immigrant in Sabah. It means we the Rungus people had migrated from somewhere outside Sabah into Sabah.

However this article about Rungus written by our fellow Rungus saying just the opposite. He said Rungus is the first community in Sabah. Both Mr Herman and this guy however failed to give at least some evident in their article. I believe this one was written based on story or tales he heard from our grandfathers or something. Whatever it is, at least some of us has the courage to take up the challenge to document our Rungus history for future generation. That is something we should feel proud about him. My sincere thanks for this guy.

Something we should take note that he was right in saying that most of our younger generation is no longer able to talk and appreciate our Rungus language and culture. I truly feel sad for that.

So here is the article about Momogun Rungus. I will try to translate it into English when I got some free time.


Apakah yang disebut sebagai Rungus? Momogun?

Masih banyak warga Momogun Rungus di luar sana yang tertanya-tanya,di mana asal usul saya? Apa legenda kaum saya? Laman web ini pastinya dapat membuat anda tertanya-tanya tentang apa yang menarik mengenai suku kaum Rungus.Bagi pencinta sejarah dan seni, maklumat yang dipaparkan dalam laman ini sudah pasti dapat mengupas persoalan anda tentang adat resam, kebudayaan, sejarah dan lain-lain lagi mengenai suku kaum Rungus yang terperuk di hujung Borneo ini.

Setiap butiran maklumat yang dipaparkan dalam laman ini amat berharga buat semua khususnya genarasi muda suku kaum Rungus untuk mengenali bangsa mereka sendiri. Jika kita perhatikan di sekeliling kita, kebanyakan generasi muda zaman sekarang sudah hilang identiti bangsa masing-masing. Contoh paling dekat adalah generasi muda suku kaum Rungus yang tidak tahu akan kebudayaan sendiri. Lebih menyedihkan lagi, ada yang langsung tidak tahu berbahasa Rungus sedangkan bahasa itulah yang melambangkan identiti mereka sebagai bumiputera Rungus.

Dalam era globalisasi ini,bangsa Momogun Rungus berada dalam persimpangan identiti. Bangsa Momogun yang dahulunya serumpun kini berpecah menjadi Kadazan Dusun Murut. Hanya Momogun Rungus sahaja yang masih menggunakan nama bangsa Momogun secara rasmi. Dalam persimpangan identiti yang dicetuskan oleh ketidaktahuan sejarah bangsa sendiri,maka lahirlah kekeliruan yang mendalam pada bangsa Momogun hari ini.
Menurut Dr. Jacqueline Pugh-Kitingan (1987) Institut Linguistik S.I.L melaporkan bahasa Rungus dipercayai termasuk dalam bahasa Austronesian keturunan Bornean dari keturunan asal Austronesian.Momogun Rungus kadang-kadang dipanggil sebagai "Momogun", "Dusun Dayak", Melobong Rungus", "Memagun" atau "Memogun" kadang-kadang juga di panggil sebagai "Roongas", "Rungus", "Rungas" dan "Dusun Laut".Semuanya merujuk kepada bangsa Momogun Rungus.

Asal perkataan Momogun di percayai dari segi kepercayaan Agama Labus (pagan) iaitu dari perkataan "PENDUDUK ASAL POGUN NABALU".Momogun diambil dari perkataan POGUN (Dunia). Rungus pula diperolehi sempena nama Aki Rungsud yang mengetuai Pompod Tana setelah diarah oleh Aki Nunuk Ragang.

Menurut mitos Agama Labus Momogun adalah hasil perkataan dari pekerjaan Kinoringan (Allah Pencipta). Ini kerana Kinoringan menaburkan bangsa Momogun di sekitar Gunung Kinabalu (Pampang Nabalu) dengan perkataan yang digunakan "NIASOK". Momogun adalah Asok pertama dan tiada lagi Asok yang lain selain MOMOGUN. Asok bermakna "menabur benih". Menurut kepercayaan itu Momogun adalah Sakag(benih tani) yang ditaburkan seumpama benih pertanian Tuhan sendiri.

Pasok Momogun bermakna "benih atau zuriat tetap bumi di bawah Gunung Kinabalu". Jika orang Momogun menanam padi di ladang mereka menyebutkannya sebagai "MANGASOK". Pasok Momogun merujuk kepada kepercayaan mereka dalam Agama Labus bahawa KINORINGAN sebagai pencipta segalanya di alam semesta dan "Zuriat pertama atau bangsa pertama yang direncanakan oleh Tuhan Pencipta" bagi menghuni kawasan Gunung Kinabalu sehingga ke pesisir pantai adalah Bangsa Momogun.

Momogun adalah satu perkataan yang membawa makna mempunyai kuasa ke atas tanah atau dunia yang Kinoringan mereka berikan pada bangsa mereka. Mereka menganalogikan pekerjaan Kinoringan seperti menabur benih maka jadilah perkataan "PASOK MOMOGUN RUNGUS".

Kita tidak patut persalahkan ibu bapa 100% jika generasi muda sekarang buta tentang adat resam dan kebudayaan bangsa mereka sendiri. Generasi muda ini sepatutnya tahu mengambil inisiatif untuk meningkatkan jati diri bangsa.Seiring dengan kemajuan teknologi perkomputeran dan jaringan maklumat di hujung jari, pencarian identiti bangsa itu sepatutnya bukan hal yang patut diremeh-temehkan.

Oleh yang demikian, laman web ini pastinya memberi jawapan kepada pencarian anda selama ini.Cintai dan peliharalah budaya kita..

Intutunai kondiri, ihimo kivusidwo..
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