Kadazan Watch




Kadazan Watch provides you with updates on events that affect the lives of the Kadazan peoples. Read about these events in Kadazan Watch as they unfold.

Statue of the Late Datuk Peter Mojuntin, Donggongon Town, Penampang

As to what the meaning of the terminology "Kadazan" as it is used in this website, click HERE to find out.

Events Forming Part of Kadazan History
The events stated here are intended to form part of Kadazan history. Hopefully, it can provide some help to researchers who are interested to know more about the Kadazan people.

The sad thing is not much is known about the Kadazan in distant past. At best, one can only make some assumptions based on certain facts such as the migration of people, excavations around the area, and so on. Some more important information may come to light as more facts are unearthed.

As a starting point and to place the name "Kadazan" in a historical timeline, it was first mentioned by Rutter in 1929 in his book. This does not mean that this people suddenly started to call themselves "Kadazan" when Rutter asked them. It is often mentioned that the name "Kadazan" means "PEOPLE". This name strongly suggest that the Kadazans had been here since time immemorial. Their ancestors whose forebears reputedly came from mainland China or Mongolia were the "people of the land".

More information on this is found in Kadazan Modern History. Click HERE to read more...

Silence or the fact that there are no written records does not mean that the ancestors of the Kadazan people did not occupy this land thousands of years ago.

Fast track into the future, to the period starting in the 1950s, when feelings of nationalism among the Kadazans started to come about. This nationalism fed on the events before this, particularly the atrocities and great sufferings as the result of the Japanese during the Second World War.

Then in the 1960s, the Kadazan people were swept together with their budding leaders in the events that eventually led to the formation of the Federation of
Malaysia. It would later transpire that they were not given enough time to form their opinions. There are differing opinions on either side of the argument, though.

The ups and downs of the Kadazan people are also mentioned in Kadazan Modern History.

Unfolding Story of the Kadazan People
In the meantime, Kadazan Watch presents the events that are unfolding now.

24th March 2013, Sunday
The Kadazan search for unity is "Work in Progress". If based on noble intentions and mutual trust, it may stand the test of time.

This aspiration to become "one people" motivated the three KDM leaders (of three different political parties) to come together for the launching of the "Gelombang Tataba" at the Hongkod Koisaan at Penampang. This was reported in the 25th March 2013 issue of The Borneo Post.

The Borneo Post stated, "Gelombang Tataba through the Tataba Operation is a channel for all three political parties, especially to help the churches throughout Sabah, as well as other activities to enrich the community."

(This comment is not to belittle the noble intentions of these KDM leaders. But "Why is it that the issue of giving help to churches should arise at THIS point in time?" And "What happened to the role of KDCA?" Nevertheless, it is hoped that these leaders remain united until the objectives are achieved!)

Note: KDM stands for Kadazan-Dusun-Murut.


Come back for more updates in Kadazan Watch.


Kadazan Watch, 27 March 2013

Kadazan Watch is concerned that not enough is being done to discourage or prevent Kadazans from selling off their lands.

Decision Time

"PUSAKA" and Land with Native Titles
The majority of these titled lands were inherited from their parents and or grandparents. These are classified under local customary laws as "PUSAKA" (a Malay word that means "inheritance" or "Tungkus" in the Kadazan ... Click HERE to read more


13th General Election, 5th May 2013 (Sunday)
The 13th General Election to elect representatives to the Malaysian Parliament and members of State Legislative Assemblies is scheduled for 5th May 2013 which is a Sunday.

Election is a very important event in a country and in the life of its citizens. So every eligible voter must cast his or her vote, no matter what.

Kadazan Watch urges every Kadazan_Dusun registered as a voter to come out to vote on the schedule date without fail. It is a God-given right. Exercise this right properly. It is not right to register yourself as a voter and then refuse to vote for whatever reason.

Kadazan Watch, 24 April 2013

It often happen that talking unfavorably of another person preoccupies some people. The unfortunate thing is that no Kadazan is immune from this weakness. Click HERE to check out more info

Seeing the good in others is positive, builds relationships and build communities.

Kadazan Watch, 12 May 2013

During the 13th General Election, Kadazandusuns fought against Kadazandusuns! Let there be no discrimination now that the new Sabah Government had been formed.

May all Kadazandusuns and Muruts come together again. This is the month of Kaamatan. Let goodwill reign. Respect each other's belief whether religious or political.

Start rebuilding channels of communication. Find new ways of creating better relations. There is no profit in continuing to dwell in the past.

Kadazan Watch, 14 May 2013

This is an excerpt taken from http://www.borneo-hotels.com/sabah/history.htm:

"Sabah’s early records indicate that it was broken up into various areas ruled by local chieftains in the early 9th Century. Later, in the 15th Century, it became a part of the Brunei Empire until an American Trader named Moses arrived in the 1880s’ to lease it. From there, it was passed on to an Englishman named Alfred Dent who converted the lease into a cession. The British North Borneo Chartered Company was thus established, ruling over the state until the Japanese occupation during World War II, after which it became a British Crown Colony. In 1963, Sabah joined the coalition of Malaysia."

Kadazan Watch, 15 May 2013

KDM in the new Federal Cabinet:

  1. Datuk Sri Dr. Maximus Ongkili: Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water
  2. Tan Sri Joseph Kurup: Minister in the Prime Minister Department
  3. Datuk Dr. Ewon Ebin: Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation

May they (continue to) serve the nation and their people to the best of their ability.

Kadazan Watch, 21 May 2013 (Tuesday)

Political Appointments:
Datuk Johnny Mositun and Datuk Johnson Tee took oath of office as Deputy Speakers of the Sabah Legislative Assembly.

Anita Baranting also took oath of office as the Sabah Assistant Minister of Community Development and Consumer Affairs.

Kadazan Watch, 21 May 2013 (Wednesday)

Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, in a press statement, described the call to boycott Chinese businesses as dangerous. (reported in The Borneo Post, Wednesday, May 22,2013, Page A4)

Kadazan Watch, 26 May 2013

It is sad to note that the meaning of the KDM Harvest Festival is being diluted by other so-called harvest festival celebrations where the objectives appear to have nothing to do with the KDM festival.

Take for example what was reported in the The Borneo Post (Sunday, May 26, 2013, Page A6), that "Guinness Anchor celebrates Kaamatan across Sabah."

The celebration was a marketing gimmick for Guinness Anchor. Kadazans need to prevent the dilution of what their cultural identity really stand for.

KadazanWatch, (The Borneo Post, Monday, May 27, 2013, Page A2)

Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan is quoted as saying that "the re-delineation of the parliamentary constituencies must take into account and restore constitutional safeguards for Sabah and Sarawak and ensure that Federal parliamentary seats for Malaya should not exceed 65% as agreed during the formation of Malaysia."

Kadazan Watch, 27 May 2013

In response to Commissioner Tan Sri Herman Luping, the Kudat Native Chief, Harun Bidin, told the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) that the Interpretation (Definition of Native) Ordinance listed Filipinos, Indonesians and Singaporeans as 'native' to Sabah.

He went on to say, however, that "Filipinos, Indonesians and Singaporeans are not recognised as natives of this country." This is in spite of the Ordinance having not yet been amended.

Harun Bidin added that there are more than 32 ethnic groups in Sabah recognised as natives. This includes Suluks who are of Sabah origin but not of Philippines origin.


Kadazan Watch 2014

18 March 2014

Joseph Kurup recommends the abolition of race in government-issued forms. You may say this is commendable bearing in mind that only three races are mentioned in such forms, namely, Malay, Chinese and Indians. Will these people appreciate this proposal? The answer would surely be an emphatic "NO."

What Kurup should recommend is for these forms to include colummns for other races, such as Iban, KadazanDusun, Sama, Murut, and so on.

Only then KDM leaders will do justice to their own people.

23 June 2014

KDM leaders at whatever level may have to - or rather MUST - refrain from acts that undermine the status and the collective strength of their people. They need to be alert to subtle things that are intended to make their people a subject people.

If anyone offers a handshake? Good! But a handshake is NOT good enough to settle a deal.


Kadazan Watch 2016


With the proposal to put all racial groupings of the Kadazandusun and Murut people under one classification, namely, "Momogun", the debate may begin anew as to which is the better version.

The "KD" in KDCA stands for Kadazandusun which was adopted when those who prefer to be called "Dusun" became unhappy.

Recently, Momogun National Congress (MNC) proposed that "Momogun" be used as an umbrella for all the Dusunic, Paitanic and Murutic tribes. It is very clear that Kadazan and Tangaa racial groupings were subsumed under "Dusun" which is a very unfortunate proposal.

Why must a new entity, MNC, be allowed to cause renewed friction between Dusun, Kadazan and Tangaa tribes? Why are KDM leaders so short-sighted? Are they not discarding "Kadazandusun" that has been proven to a certain extent as acceptable? Are they ready to face the possible breakup of KDCA? 

It need not be added that some other races in Sabah may also claimed as "Momogun". It would be wise for Kadazandusun leaders to find out what is the actual meaning of 'momogun'.


Kadazan Watch 2017

As at to date, 16 May 2017

Kadazan-based or Kadazan-led (Kadazandusun) political parties are undergoing leadership change. Datuk Dr. Maximus Ongkili is going to take over from Tan Sri Pairin Kitingan as the leader of PBS. Datuk Madius Tangau is acting President of UPKO, Tan Sri Bernard Dompok having relinquished the post. Other Kadazan(dusun) personalities who are heading political parties include Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan of Star, Datuk Wilfred Bumburing of PCS, Tan Sri Joseph Kurup of PBRS, and Datuk Henrynus Amin of Pakar.

Younger Kadazan leaders have joined the fray. Darrell Leiking and Terence Siambun had joined newly-formed Warisan party. Dr. Edwin Bosi is expected to quit DAP. There are smaller political parties where Kadazan(dusun) are involved.

It is estimated that there are  about 1 million Kadazandusun. With these developments, the KDMs (Kadazan-Dusun-Murut) are also divided among at least seven or eight political parties.

Where will their leaders bring the KDMs?










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