TUARAN: The Borneo Lotud Meseum is embarking on a historic step to erect what will be known as “The Original Peoples’ Peace Oath Stone” (Batu Sumpah Perdamaian Orang-Orang Asal).
The museum’s proprietor, Pediman Jabau, made the announcement in his speech at two events, the officiation of the Borneo Headhunting History (Susui Sangod Borneo) exhibition, and the launching of the “Tuaran: Land of the Linangkit” exhibition, both events graced by the deputy chief minister, Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius, Tangau, at the Upside Down House here on Monday.
The Susui Sangod Borneo exhibition began on last August 8, in conjunction with
World Indigenous Peoples’ is a collaboration between Muzium Lotud Borneo, Sabah State Museum and the Sabah State Archive and it is open until the last day of this year.
Explaining the objective of the oath stone, he said that it is way past the time for the original peoples of Sabah, who were involved in the gory practice of headhunting hundreds of years ago, to put behind the leftover grudges of the unfortunate period.
Pediman, who is also the president of the Sabah Lotud Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that most of the animosity of the headhunting era have been largely forgotten but many tribes still demand sogit (cooling compensation) when couples from two different tribes get married.
“Because of this need for sogit, the groom’s side would have to offer an additional buffalo on top of the required set of dowry,” he said. “This compulsory requirement for sogit still happens between several tribes, other than the fact that various tribes still have lingering grudges against each other, even calling each other ‘our past headhunting enemy (sangod)’ This persistent sogit over enmity that happened so very ago should be laid down to rest once and for all, and there is not better way than to erect a historic peace stone.”
“We will gather and get the participation and agreement of adat leaders of all the tribes involved in past headhunting practice to make the event a truly meaningful and lasting one,” Pediman said. “We want that in the future all grudges over the past and mention of headhunting must only be for the purpose of peace, brotherhood and mutual progress.”
Pediman also call on the government to start recognizing the name of the original peoples in official documents instead of continuing to refer to them as “others” (lain-lain).
In his speech, Tangau, who is also the member of parliament for Tuaran, expressed full agreement with the proposal of the peace oath stone for the sake of unity and the renewal of the spirit of brotherhood of all the state’s original peoples.
“With this renewed spirit we can move forward together for success and progress in various fields along with others in the state,” he said. He later handed over his donation to the , Sabah Ethnic Unity Association.
Present at the event were officials of the Tuaran Native Courts, ketuas kampong, leaders of the Tuaran United Tourism Association, Tuaran District Councilors, representatives of, Sabah Ethnic Unity Association, heads of the Tuaran JKDBs and PDMs, and members of the surrounding public.