Friday, 12 June 2015
A message from a Canadian to all Sabahan regarding the Earthquake tragedy: Siou poh kumaa tulun Sabah
I am deeply saddened by the events that have recently transpired in Sabah, for a number of reasons.
First, I extend my heartfelt sympathies to the families of the victims of the earthquake. My deepest condolences. To the rescuers, we honour you.
I am fortunate enough to have been allowed to climb Mount Kinabalu, and I will always remember the welcoming porters who tolerate tourists climbing her with kindness and hospitality. I admire the Dusun women who carry giant tubs of water up the mountain to the waypoint, Laban Rata (wearing only sandals!).
The people of Sabah are some of the gentlest people I have ever had the fortune to know. Who would have thought I would meet and marry a Kadazandusun from Tambunan! I am blessed to be part of such a beautiful family. I am in awe of my wife’s spiritual connection to Nature, something that the Western world seems to have lost a long time ago.
Sabahans are compassionate people with a warrior spirit, and have a rich indigenous tradition. Mount Kinabalu is not 'just a mountain'. It holds a place of deep significance, particularly to the natives. They do not ask much of tourists - they know that most will make little or no attempt to learn their language. They tolerate rudeness with a smile and only ask that tourists show some respect to their culture and traditions.
When I found out that Canadians were involved in the recent 'strip down' on the mountain (on May 30 no less--- they are likely blissfully ignorant of the significance of doing this on Kaamatan), I only hoped that they were contrite, and made immediate, public apologies. When I found out that they swore at the porters, and urinated on the mountain, I was infuriated. Canadians have worked hard to build up a good reputation as tourists and travelers, and these few have managed to soil our reputation in the eyes of many Sabahans, perhaps forever. They have continued to show disrespect and are doing more damage to the reputation of Canada than they likely know. When Sabahans say that their lewd behaviour is what caused the earthquake, this may sound 'ridiculous' to some. But it is their belief and we need to respect it.
I hope that the people of Sabah realise that not all Canadians are ignorant. I hope that the people responsible for the disrepectful behaviour are punished to the fullest extent of the law. They should be fined or jailed, and asked to perform community service. Although this will not erase what they have done, hopefully it will make them realize how seriously they have offended one of the last guardians of the natural world as we know it. Siou poh kumaa tulun Sabah.
Written by Chris Quarrie with Michelle Kiob
Abang saya hantar barang di kundasang tadi, sekali yang dia balik sudah, dia singgah sekejap beli breakfast.. Aunty yang jaga kedai itu terus cerita semalam jam 11pm ada bunyi pelik di gunung, itu aunty keluar kunun pergi tengok di sana arah gunung ada orang suluh-suluh lagi dari laban rata sambil dorang dengar ada orang teriak-teriak.. ada itu yang sama-sama membeli terus cakap sama itu aunty. . "aik,saya ingat saya saja yang dengar" dia bilang ni..
Itu bunyi pelik berlaku sekitar jam 11pm - 1am ..
Sejak semua sudah dijumpai, dipercayai tidak ada siapa-siapa sudah yang berada di gunung. Belum ada kerja pembaikpulihan atau pun apa-apa. Bunyi apa kah itu ?? Pelikk tapi benaarrr...
Mungkin itu souls sana ataupun yang baru meninggal di atas gunung... Memang belum rest in peace itu sebab my friend itu hari pray rosary 11.45pm... Itu soul/roh Robbi and another guide and the singaporean kids datang kepadanya, dia blang....Itu kawan saya cakap sama si Robbi.. "GO TO JESUS... HE'S WAITING FOR YOU... BRING ALONG THE KIDS..YOUR JOB HAS DONE HERE..." Begitulah kawan saya cakap sama soul/roh si Robbi... Itu guide satu tidak berckap tapi muka dorang sedih sebab ramai budak mati... Si Robbi tidak tahu yang dia sudah mati... Kawan saya bilang... Tengah dia sembayang rosary... Dia nampak itu souls/roh-roh guide kan berabis berlari kehulu-hilir pergi search and rescue itu budak-budak semua... Dia nampak masa the day Robbi kena kubur....
Lepas kawan saya bercakap sama dia... Barulah Robbi bawa semua budak-budak yang mati itu dan itu guide satu orang di belakang sekali jalan ke tempat lain... Dorang betul-betul sedih kawan saya bilang... Dorang perlukan doa... Bukan untuk setakat sehari, dua, minggu tapi forever kawan saya bilang...
***Cerita ini adalah satu perkongsian daripada beberapa orang yang telah digabungkan menjadi satu cerita lengkap. Ini bukan rekaan cerita dan terpulang kepada anda untuk mempercayai ataupun tidak.
Kepada semua rakyat Negara Sabah khususnya, mohon anda semua membawakan mereka ke dalam doa anda nenurut kepercayaan anda masing-masing.***