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Carnival reinforces need to keep Lotud dialect, culture alive

Last Update: 09/07/2019

TUARAN, July 9 (Bernama) -- The Sabah Kinabalu Culture Association and Lotud Community Learning Centre held a carnival yesterday for the younger members of the community to understand and speak the Lotud dialect fluently.

The day-long event which included a workshop jointly organised by the National Population and Family Development Board (LPPKN) was attended by 52 participants from the community.

Association president Eddy Samond Layun said the workshop, held for the first time, would continue to be organised so as to preserve the Lotud ethnic heritage for future generations, especially in keeping its dialect alive.

“Currently, only three per cent of the younger generation of the Lotud community can speak their mother tongue, while the rest are fluent in other languages,” he said at the event, which was officiated by the Sabah Chief Minister's political secretary, Joanna Sue Henley Rampas.

In her speech, Joanna said only 2,000 out of 20,000 Lotud people in the state were able to speak in their mother tongue.

She feared that if the trend continued, the community would lose its ethnic heritage, adding that the workshop was in line with efforts to protect the Lotud dialect so that it would not become extinct over time.






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