Not very often a Kedayan writer is born, writing real books, if you know what I mean. Amde Sidik, a Kadayan writer from Sabah is a multi-talented person. He is a lawyer by education, a columnist and a lecturer. His university education and training was from University of Malaya, City Uni. of London, Uni. of Birmingham, Uni. of Hull, and Australian National University. He is a part-time lecturer in Commercial Law at local University.
We were hailed from the same district and were studying in the same school together, way back in the late 60s. He went to England to pursue his studies one year ahead of me and I can recall back that on my first time arrival in London in 1978, my wife and I were squatting in his apartment for a few days before we solved our accommodation problem then.
Amde Sidik, as I personally known him is a very talented and determined person. To him failure is a recipe for success. To date he has authored several books, but what interest me about his latest books is that one of the books is about our very own ethnic group – the Kadayans.
If my memory serves me right (correct me if I am wrong), the Mystic of Borneo – Kadayan is the first book written by the Kadayan and the second book about Kadayan after Darah Kedayan (1960) which was written by the late Harun Aminurashid (Singapura). Harun Aminurashid was not a Kadayan but stayed in kampong Kadayan for several years to understand the Kadayan’s culture and tradition.
You can purchase the books written by Amde Sidik from your local bookstores and other details are as follows: -
Title: The Mystic of Borneo-Kadayan
# ISBN 978-2-45654-675-9 # ISBN 978-983-41768-0-8 No.of page: 145 Published by Bookstand Publishing (International Edition) CA, 2007 Published by Borneo Publishers (Malaysia Edition) 2007 Available at local bookstores Price: RM 30.00
Available also in Hard Cover. at RM 45.00 Malay Edition is expected to by in the market by end of December 2007
Online sales @: amazon.com barnes & noble.com
Other books by the same author: 1. Writing from the Tip of Borneo, published by Universe Inc., 2005 2. I Beg To Differ published by Bookstand Publishing, 2007
TOLONG PADAH AKAN AAH SAMUHA PAADIAN DIAN KAWAN, SUUH BISIA MBALI BOK ANI. INDA SALAJOO KITA LUIH BOK PASAL KADAYAN YANG DITULIS OLIH OANG KADAYAN. ESOK KA KADAI TAH MAHUNJAA BOOK YANG KU PADAH AKAN ANI. AMUN KAMU INDA TAJUMPA PADAH AKAN AAHKU MALALUI E-MAIL ATAU MALALUI BLOG ANI. TAIMA KASIH.
Truly Kadayan/Kedayan by birth. Residing in Subang Jaya, Selangor D.E. since 1988 until now.
I was born in the Colony of North Borneo, now called Sabah (Land Below the Wind). It was still the British rule then, and we used to sing "God Save the Queen" at the school assembly in early sixties. On 16 September, 1963, the Colony of North Borneo gained its independence through the formation of Malaysia.
I spent most of my childhood days in a remote village, where basic utilities such as roads, water, electricity and telephones were not known to the village folks.
My childhood days were very challenging, simply because our living condition was just at the lowest level of Maslow Hierarchy of Needs.