Published on: Friday, July 17, 2009
Kota Kinabalu: The 2009 Sipitang Gasing and Tamu Besar Festival (Gata Sipitang 2009) for the first time will attract the participation of 1,000 gasing (top) spinners from Sipitang, the largest number yet for the festival.
Sipitang Member of Parliament Datuk Sapawi Ahmad said they were currently negotiating with the Malaysia Book of Records (MBR) to see if the feat could be entered into the book as it had never been attempted before.
"We were informed that we may need more than 1,000 participants (to qualify) but as a trial, we will bring in Sipitang folk, including students and youths, to participate. We hope the feat can make it into the MBR," he told a media conference here, Thursday.
He said Sipitang was known as a district with many top-spinning courts and had won several national-level competitions. It also made into the MBR in 2003 after building the biggest top in Malaysia, which is now showcased at the State Museum.
Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek is expected to launch the festival on July 31 at the Sipitang town field. The festival will go on until Aug 2.
Sapawi, who is also the State information executive councillor, said thousands were targeted to attend the festival, as in previous years.
He said the biennial festival, which started in 2003, attracted almost 30,000 visitors at the end of 2007 from within and out of Sabah, especially from Sarawak and Brunei.
This year's theme, "Daie Sipitang Kuan Biskita" (From Sipitang For You), is a combination - of the languages of the Kedayan, Murut, Lundayeh and Brunei people, who make up the majority of the Sipitang people.
Gata Sipitang 2009, organised by the Sipitang District Office and the Government and corporate agencies in the districts, will showcase traditional top-spinning with participation of teams from Brunei, Sarawak, Labuan and Singapore, besides Sabah.
Other programmes are 'Tamu Besar' (bazaar) Sipitang, traditional food carnival where 22 traditional "kuih" will be displayed, "silat" performances and other traditional games.
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