KOTA MARUDU, June 6 (Bernama) -- United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut
Organisation (UPKO) vice-president Senator Datuk Maijol Mahap concurred that the
late Sabahan artiste John Gaisah deserved to be given the posthumous award of
the title Datuk.
He said this was in recognition of the late John''s extraordinary talent in
music especially in composing songs and singing.
"He (John) is the person who was responsible in starting to compose and sing
Dusun songs. He was popular and everybody appreciates and likes his songs.
"He has inspired so many talented Dusun singers of his generation who now
emulate him. Today we can see that Dusun songs have flourished," he said when
launching Tadau Kaamatan at Kampung Pangapuyan Baru, near here, yesterday.
Last Sunday, the Sabah Kadazandusun Murut Welfare and Education Association
(PEKADIN) had recommended that the late John, who died tragically at 26 in a
road accident along Penampang Road on August 11, 1981, be honoured with a
posthumous award as an acknowledgement of his contribution and services to the
state’s music industry.
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In making the proposal, PEKADIN vice-president Timah Dusip was quoted as
saying that John, who was once dubbed Sabah’s Tom Jones, deserved such an honour
as he successfully raised the state’s image through his multi-talented roles as
a musician, singer and song writer, especially in the local Kadazandusun
John was selected as the winner of the evergreen category at the KDM Screen
Awards organised by the Sabah KDM Film and Music Activist Association in Hongkod
Koisaan, Penampang, last Saturday night, which was attended by Information
Communication and Culture deputy minister Senator Datuk Maglin Dennis D’Cruz.
Meanwhile, Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) secretary general Datuk Henrynus Amin
had expressed full support to the posthumous award, saying that the late John
was not only an icon to the Kadazandusun community but also to the whole people
"Many of his songs are still popular until today and we cannot deny his
popularity, especially among the music enthusiasts in the state.
"If the Federal government recognised the contribution of P.Ramlee with the
title of Tan Sri after he died, I hope the state goverment will consider
recognising the immense contribution of the late John Gaisah in the Sabah music
industry," he said
Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) vice president Cyril Yansalang also fully
suppported the proposed award for the late singer.
"I know him (John) personally as we both come from Tambunan. It''s a long
overdue award but I guess it''s better late than never," he said adding that the
late John had contributed a lot to the music and cultural development of Sabah.