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The padi field in Penampang in days of yore

 

Planting Padi 

To a farmer, to have a piece of padi
field is eualvalent to having a
long term rice bowl for the family.
Working in the padi field involves
every member of the family.

A plough,drawned by a buffalo,
is the traditional method of
ploughing the field.

Nowadays, tractors are  used by most
farmers.

When it is planting time,  padi
seedlings are gathered from
the nursery and planted by women.

Later , when the padi gradually ripens,
the children are Put in charge of scaring
away the birds, the rats and other pests ,
although scare crows are also used.

Harvesting comes . All hands are needed !
Sometimes the method gotong royong
which means working together as a team ,
is practiced in the kampung or village .

This is a popular planting song :

Planting rice is never fun
Bend from morn till set of sun
Never stand and never sit
Never rest a little bit.

2000

Tanjung Aru Beach Song

In Tanjung Aru Beach I met ,
The only girl I never forget,
When everyday and every night,
I was in Tanjung Aru Beach.

Until at last she said good bye,
She kissed my lips and then she cried.
Her dropping tears that broke my heart,
I was in Tanjung Aru Beach.

Tanjung Aru Beach near
Kota Kinabalu of
long ago was much sung about.

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Tanjung Aru Beach, KK. Photo taken 50 years ago.