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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

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.


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.


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