Lawyer pays fine of seven buffaloes to beauty pageant

by | Aug 13, 2021 | NEWS | 0 comments

The Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA) has accepted seven buffaloes by a lawyer for insults thrown at a beauty pageant on Friday, August 13.

Marcel Jude Joseph made a remark comparing the Unduk Ngadu beauty pageant to a cattle show.

The KDCA Deputy President, Datuk Seri Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, said in a statement that the lawyer agreed to pay a ‘sogit’ of seven buffaloes to three communities.

He has 14 days to pay the Kadazandusun, Murut and Rungus (KDMR) communities.

The fine was based on the seven varieties of the KDMR customs and traditions. A buffalo is estimated to be RM 2,500 to RM 3,000 each.

Additionally, he must publish an apology that is half a page in a local newspaper of his choice.

Kitingan added, “The importance of the public apology cannot be overstated. Although Jude has apologised to the Unduk Ngadau committee and the contestants, he had agreed to issue another public apology.”

Joanna Kitingan, the state-level Unduk Ngadau committee chairperson, said in the native communities, women are held with the highest regard.

She added, “Because women play important roles, particularly in the spiritual realm, insulting women in our community is highly offensive.”