Petronas presents “Siapa Jojo?” for Kaamatan and Gawai Dayak

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KUCHING: “Siapa Jojo?”, a webfilm produced by Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) in its Gawai Dayak campaign, is all about unity and the values and meaning of determination, hard work and gratitude.

The narrative is told through Jojo, a buffalo, when Aki tells a group of children what it means to have those virtues that give meaning to the essence behind Gawai Dayak, the harvest and cultural festival celebrated in Sarawak.

The webfilm, lasting less than five minutes, was launched here last night, attended by members of the mass media, before it is aired to the public.

Set in a longhouse located in a padi field in Kanowit, the webfilm tells a story of an Iban girl, Anang, and her best friends who have to travel to her hometown to experience the Gawai Dayak celebration.

While enjoying the festivities, the friends – Joseph, Hakim, Arathi, Ah Kiong – soon learn a valuable lesson to always appreciate the blessings in life and to never take for granted the hard work of others that has allowed them to enjoy the blessings.

The producer and script writer chose a buffalo, an animal known as being hardy and obedience, in the webfilm.

Aki tells the children that there are many, but simple ways to entice the animal to plough the padi field.

In launching the wedfilm, Petronas senior general manager of group strategic communications Zahariah Abdul Rahman said for 2017, the company’s Gawai webfilm highlights a story that reflects the hard work and commitment that leads to a joyous and meaningful celebration with the loved ones.

“We hope that the story and the message of our festive communications continue to relate and resonate strongly with all Malaysians, a reminder of the many unique values that bond all of us together as a nation,” she said.

Playing the role of Anang is 10-year old Emille Jasmine, a pupil of Kinabalu International School, Joseph by Mohamad Hamyzan Ishan Johan, a 10-year old pupil of SK Puncak Alam Fasa 2, Selangor,Hakim by 10-year old SK Dengkil Selangor, Arathi played by 10-year old Sanjitha Devi Sri Vijayan of SJK (Tamil) Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi Sepang while 13-year old Clement Eng Kai Yao, a pupil of SM Universal Hua Xin, Seri Kembangan, plays the role of Ah Kiong.

Marcus Liong Rengga, a 69-year old from Kampung Tua, Kanowit, acts as Aki.

Much of the dialogue is in Malay and only Aki speaks in Iban. Perhaps, the producer and script, are telling the story for a wider audience to understand and appreciate. –