Petronas releases much-awaited Kaamatan, Gawai Webfilms and TV commercials

A scene from the Petronas 2019 Hari Gawai web film.

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KUCHING, May 17: Petronas has released its much-awaited Hari Kaamatan and Hari Gawai Webfilms and television commercials to celebrate the upcoming festivities in Sabah and Sarawak.

The two stories emphasised the gift of life, reflecting the “Anugerah Kita” or blessings theme for 2019 — a reminder that no matter what the circumstances, one must always cherish precious moments in life.

“The Kaamatan Webfilm titled ‘Kinoulian’, which means homecoming in Dusun language, showcases the rich Sabahan culture, featuring rituals and traditions that celebrate togetherness.

“It tells the story of a young Sabahan and her family’s journey back to their roots, to celebrate Hari Kaamatan. The story highlights that tradition and forgiveness binds families together and keeps cultures alive,” Petronas said in a statement today.

The Gawai Webfilm “Baju Burung Apai”, named after a traditional attire worn by the head of an Iban family, told the story of a Sarawakian father embarking on a quest to unite his siblings to celebrate Gawai together.

“In essence, Hari Kaamatan and Hari Gawai are celebrated for the same universal values centred on ‘anugerah’, which is the blessings bestowed upon us. Petronas is happy to pay homage to two great celebrations in Sabah and Sarawak, where the Company has grown alongside the people and communities.

“In these stories, we highlight family, tradition and our shared values as Malaysians, presented in a manner that is uniquely Sabahan and Sarawakian,” Petronas Strategic Communications senior general manager Zahariah Abdul Rahman said.

She explained that the Kaamatan story zoomed in on a small family’s struggle in overcoming a conflict in the past, while hoping to reconnect the young with the older generation.

The Gawai Webfilm, meanwhile, revealed the intricacies of a large family healing from an old wound, only to be made whole again.

“Do look out for the ending scene which is an absolute visual treat for all,” she continued.

The two 4-minute TV commercial versions will be aired from May 18 until June 23, while viewers may log on to Petronas’ official YouTube channel to view the Webfilms from today onwards. — DayakDaily