Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Atkinson Clock Tower

The Atkinson Clock Tower at the City of Kota Kinabalu, from different angles, an important historical landmark that required upgrading to include facilities befiting the tourists to sit down and relax as well as enjoy the local cuisine and bring home some local souvenirs, if these are available at the compound of the Clock Tower, but they are not.

Jesselton 1911

What remains is the Atkinson Clock Tower that sit on top of a small hill called Signal Hill that acted as a beacon for ships plying the channel between Gaya Island and the mainland, that too will be over-shadowed if the developer, a State Government Agency goes ahead with their plan to build a multi storey hotel and car park and commercial complex that leaves only about 6 meters between the Clock Tower and the complex. The Chief Minister had called for the down-sizing of the project to maintain the beauty and value of the Clock Tower which is the last remaining icon of the British colonial period. There are two other icon, namely the Post Office Building which is now the Tourism Board office and one Government building site which was burnt down but now maintained as an art piece by the Sabah Art Gallery.

Christmas Greeting

Wishing everyone celebrating Cristmas, a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year with the hope that the new year brings peace, joy, success and happiness.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Malaysia And Indonesia Holds A Dialogue

Bilateral relations were strained by some border crossing incidents and the treatment of a maid that resulted in some protests in Jakarta, the Indonesia capital city against its neighbor Malaysia.

Now Persatuan Sejarah Malaysia is organizing a Dialogue in Johor Bahru in October 1-3, 2010 to explore the collective memory and provide an awareness for the prosperity of Malaysia and Indonesia.

Malaysia's representatives come from the Association Branches throughout Malaysia that deliberates on various topics and working papers.

What Is In A Clock?

A Clock tells the time and the Grandfather's Clock is a Collectors Item that stands tall in the living room of the house and it becomes a family heritage and antique as years goes by. Sabah, the Land Below The Wind has such a Clock in Kota Kinabalu (formerly Jesselton) that acted as a beacon and navigational aids to ships plying the area. It stood unnoticed to many locals except for the visitors who walked up the hill on the cemented staircases to read the signboard put up by the authorities. You cant go in as it is fenced up. Now this Clock has become an issue. Architects, Historians, Nature Lovers, Environmentalists and many other Activists had put up a protest to the mixed development that is going to be put up by a Government Agency with a Private Developer and it is just besides the Clock Tower, that will soon lose its beauty and value should the project goes ahead and it had been approved by the Sabah State Cabinet.

Now the Chief Minister had asked for a reassessment. Good for the Clock. Hopefully the Planners and the Bureaucrats will have the foresight of safeguarding this last bastion of the British colonial era. There are not many of such landmarks left in Kota Kinabalu.

The Londoners are very proud that they have the Big Ben. We dont have a Big Ben , we only have a Small Clock in a Tower called the Atkinson Clock Tower. Now the Atkinson Clock Tower is in danger of being overshadowed by such a mega project that includes a Shopping Complex and Hotel and Kota Kinabalu seems to have lost sight of this small Clock Tower in lieu of a mega project which will also destroy the beauty of the Signal Hill.

Save the Atkinson Clock Tower!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Selamat Hari Raya Idil Fitri

Persatuan Sejarah Malaysia Cawangan Sabah wishes its readers and members a joyous and blessed Hari Raya which is celebrated on Friday September 10, 2010, Maaf Zahir Bathin.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Merdeka Greeting

Persatuan Sejarah Malaysia Cawangan Sabah wishes all Malaysian Happy Merdeka Day which falls on 31st August 2010.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Ramadan Greeting

Wishing everyone especially the Muslim friends, relatives and associates a blessed Ramadan, may you get Allah's blessing in your fasting and the payment of tithes.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Persatuan Sejarah Malaysia Cawangan Sabah Gave Talk

Persatuan Sejarah Malaysia Cawangan Sabah President, Dtk Hj Light was invited to give a Talk on 'Independence and History' at the Labuan International School, WP Labuan on August 9, 2010 attended by the teachers and students who came in their Malaysia Flags uniform; such was an annual envent by the private school to celebrate the month of Malaysia Independence which falls on August every year. The President gave a copy of the CD of the Father of Independence for Sabah, Tun Datu Hj Mustapha Harun, a forgotten historical figure to many but not to some who still valued his services and sacrifices to bring independence for Sabah and Labuan to form Malaysia on September 16, 1963.

Ramadhan Greetings

Persatuan Sejarah Malaysia Cawangan Sabah wishies Mulism, particularly its members Happy Fasting in the holy month of Ramadhan which begin on August 11, 2010.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Director of Dewan Bahasa & Pustaka Cawangan Sabah appointed a Committee member

En Zubaidi Abas, the Director of DBP Sabah Branch had been co-opted into the Committee of Persatuan Sejarah Malaysia Cawangan Sabah as the Advisor (Language) in the Editorial Board. He came in as guest of the Association during the 2010 AGM and he is also appointed as the Chairman of the Sub-Committee on the Photographs Compilation of Historial Sites in Sabah.

AGM 2010 Successful

Arkib Negara Sabah Branch once again played host to Persatuan Sejarah Malaysia Cawangan Sabah (PSMCS) to hold its AGM on July 25,2010. There was a quorum and the Secretary's and the Treasurer's Reports were tabled after the Welcoming Address of the President. IT was used for the first time and the reports were presented in Powerpoint. PSMCS now plans its activities for the rest of the year of 2010 which includes the following;
1. Preparation and sending of a Memorandum to YAB Ketua Menteri Sabah
2. Courtesy Call to SEDCO Chairman, who is also the Assemblyman for Membakut
3. Updating of Blog
4. Final Printing of the Bulletin
5. Meetings of the new Sub-Committee on the photographs compilation of 'Historical Sites in Sabah'
6. Meetings of the new Sub-Committee on the 'Seminar on Islam'
7. Meetings of the new Sub-Committee on the 'Fund Raising & Installation Nite'
8. Meetings of the other Sub-Committees
9. Meetings of the Executive or the Main Committee
10. Membership Drive of Life and Institutional Membership
11. Signing of MOU with UMS
12. Storytelling at KYS Animation House on the Journey and History of Mat Salleh

Friday, July 16, 2010

It is Historical but why is it cut?

It is supposed to be a historical site; the battleground of Mat Salleh at Kg Inanam Laut, Kota Kinabalu, but why is it allowed to be cut by some unconcerned developer? According to Ijam, a viallage boy the developer overshot his excavation works.

The River At Kg Inanam Laut

What used to be an important communication route is now a milky dirty old and dead-end river. The river at Kg Inanam Laut used to be the battleground of Mat Salleh and and his followers with the British colonial masters and they chased him after he burned down Jesselton and Gaya Island. It should be a historical river but it is not and a place for rubbish.

The Cannon Used By Mat Salleh

This is the only cannon found at the site on the hill at Kg Inanam Laut what used to be a fort used by Mat Salleh to fight the British administration. Kg Inanam Laut is where his mother comes from. This cannon found at a private land now lies in one of the houses in the village and the person who had found it had given strict instruction not to sell it even when the Muzium representatives came calling in.

Mat Salleh Fort at Kg Inanam Laut

Mat Salleh used this hill located at Kg Inanam Laut in Kota Kinabalu as he retreated to Tambunan, a small town in the Interior of North Borneo (now called Sabah), after he had burnt down Gaya Island, an island off Kota Kinabalu and Kota Kinabalu (then known as Api-Api and later Jesselton). What used to be a big hill is now a small hill as development creeps in and chiseled part of the hill on th eastern side. Now the State Government said the hill is a historical site and in the process of being gazetted for the last four years since 1996. There are a lot of old and new graves at the foothill and this got to be contained if we are to preserve this hill as a historical site and turn it into a historical tourism product.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Committee Meeting on July 17, 2010

Persatuan Sejarah Malaysia Cawangan Sabah plans its Committee meeting on July 17, 2010, 10 am at Star City to discuss the preparation for the AGM and the formation of the Committee on the Seminar on Islam - Historical Perspective.

Persatuan Sejarah Plans Its AGM

Persatuan Sejarah Malaysia Cawangan Sabah plans its AGM on July 25, 2010 at 10 am at the National Archive, Off Penampang Road, Kota Kinabalu as a formality to approve its annual accounts and inform the members of its activities during the past year. Members are invited to attend and renew their membership.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Persatuan Sejarah Plans Its AGM

Persatuan Sejaran Malaysia Cawangan Sabah plans its AGM on July 25, 2010 at Arkib Negara, Jalan Penampang, Kota Kinabalu at 10 am.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Fathers Day

Wishing everyone Happy Fathers Day as we celebrate Fathers Day on June 20, 2010.

New Programs

It was one year ago when we had the Annual General Meeting,in July 2009, it is now time to submit the annual returns and the accounts to the Association HQ in Kuala Lumpur. The Historical Society will have to initiate new programs for the coming year, which includes the following activities;

Charity Dinner and Installation Night in December 2010
Publication of the Society Bulletin
Updating of the Blog
Visits to historical sites
Seminar on Islam
Storytelling on Mat Salleh
Courtesy Calls to the Patron and Adviser
Collaboration with other relevant Agencies; District Offices, District Councils

Committee Meetings
Sub-committee meetings
Journal Publication

Charity Dinner and Installation Nite In December 2010

The Charity Dinner and Installation Nite is now on December 19,2010 at one of the hotels in the City.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Happy Harvest Festival 2010

Persatuan Sejarah Malaysia Cawangan Sabah wishes you a very Happy Harvest Festival and may your harvest this year be an abundance.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Harvest Festival Celebration

The month of May is always celebrated as the Harvest Festival by the local community of the Kadazan Dusun Murut in Sabah which witnessed the appreciation to the spirit of the staple food of the local people, padi and you can watch the local beauties paegent and the crowning of the 'queen' called the 'Unduk Ngadau'. The celebration culminates on May 30 and 31 every year. The festival is only celebrated in Sabah and Sarawak on the Island of Borneo and the dates differ between the two Malaysia States.

Padi is still planted by local community including the hill padi, but Sabah is yet to be self-sufficient despite various effort to plant the crop and increase production, it could be cheaper importing than to plant and many of the the padi fields had been converted into housing estates and commercial development. There used to be an State Agency looking after the padi cultivation and harvesting called the Sabah Padi Board but it is now closed and the State Agriculture Department, takes over.There are so many varieties of rice in the market and a Federal Agency looks after the marketing of rice, and it is a controlled item, you need a licence to retail rice.

Padi planting was brought in by the early settlers from China and Taiwan and the other neighboring coutries of Indo-China and Mongolia.The climate is suitable for the planting of padi but the crop is not as lucrative as oil palm, rubber and now 'kayu karas', (that produces 'gaharu' for perfume) which brings better return. Many of the area can be rehabilitated but requires irrigation infrastructure. It is heartening to note that come 2011 Sabah and Sarawak will be turned into the rice bowls of the nation and foreign investors are most welcomed to do rice planting on a commercial basis. Sarawak already has its own special and popular variety of the Bario hill padi but Sabah is yet to have one.

I used to go in a helicopter of the Sabah Air to check on the infrastructure at Trusan Sapi in Sabah's east coast that has been earmarked for rice planting on a large scale with ADB funding, that was a long time ago when I worked at the Economic Planning Unit, that covers an area of 1822 ha of irrigated land and now maintained by the Department of Irrigation and Drainage.

Happy Harvets Festival.

Seminar on Islam in Sabah

Persatuan Sejarah Malaysia Cawangan Sabah is planning to have a seminar in the first quarter of 2011 on Islam in Sabah in collaboration with the relevant Agencies like USIA, ABIM, UiTM and others, there are not many resource materials on this subject and the Association is desirous of collecting the data on the coming of Islam to this region and its propogation. It is now working on the budget and the proposal.

Dinner Postponed to November 2010

The Charity Dinner and Installation Night is now postponed to November 21, 2010 to be held at one of the leading hotel in Kota Kinabalu, the Associaton has to wait for the neccessary permit to collect funds from the public.

Annual Subscription

It is time to pay your membership for the year 2010, it only costs your RM15 per annum and normally paid in January, but if you prefer better still become a life member and pay a one lifetime membership of RM300.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Scheduled Meeting

Persatuan Sejarah Malaysia Cawangan Sabah scheduled its fourth Committee meeting on May 9, 2010 at 10am at the office of the Vice President followed by the second meeting of the Editorial Board of Warkah, Sabah Edition.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Story Of Modern Rebellion In Sabah

It is with the greatest appreaciation to a friend, Hj Mustapha Kula who is a retiree that I got this story of a rebellion in Weston on December 8, 1962, he could still remember this story as his family was preparing a wedding which was later cancelled. The rebellion in Negara Brunei had influenced some people in Weston, the relatives of one of the leaders in Brunei. On that day they were well prepared and in the the army uniform and came to the police station that only had one policeman, whose name was Awang Tengah, taking his rifle. He had to give in as he was the only one. The rebellion did not succeed.

Weston will always be remembered as the place that used to have a jetty and a rail line linking it to Beaufort and later Papar and Gantisan in Jesselton, build by the British East India Company that had wanted to use Weston as the place to export rubber and other produce but later found the water not deep enough for ships, but the line succeeded in opening up the Interior land up to Tenom and Melalap.

There is no more railway line now and Weston is missed by the road users from the South who travelled to the north to Kota Kinabalu, the State Capital. Weston is just a fishing viallage that has good dried prawns.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Editorial Board Meets

Persatuan Sejarah Malaysia Cawangan Sabah holds its first Editorial Board meeting on April 10, 2010 at its registered office.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Second Storytelling

The second storytelling was done on March 24, 2010 and 'Tagal' was what the students loved most that could inspire them to do their animation.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Kota Kinabalu 2010

Jesselton after 1911 had changed so much. The railway line to Tg Lipat has been replaced by highway, flyovers and traffic lights. 99 years after 1911 saw Jesselton becoming a City that is serviced by an international airport and a Port Hub at Sepanggar.

Only a Hotel called Jesselton Hotel gives us a retro of the old name of Kota Kinabalu named after Mr Jessel, the British Resident.

Storytelling at KYS Animation House

KYS Animation House invited the PSMCS to do a Storytelling on March 2, 2010. PSMCS President, Datuk Hj Light Nanis did the Storytelling to the future animators to inspire them on the legends, stories and history of Sabah. They felt inspired and liked the Storytelling as there are not many people who can do the Storytelling.

A second storytelling session is to be held end of March or early April 2010 as there are requests for more stories and histories to help the future animators do their cartoon.

Jesselton 1911

What is so special about Kota Kinabalu,formerly known as Jesselton in 1911? There used to be a railway line right up to Tg Lipat where the Port now lies from Tenom, a district in the Interior Residency of Sabah, formerly North Borneo.

Kota Kinabalu City old name was Api Api after the Malay word for Fire after the town was burnt by none other than Mat Salleh, the Bajau chieftan and rebel at that time in 1897 including the island fronting Kota Kinabalu called Gaya Island.

1911 saw the reconstruction of Jesselton, some 14 years after tStar Cityhe town was burnt down.

The village that you saw called Kg Air is no more there and there lies Asia City and Star City and of course Kg Air the Town.

Editorial Board To Meet

PSMCS has formed an Editorial Board to consider the publication of the PSMCS Bulletin and a meeting is scheduled on April 2, 2010 at 2.30 pm at the registered office.

Courtesy Call To Dewan Bahasa & Pustaka Sabah

PSMCS made a courtesy call to the Director of Dewan Bahasa & Pustaka Sabah on March 17,2010. On hand to receive the PSMCS President and his Treasurer, Sdr Mansur Asum and Assitant Secretary, Datin Dk Zaleha was the Director, En Zubaidi Abas. DBP Sabah plans to hold a Novel Competition on History and PSMCS is to be invited as member of the Organizing Committee.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Kawang War in 1885

The Kawang War called 'Amok' happened well before Mat Salleh burned down Jesselton on 1897, a time difference of about 12 years in 1885, again the result of a misunderstanding between the local Bajau Community and the British Chartered Company Resident and the Police Chief De Fontaine. 1885 therefore was the earliest time that the local community had risen against the British Chartered Company who had wanted to catch the Murut Chief in Tenom but was unsuccessful.

De Fontaine Memorial

If you drive just a few kilometers south towards Papar from Kota Kinabalu City you will reach a small town called Kawang and there lies the De Fontaine Memorial. De Fontaine was the Police Chief during the British Chartered Company of North Borneo who came with the Resident to catch the Murut Chief in Tenom. They stopped in Kawang to request for 20 additional people which was misunderstood as a form of slavery by the local Bajau Community. What transpired was the fighting between the British police force assisted by the Sikh policemen and the Bajau community and 7 of them were killed. This memorial marked the encounter De Fontaine and entourage with the local community at a site where there was a mango tree.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

UMS School Of Social Science Gets Invite

Persatuan Sejarah Malaysia Cawangan Sabah made the invitation to UMS School Of Social Science to become instituion member and membership is only RM15 per annum, just like the schools membership.

Preserving A Train Station Town

Some of the houses and buildings at Kinarut Town are worth preserving like the 'Kapitan Cina' House or the former Government Department buildings including the former police station. Kinarut Town could be turn into a historical township.

Friday, February 26, 2010

A Town Where The Actress Dtk Maria Manado Used To Perform

Kinarut is a small town in the Papar District. Kinarut is busy on every Saturday when there is a Tamu. It is at this place that you can get river or fresh water fishes like 'Pelian', but they are not cheap selling at RM35/kg. Kinarut started as a Train Station Town and a new Train Station had been completed, just waiting for the new but overdue railway tracks to be completed.

The old wooden shop-houses are still intact and it was in one of these shop-houses that the actress Datuk Maria Man ado used to stay to perform at the cinema which had now been replaced by a Sabah Electricity Building.

UMS and PSMCS consider an MOU

An MOU is in the pipeline to seal the cooperation between the School Of Social Science of UMS and Persatuan Sejarah Malaysia Cawangan Sabah which include programs such as Talks, Seminars, Journal Publication and Historical Projects. The MOU is scheduled to be signed in Q3 of 2010.

Talk on Historical Tourism at UMS

Persatuan Sejarah Malaysia Cawangan Sabah President delivered a Talk on Historical Tourism at the School Of Social Science of the University Malaysia Sabah on February 25, 2010 attended by the Lecturers and undergraduates of History and it was a Talk well received as the topic is something that they had not thought about before especially turning historical sites into income generating products.


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