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.