Monument Double Six, Sembulan, Kota Kinabalu

Monument Double Six Kota KinabaluMonument Double Six, Sembulan, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

In the tragedy which occurs at 3:50pm, Jun 6, 1976, Sabah Air aircraft, Nomad, an Australia made aircraft was fell into the sea on the beach of Sembulan, Kota Kinabalu, and claimed the life of Sabah’s first and fifth Chief Minister Tun Muhammad Fuad Donald Stephens.

Monument Double Six View4The crash site now turned into rendezvous place complete with public facilities

Mounment Double Six Kota Kinabalu View5Beautiful architecture design of food courts

Stephens, from Papar and Tambunan, who is also known as Hoguan Siou (Great Leader) of Kadazan-Dusun, the largest tribe in Sabah Bumiputera, is the Father Independence of Sabah.

Stephens has become the first Chief Minister of Sabah from 1963 to 1964, when it, he is leading the United National Kadazan Organization (UNKO). In 1973 to 1975, he has become the third Yang Dipertua Negeri Sabah. Stephens is the first Yang Dipertua Negeri Sabah of the Kadazan-Dusun tribe. Then, once again elected as fifth Chief Minister of Sabah in 1976 and was only held that position for 44 days before died in the tragedy.

Monument 66 Kota Kinabalu Eco ToiletInterior of public facilities area

Monument 66 Kota Kinabalu Toilet ExteriorExterior of the public facilities place

Those died in the tragic tragedy were:

Minister of Local Government Sabah Datuk Peter Mojuntin
Minister of Transport and Public Works Sabah Datuk Chong Thian Vun
Finance Minister of Sabah Datuk Salleh Sulong
Assistant Minister to Deputy Chief Minister, Darius Binion
Secretary to Finance Ministry of Sabah Wahid Peter Andu
Permanent Secretary of Sabah Economic Planning Unit Syed Hussein Wafa
Private Secretary to Petronas former President and former Finance Minister of Malaysia Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, Encik Ishak Atan
Bodyguard to Stephens, Corporal Mohamad Said
Aircraft’s Pilot, Captain Gandhi J. Nathan, and
Stephens foster son, Johari John Stephens.

Monument 66 Kota Kinabalu Toilet LandscapeOutside of public facilities area also have small fountain and pleasant landscape

Monument 66 Kota Kinabalu View1Another evening view at Monument Double Six

The 6-seater aircraft crashed near the Kampung Air Sembulan the adjacent to State Mosque of Sabah and Kota Kinabalu Airport, located 2 km from the crash site. Kampung Air Sembulan now has been developed into modern housing.

The rescue teams comprise of Police, Army and Fire Units, only found the corpses of the passengers except Mojuntin whom only suffered injury at the back of his head .

At that time, leaders of Sabah were welcome Tengku Razaleigh’s official visit to Sabah. The visit began in Labuan. In the fated evening at 3.30pm, two Sabah Air aircrafts have been flown entourage Razaleigh and Stephens from Labuan and returning to Kota Kinabalu.

Monument 66 Kota Kinabalu View2Monument area not only provided with food courts and facilities but well manicured landscape

Monument Double Six View3The crash site and its surroundsing now have been developed into residential area

In the early morning before the incident, Stephens was attended to the walk competition in Kota Kinabalu. Stephen then catched on the 10am plane to Labuan.

Razaleigh and Kitingan scheduled to fly in the same aircraft with Stephens but Stephens has decided Kitingan to swap with Mojuntion whom escort of Harris in the second plane. Harris has flown together with Kitingan and Razaleigh in the second plane, with the approval Stephens.

Stephens was buried at the Warrior Mausoleum in The State Mosque of Sabah. Stephens was the first Chief Minister and Yang Dipertua Negeri of Sabah buried in the Mosque’s Warrior Mausoleum.

Tugu Peringatan Double Six Kota KinabaluMonument Double Six was erected in the rememberance of Tun Stephens and others whom died in the aeroplane crash.  Another unfold  history of tragedy.

In 1976, the then Chief Minister of Sabah, Harris Salleh has directed the erection of Monument Double Six at the crashed site.

Monument Double Six located at Sembulan, approximately 10 minutes from Kota Kinabalu city. Across the road is Sutera Harbour resort; one of the luxurious sea view resort in Kota Kinabalu.

How To Go There.
Taxi fare from the city of Kota Kinabalu is RM15 (single journey). You can also get bus number 17B (which is written route to Putatan) from bus station at Plaza Wawasan which cost you RM1.50 (single journey).



  1. Hi Mamadou, thanks for the reply, I actually finished drafting and published but in the end I edited some parts as I do not want to be too close to the political things hahaha, I did use some of your facts…and your name as well as the link to your website/blog is clearly stated in the references at the end of my post in APA format citation, thanks mate for the approval


  2. Hi Lan.

    Thank you for drop by and having interest on my writing. I have no objection on your request provided giving me due credit where possible.

    Thank you

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  3. Hi Mamadou
    My name is Lan and I have this newly published blog . The blog is about Sabah. I am doing a research on this topic, about the Double Six Monument. I am asking for a permission to use some of your facts in my writing. Will not be using the images though as I will be using my own images. But please allow me to use the facts that you relayed in your writing. Will mention your name and your site as well. Currently still under draft and will let you know soon as I publish it. Thank you sir!! my email is


  4. Dear Rod.

    I am just a plain traveler. Last year I was happen visited Kota Kinabalu and one of my friend brought me to this place, Monument Double Six, to have a cup of coffee at the cafetaria nearby. I am not related to anyone from Stephen’s family.



  5. Hi Mamadou,
    Thanks for allowing me to post.
    May I ask what youtr connection with the Stephen family?


  6. I was happen in this area during progressing to build up the park; this project is Joint venture community project with the sutera harbour Resort and Dbkk. I am not impressive by the finical of money contribution of the two agency, but the Man Made park deliver by the person which is picking by the old classic method to transfer the pictures from paper to the land tables that what was we stand now and for the rest of 20 years in future. I been honor had an opportunity interview this person, who responsible the process of building, But due to respects his request, publishing the story nor put in my blog will not happened, the remain story of rebirthing the GRACE PARK now known as Grace Point lay down in my Lap top, it will stay still there for the past 3 years. My mind kept asking me to dig more story about the process of the park. I was there for history not for the process actually. But at that time everything is changes. Short story of the person, He was a pick hand by The Higher level Person from Sutera Harbour to complete the task, by thru classic method the base on his birth day on 7.6.1966, blended with his experience, I Sluts this person. I meat this person on December 18, 2006, with his sense of humor, he promise me that the project will complete by end of May 31, 2007, took only 5 month instead of one year, very optimistic.
    I been invited to be part of the first ceremony on the 6.6.2007, the 5 month completing the story was forgotten, it surprising me that the changing face of the piece of land was abandon nearly 30 Years change within 5 months and I am very2 speechless, as a free lance Reporter to cover the ceremony for the history purpose and record, I publish the story under the heading “Tears After 30 Years” end up by controversy heading and it was banned.
    I manage to meet the person and offer a shake hand with words “happy Birthday and well done Job”. His birthday will be the day after the ceremony. I feel lucky has been chosen to share the story what was not always happen to the people. I still have the construction picture.
    Until now I fail to meet the person, I really appreciate if could anybody lead me to get his contact or information, the Person Name is David Tion.


  7. Now there is a gallery for the people who perished and public got one month to see that FOC and after small charges are made..


  8. I happened to come across this site which vividly brought back my memories of my close friend Johari, Ambassador Stephens and the rest of the family many years ago in Canberra and also during a visit the Stephens family made to England several years prior to this terrible incident. I really appreciated being able to view the pictures provided here. If I am ever able to visit Sabah, I certainly will visit the beautiful monument. Johari threw a very wonderful going away party for me at the Malaysian Embassy when I left Canberra (also attended by Rod Camage who writes above, and whom I have lost track of over the years). Even after all this time, it is with fond memories and great sadness that I remember Johari. I really thank you for creating this site.


  9. Johari (John) was a very good friend of mine in Canberra Australia.John would pick up my LOTUS car and wash it for me when I was too lazy .I used to send him parts for his Holden Monary car that he took back to KK.
    Fond memories of his 21st birthday.


  10. What a shame??I don’t even know about this Monument 🙂
    Thanks for sharing & I enjoy stopping by your blog.
    Have a wonderful weekend.


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