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One Day In Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu 4-5July09 [1]

Kota Kinabalu 4-5July09 [2]

Kota Kinabalu 4-5July09 [3]

One day in early July 2009, I travelled again to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.  Arrived late afternoon.  After check-in, I saw a beautiful scenery from hotel’s window over looking Pulau Gaya.  The photographs of the scene at dusk and next morning.

Happy Eid Fitri 1430Hijriyah


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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).


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Merotai’s Special Bone Soup


Merotai is another settlement and about 30km away from Tawau.  Merotai is in Kalabakan district.  Economic activites in Merotai are basically agriculture and timber products.  Along the way from Tawau to Merotai, you can see thousand hectares of oil palm estates.  But towards more inland, there are timber products related industries

merotai-sabah2Main road Merotai-Tawau

merotai-sabah4Schools in Merotai

merotai-sabah3Another view of Merotai

merotai-sabah5Grand mosque of Merotai


maskur-special-beef-bone-soup-merotai-2Pak Maskur stall’s selling various type of food, but beef’s bone soup is the main dish and star attraction.  His shop located beside of the main road Merotai-Tawau.

maskur-special-beef-bone-soup-merotai1You would’nt miss this landmark as it located infront of Pak Maskur’s stall in Merotai

The highlight of the visit was to sample ‘special soup’ of Merotai.  My friend insisted that I must have a try, if not my visit will meaningless.  It is beef’s bone soup.  Tasty and delicious.  This small stall operated by Pak Maskur a wellknown person in Merotai due to his special soup.


pulut-panggang-merotai2Pulut or glutinous rice with prawn paste and peanut in fills. It was wrapped with ‘daun palas’ and smoked on charcoal.

beef-bone-soup-merotaiHere it is.  Merotai’s Special Beef’s Bone Soup.


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Lunch in Kunak, Sabah

kunak-sabah-ikan-belais-baronaMy Tawau’s friend told me, this fish name is Belais or Barona.

During my short visit to Kunak, I have the opportunity to sample the freshness of fish over my lunch treat at Restaurant Fook Seng, Kunak.

kunak-sabah-fried-ikan-belaisDeep Fried Ikan Belais  or Barona with soya bean sauce.

The main dish was Ikan Belais (in local dialect) or Barona.  According to my local friend, this fish is called by Chinese community as “Lucky Fish”.  It is very expensive especially during Chinese festive season like Chinese New Year, it will cost you as much as RM100 per kilogram.

kunak-sabah-dear-meet-with-gingerSauted deer meat with ginger

kunak-sabah-fried-taufuFried taufu

I have just simple lunch with deep fried ikan Belais with soya bean sauce (eventough it’s more popular if serves steamed), sauted deer meat with ginger, fried taufu and fish soup and of course with white rice (as we cannot live without it).  Its fresh and only costs us RM38 (about USD12) for four persons.


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Kunak, Sabah


Kunak is a small town located in Tawau Division, east coast of Sabah. It was formerly a sub-district administered under the Lahad Datu District Office, but achieved its status as a full district on 1 June, 1981.

p4010142bPart view of Kunak town

grand-mosque-kunakGrand Mosque of Kunak

Its population was estimated at 48,571 in 2000. The population is mainly Bajau and Bugis.


There is also a sizeable Chinese population, involved in the running of most shops in the town. Many are also landowners who cultivate oil palms.

kunak-road-leading-jettyRoad leading to Kunak Fishing jetty

A jetty is situated about 2 km from the town, in an area named Pengkalan Kunak. A single road lined by wooden shophouses leads to the jetty and wet market.

kunak-fishing-jettyKunak Jetty where most of fishing boats moors

kunak-fishing-jetty2Another view at Kunak Jetty

kunak-fishing-boatsFishing boats at jetty

kunak-fishing-boat2A fishing boat approaching the jetty

kunak-sea-viewA sea view at Kunak.  Indonesian islands at the background 

kunak-community-hallKunak Community Hall 

kunak-hospitalHospital Kunak

In 2002, a 76-bed government hospital was built in the town. At around the same time, a new highway linking Kunak to the town of Semporna was also open.

Danum Valley Conservation Area and Madai Caves are the other popular tourist places that worth to visit beside Mataking Island.


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Kota Kinabalu

pa220480Beautiful scenery near old Jesselton Port in Kota Kinabalu

This is the first time I have visited Kota Kinabalu.  If not because of duty I would not set my foot on the eastern part of the country.  I was in Kota Kinabalu on 21 & 22 October 2008

Kota Kinabalu formerly known as Jesselton, is the capital of Sabah, a state in Malaysia. Kota Kinabalu is located on the northwest coast of the island of Borneo facing the South China Sea and Tunku Abdul Rahman Park on one side, and with Mount Kinabalu in the background. Kota Kinabalu sprawls for kilometers along the coast and towards inland. With an estimated population of 543,765 in the city and 700,000 in the urban area, it is the largest urban centre in Sabah and the sixth largest in Malaysia. 


pa210471View of Kota Kinabalu from the aeroplane 

pa2104721Another aerial view of Kota Kinabalu 

Kota Kinabalu traces its beginning to 1881, as a tiny British settlement on Pulau gaya, the biggest of five islands directly across the bay from present day KK City.  In 1897, Pahlawan Mat Saleh and his men faought and burnt the island settlement.  The Brisitis relocated to the mainland at Kampong Gantisan, a small fishing village.  In 1899, the British named the new settlement ‘Jesselton’ after Sir Charles Jessel, the Vice-Chairman of the British North Borneo Charted Company.

pa210473Beautiful underwater island and its clear water

pa210474View of Kota Kinabalu while the aeroplane approaching the airport 

pa210475Another view from the aeroplane

Kota Kinabalu is named after Mount Kinabalu, situated about 90 kilometres east-northeast of the city. The meaning and origin of the name Kinabalu is uncertain. One theory suggests it means “Chinese widow”, where Kina meaning “Chinese” (person) in Kadazandusun language, and balu meaning “widow” in Malay language.



pa220481Icon of Kota Kinabalu; Wisma Tun Mustapha formerly known as Yayasan Sabah Building

The city’s population today is a mixture of many different races and ethnicities. The city consists of mainly Kadazans, Chinese, Bajaus and Malays. Most of the Chinese people in the city are Hakkas and can be found mainly in the Luyang area. The area of Penampang is populated mainly by Kadazans, while the Bajaus mainly reside in Likas and Sembulan. The people of the city have lived peacefully side by side.  

pa220482New and beautiful building in Kota Kinabalu 

pa220486Another interesting facade view of a building in Jalan Pantai Kota Kinabalu 

pa220485In the city centre, Jalan Pantai 

pa220484New icon, Kota Kinabalu City Mosque at Likas Bay.  It is the biggest mosque in KK can accomodate between 9,000 to 10,000 people

Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI) serves the city of Kota Kinabalu, the state capital of Sabah, Malaysia. It is located about 8 km southwest of the city centre. It is the second busiest airport in Malaysia after Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) with over 4 million passenger movements in 2006 for domestic and international flights

In mid 2005, major renovation and extension of BKI worth RM1.4 billion that will see the present 2,988 m runway extended to 3,780 m and the size of the main airport Terminal 1 building (Terminal 1) increased from 34,000 m2 to 87,000 m2. The new airport terminal building will be able to accommodate four Boeing 747s, one Airbus A330, seven Boeing 737s, three Fokker 50s and three Dorniers at any one time. It will also have 12 jetways for passenger use. The old air traffic control tower which is attached to the main terminal building have been demolished and constructed as stand alone tower.  

pa210478Terminal 1 of Kota Kinabalu International Airport 

Terminal 1 is the main terminal of BKI. It is accessed via Jalan Putatan in Petagas nearby Kepayan. Currently its technical facilities includes 12 gates, 5 airbridges, and 4 baggage claim belts. It has the capacity of handling 2.5 million passenger annually. It also features duty-free shops, other shops, lounges, travel agents, restaurants, and many others. It’s massive renovation and expansion just completed recently 

pa220489View of boarding area at Terminal 1 KKIA

pa220490Interior view of Terminal 1 KKIA 

Terminal 2 used to be the original terminal building of the airport when it was first built. It is accessed via Jalan Mat Salleh in Tanjung Aru and is located on the other side of the runway from Terminal 1. Terminal 2 is really for charter and low cost carrier. Sometime, it is called LCCT. Terminal 2 has recently undergone a major renovation and extension and it re-opened on January 1, 2007 in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2007. It was completed 27 months ahead of schedule. Although it is renovated to serve the low cost carriers, namely AirAsia, it is not a low cost carrier terminal (LCCT) as that of Kuala Lumpur International Airport’s LCCT, as here, other full service airlines may utilize the terminal. It has 26 check-in counters for domestic and international flights and 6 parking bays for B737 and A320 aircraft as well as 7 luggage x-ray machines, a VIP room and 13 immigration counters. The terminal has the capacity to handle 3 million passengers annually. This airport was the second airport to have separation between normal carriers and low cost carrier

pa220491Looking to the aeroplane at parking apron from boarding area