Monument 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.
The crash site now turned into rendezvous place complete with public facilities
Beautiful 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.
Interior of public facilities area
Exterior 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.
Outside of public facilities area also have small fountain and pleasant landscape
Another 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 area not only provided with food courts and facilities but well manicured landscape
The 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.
Monument 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).
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
Main road Merotai-Tawau
Schools in Merotai
Another view of Merotai
Grand mosque of Merotai
Pak 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.
You 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 or glutinous rice with prawn paste and peanut in fills. It was wrapped with ‘daun palas’ and smoked on charcoal.
Here it is. Merotai’s Special Beef’s Bone Soup.
My 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.
Deep 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.
Sauted deer meat with ginger
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.
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.
Part view of Kunak town
Grand 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.
Road 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 Jetty where most of fishing boats moors
Another view at Kunak Jetty
Fishing boats at jetty
A fishing boat approaching the jetty
A sea view at Kunak. Indonesian islands at the background
Kunak Community Hall
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.