Major repair of the Atkinson Clock Tower

On year 2012, the Sabah State Government via Sabah State Museum decided that it is time for the more than 100 years old Atkinson Memorial Clock Tower is due for repair work.


The last known repair work was done in 2007, but it is not as extensive as the one on 2012. Among the work are the wood frame replacement, roof facade and overall new paint job.


The 111 years old clock tower which survive an Alliance Force bombing during the WW2 also has been the companion of the 50 years old Kota Kinabalu Police Station.


The task to fix the 50ft clock tower not an easy task as special contractors need to understand the tower properly climb up to the roof to inspect the wood and roof in order to replace them.


The carpenter who work on the repair work on the clock tower are Akhili, Alam, Majid and Abdullah. They have work as museum contractors around 10 years and has been involved in past small repair of the clock tower in 2002 and 2007.


Today, the clock tower still look brand new 4 years after the major repair work. It is hope that the government decide to protect and preserved the historical clock tower as a heritage area with no more huge building at it surrounding.

Tanjung Aru Train Workshop Warehouses

Tanjung Aru train station workshop played very important role to ensure all the trains in working condition so that the goods can be properly transported.


The warehouse houses few old trains and coaches for maintenance workshop and storage were empty and run down for many years.


The huge warehouses served as a testimonial for the old rail era where it used to be abuzz with mechanics fixing the trains.


One of the warehouse housed an old unused 1955 Vulcan Foundry 2-6-3 Steam Locomotive series number No 6-014.


There are some newer trains parked at the workshop for maintenance at the other warehouse.


Two different era warehouse, the left believed was built earlier served as the main workshop and the right built later as a storage facilities.



Today, the warehouse is no more there and all workshop operation has been moved to a new site at Kinarut.

The forgotten faces of the Bobohizan

Few years ago, it was an honor to be invited to observed the magavau ritual rehearsal by a group of old bobohizan joined by their apprentices.


The group was led by matriarch Rosenani Sogondun, a keeper of the old practices which she inherited and taken over from her predecessors many years ago.


It is not often one can see bobohizan rehearsal close up because such practices are not encourage since the spread of christian religion among the natives.


It is unsure how long the practices can be preserved and continue because generally the community not really well verse or understand a lot about it to inherit their  knowledge and wisdom.




Open burning at abandoned dry paddy field

It is surreal to able to see an huge open burning with a huge high tension power tower in the background.


The burn struck on an empty paddy field that was abandoned due to months of dry spell along the old Penampang to Papar road.


The smoke was not the problem to the new Pan Borneo highway contractors and the lorry drivers spot drove into the smoke with no regard of their safety and health.


At other spot, the burn seem pretty close to the high tension electrical tower and it is not sure whether there are risk, hazard or interrupt to the power supply delivery.


It was told, the fire started when someone irresponsibly burn a rubbish. Then the fire spread so fast toward the abandoned paddy field. The fireman spotted just monitoring the spread with some attempt to contain the fire locally.


It is amazing to see how the fireman control and isolating the fire burning with their safety uniform in such condition. The dry heat sure really make it harder for them to stop the fire as the water vaporized so quickly.


Few days after these photos was taken, rain gradually started pouring and the long dry spell officially ended when the monsoon wind bring back the cloud to this part of the state.



Tugu Pahlawan Sabah: The forgotten Monument

Among all the war monument in Kota Kinabalu, Tugu Pahlawan is the least known. It was abandoned previously for unknown reason and there is no information or whether it was ever used in any military remembrance ceremony.


The monument dedicated for the state warrior, so rarely known even among the local is located inside a park known Taman Ujana Rimba Tropika or Rainforest Park, beside the State Library and State Archive and can be reached through Jalan Penampang a moment after the city Queen Elizabeth Hospital and State Museum.


The monument look nice with various trees planted around it but it is a bit run down due to lack of maintenance and repair due to the weather element and vandalism where the official Sabah plague is missing.


Not much information about who design the monument such as when it was build,  the concept behind the design. Interestingly, layout of the park is well planned and design and it is an interesting place for a perspective photography.


The pool give a nice reflection to the monument and at the right location you can even capture two of them in a single frame or two.


The half cylindrical arch shape of the monument give a very abstract and modern art feeling where to suggested is the only type in the world, after attempt to search familiar design found nothing as close as it.


It is unknown whether the forest theme is part of the original overall design but as far as people remembered, the monument is standing alone for many years until the trees and plant come and take hold the overall landscape.


Today, this place no longer abandoned space, but a center of activities for sports and leisure. It is sad that such interesting monument, is not getting its deserved attention.