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SMBB June 2007 Vol. 76


June 2007 Volume 76

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22nd Sabah Dragon Boat Race

Sandakan Harbour Square Dama Orchestra

INSIDE: Whats New At KadaiKu, Kapalai Island, Eating Out and many more...

ADVISOR YBhg. Dato Seri Tengku Zainal Adlin EDITOR Melissa Leong DESIGNER Trevor Thomson Lam C.W. Whats New At Kadaiku design by Charlieking Padasian PUBLISHER Sabah Tourism Board 51 Gaya Street, 88000 Kota Kinabalu TRANSLATORS Chin Yen Sang (Chinese) Rie Harada (Japanese) Emzee Lee (Korean) Cover photo by Lim Sheng Haw, Sabah Tourism Board DESIGNED & PRINTED BY

Contents2 3 Calendar of Events Feature PersonalityDH Robinson

Inna Kinabalu Sdn Bhd(Publisher of The New Sabah Times) Jalan Pusat Pembangunan Masyarakat, Sembulan 88100 Kota Kinabalu Ever y ef for t has been made to ensure that the information is correct at the time of publication. The publisher cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies, omissions and alterations which may occur as a result of last minute changes. No par t of this magazine may be reproduced without the written permission of the Sabah Tourism Board.


Happenings & HighlightsDama Orchestra 22nd Sabah Dragon Boat Race Mataking Reef Day 3rd MAH Environmental Week Vocal Recital With Tan Sim Sim & PIanist Genevieve Wong Launching of Sandakan Festival AFC U13 Festival of Football

EditorialTime flies when youre having fun, they say. I mustve been having a ball of a time: I hardly realized half a year has gone by. My days are jampacked with things to do, places to see and people to meet looks like life in Sabah isnt as laid-back as many perceive it to be. However, to me being busy is a blessing rather than a chore. In June, our events are on a roll, starting with the Launch of Sandakan Festival on the 2nd. Sandakan, which was once known as Little Hong Kong, is also the gateway to Borneos wildlife and a city rich with history. I love visiting the wilderness of Sukau and the world-famous Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre never bores me. I urge anyone to visit the home of writer Agnes Keith (who coined the term Land Below The Wind) when in Sandakan to discover more about her time in Borneo. Without a doubt, Sandakan is a booming township and with the establishment of Sandakan Harbour Square along the coast, many anticipate the return of Little Hong Kong. Read about this grand project in this months Feature page (p.10). Other events happening this month are the much-anticipated Sabah Dragon Boat Race which enters its 22nd year (p.4) and the return of Malaysias award-winning Dama Orchestra (p.4). Once again, Dama hits the shores of Tawau and Sandakan, accompanied by the vocal


Eating OutImperial Bayview Restaurant 1 Delight


Places of InterestKapalai Island


Places of InterestBalung Eco Resort


FeatureSandakan Harbour Square

talents of soprano Tan Soo Suan and baritone Liau Siau Suan. A world-class musical performance that you simply cannot miss! Football more your thing? Check out young talents in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-13 Festival of Football coming your way. Check out the details in our Happenings section. This month, why not visit the tamu? This weekly market is a great way to see Sabahan folks go about their daily dealings. You might even walk home with a great bargain! View our list of tamu on page 25. Theres never a dull moment in Sabah. Just look in the right places and we promise you an unforgettable moment waiting to be discovered. May your days be fun-filled and stress-free. Jumpa lagi!


Through The LensWonderfully Wild!


CultureThe Kulintangan


Whats New at KadaikuSabah Souvenirs & Handicrafts

16 18 20 22 24 25

Bahasa Malaysia Section Chinese Section Japanese Section Korean Section Directory Listings Sabah Map & Listings A Trip To The Tamu

Melissa Leong Editor



Known as the Gateway to Borneos Wildlife, Sandakan will be hosting its own programme of activities and celebrations in their week-long festival. A great time to explore Sandakans sights namely the world-renowned Sepilok Orang Utan and the Kinabatangan River. Organiser: Sandakan Municipal Council For furher info: Catherin Chua Tel: +60 89 229751, 275400 Fax: +60 89 222964 Email:

Organiser:Mataking Reef Dive Resort For further info: Sophia Sie (Executive Director) Tel: +60 89 770022 Fax: +60 89 770023 Email:

ASIAN FEDERATION OF FOOTBALL (AFC) UNDER-13 FESTIVAL 4-10 JUNE 2007Calling football fans! Come and watch young Asian football talents compete in the Asian Federation of Football (AFC) Under-13 Festival this June. Held at the Likas Sports Complex and Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) grounds in Kota Kinabalu, the event will see the participation of teams from around Asia. Malaysia is one of the four regional venues which will play host to this prestigious event. Organiser: Asian Federation of Football (AFC) For further info: Ministry of Youth & Sports Sabah Tel: +60 88 287 555 / 287566


Sutera Harbour Resort SUTERA HARBOUR JUNIOR AMATEUR OPEN 2007 15 16 JUNE 2007

SENDAIT RIA: 50 HOURS NON-STOP OF TRADITIONAL SABAH FOLK SONGS 8-10 JUNE 2007Come and witness a Malaysia Book of Records moment in the making! The Sendait Ria will feature 50-hours non-stop of traditional Sabah folk songs from various ethnic groups including the Kadazandusun, Lundayeh, Rungus, Bajau, Suluk, Bisaya and Brunei to name a few. Organised by the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka Cawangan Sabah (DBPCS), the event will take place in the district of Pitas beginning 8 June at 3:30pm and end the following day at 5:30pm. More than 100 songs in 20 languages will be performed so dont miss this once in a lifetime event! Organiser: Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka Cawangan Sabah (DBPCS) For further info: Abdul Nassir Said Cliff Akid Kamijan Abdullah Tel: +60 88 439 653 E-mail /

Open to boys and girls aged 21 and below (a handicap of 18 below to qualify for A1 Boys Category and 24 below to qualify for Boys Category). The girls are required to have a handicap of 36 to qualify for the tournament. Organiser: Sutera Harbour Golf Club For further info: Communications Department Tel: +60 88 318888 Fax: +60 88 303338

A traditional Chinese festival that envolved from myths and legend, that has grown into one of the main highlights of the year. This exciting race has attracted many teams from as far as Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, China, Brunei and Indonesia. Organisers: Sabah Tourism Board Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd Sabah Chinese Culture Association For further info: Zachary S. Mobijohn Tel: +60 88 232121, 260431, 212121 Fax: +60 88 265540 Email:


Join in the gotong-royong (clean-up) activities and other environment-related projects during this weeklong event. On the 23rd of June, test your raft-making skills during the Raft Building and Rafting Competition, also organized by MAH (Sabah/Labuan Chapter). Organiser: Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH), Sabah/Labuan Chapter For further info: Tulip Noorazyze Tel: +60 88 293852 Email:


VOCAL RECITAL BY TAN SIN SIM WITH PIANIST GENEVIENE WONG 16 JUNE 2007The Kota Kinabalu Music Society proudly presents a one-night only vocal recital with Malaysian soprano, Tan Sin Sim, accompanied by Geneviene Wong on the piano. The concert will take place at the Yayasan Sabah Mini Auditorium. Tickets are available at Pang Pianos (+6088-266670) and Music Mart (+6088232629) Dont miss this musical treat! Organiser: Kota Kinabalu Music Society For further info: Helen Tseu Tel: +60 88-437322 Email: Website:

Come and enjoy a thrilling performance of Malaysias award-winning Dama Orchestra, dubbed as the ambassador of Malaysias Chinese Traditional Music. An outstanding musical performance that should not be missed! Organiser: Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd For further info: Susan Shahira Tel: +60 88 232121 Fax: +60 88 265540 Email:

Mataking Reef Dive Resort MATAKING REEF DAY 9 JUNE 2007


The Reef Dive Resort at Mataking Island, a 45-minutes boat ride away from Semporna, has dedicated this time of the year to carry out continuous conservation activities to save the reefs. A marine expert and specially-trained PADI Dive Masters and Instructors will assist the divers in all aspects of the event.

This event is held to foster unity and encourage farmers to cultivate local produce such as hill rice (padi bukit). Organiser: Persatuan Petani dan Penternak Bumiputra Sabah (PETANAH) For further info: Gaibin Ransoi Tel: +60 88 499157, 016 8133156 Fax: +60 88 499157 Email:

Feature Presonality



.H. Robinson is anything but mild. Born in 1917 in Woodford, Essex, Robinson is now 90 but his lust for travel and adventure has not waned. He tells his stories best in his books Mild Man in Borneo and the sequel, Mild Man Goes North (A Tale of Old Sabah). Robinson was recently in Kota Kinabalu for the launching of Mild Man Goes North, and his enthusiasm for his publication was infectious. The book tells of his time in Sabah, where he was engaged in road and construction works for several years. His stories are sprinkled with humour and dry wit, told in a nonchalant manner that makes the reader feel as if Robinson was sitting across the table relating the story himself. His attention to detail is commendable, as are his description of the many colourful characters who crossed his path during his time in Borneo. The book also features several black and white photos of old Sabah, including the famous Gaya Street in Kota Kinabalu and the Sandakan Fish Market. Although it has been years since he left Borneo for good, Robinson always seems to find his way back. For the last 9 years particularly, I have been coming back to Borneo to avoid the winter, says Robinson, who now resides in a cottage in southwest France. His trips last for approximately 2 3 weeks at a time. Sabah holds many memories for him, including the birth of his twins on 10 September 1962. It was my children who

inspired me to write my stories, he says, adding that the books are a way of letting his children know what hes been up to. But writing his memoirs was no easy feat. The first book (Mild Man in Borneo) which talks about both Sabah and Sarawak where I was stationed for several years, took 15 years to complete! he confessed. However, the sequel took only 2 years to compile and complete. Although decades have passed since he lived in this part of the world, Robinson is in touch with many of his friends here and is surprised at how many people still remember this Orang Putih! I was in Kuching recently and an Indian man came up to me. At first, I completely did not remember him but I was amazed that after 40 years, he could still recognize me, he laughs. So apart from escaping the harsh winters of the northern hemisphere, what makes Robinson a frequent visitor to Borneo? I love the people, he immediately replies. The people of Sabah are so likeable and friendly Its hard not to love them! Anything else? The girls. he concludes, with a twinkle in his eye, The ladies here are so good looking! Robinsons books are a great way to step back in time to explore the charm of old Sabah but in the heart and mind of D.H. Robinson, his love affair with Borneo is timeless.


Happenings & Highlights

Dama Orchestra Concerts 21 June (Sandakan), 23 June (Tawau)


Sabah Tourism

he Dama Orchestra, Malaysias award-winning traditional Chinese musical ensemble, will hit Sabah shores this month. This year, let them serenade you with songs of musical legends P. Ramlee, Saloma and Teresa Teng. Performing with the Dama Orchestra is songbird Tan Soo Suan and baritone Liau Siau Suan, who will mesmerize you with their outstanding vocals complemented by unrivalled dramatic flair in this one-night-only concert which will take place in Sandakan and Tawau. With sold-out performances in worldwide venues, the Dama Orchestra has carved a name in the industry as the ambassador of Malaysias traditional Chinese music. Come and witness Sabahs most anticipated musical event of the year. For ticket inquiries or further details, please contact Susan Shahira of Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn. Bhd. at telephone no. 088-232121 or e-mail

Sabah Tourism

22nd Sabah Dragon Boat Race, 17 June


ts back! The annual Sabah Dragon Boat Race enters its 22nd year, promising an exciting event at Likas Bay, Kota Kinabalu, where top local and international teams will paddle their way to the finish line to the beat of the Chinese drum. With six trophies up for grabs, the event has drawn teams from around the world including Australia, Japan, China, Indonesia and Brunei. Traditionally held on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, the Dragon Boat Race is held in conjunction with the Duanwu Festival, a time to honour the spirit of the dragon, which represents unity and working together as a team

for one common purpose. The Dragon Boat Race is also an event full of tradition and custom, with the offering of rice dumplings into the sea before the start of the race and the awakening of the dragon boats by marking their eyes with dots days before the race. Dont miss this fantastic event! Closing date for registration is 13 June 2007. For further details, please contact Zachary Mobijohn of Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn. Bhd. at 088-232121, e-mail or visit the website at

Happenings & Highlights

53rd Environmental Week 1623 June


Mataking Reef Day, 9 June


ome and be part of dedicated conservation efforts during the Mataking Reef Day this month. The Reef Dive Resort in Mataking, located some 45 minutes by boat from Semporna, has invited secondary school students from Tawau and their teachers to visit the island and participate in a clean-up session. Participants will also be treated to an educational talk on the damage caused by littering. Non-divers and children can participate in the beach clean-up, while divers will collect rubbish from the reefs underwater. The group who collect the most rubbish will win a prize, and a special award will be given to the strangest item found during the clean-up! This and many other fun activities have been lined-up in conjunction with Mataking Reef Day. Make your way to Mataking this June and do your part for Mother Nature.

he Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) (Sabah Chapter subcommittee on Safety, Security & Environment) will be organizing the 3r...