Sabah Malaysian Borneo July 2007

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SMBB July 2007 Vol. 77


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 of Kapalai by Julian Lee, Sabah Tourism DESIGNED & PRINTED BY

Contents2 3 Calendar of Events Happenings & HighlightsPesta Rumbia Sutera Harbour 7K Sunset Charity Run 1,000 Mega Concert For Peace Pesta Gambus GATA Festival Sipitang 2007 Agnes Keith Day Tuaran Cultural Carnival KK Jazz Festival

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.


Eating OutAtlantis Bistro Spice Garden Restaurant, Sandakan

Editorialfriend visiting Sabah for the first time asked me once, So besides the islands, mountain and seeing the Orang Utan, is there anything else much to do around here? What a million-dollar question! It inspired this months feature, Sabah - Everything for Everyone! (p.10) and hopefully answers the question of my lessinformed friend. If you look beyond the beaches and green canopies, youll find that Sabah is a treasure cove of experiences waiting to be discovered. Be it a great night out in KK City or a satisfying shopping spree, its all right here in Sabah. July is also a month jam-packed with events. Worth catching is the Pesta Gambus or Lute Festival which takes place in the district of Papar (p.4), which celebrates the stringed instrument of the Brunei-Malay community. In Kuala Penyu, the annual Sago Fest or Pesta Rumbia will be taking place fomr the 6th to the 8th of July (p.3). Plenty of hands on activities for visitors to enjoy, including traditional roof-making and for the more adventurous, a taste of a live sago worm! On a more cultural note, learn more about the origin of the Kadazandusun people during the


Spa EssentialsCres Moment



Places of InterestMabul Island


Places of InterestTabin Wildlife Reserve


FeatureSabah - Everything for Everyone


Through The LensCrafts of Sabah


CultureTamadak Dance of the Bongi People


Whats New at KadaikuSabah Souvenirs & Handicrafts

Nunuk Ragang ceremony in Kg. Tompios, Ranau. Theres also a new spa in town! Cres Moment is located at Warisan Square and is featured in this months Spa Essentials (p.7). So are you ready to have an unforgettable holiday in Sabah? We hope this magazine will give you more ideas on what to do and where to go during your time here. Jumpa lagi!

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Bahasa Malaysia Section Chinese Section Japanese Section Korean Section Directory Listings Sabah Map & Listings Agnes Keith House

Melissa Leong Editor


Pesta Rumbia (Sago Fest) 6 8 July 2007Tha annual Sago Fest is held to highlight the district of Kuala Penyu and the traditional use of sago palm. Look out for activities such as the colourful performances by the Dusun Tatana and Bisaya communities of Kuala Penyu, sample local fruits, witness the rumbia atap (roof) making demonstration and competition, traditional sago processing display and many more. Organiser: Kuala Penyu District For further info: Hasbi Abdul Ghaffar / Leonard S. Poyong Tel: +60 87 884751 Fax: +60 87 884229 Email: / For further info: Datuk Haji Yusof bin Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Mohd. Kassim Tel: +60 88 215732 Fax: +60 88 214281 Email:

Tuaran Cultural Carnival & Tamu Besar 7--8 JulyMake your way to the district of Tuaran this month for the Tuaran Cultural Carnival. Meet the friendly local folks while learning more about their fascinating culture through a celebration of music, dance, handicraft exhibition and traditional sports and games at the Tuaran Town Field. Organiser: Sabah Cultural Board For further info: Mackey Apison / Jeffry Teo Tel: +60 88 268812, 268789 Fax: +60 88 264235 Email:

The Farmers. Breeders and Fishermens Day 2007 26-29July 2007For the 8th consecutive year, this event aims to give due recognition to farmers, breeders and fishermens contribution to the food industry and agriculture development in the state. This is the perfect time to discover most of the local products from food and fruits, to livestock at its best! The event will take place at the Tamu KPD site from 8am till evening. Organiser: Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry For further info: Puan Jainah Markum Tel: +60 88 283686 Fax: +60 88 261742 Email:

Comic and Cartoon Exhibition 12 July 6 August 2007Come and see a humourous outlook on the daily life of Sabahans through the Comic and Cartoon Exhibition this month at the Sabah Art Gallery. Featuring some of Sabahs very own talents, another exhibition organized by the Gallery you wont want to miss. Organiser: Sabah Art Gallery For further info: Datuk Mohd. Yaman Hj. Ahmad Mus Tel: +60 88 268875 Fax: +60 88 210040 Email:

Agnes Keith Day 27 JulyThe birthday of writer Agnes Keith, who coined the term Land below the Wind, will be commemorated this month at the Agnes Keith House in Sandakan. The event will also see the launching of a book on Agnes Keith by Sabah Museum. Be sure to take the opportunity to visit the historical home of this legendary writer and learn more about her adventures during her time in Borneo. Organiser: Sabah Museum / Sandakan Municipal Council For further info: Stella Moo / Catherin Chua Tel: +60 88 253199 / 089-224026 Fax: +60 88 222798 E-mail:

Pesta Rumbia Nunuk Ragang Annual Visit 6 7 July 2007Tha annual visit to the Nunuk Ragang monument in Kg. Tompios, Ranau is to commemorate the origin of the Kadazandusuns first settlement before they spread to other parts of Sabah. A blessing ceremony will be performed by the Bobolians or traditional priests / priestesses followed by activities such as cultural performances, open market or tamu, exhibition on Kadazandusun culture and merry-making. Organiser: KDCA Nunuk Ragang Visit Committee For further info: Dr. Othman Minuddin Tel: +60 88 713696, 019 8828817 Fax: +60 88 713350, 238751 Email:

1,000 Voices Mega Concert For Peace 15 July 2007Join some 1,000 choir members as they lend their musical talents in the name of peace and charity this July at the Likas Football Stadium on 15 July from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm. Jointly organised by the Adventist Development Foundation (ADF) and the Adventist Laymens Services and Industry (ALSI), the concert will feature performances of various choir groups and artistes including the Golden Angel from South Korea and the Ambassador of the award-winning choir from Adventist University of the Philippines. Organiser: Adventist Development Foundation (ADF) The Adventist Laymens Services and Industry (ALSI), For further info: Dr. Saiman bin Sandah Datuk Joniston Bangkuai Patrick Choo Noriah Palalun Tel: +6017-811 1355 / 012 802 1023 / 019 8808168 / 013 866 7621 / Email: or

Hari Pahlawan 31 July 2007This day commemorates Malaysia, Australian, British and New Zealand soldiers, past and present, for their bravery and noble work in protecting the nation during the war. It is a day to remember those who died at battle with laying wreaths at memorials in Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan. Organisers: Kota Kinabalu City Hall Sandakan Municipal Council For further info: Elizabeth Borubui / Catherine Chua Tel: +60 88 521800, +60 89 224026 Fax: +60 88316137, 089 272112 Email: /

Sutera Harbour Senior Amateur Open 2007 21 22 July 2007 Sutera Harbour 7K Sunset Charity Run Sutera Harbour 7K Sunset Charity Run 2007 7 July 2007This is a fun way to raise funds for the needy. There will be no prize awarded to winners of the run, but runners who complete the 7K routes within 77 minutes will qualify for the main lucky draw. This is a fun event where the whole family can participate in various activities held in conjunction with the run, such as lucky draws, and enjoy live entertainment during the finale. There will also be food and game stalls for all. Organiser: Sutera Harbour Resort For further info: Communications Department Tel: +60 88 318888 ext 3341 Fax: +60 88 303338 Email: The Championship is open to all amateur senior golfers with a handicap index of 23.8 and below. Senior players must be above the age of 50 as of 1st July 2007. Organiser: Sutera Harbour Golf Club For further info:Communications Department Tel: +60 88 318888 ext 3341 Fax: +60 88 303338 Email:

Pesta Gambus 2007 28 29 July 2007The Gambus (lute) is one of the oldest stringed musical instruments made by the Brunei-Malay community in the West Coast of Sabah. It is normally played with other musical instruments such as violin, rebana, flute (suling and seruling) during joyous celebrations of this community. Join the folks of Papar as they celebrate the Gambus with a myriad of events during this two days celebration. Organiser: Persatuan Masyarakat Brunei Sabah

Happenings & Highlights



Pesta Rumbia (Sago Fest), 6-8 JulySabah Tourism

uala Penyu comes alive with merriment and festivities as it celebrates the 17th Sago Palm Festival from 68 July. Enjoy a leisurely 2-hour drive from Kota Kinabalu to witness this unique event, celebrating the many uses of the sago palm and its significance to the community. The Sago Palm Festival, also known as Pesta Rumbia, highlights many attractions of the district as well as the traditional uses of sago palm. Among the interesting events lined up for the festival are singing competitions (for children, adults and veterans) as well as a demonstration on how sago palms are processed. The crowning of the Pesta Rumbia Beauty Queen marks the grand finale. This year, you will also be able to see the largest tekiding (handwoven basket used to carry farm produce), entered into the Malaysian Book of Records. Rumbia, scientifically known as Metroxylon sagus or Metroxylon rumphii is a member of the Palmae (palm) family. It is grows abundantly in Kuala Penyu and the surrounding districts of Beaufort and Papar and is locally known as ambuyut. All parts of the sago palm can be used, including the leaves (as roofing materials) and its branches (locally known as kumbar) for making house walls. A Rumbia Information Centre is located at Kampung Kasugira in Kuala Penyu, complete with exhibitions and handicraft displays as well as a demonstration of the making of sago delicacies. For more information, please contact the District Officer of Kuala Penyu Hasbi Abdul Ghaffar or Leonard S. Poyong at 087-884364. E-mail or


Launching of Rhododenrons of Sabah, Natural History Publications latest bookatural History Publications latest book, Rhododendrons of Sabah, was recently launched at Hyatt Regency Kinabalu. The book is a product of the years of research and fieldwork on the Rhododendrons found in Sabah by the authors George Argent, Anthony Lamb and Anthea Phillipps. Launching the book was Tan Sri Datuk Chong Kah Kiat, accompanied by Datuk CL Chan of Natural History Publications. The book is available for purchase at Kadaiku and selected bookstores in Kota Kinabalu.

1,000 Voices Mega Concert For Peace, 15 Julysome 1,000 choir members as they lend talents in the Joinpm of peace this July at the Likas Footballtheir musicalDevelopment name Stadium on 15 July from 6:30 to 10:00 pm. Jointly organised by the Adventist Foundation (ADF) and the Adventist Laymens Services and Industry (ALSI), the concert will feature performances of various choir groups and artistes including the Golden Angel from South Korea and the Ambassador of the award-winning choir from Adventist University of the Philippines. The event is also to raise funds for several charitable organisations including the SOS Sabah Heart Fund, Sabah Kidney Foundation and Sabah Society for the Blind. Tickets are priced at RM20, RM50, RM80, RM100 and RM200. For more information, please contact the Organising Chairman, Dr. Saiman bin Sandah at 017-811 1355, Datuk Joniston Bangkuai at 012 802 1023, Patrick Choo at 019 8808168 or Noriah Palalun at 013 866 7621. E-mail or

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Tuaran Cultural Carnival, 7-8 JulyVisit the district of Tuaran this month to witness the Tuaran Cultural Carnival. On 7 July, the fun begins at 9 am with an array of activities including the sale and exhibition of locally produced handicraft, a concert with Suria FM and a display of traditional sports at the Tuaran Town Field. In the evening, be entertained by colourful cultural performances. On the second day at 9 am, witness a mock wedding ceremony of the Lotud people, one of the main ethnic tribes of Tuaran.

Getting thereTuaran is only 40 minutes by car from KK City. Take a bus from the bus station in front of Wawasan Plaza for RM3.00 per person one way. Be sure to communicate with the bus driver to indicate your drop-off point. The drop-off point is usually also the pick-up point for your return journey. Buses run from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Pesta Gambus, 2829 JulyThe Gambus, a traditional lute, is one of the oldest stringed musical instruments made by the Brunei-Malay community in Sabah. Make your way to the rice bowl of Sabah, Papar (a 40-minute drive south from Kota Kinabalu city) to celebrate this age-old instrument and its significance in the Brunei-Malay community. Enjoy musical performances highlighting the gambus, a display of silat (a traditional martial art), a fascinating Brunei-Malay mock wedding display and a chance to witness a demonstration of local cake and cookie making. You wont want to miss a fantastic performance by the first ever Gambus Orchestra. The recently formed Orchestra comprises 60 talented Gambus players from Papar, Bongawan, Kimanis, Sipitang and Weston. The Gambus is a traditional musical instrument of the Brunei-Malay community who reside in the West Coast districts of Sabah. The all-male Gambus Orchestra will be joined by the outstanding musical talents of Fauziah Suhaili of Bongawan, who was crowned champion of the 2006 Gambus Fest (Pesta Gambus) Female Solo Performance Competition. There will also be a handicraft booth featuring craft-making demonstrations. Another wonderful festival celebrating the rich heritage of one...