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Tamparuli Sabah - A place to visit

Tamparuli Sabah was known as an old town rich with cultural value and fascinating places. The town located in the middle of Tuaran District, 36KM from the main city of Kota Kinabalu, easy to be found and a lot of surprises waiting for the visitors. The visitor will be fascinated with The Extreme Para Gliding Sport, The legendary of “Bukit Perahu”, Hatob-hatob Waterfall, Hanging Bridge and The Old Suspension Bridge Made by the British in the early 50s, The one and only "The Upside House Of Borneo" and Chantek Borneo Gallery if you visit Tamparuli Sabah. ( Please read more inside this website). For local tourist who likes to travel outside Malaysia, you can e-mail to D7tours and Travel Co through Harry.george@gmail.com. For International tourist who wish to visit Sabah The Land Below The Wind, you can e-mail or call to our correspondent travel agency:

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Recipes That Give Kids A Break from the Heat

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Take a break for a while...

Ingredients:

Mandrin Lime
Sugar
A little bit salt
Honey
Milk
Creamer


Edited By: Harry George





Slices of fresh banana are frozen inside these cool strawberry pops.

Ingredients:
1 cup strawberry juice
3 oz. plain yogurt
1 1/2 oz. honey
1 large banana, cut into 1/8-inch rounds

Directions:
In a bowl, whisk together the strawberry juice, yogurt and honey until the honey is dissolved. 

Prepare an ice pop mold according to the manufacturer’s instructions. For 2-oz. pops, place about 5 banana slices along the sides of each slot, then insert the sticks. Slowly pour about 1 1/2 fl. oz. of the juice mixture into each slot, reaching just to the fill line. Tap the pop mold on the countertop to release any air bubbles. Freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions until the mixture is solid, 7 to 20 minutes. To test, insert a toothpick near a stick. 

Remove the ice pops from the mold according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Repeat to make the remaining ice pops. Makes six 2-oz. pops.

Williams-Sonoma Kitchen.

Happy Independence Day for Malaya (55 Years) and Sabah (49 Years).


Great wishes for Malaya Independence Day celebrated for the 55 anniversary today. The so-called Malaya got her Independence from the British Government on 31st August 1957 after being colonized more than one hundred years  under The mighty British Empire. The Malaya or Tanah Melayu, have been through with two world war, the emergency (Darurat Tanah Melayu) which claimed thousands of lives and the non popular racist uprising in May 1969. Maybe you all in a question mark now, why I wrote Malaya not Malaysia? For the sake of a truly information, Malaysia was formed on 16 September 1963 and Malaysia should celebrated the so-called Independence Day on 16 September each year. Only Malaya celebrated Independence Day on 31 August each year. Did you know that Sabah North Borneo gain it independence on 31 August 1963? sixteen days before joining the Malaya, Singapore and Sarawak to form Malaysia. Well, Sabah share the same date with Malaya for Independence Day anniversary. Now the big issue... Why 31 August not 16 September? 

There is no big problem if the government wants to celebrate the 31 August as the Independence Day for Malaysia but at least please don't misinterpretation the people. As a suggestion from a humble person, It is not hard to celebrate three Independence Day which comprise of Malaya, Sarawak and Sabah. The big event will be the Malaysia Day or the formation of Malaysia. Nowadays people can judge without any intervention form others and they can make their own solution without help from other people. That mean if you hide a carcass of an elephant with a banana leaves, surely you have fail to conceal the evidence and same goes with the true story of our beloved nation Malaysia.  This is just an opinion from me. End result, I hope that Malaysian people can continue live in peace and harmony forever. Happy Independence Day for Malaya (55 Years) and Sabah (49 Years). God Bless Malaysia.

Harry George
Author for Tamparuli Sabah Independent Website.
" Make Tamparuli Sabah as a duty free town in 2017 "

Tamparuli Upside House


I was tremendously fascinated when I read a blog about the so-called Upside House Of Tamparuli Sabah. I really wanted to give him/her Thumb Up for his/her effort for writing the article and promoting Tamparuli Sabah as major tourist attraction as well. For the Travelling lovers out there, come visit Tamparuli during this school holidays and the suggestion day is on Wednesday. All the best, Peace No War and God Bless You All.

Harry George
www.tamparuli.sabah.com   


Rumah Terbalik @ Tamparuli, Sabah

Seems like Kota Kinabalu is focusing a lot on its tourism lately! We have a Rumah Terbalik (The Upside Down House in Borneo) built at Tamparuli, Sabah! Opened to all visitors. Driving from KK to Tamparuli takes about 40 minutes to less than 1 hour. Depending what kinda speed you are driving of course, and traffic condition.


First thing we saw was this upside down Kancil car just right in front of the parking lot. I have no idea how they hold the weight up there. Tonnes of glue and nails?


And beside was an upside down house. That's where we'll be going inside later...


So we bought ourselves tickets at the counter. The staffs are real polite.


Below is the price for foreigners. Whereas for locals, charges are RM10 for adult. Great way to support our own tourism field.


There was a female guide that led us into the house. We were asked to hit that Gong 3 times and knock on the door before entering the house. Its a culture thing.


Before we entered the house, she told us there were 3 rules which we must abide to it. 
(1) We are not allowed to touch the objects inside the house.
(2) We are only allowed to walk on the red carpet that's laid inside the house. 
(3) We are NOT ALLOWED TO TAKE PICTURE INSIDE THE HOUSE. What?...


So what's inside there, you can only see it with your own eyes. It's pretty interesting. 


Note : The whole tour took less than 10 minutes. As that was the ONLY house to be visited.


Minutes later, we were led to the souvenir shop....................................................


and THATS it. End of tour. True Story.


Adventure Awaits! — Explore the World with Ease on a Group Tour



There’s nothing quite like traveling to a new country. You get to learn something new, soak up other cultures, view breathtaking scenery and feel an incredible sense of exhilaration as you prepare for your trip.

If you’re interested in traveling to a far away destination and want to see as much as you can without blowing all your money on airfare and hotels, a great option is booking your trip through an experienced group travel company. They take care of the details, and you travel with familiar people so you don’t feel isolated in a new country. But, with all the tour companies out there, who do you trust?

One company we love is Go Ahead Tours. They offer expert tour directors, great value, diverse travel destinations, and they've been doing these trips for more than 20 years. Plus, booking your adventure couldn’t be easier—or more fun!

Search tours by region, type, date, and duration of the tour. You'll get a summary about your tour including a map and itinerary, as well as reviews from others who have already taken the trip, so you have an idea of whether or not you'd really enjoy yourself. And if you don't like one itinerary, search again—these tours are all about you.

There's something for everyone with Go Ahead Tours. Experience glorious Great Britain, recently spruced up to accommodate Olympic visitors, or take a delicious departure to France, Italy, and Spain. These vacations are planned to fit every individual’s schedule and budget. So whether you want to take a historical walking tour, enjoy local flavors with a food and wine outing, or just explore a city with your companions, it can happen. Even people traveling with children have numerous family vacation tours available.

All trips include a multilingual Tour Director who can handle your daily activities and any questions that arise. They’ve got the scoop on everything from the best pastry shop and nearest post office, to insider's knowledge of your chosen city. Plus, they can also assist you through any local language barrier. It's like having a best friend with everything you need to truly immerse yourself in the experience

Every hotel is chosen based on Go Ahead Tours' many years of experience. You'll stay in comfortable, centrally located hotels that are near wonderful shops and restaurants. You will always have your own private bathroom and, best of all, hotel taxes, restaurant and baggage tips, and breakfast daily are included in your trip price. That means less worry, and more money for souvenirs! 

Finally, one of the greatest benefits of these trips are the personal connections you make. Numerous Go Ahead Tours testimonials show that strangers often become fast friends on these trips, staying in touch long after returning home.

Isn't it time you indulged that itch to explore the world?

How to Fix Your Finances in Under 2 Minutes



How to Fix Your Finances in Under 2 MinutesIn tight economic times, it’s natural for people to be looking to save money where they can. People usually start with the obvious – buying generics instead of fancy brands, and cutting back on expensive clothes and the like.

That’s the low-hanging fruit, and although we can save money by skipping the daily cappuccino – do you really want to?

What many people don’t realize is that there is a relatively easy way to save significant amounts of money - how does $500 a month sound? - and it won’t require any changes in your lifestyle.
What is it? The answer lies in personal credit management. 

Here’s how it works: Everyone opens credit cards and secures loans in hopes they’re getting a good rate.  The rates and contracts on money we borrow (on our home, auto, and credit cards) and the money we lend (i.e. to the bank in the form of our savings accounts) – are hugely important and add up quickly, although you don’t notice them because they are spread out and buried in multiple accounts.  Amongst all the jargon, monthly statements and advertising, most people have no idea if they are getting the best rates available.

And, it’s in the bank’s best interest to keep you confused so that they can charge you more!  Then, to add insult to injury, businesses that promise a so-called “free credit score” help surprise us with “gotcha!” bombshells: Fees, monthly or annual payments, and more.

Many consumers are intimidated and confused by the whole process.  What’s my credit score, what’s my credit history, and how do I get better rates?

That’s why we were so impressed with a service called Credit Sesame.  It’s specifically designed to let consumers stay on top of their credit, improve their financial standing, and most importantly, get the best rates on credit cards, bank, auto, and more.

And, one of the best things about the service is that it’s completely free:
  • No credit cards required
  • No trial periods
  • No “gotchas” once you sign up
  • No fees to use their site, credit tools, or other online resources—ever

Credit Sesame uses a sophisticated analytics engine developed by scientists at Stanford University to review and analyze consumers’ individual debt, home loans, credit score, and credit profile. It’s based on the same type of practice banks spend millions of dollars a year on to grow their own wealth.  But, this engine was created for consumer use!

In minutes, their system builds over 5,000 scenarios and instantly evaluates thousands of loans from all major banks against your current credit conditions. You can then review each loan option you pre-qualify for that you wouldn’t find anywhere else.

You get a complete financial picture of your credit and debt online in less than two minutes! Every month, Credit Sesame will provide access to your Experian credit score, advise you of alternative mortgages, credit cards, and loans that you already pre-qualify for, and save you a lot of money.   In fact, people who followed their refinance advice saved a whopping $579 a month!

You can even access your personal account via their smart phone app and Credit Sesame uses bank level security to safeguard all consumer data.

It’s time for the average consumer to take back control of their credit from the banks and start making smarter decisions about their loans and debt.  If there is a better deal out there you qualify for, Credit Sesame will find it for you —for free.

Too Much Debt


The 5 Dumbest Things You Can Do if You Have too Much Debt
If you’re struggling with too much debt, you’re not alone.  It seems as if the whole nation has a borrowing hangover.  For years, credit was easy and many people became overextended.  But, we now live in an era of austerity and it’s time to get our affairs in order.
The five strategies you may want to avoid:
The first piece of advice from experts in the field is to be sure you don't make your situation worse by making common mistakes.  In particular try to avoid:

1. Paying only the minimum payment on your debt, as this will result in the amount you owe actually growing, and your problems will only become worse.

2. Relying on friends and family, as this can damage relationships with the most important people in your life.

3. Unscrupulous credit counselors that demand cash upfront or high fees for help they promise, but don't deliver.

4. Using new high-interest loans to pay off lower interest rate loans. It may be easier to just have one payment. but it will actually increase the amount you have to pay back.

5. Declaring bankruptcy. This can have permanent and severe consequences on your financial future. Avoid it if you can, especially when debt settlement may work for you.

Debt Settlement

For many people, working with a debt settlement company can actually be a great solution.  You’ve probably heard a lot of advertising for these services recently, but what exactly do they do?

Debt settlement is the process of negotiating with creditors to get them to forgive a big portion of your unsecured debt. Unsecured debt includes credit cards and medical bills, but does not include mortgages, auto loans, student debt and taxes.  Why would a credit card company do this?  Well, it’s not out of the generosity of their heart.  They have made the financial calculations and determined they are better off knowing for certain that they’ll get paid something, rather than not knowing if they will get paid anything.

Debt settlement companies work with individual consumers to determine a reasonable monthly amount that they can afford to pay against their debt loan.  The individual makes this affordable payment every month into a special-purpose account, and as these funds accumulate, the settlement company reaches out to creditors to negotiate a full and final actual settlement amount that they will take. 

Typically, these companies have excellent relationships with creditors and are negotiating on behalf of thousands of people every day.  The amount of savings they can obtain for consumers can be significant.

While each situation is different, it’s not uncommon for debt settlement companies to negotiate reductions by as much as 50 percent of the outstanding amount, and help get their customer become debt free in just a few years.

There are a many debt settlement agencies, so the next question is how to find a legitimate and trustworthy company to work with? One great way to start is by visiting Accelerated Financial Services.  They offer a free, no-obligation consultation to evaluate your options.  Then, if you chose to proceed, they will develop a plan that meets your specific needs and negotiate it on your behalf with your credit card companies

My Life My Stories: The best way to plant Oil Palm



Oil Palm Planting

Oil palm is planted in the main field in triangular system at spacing of 9 m accommodating 140 palms per ha. Planting is preferably done at the onset of monsoon during May-June. The polythene bag is torn open and the entire ball of earth is buried in the pit (50 x 50 x 50 cm) and levelled. Leaf pruning

Dead and diseased leaves and all inflorescences should be cut off regularly up to three years after planting. When the palms are yielding, judicious pruning to retain about 40 leaves on the crown is advocated. It is necessary to remove some of the leaves while harvesting. In such cases, care should be taken to avoid over pruning. In addition, all dead and excess leaves should be cut off and crown cleaned at least once in a year, usually during the dry season.

Pollination

Oil palm is a cross-pollinated crop. Assisted pollination is done to ensure fertilization of all female flowers. However, this is not necessary if the pollination weevil Elaedobius kamerunicus is introduced in the plantation. They congregate and multiply on male inflorescence during flower opening. The weevils also visit the female flowers and pollinate them effectively.


Bahan Tanaman Sawit


Ciri Tanah Dan Kesesuaiannya Untuk Tanaman Sawit




Anggaran Hasil Sawit
(Hasil Tuaian-mt/hektar/tahun)





My Life My Stories: How to become a good Teacher



Be a Good TeacherBeing a good teacher can be the most rewarding and exciting job in the world - however, being a teacher that doesn't work effectively can be stressful, painful, and exhausting. Here are some great tips to being the best teacher you can be.

Steps

Classroom Management

1. Set the example. Remember that you are the teacher. It is important for you to be like a "superhero" figure in their eyes. Remember that your students look up to you and will thus try to mimic your dispositions. If you are rude or inappropriate, they will have an inappropriate model for their behavior. It is vital that students see you as a person with confidence, so that they follow your lead, and feel comfortable trusting you. Students, of all ages, need someone they can lean on, look up to, and be able to trust.

2. Have well-defined consequences. Set specific consequences for breaking the rules. Decide what those consequences are and then implement them consistently. Your consequences should follow a procedure that starts with a non-verbal signal (such as just looking at the student), to a verbal signal (asking the student to please stop talking), to a verbal warning (if this continues there will be consequences), to the implementation of the consequence. The consequences are up to you and depend on the program of the school. Many schools have a detention system (students do despise detentions), or perhaps writing lines, or sitting away from other students.

3. Be compassionate. Great educators form strong relationships with their students and show that they care about them as people. They are warm, accessible, enthusiastic and caring. Be open to staying at school after-hours to help students or get involved in school-wide committees and activities, and they demonstrate a commitment to the school.

4. Set some ground rules. You should have 3-5 rules that the students know about. These are the rules that, when broken, are subject to the consequence scheme outlined above. Try allowing the class to suggest the ground rules: have a class discussion and write ideas, it makes the class feel they are listened to and that you care about their opinions and input while also setting some groundwork that they will feel loyal to because they've made it. Act as a mediator to make sure that the rules decided upon are appropriate. Some may be, for instance, be quiet when the teacher is talking, respect each other, and finish the homework and classwork.

Lesson Planning

1. Have an objective. When you are planning a lesson, the most vital part is the objective. What do you want your students to take away from the lesson? If the objective is powerful, deep, and reflects what you really want students to learn, it will be reflected in the lesson.

2. Have a solid plan for your lessons. Each and every lesson should be divided into three simple parts that reflect your objective.

First should be the "lecture" part of the lesson. This is where you teach something new to the class (of course allowing for questions or comments when applicable).

Dedicate the second part of class to something that involves a collective group work element where students can work with whoever they want. Near the end of this part, you can have a discussion session where groups voice their findings/opinions, and give marks for adequate participation.

The final part of every lesson should be where the students return to their seats and work QUIETLY on one final task, such as answering specific questions written on the board, or drawing a picture related to something they learned that lesson. The students should only talk to you (if they have a question about what/how to do it) or the person sitting directly next to them. This is the wind-down part where students get a chance to work on and understand the material on their own.

3. Assign relevant homework. Rather than assigning something different every night, it is wise to assign one or two more substantial assignments on Monday and then collect these assignments on Friday.

4. Consider giving quizzes. You may want to have a quiz every Friday to assess how well the students are grasping the material. You can judge how well you are teaching by how well the majority of your students perform on the quizzes.


Effective classroom management is among the most important skills to have as a teacher. It bears mentioning again that, making your lesson plans, the most important element is the objective. The other parts of the lesson (part for "lecture teaching", part for students working, and part for quiet working) spring from or arise from that objective.

It is important to have some distance from your students, particularly for the first 2 weeks of the term. If you cannot keep a professional distance from your students, it is because YOU have the need to relate to them on a more personal level, probably because you're lacking that somewhere in your more personal life. It is your responsibility to recognize this and deal with it.

Your evaluation (i.e. tests and quizzes) should be formed based on the original objective. It should evaluate how well the students met the objectives you set out when planning your lessons.
You should be at least 1-2 weeks ahead in terms of your lesson plans.

It is never too late to start to implement these tips and ideas.

My Life My Stories: Evidance from the past


Learn the past for better future. 


Hari Raya Aidilftri 2012



Happy Hari Raya Aidilftri for all Sabahan and especially for all Tamparulian. All the best. Peace No War.

From: Harry George and Family

Sabah in Malaysia: A win-win situation





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Sabah in Malaysia: A win-win situation

I visit Sabah fairly often as Prime Minister. Tomorrow, I will be leaving once again to the Land Beneath the Wind and I am reminded of a recent working visit that I paid to the state. As part of that trip, I visited the Balai Wayoh in Bingkor which my father too once visited in 1963. It was there that the crucial agreement was secured between him and OKK Sed
omon, the senior Dusun leader to bring North Borneo into Malaysia as Sabah. My father respected OKK Sedomon greatly, at times he referred to him as “Bapak”. Indeed this was a decision which played an important role in making Malaysia the second largest economy in ASEAN.

The incorporation of North Borneo into the Federation of Malaysia did not come about without careful deliberation. The Cobbold Commission was first set up to determine whether the people would favour the union. A 20-point agreement was also drawn up by North Borneo with terms for its incorporation. These included requirements on various issues such as state religion, official language and immigration into North Borneo. Of particular importance was the complete redrafting of the Constitution of Malaysia to reflect North Borneo’s entrance as Sabah and preventing any amendments or withdrawals of constitutional safeguards granted to the state, except if so desired by the people of the state.

Sabah has contributed much to Malaysia’s growth in the last 49 years. Tourism to the state provided almost RM5 billion to the country last year, with over 2.8 million tourist arrivals – a 13.6% rise from 2010. The country at large owes much to their contribution, and the Government has in turn prioritised its welfare through the Government Transformation Programme.

Under the Government’s persistent efforts within the Rural Infrastructure NKRA roads in East Malaysia already make up 54% of national road length – making education, jobs and trade much more accessible for millions of locals. We are also working towards increasing electricity supply to ensure that it is consistent. On top of that, Federal Government has facilitated the expansion of MASwings from a community service airline to a regional airline for Sarawak and Sabah. This will help to improve the accessibility and connectivity of Sabah and the rest of East Malaysia. The rural poor also received thousands of new or restored houses, all provided with these basic amenities to improve the quality of lives of many families. In total, the Rural Basic Infrastructure NKRA has already benefitted 27 out of 32 ethnic groups in Sabah, with RM 3 billion spent on helping improve living standards in the state.

When the sun rises over Malaysia, it shines first on Sabah. Just as my father was committed to bringing North Borneo into the fold for mutual benefit, I am committed to repaying the goodwill that my eastern brothers have shown the country. Sabah will continue to be a top priority in Malaysia’s development and I hope that Sabahans will continue supporting me in this goal.



Sabah Status Reinstated After 13th GE



SAPP will come up with a memorandum to ask for the status of Sabah as had been agreed during the formation of Malaysia in 1963 to be reinstated if it wins the 13th General Election and forms the State Government, said its Vice President cum Interior Chairman Datuk Frankie Chong.

He said apart from that it will also do a review on the petroleum royalty quota for Sabah to increase it to 20 per cent from the present five per cent.

"Thirdly we will also distribute lands for the indigenous people of Sabah, even for those land which has been part of the forest reserve or Forest Management Unit (FMU) areas," he said during a leader-and-people session at Kg Singga Mata Ansip in Sook, near here, Sunday.

SAPP Vice President Jimmy Jawatah, Supreme Council Member Peter Marajin and Alexius Kiob, and Liawan Vice Chairman Joseph Lakai, among others, were also present.

Chong and his group were welcomed by a convoy of 80 motorcycles on their arrival at Kg Ansip Tengah and they followed them from the village to Kg Singga Mata.

Marajin who is also the party's legal adviser, meanwhile said SAPP guarantees that if it forms the State Government it will give land with individual land title, not communal land title as the present State Government is giving to the people, to the villagers concerned so they can develop it for improving their socio-economic condition.

Meanwhile, Chong said their President Datuk Yong Teck Lee has recently met with the opposition's de-facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to find a way on how they can work together to defeat the present Barisan Nasional (BN) Government.

Sources: Daily Express

Bad Remarks About Sabah On Facebook.



Several negative remarks about Sabah posted on Facebook recently have prompted a Sabahan woman to lodge a police report on the matter.

"The insults on Sabah keep coming one after another and the last straw for me was seeing a post by a student believed to be from Peninsular Malaysia who is currently studying here posting insults about Sabahans," Rozza Rothman said here.

She said if such insults are left to continue it would sooner or later disturb the peace and harmony among the multiracial Malaysians.

"I am not a politician, I am just a patriot and as a citizen of Malaysia, particularly Sabah, I think it is our responsibility to prevent these insults from continuing.

"We don't have to wait for people on top to take action because action has to start with us," she said, adding that she lodged her police report here on Aug 9.

Rozza also provided a list of insults found posted on Facebook among labelling Sabah as a dirty State which is under developed and uncivilised with its people still living on trees.

Daily Express

Sabah Fallen Hero WW2


Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said the fallen heroes of World War II should be remembered for their deeds. "Without their sacrifices we will not be able to have the peace and comfort that we are enjoying today," he said at the Sandakan Memorial Day 2012 here on Wednesday.

His speech was delivered by Assistant Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Ellron Alfred Angin.

Musa said the Death March 67 years ago should also serve as a lesson to all. He commended the Sabah Tourism Board and Sandakan Municipal Council as well as those involved in organising the Memorial Day.

He also acknowledged the presence of the British High Commissioner, Simon Featherson and his Australian counterpart, Jane Duke. Also on hand was Datin Aminah Ambrose the daughter of Ambrose Samuel Dumpangol who was one of the World War II fighters who had been awarded the Kesatria Mangku Negara by the Yang diPertuan Agong as well as war veterans and families of the Death March soldiers.



18 January 1942: - The Seizure of British North Borneo:

After completing successful invasions in December and seizing the oilfields at Miri in Sarawak and Seria in Brunei, MajGen Kawaguchi Kiyotake orders LtCol Watanabe to capture Sandakan, the capital of British North Borneo. Watanabe, using ten small fishing boats carrying the majority of two infantry companies, lands at Sandakan. His men quickly disarm the 650-man Armed Constabulary and free 600 interned Japanese citizens. The next morning, Governor Robert Smith surrenders the State of North Borneo and is interned with his staff.

8 July 1942:

1500 Australian and British prisoners of war (POW) are sent from Changi POW Camp at Singapore to POW Camp No. 1 at Sandakan under the command of Captain Hoshijima Susumito. They are put to work building two airstrips and roads to supply them. After their first year at Sandakan, the POWs suffer terribly from starvation, overwork and disease.

April 1943:

A further 776 British POWs arrive and are placed in Sandakan's Camp 2.
June 1943:
500 Australian POWs arrive and are placed in Sandakan's Camp 3.
September 1944: 
Lt Aita Hideo's untrained 300-man 6th Special Attack Shinyo Squadron and 48 crated Shinyo explosive motorboats (EMBs) are sent to Manila, Philippines aboard two unidentified oil tankers. By early October, the squadron is based at Zamboanga, Mindano and begins training.

October 1944: 

Under continous threat of American air attacks, the 6th Shinyo Squadron is withdrawn from Zamboanga and transported to Sandakan, Sabah, NE Borneo. The squadron establishes its base on a small, swampy island on Sandakan Bay, but even here Allied planes raid Sandakan and the airfields. The 6th Shinyo Squadron is the only IJN unit at Sandakan.

20 October 1944: American Operation "KING TWO" - The Invasion of Leyte, Philippines:
Admiral (later Fleet Admiral) William F. Halsey's (former CO of SARATOGA, CV-3) Third Fleet, of 738 ships including 18 aircraft carriers, six battleships, 17 cruisers, 64 destroyers and over 600 support ships, lands the Army's X and XXIV Corps that begin the campaign to retake Leyte.

January - 15 August 1945:

By the beginning of 1945, many POWs have died in Japanese captivity. The POWS are ordered to march into the mountains to an isolated base at Ranau. A series of three such "death marches" results in the deaths of more than 3,600 Indonesian civilian slave laborers and 2,428 Australian and British POWs. Nearly 300 men, too sick to attempt the marches, either die or are executed at Sandakan. Of the hundreds of POWs, only six men – all Australians - escape during the marches, and are later rescued by Allied forces. 

27 May 1945:

A massive Allied sea-air bombardment of Sandakan occurs. Japanese survivors from ships sunk in the harbor come ashore and kill any local people they find. As a result of the Oct '44 invasion of Leyte, the 6th Shinyo Squadron was trapped at Sandakan for the duration of the war. By war's end, about 170 of the squadron's men die of malaria, other tropical diseases and malnutrition. Only about 30 men are KIA, probably either in USAAF bombing attacks or the bombardment of Sandakan. The 6th Shinyo Squadron never makes an attack using its EMBs.

15 August 1945: Cessation of Hostilities: 

Imperial Palace, Tokyo. At noon, the Emperor announces Japan's surrender that is broadcast by radio all over the Japanese Empire.
Ranau, Borneo. Many Japanese refuse to surrender and the killing of POWs by beheading, shooting or bayoneting continues weeks after the end of the war. The war crimes interrogation of Captain Hoshijima reveals that the last POWs were killed at Ranau on 27 August 1945, well after the Japanese surrender. Undoubtedly, they were killed to stop them testifying to the atrocities committed by the guards.

9 September 1945:

Morotai, Halmaheras, Molucca Islands. LtGen Teshima Fusataro, C-in-C, Japanese Second Army, signs the instrument of surrender of all Japanese forces remaining in Borneo and the Netherlands East Indies east of Lombok Island (about 126,000 men). General (later Field Marshal) Sir Thomas Blamey, C-in-C, Allied Land Force, South West Pacific Area, accepts the surrender from Teshima who also surrenders his Shin-Gunto samurai sword (with general officer's knot).



Prince William will be visiting Sabah soon.


Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be visiting Sabah soon. Prince William and Princess Kate will be visiting South East Asia  starting from 13 until 16 September 2012. They will be arriving in Sabah after visiting Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. What a joyful joy for Sabahan for this upcoming event. All the best for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and God Speed.

Simple note wrote by:  Harry George  


Sources: Daily Express

12Mil Boost for Sabah School



The Federal Government has allocated RM112 million for 429 government schools, Mission schools, Chinese national-type schools (SJKC) and government-aided religious schools in Sabah under its special stimulus package for schools this year. Most of this or RM95.9m goes to 283 government schools, while RM10.8m are for 70 national-type Chinese schools, RM3.7m for 74 Mission schools and for two government-aided religious schools, RM1.5m.

This is part of the RM900m allocated for schools nationwide under the said stimulus package meant to provide assistance in building, upgrading and maintaining the schools concerned. Of the figure, RM500m is provided for government schools, both primary and secondary, while the Chinese national-type schools, Tamil national-type schools, Mission schools and government-aided religious schools each received RM100m.

The work scope for projects under this year's special package include building structure repairing, repainting, rooftop repairing, rewiring and replacement or upgrading of old building blocks. Presenting the allocation for Mission schools in Sabah in a ceremony held at SM Lok Yuk in Likas here, Tuesday, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said the assistance showed that the Barisan Nasional (BN) Government really cares and is committed to school development, including Mission schools in Sabah.

"On behalf of the State Government, I wish to thank the Federal Government for this contribution and hope the schools concerned would make full use of the assistance accordingly," he said. Earlier in his speech, he said the Government's priority under the special stimulus package for schools is to repair those categorised as badly damaged, adding the government would also make sure that projects involving upgrading of these schools, particularly those really in need of attention based on the physical audit report, would get sufficient funding.

He said although the allocation provided for government schools are bigger than the other school categories, it does not mean the Education Ministry is abandoning the other government-aided schools. "The Government is actually very committed in assisting all the schools and never sidelines any from the national education mainstream. Apart from development allocation, the government-aided schools also receive other forms of assistance similar to what is provided to the government schools, which include teaching manpower, textbooks as well as per capita grant," he said.

Sources: Daily Express

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