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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 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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Tamparuli and Tuaran, battles of poster in the 1999 general election.

Flashback: 1999 Sabah State Elections in pictures
February 26th, 2008 ( Re-post again inside ) Adapted from:

One of the most interesting Sabah State Elections happened in 1999. PBS was still in the opposition then: they left the BN in 1990 and rejoined on 23rd January 2002. It was the best story of General Election around Tuaran and Kota Kinabalu. The words used really nuts but carrying a prominent meaning for the people. I wish that I can turn back the time and make something precious for my country and people.  

The State Assembly was dissolved on 22nd February 1999 after much speculation. Nomination day: 2nd March. Election days: 11th – 12th March.

Here are some pictures that I took then, which, among others brings home the following points:
- personal attacks abound in politics, more so during intense campaigning so close to election day;
- there are no permanent enemies in politics, no matter how grave the accusations are

Pictures were taken in and around Penampang, Kota Kinabalu, Tuaran and Tamparuli in early March 1999.

The following was written by supporters of Datuk Wilfred Bumburing attacking Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan. Of course today they are friends again:

Bumburing was the incumbent, winning the 1994 state elections by 5,087 votes. This time, he lost by more than 2,000 to PBS’ Edward Linggu Bukut. Revenge was complete. Another candidate, Datuk Monggoh Orow, the former Tuaran MP, standing on a Bersekutu ticket, was totally rejected: only 475. A year later Linggu defected to PBRS with 5 other assemblymen. A further 2 years down the road, he’s back in again. Yes, these politicians can really make the rakyat go nuts. And among the six original who defected, it seems that only Johnny Goh and Louis Rampas played their cards right – they’re still assemblymen now (well, at least until February 2008).

The “frog” issue (exodus of PBS assemblymen in 1994) was exploited to the full by PBS, you can see many many pictures of huge frogs with human heads, like the following caricature of Bumburing and Dompok:

Even if frogs were not drawn, the word “Katak” featured prominently:

This was one of Datuk Monggoh Orow’s most prominent billboards in the middle of Tamparuli:

And this one was pro PBS:

That year, Bersekutu was led by Datuk Harris Salleh. The following picture was taken along Tuaran road:

He stood in Likas and got more than 3,500 votes. Not bad for a state seat, but still he got less than the runnerup, Dr Chong Eng Leong (PBS) at 4K+ and the runaway winner, Datuk Yong Teck Lee at 9K+. Later the result was declared null and void, a by-election was held on 21st July 2001, and Datuk Yong got an even bigger majority: 7K+.

Look at this, it was dead serious then, but sounds very awkward in today’s context: Dompok vs Pairin:

The result then: Datuk Clarence Bongkos (PBS) got 10K+, Dompok got 6K+. In 1994, Dompok, while still in PBS won by >3K. In the same constituency was Benedict Sakunil Mansul, at 23 perhaps the youngest ever candidate in the history of Sabah State Elections. Representing Bersekutu, unfortunately he got less than 300 votes, but at least he got more than Datuk Conrad Mojuntin (Independent), ex minister: a mere 59 votes. If you think that’s bad, Pasok president Cleftus Mojingol got 18 votes. Surely it can’t get any worse than that? It can. During the 1990 state elections, Edmund Otigil (Independent), contesting against then chief minister, Datuk Joseph Pairin Kitingan in Tambunan, got a mere 6 votes. 

Re-post back: By Harry George, from a blog friend


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