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Merdeka Day!


After the relentless onslaught of days invested first around the Kelabit Highlands and then the privations of Mulu, at last I found the chance to relax and promptly told Roberto I was going to make a point of doing as little as possible, I felt like I hadnt stopped in weeks. Hah! I wasnt very good at that and so soon found myself wandering the streets of Kota Kinabalu in a primary foray at getting my bearings and ticking off the few scant sights. Though it was ostensibly of little importance, the main one lay not far away, sat as it does on the slope which encloses the rear of the city. The Atkinson Clocktower is one of the few buildings to have survived the war, and still sits in commemoration of Francis George Atkinson, Jesselton's first District Officer who died of "Borneo Fever' (malaria) aged 28. Completed in 1905, it also originally served as a lighthouse before land reclamation pushed it inland to its present isolation.

Posted by andyhay2 00:00 Archived in Malaysia

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