If you’re Sabahan, i’m surely you know this clock tower. Especially for those who lived in Kota Kinabalu area. Some “moron” trying to convince people that erecting a new building can be a proof of modernization of Kota Kinabalu. As my friend’s Kent says on his blog:
“The latest news on Sabah for the past week is about Datuk Reuben Balang’s idea on erecting a 16-storey commercial shopping mall and hotel which is to be built next to a 105-year-old historical Atkinson Clock Tower, a heritage structure of Kota Kinabalu that was built in 1905 which has stood the test of time during World War 2.” (read more here on his blog)
I bring you back to open the history of the clock tower. Built in 1903, this all-wood, no-nails structure was built in memory of Francis George Atkinson* – the popular first District Officer of Jesselton during the British North Borneo Chartered Company Administration, who had succumbed to a tropical disease at the young age of 28. The of the late DO herself instructed to built it. This consider as a love symbol from her to her late husband. It built near the signal-hill (next to the Police Station in Bandaran)
This Clock Tower has the distinction of being the oldest standing structure in the whole of Sabah that survived the destruction of Jesselton town during World War II. Till today, it still serves to keep the city’s time. The Atkinson Clock Tower is managed by the Sabah Museum under its Antiquity and History section.
Why can be someone trying to destroy the symbol of love? If you read the fairy-tales book most villains who did that kind of act always end up with losing. But how about today? Especially when the idea came from the mouth of unpopular politician? It means he need an attention from the people of Sabah. What a lame idea he had. Maybe he is popular before but that was sooo long ago before 2000 and people will never look back especially on politicians. His name should be put on the wall of shame.
Please sign the petition here and show that we Sabahan don’t like more buildings and shopping malls. Buildings only for the cavemen.
*The DO consider related with the English popular comedian Rowan Atkinson aka Mr Bean.