MO,13/3/2018, KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Tourism building located at Gaya Street, here and which had survived World War II, will celebrate its 100th year anniversary this Friday. The building, opened by British North Borneo Charter Company Governor A.C. Pearson in 1918, was formerly a printing office before it became a Post Office between 1936 and 1986. In 1989, the Sabah Government restored the building and it became the Sabah Tourism Promotion Corporation until today.
The corporation moved into the building in 1990 and continued with its dunction even after it was rebranded as Sabah Tourism Board until today. Sabah Tourism Board chairman Datuk Joniston Bangkuai said the once-in-a-lifetime occasion will feature a good mix of local resources coming together to mark the celebration. The event will be held at the building location and stretching as far as the end of Gaya Street for the ‘Night @ Gaya Street’, for food outlets, food trucks and vendors to operate till wee hours of that day.
“It is very rare to witness a centenary anniversary of a structure such as this one, as Jesselton (now Kota Kinabalu) was almost in ruins during the war. “Today it is one of the 24 heritage sites gazetted in Sabah. We hope our next generation will conserve and learn to love our history.” added Joniston. During the celebration, the North Borneo History Society will feature a virtual reality booth for public to ‘experience’ Jesselton in the past.
The event will also feature a 100 metres long cake co-hosted by Sabah Tourism and Shangri-la’s Tanjung Aru Resort for all who attend. Besides that, the first ever 3D projection mapping showcasing the history of the building will be projected and produced by Sabah Animation Creative Content Centre.