Sandakan news, articles, events and happenings.

Sandakan was the former capital of British North Borneo from the years 1884-1946. Sandakan was one of the largest towns in Sabah in the early years with traders from Europe to Africa, from Arabia to China, from the Indies to Java and from local Dusuns to the Japanese. After WWII the capital was transferred to Jesselton (now Kota Kinabalu). In the early years, Sandakan served as a major port for early settlers to Sabah, and most Chinese came through this port. With the many Chinese from Canton, Sandakan once earned the nick-name of “Little Hong Kong”.

With the different nationalities of early settlers and traders, Sandakan was rich with early traces of foreign cultures. Places of interest in Sandakan include the Puu Gih Jih Chinese Temple – a majestic temple erected on top of a hill facing Sandakan Bay; St Michael and All Angels Cathedral, erected in late 19th century and one of the oldest stone buildings in Sabah. Other places of interest that can be visited are the world famous Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary which is located just 26 km from Sandakan. The Sandakan Crocodile Farm located on the Labuk Road near the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary is also a major attraction.

Original sited from: – 4th December 2009

SANDAKAN: Eight sets of 10MW generators have been installed here to overcome power shortage on the Sabah east coast.

Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) said in a statement here Friday that the generator sets were installed in SimSim and will be fully operational on Monday.

The installation of additional generator sets in Sandakan was just an interim measure by SESB to address power shortage in the district, the statement added.

SESB had installed seven sets of 10MW generators under the first phase on Oct 6. – Bernama

Renshin Budo Kai ( Sandakan ) is organizing an event on Saturday at Chi Hwa Kindergarden.

I’ve manage to grab hold part of the invitation letter given to a company.

Dear Sir,


The matter above is referred.

2. Renshin Budo Kai is our first ‘dojo’ (Training Center) in Sabah since December 2006. For your information, Aikido is a self defense martial art which emphasizes on harmony. This self defense martial art was founded in Japan and now Aikido has spread its wing around the world. In Malaysia, our association which is Malaysia Aikido Association is also a partner to the Rakan Muda, and is recognized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Malaysia.

3. In the matter of bringing self awareness to ladies in Sandakan, we have the pleasure of  informing  you that due to the overwhelming response of our first workshop, we are privileged to be organising a second workshop of  its kind to be held as follows;

Date:                      28th, November 2009.

Time:                     12.00pm to 4:30pm

Venue:                   Chi Hwa Kindergarden

4.  This event will be held in co-operation with Polis Diraja Malaysia, whereby an exhibition and demonstration will be done by the PDRM and covered by the media. The event will be open to the public and we estimate that about 150 people including honorary dignitaries will be attending and participating on that day.”
This definately will be an interesting event.

Sandakan: As long as there is a good demand, the illegal sale of turtle eggs will continue to flourish in the municipality due to its close proximity to the neighbouring turtle islands across the Philippine border.

District Wildlife Officer, Abdul Karim Dakog, regretted that illegal sale of turtle eggs has persisted due to a lucrative market demand.

“This is despite stringent laws protecting the turtles and the people would eagerly buy the eggs, risking a fine of up to RM50,000 or five years’ jail, or both, upon conviction under the Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1997,” he said.

Similar penalties are accorded to those in possession or sell turtle eggs.

Published on: Sunday, December 11, 2005, Daily Express

Kota Kinabalu: The Sandakan Harbour Square has picked up the much-coveted Asia Pacific Property Awards 2009, in association with CNBC Arabiya, for the Commercial Redevelopment/Renovation category.

Developed by ICSD Ventures Sdn Bhd, a unit of London-listed Aseana Properties Ltd, and project managed by Ireka Development Management Sdn Bhd, the Sandakan Harbour Square is a seafront urban renewal project spanning over 12 acres, located within the Central Business District in Sandakan.

Launched in early 2003, the Sandakan Harbour Square has an estimated Gross Development Value of US Dollar 141 million (RM500 million).

“We are indeed honoured the Sandakan Harbour Square project has received this prestigious recognition from the CNBC-Asia Pacific Property Awards 2009,” said president cum CEO of Ireka Development Management Sdn Bhd, Lai Voo Hon.

“Being at the heart of the Sandakan Central Business District, the Sandakan Harbour Square will certainly craft its mark in the revitalisation of Sandakan town, bringing sustained growth and prosperity both economically and socially.”

He said aside from providing international standard retail and hospitality and lifestyle facilities, the Square also represents the revival of Sandakan as a new hub for commerce and tourism in Sabah.

“Right from the start of the project, we have received strong support from the local government agencies in Sandakan and Sabah who share the same vision as the developer in bringing social-economic development to the local community whilst attracting international tourists or investors.

“Such cooperation is truly valued and further encourages us to continuously raise the bar in terms of product delivery and innovations,” Lai added.

All winners of Asia Pacific Property Awards 2009 will be invited to attend a prestigious gala dinner cum award presentation ceremony at Marina Mandarin in Singapore on July 16.

Source: Daily Express

Sandakan: A total of 36 cloth banners put up by Ah Longs (illegal moneylenders) were taken down during an operation conducted by the Sandakan Municipal Council (MPS) in Taman Indah, Taman Megah and Bandar Kim Fung (Mile 4), near here, Tuesday.

The 9am operation involved six enforcement personnel led by MPS officer, Irman Tajuddin, from the Enforcement Unit.

According to Irman, all the advertisement banners were removed as they were in violation of Section 3 of the MPS Advertisement Bylaws 1984 for not having proper licences from the Council’s office.

Those in violation of these laws can be compounded under Section 19(1) and fined not more than RM100, or if convicted may face a fine of up to RM5,000 under Section 18(1) of the same bylaws.

Daily Express reported on Monday the existence of such banners also in Kota Kinabalu.

Published on: Wednesday, April 15, 2009;
Daily Express []


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Dear friends,

Come and show your support by taking part in the SEPA Walk for the Environment UNITE against climate change at town padang on Sunday 24th May 2009. Registration starts at 7 to 8.30 am at town padang and the walk will be flagged off by our MPS President at 9 am.

T-shirts and caps will be sold at RM 10 each. Limited stock, first come first served. Spare the time, bring along your friends and relatives and come show your support for this noble event.

Asian Tourism International College Intake in SDK
8th May 2009
Seafront Hotel, Sandakan
10am to 1pm

Offered Course,
JPK Culinary Arts
JPK Pastry Arts
Basic Tourism Guide (yellow badge)

Certificate in Culinary Arts
Certificate in Tourism Operation
(SPM – 3 credit in any sebject)

Diploma in Culinary Arts
Diploma in Pastry Arts
Diploma in Hotel Management
Diploma Tourism Management
Diploma Diving & Resort Management
(SPM @ O-Level – 3 credit & Pass BM)

HND in Travel & Tourism Management
HND in Hospitality Management
HND in Hospitality Management (Culinary Arts)
(STPM @ A-Level – 2 Principal – 1P Pengajian Am & 1P in any subject)

For further info, please PM member Chan Tzun Hei.

SANDAKAN: Located in Bandar Kim Fung nearly 10 minutes’ drive from the town centre here, Happy Dancers is one of the oldest dance studios in the State.

It offers a wide range of dance as well as fitness classes for women and promotes a healthy lifestyle culture. However, the main focus is on dance.

With the growing popularity of many dance genres, Happy Dancers has tapped into this trend and brings together women keen to cultivate their body and mind while making friends with women who share a common interest – dance.

It started in 1992 as a family business and was open to women of all ages with an interest in social dance, local cultural dances, aerobics and jazz classes. The business was first run by well known restaurateur Alice Chin who was fond of tap dancing and waltz.

“There’s nothing much you can do in a small town in the early 90s. I have always loved dancing and so do my family and friends. My late mother was formerly active in Chinese Opera,” explained Alice.

Alice has seen many other fitness and dance studios open and close since 1992. According to her, the health and fitness industry is not a business that one could make a fortune and the dancing class business in Sandakan is not an exception. The attendance rate is very much affected by festive seasons and holiday breaks. Getting and training instructors are timely and costly too.

With the Asian financial downturn in 1997, Alice focused on her restaurant business and the dance studio was passed over to her sister, Monica. Fortunately, like her sister, Monica did not let poor business get in the way of strong interest.

Unlike Alice, Monica had to pick up the pieces quickly and learn the moves from a few professional dancers. But ultimately, it was passion and the support of friends that drove her to success.

Monica added line dancing and standard ballroom dancing to the studio’s repertoire months after taking over. The two new additions were an unexpected hit with couples and senior citizens.

Ten years after the official opening of the dance studio, Alice’s second daughter Cindy Mahsan introduced Belly Dance to Sabah. Cindy already had dance credits in her resume. Although Middle Eastern dance is her forte, she also does hip hop, Polynesian dance, Bollywood dance and Brazilian samba.

Cindy had to juggle between running her own business and a dance studio after her aunt Monica handed over the studio to her in 2006. As the studio was in Sandakan, Cindy had to keep herself temporarily rooted to her hometown. It was a big change from years of travelling and giving dance workshops in several States.

“To tackle a genre, you must first have passion and humility, then guts and patience. This is definitely a tiring and sweaty business, but just like my grandma, mum and aunty, I learnt and I persisted,” Cindy commented.

The studio has to date produced many dance instructors and performers who won state, national and South East Asian dance awards. Cindy also works with Non Governmental Organisations to create quality dance fitness awareness and help out with charity work.


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Seminar Pendidikan

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Kumpulan Sabah, Zon Pantai Timur Utara dengan kerjasama beberapa institusi pendidikan tempatan akan mengadakan Seminar Pendidikan kepada para lepasan SPM/STPM pada 01 April 2009, bertempat di Dewan Perpustakaan Wilayah Sandakan.

Seminar ini diadakan adalah :-

1. Memberikan tips kepada para pelajar cara untuk memilih kursus yang terbaik untuk mereka.

2. Para pelajar dapat berinteraksi terus kepada wakil kolej dan universiti yang dijemput.

3. Para pelajar lebih faham mengenai urusan tajaan Biasiswa dan Pinjaman.




7.00 – 8.30 Pagi

Pendaftaran dan minum pagi

8.30 – 9.15 Pagi

Taklimat daripada UiTM

9.15 – 10.00 Pagi

Taklimat daripada UNITAR

10.00 – 10.15 Pagi


10.15 – 11.00 Pagi

Taklimat daripada Kolej Yayasan Sabah

11.00 – 11.45 Pagi

Taklimat daripada Bahagian Pembangunan Pendidikan, Kumpulan Yayasan Sabah

11.45 – 12.30 T/Hari

Taklimat daripada Pacific Samudera Sdn. Bhd


Majlis Perasmian Seminar Pendidikan

2.00 – 4.00 Petang

Sesi Pelajar bersama Panel
(Setiap institusi akan mengadakan mini kaunter bagi memudahkan para pelajar berurusan)