In the State of Monument
A photographic record of an existing landscape in the centre of KK town.
You will now need to possess a wide angle camera lens to capture the same scene as pictured here, often resulting in distorted images. Alternatively, by using Photoshop tricks.
A 12 storey hotel has now risen up roughly where this picture was taken barely two odd years ago.
The building on the left belongs to the Hainanese Clan Association, which owns and runs the monument in the centre of the picture. Hainanese are a Chinese clan, who originated from the Hainan island in China, well noted for the disproportional number of their kinsmen in the coffee shop trade. That was in the past, not now, mind you.
The monument, Tugu Peringatan Malaysia, was erected in commemoration of the Independence of Sabah from British colonial rule. It also acts as a monument for the amalgamation (notice I use the word amalgamation, not joining?) of Sabah with Malaya to form the Federation of Malaysia. Some cynics remarked on the fact that it was more like ‘Out of the frying pan into the fire’. There may be some truth in it. An ocean(sea) apart, commented others. That’s the truth, geographically speaking. It’s no use crying over spilt milk now, that’s my part in comforting them. That’s why there is a specific reason I use the title ‘Sabah State Monument’. A country is only a country when the vast majority are in contentment and also in agreement. That’s my tenet of standard good practice on nation-building.
Moving on to the right is the Kota Kinabalu City Hall (Dewan Bandaraya KK). Whatever you do, please do not compare Kuching City Hall to ours. Kuching is Kuching. KK is KK. Never the twain shall meet. I am feeling a tinge of inferiority complex coming on.