Saturday, August 15

Hundreds join in STB centenary celebrations


KOTA KINABALU: Members of the public turned up in hundreds to celebrate the centenary milestone of the Sabah Tourism Board (STB) building, yesterday.

The celebration was joined by locals and tourists alike, including descendants of JW Norman, the colonial executive engineer who designed and supervised the construction of the building from 1916 to its completion in 1918.

Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun officiated at the ceremony with an opening gimmick, where post cards were slotted into an original post box from the building’s post office days in the mid 1930s. The gimmick serves as a time capsule, where the post box will be opened in another 100 years.

A video presentation was also done in the form of 3D projection mapping on the historic building recapping its milestones through the years, put together by Sabah Animation Creative Content Centre (SAC3).

Also present at the celebration were STB chairman Datuk Joniston Bangkuai, Malaysia Institute of Architects (PAM) Sabah chapter deputy chairman Rizal Ahmad Banjar and Kota Kinabalu City Hall mayor Datuk Yeo Boon Hai.