Selected articles by IDS researchers / academicians; Berita IDS and Borneo Review

Should the Sabah State Government proceed to take full control of SESB from TNB?

Should the Sabah State Government proceed to take full control of SESB from TNB? Poll result: 75% Respondent YES 19% Respondent NO 6% Respondent NOT SURE In January this year, it was announced that the Federal Cabinet had agreed to start the process of returning the ownership of Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) to the Sabah government. It has been 22 years since Sabah surrendered its power over the company to Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB). Currently, the main stakeholders of SESB are TNB (80%) an [...]

Development Potential of Pensiangan District

Pensiangan is a district in the interior of Sabah bordering Kalimantan, Indonesia. It covers an area of 6,089 square kilometres and consists of 146 registered villages. The district is divided into five mukims, namely Nabawan, Pemunterian, Sapulot, Pegalungan and Pensiangan. Pensiangan’s population is estimated at 31,633. It is known as “The District of Murut” to the outside world as about 87 per cent of its population are Murut. Other races such as Kadazan, Chinese and Malay make up the remaini [...]

Preserving the Environment is Our Number 1 Priority

Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site, has overshadowed many places in Sabah as a favourite destination, attracting thousands of visitors every year. The numbers continue to soar, and not just for the mountains but the islands and the wetlands as well. This is a worrying trend as far as carrying capacity and environmental impact are concerned. We have reached a crossroad and we must decide the direction to go forward and we must do so cleverly to manage the statistics and logistic [...]

The Great Walks of the Crocker Range: The Salt Trails

Salt was the main commodity consumed by the native tribes in their daily routine during the olden days. Besides its common application as a food condiment, it was widely used as a preservative for meat and fish and as salt-licks for the animals. Salt was also prominently featured in most of the natives’ religious rituals. During those days, however, this important commodity was only available from the coastal areas, namely Penampang, Papar and Tuaran. In the absence of roads, the natives from t [...]

The Joys and Sorrows of Tourism (Part 2)

Let every individual and institution think and act as a responsible trustee of Earth, seeking choices in ecology….and ethics that will provide a sustainable future, eliminate pollution, poverty and violence, awaken the wonder of life and foster peaceful progress in the human adventure. The words of John McConnell, founder of International Earth Day, are forever green. Here in Sabah, the marine conservation efforts are commendable. One of Sabah’s marine conservation efforts is The Tun Sakaran Mar [...]

The Joys and Sorrows of Tourism

Several years ago, the famous undersea explorer, Jacques Costeau, dived at Sipadan Island waters and commented “I have seen other places like Sipadan, 45 years ago, now no more. But we have now found again an untouched piece of art, a jewel.” In just a few words, Mr. Costeau has done a great favour to Sipadan Island. Comments from great people such as Mr. Costeau on Sipadan Island have helped to boost the uniqueness and wonder of diving in Sipadan Island, which is already a well-known diving des [...]