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  • Agnes Keith – White Man Returns

    This book complete the trilogy of Agnes Newton Keith’s captivating reminiscences of contemporary life of old North Borneo. She wrote three books on Borneo, which spanned an important watershed of North Borneo history as it became transformed from its isolated existence as an insulated anachronism of the 20th Century into a modern state in keeping with the times.


    Each book was a description of life during each of three periods. They were distinct as they were different, under three different forms of Government administration. They were the pre-war years when North Borneo was still under the Chartered Company rule, the outbreak of the Pacific War and the Japanese Occupation, and the early years of the post-war recovery as a British Crown Colony. Pre-war North Borneo was unusual in being the only country in the world that was still run by a Chartered Company.


    In this book, White Man Returns, Agnes describes North Borneo as the modern version of a 17th century synthesis of adventure, piracy, business and government.

  • With The Wild Man of Borneo

  • Borneo – The Stealer of Hearts

    Cook worked as a Government official in British North Borneo from 1911 until 1919. In December 1914 he was Assistant District Officer at Semporna, and it was at this time that he compiled a vocabulary of Bajau words. He later held District Officer posts. On returning to Britain, Cook wrote an autobiographical account of his time in ‘Borneo – The Stealer of Hearts’. It was considered one of the most authoritative books on Borneo.


    ‘Governors of British North Borneo and Heads of State of Sabah: A Brief History’ started out simply as a translation of Sejarah Ringkas Tuan Yang Terutama Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sabah dan Gabenor Borneo Utara published in 2005. However, in the course of preparing the manuscript, new relevant and interesting information and photographs that are not in the Bahasa Malaysia publication were discovered. To make the English edition even more complete and engaging, we decided to include the additional material.

    This publication is a must-have reference book for both students and researchers alike. For those who are keen on the history of British North Borneo and Sabah, this will make an absorbing read. We cannot re-write history, but we can certainly learn from it.

  • Blood Brothers – Sabah & Australia 1942 – 1945

    The story of those living in Sabah when the Japanese invasion forces landed. They were vastly outnumbered so had to lay down their arms. However guerilla groups were formed and the local people did as much as they could to assist the war effort, especially the Australian POW. A moving but horrifying tale.


    Superbly located on a sheltered bay facing a scattering of exquisite tropical islands and coral reefs, and backed by the dramatic mountains of the Crocker Range, Kota Kinabalu has transformed itself from a simple trading post a century ago to an increasingly modern city, proud of its role as capital of the state of Sabah.


    Sabah spreads across the northern tip of the world’s third largest island, Borneo, with Kota Kinabalu strategically located roughly half-way along the west coast. Within one or two hours’ drive of the city, an incredible range of places, activities and people await discovery. And standing over it all is the massive bulk of Mount Kinabalu, one of the highest mountains in Southeast Asia.


    The guide focuses on the city of Kota Kinabalu as well as major areas of interest along the west coast, from Kota Belud in the north down to the Klias Peninsula in the south. It also includes nearby islands, from Mantanani down to Pulau Tiga, as well as the islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, just off Kota Kinabalu.

  • KINABALU – The Haunted Mountain Of Borneo

    Enriquez’s short account, ‘Kinabalu – The Haunted Mountain Of Borneo’ requires only a brief introduction in that it is a succinctly composed record of an expedition to Borneo in 1925, made principally to collect zoological specimens. This was when Borneo was a far-away land of orang-utan and headhunters, savagery and piracy and when (under the British North Borneo Company) “the question of communications remains… in the air.” It is still a far-away land of orang-utan for many Europeans, but the headhunting and the savagery has gone, remaining only in the annals of the past.

    The reader can finish the book in one or two days at the most, but the admirer of Kinabalu and keen collector of Borneo literature will notice that some of the most beautifully written passages on Kinabalu that portray its starkness and many wonderful moods exist in Enriquez’s book. Even in those days, at a time when it was thought there had been only 25 documented visits and sacrificial rites were an essential condition to climb the mountain, he notes that “ Kinabalu is a sort of Mecca for naturalists.”


  • I Linusuvon

  • Mangroves Of Sabah – An Introduction to the Flora and Fauna

    This publication is an effort to share with the general public information on the plants and animals found in Sabah’s mangroves.


    To the casual eye, mangroves do not look like any other forests, but they thrive in this amphibious environment. Every living being is a product of the environment, moulded by intricate events throughout its evolutionary history. Nature endows mangrove communities with ingenious adaptations for success. As such, many associated life forms have found a niche in the mangroves. Of the 340,000 hectares of mangroves in Sabah , over 90% are still largely intact, and most of these areas are under Sabah Forestry Department. Realizing that mangroves are important natural resources, efforts have been made to manage them in accordance with the principles of conservation and sustainable use.

  • Sandakan Rainforest Park – A Scientifically & History Important Forest

    Sandakan Rainforest Park (SRFP) is located about 9 km away from the centre of the coastal town of Sandakan in Sabah, Malaysia. Historically and scientifically, the Park is known as Kebun Cina (Chinese Farm or Orchard) Forest, which previously covered a much larger area (up to Mile 1 ½, North Road) than the present area of 148.6 hectares. Some of the earliest botanical explorations in Borneo were carried out here. The park is the locality of about 110 type specimens; as such, it is very important site for research on plant diversity in Borneo. The core area of this park is still in a pristine condition. Many lowland species of flora and fauna of Borneo are found in this forest.

    At present, among the attractive features of this park are: carnivorous pitcher plants, living topotypes of about 110 plant species, its early history related to the early botanical explorations and the early suburban settlement known as Kebun Cina, an exhibition building (Kebun Cina Gallery), jogging track, nature trail and a children’s playground.

    This guidebook provides information on the following at the Sandakan Rainforest Park:

    • History of “Kebun Cina” and early botanical explorations
    • Some of the interesting flora, fauna and other aspects of nature of this park
    • Facilities for outdoor recreation and nature education
  • A Naturalist’s Guide To The Birds of Malaysia Including Sabah & Sarawak

    This easy-to-use identification guide to the 280 bird species most commonly seen in Malaysia (including the state of Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo) is perfect for resident and visitor alike. High quality photographs from some of Malaysia’s top nature photographers are accompanied by detailed species descriptions which include nomenclature, length, plumage, distribution, habits and habitat. The user-friendly introduction covers climate, vegetation, biogeography, opportunities for naturalists and the main sites for viewing the listed species. Also included is an all-important checklist of all of the birds of Malaysia encompassing, for each species, its common and scientific names as well as Malay names, its status in each state as well as its global status.

  • Agnes Keith – Land Below The Wind

    Few books illustrate the contemporary life of pre-war Sabah as vividly as Agnes Keith’s Land The Wind. Ada Pryer wrote the first narrative account of life in the fledgling state of North Borneo, published in 1893. But it was Mrs Keith, who captured the heart and the imagination of her readers about this faraway land, nestled below the big winds of the typhoon belt, in Land Below The Wind. Her warm and humorous style won her the Atlantic Monthly Non-fiction Prize, and later, much later, the eternal gratitude of Sabahans. Those who live and work in Sabah have Mrs. Keith to thank for the sobriquet, Land Below The Wind. The mariners sailing in the surrounding waters described all the lands south of the typhoon belt as the “land below the wind”. But Mrs. Keith reserved the label exclusively for Sabah in her book.