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  • Kota Kinabalu & Surrounding Area

    The first glimpse of Sabah for many visitors in the dramatic view from the plane as it approaches the airport of Kota Kinabalu, the state capital. As the plane reduces height, rice fields, scattered villages, a small coastal town and a lazy river or two spilling out into the South China Sea may come into view. Beyond the long string of sandy beaches, the occasional island is a smudge of green on a deep blue backdrop, while inland, beyond the rice fields, forested hills rise abruptly. With any luck, the awesome granite mountain after which the city is named might be glimpsed as the plane prepares to make its descent.

    This book offers an insight into Kota Kinabalu and its surroundings, places which can easily be reached on a day trip by visitors staying in the city (although many of these spots merit at least one or two nights’ stay). Major places of interest in Kota Kinabalu and the rest of the West Coast District are included, ranging as far north as Kota Belud and east to Kinabalu Park, and to part of the Interior District, including Beaufort and the Klias Peninsula.

  • Magnificent Flower Of Sabah – Rafflesia

    Rafflesia flowers are the largest in the world. Yet the plant body of these incredible plants consists of only tissue strands within the Tetrastigma vines they parasites, and the flower itself. The present account serves as an introduction to these amazing plants, which have enthralled all who have seen them. The present book seeks therefore to highlight Rafflesia because of its attraction and its value as a symbol of conversation. In the book is assembled a general profile of Rafflesia, a genus of some sixteen species, consisting of information on its structure, biology and conservation. By intention many colour photographs, which capture the beauty and uniqueness of these plants, have been used; after all, the fascination of these plants, which are not easily found in flower, is near-impossible to express with words alone.

  • Proboscis Monkeys of Borneo (Second Edition)

    First impression when a person sees a Proboscis monkey, “I don’t believed that animal!”


    Proboscis monkeys have been making spectacular first impressions on people for a long time. Early naturalists could not agree, though, whether the animals were amazingly wonderful or amazingly grotesque. One of the earliest reports of proboscis monkeys in the wild came from British officer Hugh Low. As long ago as 1848, he said that the proboscis monkey “is remarkable for its very long nose; it is a very fine monkey, in size approaching the orang-utan, but much less disgusting in appearance”. Another early explorer-naturalist, Odoardo Beccari, obviously had somewhat mixed feelings about the animals. On the one hand, he said that “the long-nosed ape is of singular and ridiculous aspect”, but went on “Why amongst all apes…this one should be provided with a long, prominent and fleshy nose, somewhat hooked at its extremity, it is hard to say. According to Darwinian theory, it might possibly be attributed to sexual selection. If such were the case, we might, perhaps, congratulate the monkey on its good taste”.

  • Sensational Seas of Sabah

  • Slipper Orchid of Borneo

    The island of Borneo is home to some of the world’s most spectacular slipper orchids. Rothschild’s slipper orchid has inflorescences with three to six flowers with a span of up to 30 cm, while Sander’s slipper orchid has twisted hanging petals up to a metre long. Added to their bizarre appearance, both are extremely rare in nature and threatened with extinction as their colonies are depleted by collectors and their habitat is shrinking under the pressure of rising populations and development. These are only two of a range of exotic slipper orchids that grace and enhance Borneo’s ancient landscape. As ecotourism rises in the region, the slipper orchids provide a focus for visitors who wish to see the rare and exotic in natural settings. This book outlines the history of Borneo’s slipper orchids, their taxonomy, distribution, biology, ecology and conservation in an accessible manner.

  • The Glory of Mount Kinabalu – From Dawn to Dusk

    This book shows the brief introduction to the summit trail of Mount Kinabalu (minimal text and minimal images). Images from detours to Paka Helipad, Laban Rata’s  waterfalls, Gurkha Hut, Alexandra Peak and more, including photographic maps (shooting locations of significant photographs). Look out for the images of Mt. Kinabalu in various weather and time of day (including photographs of fire rainbow, Milky Way, moon halo, storm, golden rain’s sunset and light painting’s night scenery.)

  • TAWAU – The Making of a Tropical Community

    The story of Tawau and its only around 130 years old. People alive today, including this author, have known those who were present at the very start of a recognisable settlement at the mouth of the Tawau River. Ken Goodlet’s interviews cover around 21 linguistic groups in those early days, making this record of Tawau rainbow-coloured in its diversity.


    The book shows that Tawau has had at least two natural advantages: its location and its natural wealth. Situated at the meeting point of three states that were formerly very different (and competing) colonies, Tawau has been a haven of prosperity and peace, first under the British and then as part of Malaysia. This has attracted trade and immigration (and, at times, envy) not only from far distant Japan and China, but from the Dutch East Indies (later, Indonesia) to its immediate south and from the Spanish and American and, later, independent Philippines to its east.


    Tawau’s natural wealth, evidenced in a favourable climate, large pockets of excellent soil and coal deposits, have provided residents with jungle produce, then mining and timber, then the rubber and hemp and cocoa, and finally oil palm prosperity, augmented by a host of less important agricultural products. The book shows how this has led to extensive migration and capital investment and to the growth of a diverse agriculture-based economy with a complex infrastructure. While previously unimagined wealth has brought better health and a higher standard of living, inevitably it has brought problems-unsustainable exploitation of natural resources, illegal immigration, wealth inequity and loss of some community values. But the final chapter makes clear the present it is a better world for most than it was at any time in the past.

  • THE BOY FROM BOWEN – Diary of a Sandakan Pow

    This is an Australian story, the “rise of the underdog” which leaves you feeling that you are sharing this incredible Aussie digger’s experiences firsthand. A remarkable man who was once just a boy from Bowen.


    In July 1942 Lt. Leslie Bunn Glover became one of over 1750 AIF Soldiers held as a Prisoner of War by the Japanese Imperial Forces in Sandakan, Borneo which had a 99.9% death rate. In “The Boy From Bowen” Leslie shares his remarkable and personal story of how he survived the suffering and slavery under the Japanese occupation. An insightful study of a man’s resourcefulness and ingenuity as an unwanted child in the 1920’s and 30’s, this living history detail a life of foster homes, poverty, working in the railways, Army training and eventually war. Leslie reveals his extraordinary determination of character and strength of spirit amidst a life of trial and struggle which has taken on grand and terrible proportions.

    A civilian after the war, Leslie, determine to make something of himself after almost four years of imprisonment, employed sheer hard work and determination to climb the ladder of success in his academic and business endeavours to eventually become the Secretary and Executive Officer of the Australian Shipbuilding Board, and a successful businessman in his own companies.

  • Amphibians & Reptiles in Sabah

    The Natural History of Amphibians and Reptiles in Sabah is a review of the rich herpetofauna of Borneo, including some of its less conspicuous and sometimes reviled members. Many of the species are unique to Borneo, most are active only at night, and most are completely dependent on forests for survival. This book on the frogs, lizards, snakes, turtles, and crocodiles bring together photographs demonstrating that many of these animals are beautiful in colour and fascinating in form. Written for naturalists, students and travellers, the text provides information showing that not only is fear of the vast majority of the species misplaced but also how these animals fit into the complex workings of Borneo’s ecosystems.

  • The Hakkas of Sabah

  • Indigenous Ethnic Communities of Sabah – THE KADAZANDUSUN

    This book entitled ‘The Indigenous Ethnic Communities of Sabah: The Kadazandusun’, is about the definitive race of Sabah, the Kadazandusun of this State. There are other definitive ethnic communities, but they are only mentioned briefly as this book is about the Kadazandusun. Emphasis on presentation, therefore, is on the Kadazandusun. The Murut, the cousins of the Kadazandusun found in the interior areas of Keningau and Tenom, are also mentioned briefly to show the relationship of the two ethnic indigenous communities, albeit in the two aspects of cultures and their Adat laws and the native court, they share common ground. A separate and a more comprehensive study will be made on the Murut and the immigrant indigenous communities, namely the Bajau, Iranun, Bugis and Suluk.  

    These groups of indigenous ethnic communities deserves a book of their own. They too, after all also the definitive races of Sabah. Meanwhile, in this first presentation on the subject of The Indigenous Ethnic Communities of Sabah: The Kadazandusun, a more comprehensive presentation of the original definitive communities, the Kadazandusun, is made.

  • THE POPULATION OF BORNEO – A Study of the People of Sarawak, Sabah and Brunei

    LITTLE has been published so far on the demography of northern Borneo. We already have census reports and a few short articles in learned journals, but here the first time is a book on the subject, written by the man who was administratively responsible for the North Borneo census of 1951 and the censuses of North Borneo (now Sabah), Sarawak and Borneo in 1960.


    In this book careful statistical research and an intimate knowledge of the whole area have enabled Mr L. W. Jones to describe the demographic development of the two Borneo States (Sarawak and Sabah) which have joined Malaysia, and the State of Brunei which has remained, for the time being at any rate, outside the new federation. He has divided the book into two parts – the first dealing with the situation in the pre-war years for which there is a paucity of statistical data, and the second and perhaps more important section covering the period of rapid population growth experienced since disasters of World War II. In this second part he has also assessed  the nature of some of the problems which have still to be encountered as a result of the current high rate of growth of population.