What will happen if a 105 years old Kota Kinabalu (KK) Tower clock versus a new 16 storey hotel and shopping mall? Who do you think will win? I read a news about how wooden Atkinson clock Tower, named after Francis George Atkinson, the first district officer of Jesselton (the colonial name for Kota Kinabalu) is in center of attention because of the new development project. Atkinson’s Clock Tower is the last structure that survived the Second World War in Kota Kinabalu and it may soon be hidden from the view of residents in the city. I saw this tower before when I and my fiance at Kota Kinabalu Signal Hill.
Criticism about the 16-storey commercial complex has been raging in the social network site Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Heritage-Sabah/129477990433190) for the past week and among those posting their comments was local independent heritage researcher Richard Nelson Sokial. Another group of concerned individuals have launched an online petition (http://www.petitiononline.com/sabah100/petition.html) asking the state government to stop the development and to conserve the greenery of the area into perpetuity.
Meanwhile a Kota Kinabalu resident in a letter published in a local newspaper (Sept 19), said the forested area near the Atkinson clock tower contained a series of steps linking the town area to the Kota Kinabalu observatory overlooking the city. Lamenting that these “Rainforest Steps” that had largely been ignored and unmaintained by City Hall could in fact become part of tourist trail in the city. The resident said the Rainforest Steps lead up past some superb old growth trees, including one of the most magnificent strangler figs to be seen anywhere outside a conservation area in Sabah.
Source: The Borneo Post
This clock already at the back of a building but tourist still came and take picture of its. If anyone of you ever go to Kota Kinabalu field near the bus station. This tower is just on the hill near police station there. Its a little bit sad when old building need to make way for development. I think there are old pre-colonial building near there before. It is a mark of the old Kota Kinabalu (Jesselton), right? The road in front of the building already busy with people coming and passing by Kota Kinabalu. A mall over there will surely make that place even busier.
Wish this new mall will not be open. The new suria mall are still not in full capacity (when I go there last raya, most shop still empty). Why do Kota Kinabalu need a new Mall and Hotel?
Please join this online petition. Thanks.