Friday, September 24, 2010

KK Tower clock VS 16 storey hotel

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.



Chayo-chayo....

28 comments:

levian said...

i suppose governments will need to do something every now n then to have the town continue to grow, instead of letting development stayed stagnant. but then again, there should be plenty other sites to choose from? that had me wonder why it had to be right in front of the old structure.

☆ lieya latif ☆ said...

sayangkan belle kalo warisan lame2 ni jadik mcm tuh......walaupun pembangunan baru nak dibuat, tapi yg lame jgn la dibiarkan...sayang....sok2 anak cucu nak tgk ape....bahan sejarah sume dah takde n tak dijaga dgn baik....

Sir Marcello said...

and I masih lagi tak take pic kat situ..arghh!! KK dah pesat membangun...pindahlah ke daerah lain..banyak lagi yang menantikan kemajuan~

maslinamansor said...

punya la banyak tanah lain kat sabah, kenapa nak pilih kat situ juga?

Zezebel said...

Levian.
maybe because that place don't have any mall near it, thats why.

Zezebel said...

lieya.
betul tu.., ni dah kira monumen sejarah ni. Dah la terperuk kat belakang bangunan. Nak buat bangunan lagi?

Zezebel said...

Sir Marcello.
Cepat-cepat la ambil gambar. Manatau DBKK kasi runtuh plak clock tower ni dalam masa terdekat.

Zezebel said...

Maslina.
Mungkin pasal kat depan tu ada tanah kerajaan kot?

julicavero said...

wow...nice article...i like all of it..may we change link? i have put your link blog on my site..thx..

Sumandak Kinabalu said...

Just because for the sake of 'development', they want to sacrifice the tower clock?? OMG! These people must be out of their mind!
We already have lots of shopping malls here and there, why need more??
I don't believe development can drive tourist into the town...
Why bother come when there is nothing to see, except for the tall shopping complex and empty hotels...
I agree development is important but please do it in another place...

etomyam said...

its so sad if any historical building need to give way to few commercial blocks.. huhu

elmo blurb said...

bila lah boleh pergi kk. sob. sob.

Zikr the Jalanan Sepi Perantau said...

need to maintain.. because have a value... in future for the next generation..

Zezebel said...

julicavero.
I don't put my link in front. Its will be in my blogroll page.

Zezebel said...

Jane.
Many tourist came to our state because of our diverse culture. That make us unique.

Zezebel said...

etomyam.
I think the building will still be there but a new building will block it.

cemomoi said...

dah sampai kat sini.. agak tersorok dan kurang publisiti patut dijadikan warisan bandar kk ni

Zezebel said...

elmo.
Besok pun boleh bha.... Beli tiket Airasia. Hehehehe....

Zezebel said...

Zikr.
Wish this tower will be there in the future for my kids to see.

Zezebel said...

cemomoi.
Itu lar..., dah la menara jam KK ni kecil jer.

ainnoraini said...

pernah sampai KK tapi 2thn lepas...sayang kalau tak dijaga boleh dijadikan sejarah...

HiPnCooLMoMMa said...

well if we can't do anything about the city's development, our share would be to promote our tourist spots.

jellybelly said...

It's like this everywhere. A piece of history gets torn down to give way commercial buildings that bring income. It's just sad.

Zezebel said...

ainnoraini
Tu la pasal. Sayang je warisan sejarah nak di musnahkan sebegitu saja.

Zezebel said...

HiPnCooLMoMMa
Yup, I agree with you on that.

Zezebel said...

jellybelly
A very sad reality to be faced.....

Mama Murai said...

Gov will think for it if they think that building was pretty much valuable or can fill enough their empty pocket. Sigh

Passionate Blogger said...

Commercial complex sudah terlampau melampau banyaknya di KK ni... bagus tanam lebih byk pokok ja, namanya pun Bandaraya Tropika. Suru dorang kasi penuh dulu tu Wawasan Plaza, Suria KK, KK Times Square, etc...

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