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North Borneo Tourist Association meeting

NORTH BORNEO AND SABAH TIMES (Friday, 14th December 1962)

JESSELTON, Thurs. – The Governor, Sir William Goode, will address the inaugural meeting of the North Borneo Tourist Association to be held at the Jesselton Hotel on Monday, December 17 at 9 a.m.  It is understood that the draft constitution will be adopted at this meeting. The chairman of the Tourist Advisory Committee, Mr R. Knowles, Commissioner of Trade and Customs, will open the inaugural meeting.

Mr Knowles recently made extensive travels in North Borneo to investigate the possibility of establishing the Tourist Association. Many firms have indicated that they were in favour of establishing the association and have shown interest in becoming members.

Last batch of Royal Marines leave

NORTH BORNEO NEWS & SABAH TIMES (Jesselton, Thursday, October 25, 1962)

KOTA BELUD, Wed.- The last group of 42 Commando Royal Marines leaves Jesselton on 25th October on the “Empire Kittiwake”. The Commando has just completed a month’s training in the Kota Belud district, and six hundred officers and men have been returning to their Base in Singapore, by RAF aircraft and by sea, since last Saturday.

A Commando spokesman commenting on the month’s training said “It has been extremely profitable, and the area has proved to be exceptionally good, with a wide variety of terrain enabling many different skills to be practiced.”

The men found the local people very friendly, said the spokesman: “The unit was most impressed by the happy and friendly attitude of the villagers. The unit medical officer helped some of them at Kampong Tengkurus, by dealing with a number of minor ailments.” Hospitality was exchanged. 

Malayan govt officials arrive

NORTH BORNEO NEWS & SABAH TIMES (Jesselton, Wednesday, October 31, 1962)

JESSELTON, Tues.- Five senior Malayan Government officials arrived in Jesselton this afternoon. They were Enche Abdullah bin Sahat, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education; Mr T. Eames-Hughes, Planning Officer, Ministry of Education; Enche Ahmad bin Daud, Chief Surveyor, Selangor; Enche C. M. Narayanan, Assistant Surveyor-General, and Enche Yoong Khee Nam, Chief Surveyor, State of Johore, who were met by the Under Secretary (M), Mr W. S. Holley; the Director of Education, Mr G. D. Muir, and the Director of Lands and Survey, Mr B. A. Reeves. 

The officials have come over to discuss matter of common interest with their counterparts; they will meet officials concerned with their respective subjects and see projects of interest to them, such as schools and colleges in Jesselton and Penampang. Enche Abdullah bin Sahat and Mr Eames Hughes will visit Sabah College, the Trade School, the T. V. Teacher Training Centre and the new teacher Training College now under construction in Harrington Road; they will begin their tour tomorrow at 9 am accompanied by the Director of Education. 

The Surveyors will have discussions tomorrow, and on Thursday will visit Beaufort and Papar accompanied by the Deputy Directors of Lands and Survey, Mr I. C. Peck. All the officials will leave Jesselton at 11.15 am on Friday to spend a day in Brunei, return the following afternoon, and finally leave Jesselton at 2.45 pm on Saturday, 3rd November, for Kuching. 

Plans for new Jesselton fish market

NORTH BORNEO NEWS & SABAH TIMES (Jesselton, Thursday, October 25, 1962)

JESSELTON, Wed. – Building plans for a new Fish Market in Jesselton were approved by the Jesselton Town Board at their meeting this month. The PWD Divisional Engineer will call for tenders based on specifications from the architect. 

At the same meeting the Secretary, Mr Leong Ah Khoon (District Officer), reported that work was in hand to provide ten benches at the Prince Philip Drive and Atkinson Road.

Kids of ex-traffic supt excel

NORTH BORNEO NEWS & SABAH TIMES(Tuesday, October 2, 1962)

JESSELTON, Mon. – Mr Philip Chong, yesterday received news from Australia that his 20-year-old daughter, Miss Lucy Chong She Moi, has passed her fourth year in Medicine (Bacteriology, Pharmacology and Pathology, with a credit.)

Miss Chong has been studying at Sydney University, to become a doctor, 1959. She went to Australia in 1958 as a private student to study for her matriculation. She was awarded a Colombo Plan scholarship last year for further studies and is now attached to the St Vincent Hospital, Sydney.

Mr Philip Chong, who was born in Tuaran, was Traffic Supritendent, N. Borneo Railways, until he retired in 1958. Four of his six children are studying overseas.

His second son, John Chong, recently obtained his Preliminary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons, London. He is now studying at the Hammersmith Hospital for his final. He assisted in the recent kidney-grafting operation when Dr Spencer gave one of his kidneys to Dr Clark, who has only one diseased kidney left.

His fourth child, Miss Mary Chong, is a private student at the Royal College of Music, London.

His youngest child, 17-year-old Peter Chong, was the latest to go overseas. He went to Sydney last year as a private student and has now matriculated. He hopes to study law in Australia.

The eldest son, Joseph Chong, now in Jesselton, also studied in Australia and became a qualified pharmacist.





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