Stephens downplays Sabah claim
Published on: Saturday, April 09, 2022
By: British North Borneo Herald
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CM downs the Philippines’ Sabah claim

1963: The Chief Minister, Datu Donald Stephens, today claimed that “The Philippines” claim to Sabah has no leg to stand on.

He added that should the Philippines bring the claim before the International Court of Justice, the Philippines would lose their case.


Jesselton mourns for Pres Kennedy

1963: News of the assassination of President Kennedy of the United States reached Sabah at 7am via Radio Malaysia.

On hearing the news, Chief Minister, Datu Donald Stephens immediately despatched his message of condolence to Mrs Kennedy, on behalf of the people of Sabah.

In a gesture of respect, all flags at government establishments were lowered to half-mast.


Athletes for Commonwealth Games

1962: Two athletes from North Borneo will represent the colony at the Perth Commonwealth. 

The athletes, Drum Major Gabuh and Dilbagh Singh Kler, are entertained by Mr C C Kwan, Chairman of the NBAAA Appeals Committee at Jeselton Hotel, today, before leaving for Singapore en route to Brisbane.


Sabah Flying Club gets first local plane

1973: Datuk Harris Mohd., the President of the Sabah Flying Club, officially received the key to Sabah’s first locally assembled aircraft.

The Club President, accompanied by Encik Joseph Yong, then took the $80,000 four-seater Cherokee Challenger 180 for a short test flight around the Kota Kinabalu area before handing it over to the club.


Lady Goode opens new Nobata rest house

1960: Lady Goode, wife of His Excellency the Governor, officially declared open the new Nobata rest house.

Nobata was set up to cater to the need of TB patients, especially those from the rural region of Sabah. 

This rest house would be able to accommodate them should the hospital be full.


Australian engineers leave Sabah

1966: A group of Australian engineers, from the 22nd construction Squadron of the Royal Australian Engineers, left for home today.

These men had been engaged on the construction of the 76-mile Keningau/Sepulot road.


Angler’s pride

1984: A 39-kilogramme (86lbs) black marlin was caught just about 13 kilometres offshore from Kota Kinabalu by an Australian surveyor, Lindsay Sargeant.

The black marlin, one of the most popular game fishing target, is well known for its enduring fighting quality and fantastic tail-walking and leaps when hooked.


New Golf Course opens

1987: The Royal Sabah Turf Club Golf Course, at Tanjong Aru, was officially opened by His Excellency the Yang di-Pertua Negara, Tun Pengiran Haji Ahmad Raffee.


Bobby Moore due

1981: Bobby Moore, who led England to the 1966 World Cup, was due to arrive on Friday.

Moore will conduct two coaching clinics at the Likas Sports Complex while here. 

He would also be playing for Cracovia against the Sabah team in a friendly.

The Sabah trip was Moore’s first visit to Malaysia.


First Montessori workshop

1983: A two-week Montessori Worldwide Workshop will be held at the Sabah Foundation Mini-theatre, Kota Kinabalu from November 28-Dec 9.

According to the spokesperson, this is the first time such a workshop will be held in Sabah.


New GG headquarters opens

1973: The Girl Guide Association’s headquarters at Batu tiga was officially declared open by its patron, Puan Sri Hajjah Rahimah Stephens, the wife of the Yang di-Pertua Negara.



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