Mustapha doubts Malaysia Day possible on August 31
Published on: Saturday, September 10, 2022
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Mustapha said even if the North Borneo Government was prepared to make the necessary alterations, the British and Malayan governments were committed to adhere to the terms of the Manila accord of allowing the United Nations assessment teams to complete their survey before Malaysia is inaugurated officially. 

1963: Head of State-designate OKK Datu Mustapha bin Datu Harun said constitutional and legal difficulties will prevent Sabah from celebrating Malaysia Day as planned on Aug. 31. 

Mustapha was talking to newsmen on his return after nearly two months in London to participate in signing the Malaysia agreement. “We will have to draft a new constitution and this has to be approved.” said Mustapha, who was also President of Usno as well as Sabah Alliance. 

“We agreed to have this date originally because it was definitely thought Malaysia will be formed before that date,” he said. 

He said even if the North Borneo Government was prepared to make the necessary alterations, the British and Malayan governments were committed to adhere to the terms of the Manila accord of allowing the United Nations assessment teams to complete their survey before Malaysia is inaugurated officially. 

Mustapha said at the most there would be a delay of another two weeks for Malaysia to be formed. 

“Personally speaking, I do not mind if we can thereby get our independence through Malaysia. You know, we are committed to our independence through Malaysia,” he said. 

Sandakan Sung Siew school is opened 

1973: Communications and Works Minister Datuk Pang Tet Shung officiated at the opening of the Sung Siew Primary School in Sandakan costing RM580,000. 


MSA unveils its new B737 

1969: Malaysia Singapore Airlines (MSA) provided a 45-minute demonstration flight of its latest aircraft, a Boeing 737 costing RM I4million. 

Among the guests included Head of State Tun Pengiran Haji Ahmad Raffae. Champagne flowed freely and the only complaint by the guests was that there were only two hostesses on board. The B737 were scheduled to phase out the existing Comets. 

Ranau cottage hospital 

1968: The Alliance Government announced plans to build a RM750,000 cottage hospital in Ranau. Covering 10.8 acres, the hospital will have 35 beds and better medical facilities for the estimated 22,000 people there. 


Bukit Perwira army Hq opened 

1969: Chief Minister Tun Datu Mustapha opened the Bukit Perwira army headquarters near the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kota Kinabalu and stressed the need for a well-planned defence arrangement,to counter threats both from within Malaysia and outside. 

He noted that the armed forces provided not only security but was also helping the Government with its development plan through civic action projects in rural areas. 


Harris cancels timber permits 

1976: Chief Minister Datuk Harris Salleh said the Government’s recent cancellation of some timber licences amounting to 810,319 acres was just and in the industry’s long-term interest. 

Among those said to have licences were former CM Tun Datu Haji Mustapha and his brothers Datu Aliuddin and Datu Salam, totalling some 362,000,acres. 

Harris said the former Usno Government had been granting licences for large timber areas to a few selected relatives and friends. He said a review of the licences issued showed that several were issued contrary to the Forestry Enactment, 1968. 


Mamut estimated to have 77m tonnes copper 

1971: Sabah will produce 360 metric tonnes of copper concentrate daily when the Mamut mine begins operations in 1974. Manager of the mine, Kawahara, told Communications and Works Minister Dato Pang Tet Tshung that Mamut had 77 million tonnes of economically mineable copper ore deposits. 

US research vessel calls 

1966: The technical research ship USS Jamestown (ACFR-3) visited Jesselton, believed to be the first since World War 2. It docked for six days. 

`Suzie Wong’ visits dad 

1965: Nancy Kwan of the movie “Suzie Wong” fame left Jesselton after visiting her reknowned architect father, WH Kwan. 


Food airlift to drought victims 

1969: Chief Minister Tun Datu Haji Mustapha directed food supplies be airlifted to the Labuk-Sugut district in Sandakan where 2,000 people are suffering from drought. 

The worst hit of the 15 villages were Kampung Kaingaran and Kampung Lingkabau. 

Likas sports complex planned

1975: Chief Minister Tun Datu Haji Mustapha announced a master plan to build a sports complex at Likas Bay covering 330 acres. The State Govt assigned Sabah Foundation to carry out the project.

Sabah Foundation Director Senator Datuk Syed Kechik boasted that the complex would be one of the best planned integrated sports complexes in the world. 

“In preparing the master plan we made a thorough study of the major sports complexes in the world such as the ones at Munich and Tokyo where the last two Olympic games were held,” Syed Kechik said. 

RM750,000 Fisheries School for Labuan 

1966: A RM750,000 Fisheries School will be built on a six-acre site in Labuan. 

The school which will teach navigation and seamanship, will he the first such in East Malaysia. 


Ship marks start of Japan venture 

1971: The Kinabalu Satu made its maiden voyage to Japan, signaling the beginning of another joint-venture between Japanese businessmen and Sabah. 

The ship is the fore-runner of a fleet of timber carriers under the banner of Yasa Nanzai Shipping Company Ltd - a joint venture between Syarikat Sabah Berjaya Sdn Bhd, wholly owned by the Foundation and the Japanese businessmen. 

In 10 years, the line of 10 ships or more would be fully owned by Sabah. 

Agri expertise from UN 

1966: An economic expert from the United Nations (UN), Robert Clifford, was busy studying various aspects of economic and social problems in Sabah. 

Orchid House opened 

1965: The Sandakan Orchid House, the first of its kind in Sabah for displaying orchids and native flora, officially opened. 

The RM25,000 Orchid House is a joint project of the Sandakan Town Board and the Rotary Club Which met half the cost. 

Eventually it planned to house native palms and other flora, with the focus being on native species. 1971: Social Welfare Minister Payar Juman opened the RM100,000 Taman Chahaya Centre for the Blind in Sandakan. 

So far it had admitted 30 blind people. Some 20 acres had been cleared for fruit trees and a poultry farm is producing 200 eggs daily. 


Medical motor launches 

1963: Two motor launches costing RM80,000 each, the Kinayoh and Mutiara, were handed by the Marine Department to the Director of Medical Services. 

The launches would transport dressers to rural areas or bring the sick to the nearest hospital. 

One of the boats would operate in the Lahad Datu-Sempoma area and the other in the Kinabatangan area and the islands in Sandakan bay as well as Kudat, if needed. 


Operation Snip begins 

1973: Barber shops were doing brisk business as “Operation Snip” went into effect at 8pm on Sunday, following Chief Minister Tun Datu Mustapha’s directive to Police Commissioner Tuan Mohd Yusof Shah bin Jaffar on Friday in Kota Belud to take stern action on long-haired youths. 

More than 70 youths were rounded up in town and taken to the Kota Kinabalu police station to have their hair cut. 

Six constables under the supervision of William Jakil, who had some experience as barbers, were working overtime on this task. 

The youths had the choice of having their hair cut by police or by professional barbers. But due to the costly RM3 charged by barbers, many opted for the police barbers who cut for free, although much shorter than the barber do. 

No Malaysian youth with long hair was spared in the operation which however did not apply to foreigners. 

In Tawau, some 70 youths sporting long hair were “ambushed” by police at the Community Centre on Saturday night where they had been watching the district boxing championships. The same was the case at cinemas. 


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