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Daily Express (Sunday, June 26, 1994)

Harris sells jets acquired under Usno 

1976: New Chief Minister Datuk Harris Mohd Salleh said he would announce the new Board of Trustees of Sabah Foundation and get it to approve scholarships for children of the victims of the plane crash in which Tun Fuad and other members of this Cabinet were killed. 

He also confirmed the sale of a Grummann executive jet to an American buyer for US$4.2 million. This as well as a similar jet, two Boeing 707s and five twin-engine planes associated with the personal use of certain leaders in the former Usno regime, were also up for sale. He said a consultant has been appointed to draw up future plans for Sabah Air. 

He added that the $8 million Sabah House in Kuala Lumpur may be sold to the Federal Government. 

JUNE 20 

BN accepts Berjaya and Usno 

1976: The Barisan National Supreme Council meeting accepted unanimously Berjaya and Usno from Sabah and Snap from Sarawak as members, raising the number of components in the national ruling coalition from eight to 11. 

The new Chief Minister Datuk Harris Mohd Salleh - following the death of Tun Fuad and other Cabinet members in a plane tragedy barely two months after trouncing Usno in the State elections - said he was happy and that he did not see any problem in both parties being admitted, although his Berjaya was the ruling party in the State while Usno was in the opposition. 

Usno was previously the main member of the Sabah Alliance. 

Pairin opens Putatan Tamu 

1978: Local Government and Housing Minister Joseph Pairin Kitingan officially opened the $15,000 Putatan weekly Tamu (market). 

Pairin urged the residents there to use the Tamu facility as an incentive to develop idle land by planting crops that could improve their living standards through revenue derived. 

First mobile dental clinic 

1969: The first mobile dental clinic in Sabah began operating. d Costing $60,000, it mainly provides dental services to rural folks n in the West Coast. 

JUNE 17 

Sabah Society for the Blind formed 

1963: The Sabah Society for the Blind was formed to promote the welfare of the visually disabled. 

The British Red Cross Society (RCSR) contributed a clinic and 9,000 pound-sterling towards its setting up. Their interests were formerly looked after by the RCSB. 

JUNE 22 

Postal savings service launched 

1968: The Post Office Savings Bank service was officially opened. In Sabah by Federal Finance Minister Tun Tan Siew Sin. Initially nine, inajor post offices in the State will cater for depositors. They include those in Kota Kinabalu, Tanjong Aru, KK Airport, Tuaran, Papar, Sandakan, Tawau, Lahad Datu and Labuan. The service would later be extended to the State’s other post offices. 

JUNE 24 

Radio Sabah begins services, Kadazan first to be broadcast 

1963: Radio Sabah officially began services from Broadcasting House along Tuaran Road. 

The newly-completed building was used by the Cobbold Commission as its headquarters in seeking the view of the people towards the Malaysia proposal. 

Thereafter, the building was occupied by the Department of Broadcasting and Information. The first programme to be broadcast was Kadazan. 

JUNE 26 

Fifth TYT Ahmad Koroh dies of heart attack 

1978: Sabah’, fifth Head of State Tun Ahmad Koroh died of a heart attack and was buried in his hometown in Keningau. 

He was 53 and left behind a widow and nine children. He took office barely on Oct. 12, the previous year. 

He completed his Standard Six education at All Saints in 1942, and subsequently served various jobs. He was a clerk soon after school and was also a typist for a month at the Keningau District Office, before preferring to quit and plant padi in the kampong for a while. 

In 1951, he was employed as a Census Supervisor and later joined the General Clerical Service and subsequently the Information Department. A stint with the Beaufort Post Office followed after passing his clerical examinations in 1953 and the Resident of Labuan and Interior recommended him for a course in either the UK or Australia. 


Court of Appeals is officially opened 

1922: LD Smith, the Acting Chief Justice (pic) officially opened the Coat of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Sarawak, North Borneo and Brunei in Jesselton. 

He inspected a Guard of Honour accompanied by Police Commissioner JB Atkinson. 


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