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Rule, Britannia!

A throwback to the times when Britannia did rule the waves. British North Borneo Chartered Company was the entity assigned to administer the territory of North Borneo in the days when colonialism was the buzzword and the byword.  And this is where the story of the artillery guns begins.

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Remembering June the Sixth

On June the sixth, 1976, a plane dropped from the sky, carried with it the then newly elected Chief  Minister of Sabah & six other state cabinet ministers. All on board perished in that fatal plane crash tragedy on that fateful day. Conspiracy theories were abound at the time but no conclusive evidence was ever put forward.

Double Six Monument

Double Six Monument

The monument thus marks the spot where the plane came down. At that time, the place was actually a Water Village surrounded by wooden huts on stilt-poles. Recently the place has been re-developed & spruced up with luxury flats in its surroundings. A food court- with choices of  Malaysian, Japanese, Korean, Western food- is in the vicinity in case you feel peckish after a day out lounging around the park. Although it is sometimes referred to as a park, I would rather call it a Square as not much greenery can be seen in the place. Unless you count the grass field as one. The prices of food and drinks there are a bit on the high side, but, as always, it’s a case of  “willing buyers, willing sellers”.

Food Court- Boomerang-Shaped Roof

Food Court- Boomerang-Shaped Roof

I would recommend visiting the place as a relaxing day out, just for whiling the day away. The place is also known as Grace Garden or Grace Point. Sutera Harbour, I think , is the resort  managing the place.

Making Your Way There

Bus: try the bus stop at the old Cathay cinema, opposite Segama. Or the bus stop opposite KK City Hall (DBKK). Always ask if they ply the Coastal Highway (Tanjung Aru) route, or you may end up somewhere else.

Taxi: mention Grace Point and Double Six Monument to be sure. Negotiate your fare first before taking your journey.Taxis are all metered- supposedly.

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A Throw Back to the Colonial Time

The monument was originally erected to commemorate the 13 soldiers who lost their lives defending the British Empire. Over the years, commemoratives of Malaysian & Australian Armed Forces lost in the defence of North Borneo / Sabah have been added to the rolls of honour. The original site of the Cenotaph was at Gaya Street- at the junction where Hong Leong Bank and Pizza Hut are now.

British North Borneo Memorial Park

British North Borneo Memorial Park

It is now relocated to the City Park right in the centre of the city, opposite the KK City Hall (DBKK). It’s well worth a visit, especially for the British, just to remember when the British Empire did rule the wave a long, long time ago. The only let-down is the lack of benches around the memorial park and perhaps also the traffic noise emanating from the busy roads nearby.

Cenotaph On a Cloudy Day

Cenotaph On a Cloudy Day

 To Get There

Easy-peasy! If you are in town, just ask for the direction to the PUT Bus Terminal or the KK City Hall.

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