Golden Halo phenomenon on Mt Kinabalu attributed to sunlight refraction

Sabah Parks has clarified that the mesmerizing ‘golden halo’ phenomenon observed on Mount Kinabalu was a result of sunlight refraction, resembling the traditional headgear called ‘sigah’ or ‘sigar’ worn by the ethnic Dusun community. The park authorities addressed this on their official Facebook page on June 15, dismissing speculations about photo manipulation. The captivating image,…

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Kiulu farmstay transition to to local community

Kiulu Farmstay, a community-based tourism project in Kiulu, has transitioned from private tour company management to local community control, empowering the communities and promoting sustainable tourism. The transfer of ownership from Borneo Eco Tours to the villagers was marked by a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signing. Sabah Tourism Board officials, including chairman Datuk Joniston Bangkuai,…

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Tourist arrested for being naked on a balcony

Police in Semporna have advised tourists to respect local laws, customs, and culture, following the arrest of a foreign tourist who was found posing naked on the balcony of a hotel room facing the road. The District Police Chief, Mohd Farhan Lee Abdullah, expressed appreciation for the public’s cooperation in maintaining harmony and safety in…

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MATTA Fair Sabah raked in over RM25 million

The MATTA Fair Sabah concluded with a remarkable sales turnover of over RM25 million. The event, held at the Sabah International Convention Centre from May 19 to 21, attracted more than 15,000 visitors over three days. MATTA Sabah chairman Lawrence Chin, expressed satisfaction with the fair and highlighted the participation of 50 regional and international…

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Give priority to visitors safety on water activities

Assistant Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Joniston Bangkuai emphasized the importance of responsible tourism in riverfront areas. He called on stakeholders to prioritize safety, quality, and continuous skills development. During the launch of the Pertubuhan Arus Deras Sabah or ARUSDESA and Pulou Kelapa Heritage Tourism and Recreation Centre, Joniston stressed the need for visitor…

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Sunset escapade on board JSK

JSK Borneo Reef, also known as Borneo’s Sea Water Theme Park, is hosting the highly anticipated “Sunset Escapade” every Friday, Saturday, and eve of public holidays starting from June 2. Located in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, visitors can witness the rare sight of the Kota Kinabalu sun setting between Sapi and Gaya Islands. The…

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Rural villagers to maintain sustainable farming to woo tourists

Assistant Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Joniston Bangkuai encourages rural villagers to maintain the practice of cultivating their land to ensure a stable food supply. He emphasizes the significance of self-sufficiency for rural communities, reducing reliance on external food sources. Traditional farming methods have the potential to attract tourists interested in the local farming…

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Local author launch interactive children’ book to promote Sabah

Author Fariza Sakina Farish launches interactive children’s book, immersing readers in Tuaran district’s enchanting folklore. Book combines captivating illustrations and activities inspired by Fariza’s grandmother’s tales, promoting cultural appreciation. Fariza plans to write more children’s books featuring different Sabah districts, preserving diverse narratives. Book presented during Kaamatan Festival to Assistant Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister…

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