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Ministry proposes Jesselton history section in museum

George (far left) peruses his new book, 'Finding Jesselton' with Masidi (2nd from left) together with Chan (3rd from right) during the launching yesterday.

17th April, 2018


KOTA KINABALU: The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment has proposed a special section on the history of Jesselton to be created at the Sabah State Museum here.

Speaking to reporters after a book launching yesterday, its Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said the new ‘Jesselton Corner’ suggestion will be studied by the State Museum before it is implemented.

The book ‘Finding Jesselton’ was authored by the great-grandson of North Borneo Chartered Company Vice-chairman Sir Charles James Jessel after whom Jesselton was named. The city of Kota Kinabalu was once known as Jesselton during British rule in North Borneo.

“According to George Jessel, the name Jesselton was derived from his great grandfather, Sir Charles James Jessel who played a pivotal role in the development of the town during British rule,” said Masidi.

Furthermore, he noted there are many artifacts and old photographs belonging to the family which proved invaluable and related to the history of Kota Kinabalu.

“I think this is a good suggestion to create this Jesselton Corner at the state museum to display some of these priceless artifacts for the public as well as tourists interested to learn about the history of Jesselton,” he said.

Masidi expressed the hope that the launching of the book would pave the way to building stronger relations and promote Kota Kinabalu to the British people.

“We look forward to enhance these ties and encourage more British tourists to visit Sabah,” he said, adding the book would also serve as an important reference for local historians.

Among those who attended the book launching include Opus Publications Director, Datuk CL Chan.

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