17 December 2013: Mohammad Hafiz Tussin, 19, at Kg Dambai. He was in a lorry which plunged into the river around 3.30am. The body was finally found on 9th January 2014.
17 September 2012: woman, 20s, near Kg Kodundungan, Jalan Terawi. She was found nude, stuck between the branches in the river, and believed to have been dead for 3 days before she was found. [Source]. As of November she was still unidentified.
30 August 2011: girl (foreigner), 10, at Kampung Pogunon, Jalan Tambunan. Said to have gone swimming an 11-year-old friend at 8am when she “faced difficulties.” The friend then went to call for help, and villagers found her body shortly, not far from where she went missing.
Here are some shop names I saw which made me do a double take.
On 10th February 2014, Viktoria Paulsen (initial reports said Victoria Poulsen), 22 of Germany was descending from the summit when she apparently slipped on loose rocks and fell 30m down a steep granite slope around 6.30am.
On 16th August 2001, Ellie James, 17 of Britain missed a turning on the granite slope and got lost as the weather conditions deteriorated rapidly. She was found dead six days later.
On 22nd October 1988 (another report said 1989, and yet another said 1991), Ng Boon Heng, 26 and Lau King Thong, 34, from Sarawak were last seen during ascent at Sayat Sayat (3,810m). They were never seen again, and the search was called off in mid December 1988.
In April 1976 (another report said 1978), Ng Chong, a form five student (another report said he was 14) was last seen at Panar Laban. His body was never discovered – only a shoe was ever found.
It has also been reported that between 1969 and 1988, 2 other people have died on the mountain: one from exposure, the other of heart attack.
Another report said that in 1968, local climber John Chee died from exposure to cold after he lost his way in thick mist. His body was found the next day by Japanese climbers.
On the right wall of Wisma Ting Hui, Tamparuli, one can find a public phone.
Well and good, unfortunately right on top of it a group of birds had decided to set up shop.
And they need to poop sometime don’t they, resulting in the following, the saddest public phone ever, which I saw on 5th November 2013:
Update 3 Feb 2014
On 28th January 2014, Jo Nandu, a graphic designer, has contended that the photo is fake.
The following huge billboard / advertising signboard was spotted along a main road in Kota Kinabalu on 14th January 2013.
Granted, people like to go out and take their wedding album photos outdoors, not just in a studio, but I do not think it’s a good idea to actually pose for photos on a railway track.
Probably his father is a Bon Jovi fan.
It was reported in the Daily Express that the temperature atop the mountain (4,095m) dipped as low as -3C on 17th January 2014. According to amazing-borneo.com, the wind speed than was 37kmh, humidity was 98% and it was cloudy. Perfect conditions for ice to form – in fact, ice was reported to have been spotted lower down at Panar Laban (3,314m), suggesting that basically the whole mountain was freezing cold at that time.
Daily Express, 24 January 2014
The following little signboard can be seen if you’re seated at the restaurant at the corner nearest the Luyang Health Clinic, Kota Kinabalu.
Spotted 15th February 2013