Imposing, beautiful and unique in concept, the 30-storey aluminium and glass building Yayasan Sabah Group Headquarters, the Menara Tun Mustapha, is one of the most extraordinary buildings in the country.
Built with bold architectural and engineering concept, it is a building many thought was not possible to construct as it was the first of its kind in this region. The building is structured as a 72-sided polygon with walls made of 2,160 special reflective glass panels that can withstand wind speed up to 272 km/hour. Suspended from the central core of the building are steel radial brackets where some 96 high-tensile steel rods are hung and hold the 30 floors of the building. This building is known to be the fourth of such high-rise “hanging” office building in the world and has been a famous landmark and tourist attraction ever since its construction in 1975.
Located beside the blue waters of Likas Bay and its coral-fringed coast, journey to Kota Kinabalu City from Menara Tun Mustapha is only 11.2 kilometres through the coastal road which cuts across the bay. The building is similar to that of Taj Mahal which changes colours throughout the day, depending on the clouds, sunshine and the ever changing colours of the skies.
On 31 July 2001, in conjunction with the 35th Anniversary of the establishment of Sabah Foundation, the building was named “Menara Tun Mustapha”, after the late Tun Datu Haji Mustapha Bin Datu Harun, a hero and patriot known in the State, National and international level. Menara Tun Mustapha is named as such to acknowledge his contributions and struggles. Tun Datu Haji Mustapha Bin Datu Harun was also an inspiration to many with his remarkable and astounding work in establishing Sabah Foundation which, until today, plays the catalyst role in education and socioeconomic development of the State.
The towering building, which can be viewed as a rocket ship ready to be launched, does not only represent the forward-looking attitude of the organisation but also portray Sabah’s beautiful landscape as at times, the view of Mount Kinabalu is reflected on the glass walls of the building. With a distance of 80 kilometres from the city, Mount Kinabalu can be seen on a clear sky.
The mosque sits on a 14.83-acre (6.00 ha) site at Pasir Road on the shores of Likas Bay, on the South china sea. It is partially surrounded by a human-made lagoon; this has given rise to the nickname “The Floating Mosque”. It has a maximum capacity of 12,000 worshipers. The mosque features an ATM, three Madrasas, a Palliative care clinic, and – in a joint project with university malaysia sabah – a fish farm In 2008, the mosque introduced paddle boat rides, from which visitors could see the mosque from the water; a mosque committee member stated that this was to “make the mosque more relevant to the community’s life encompassing religion, economy and social aspects”.
The mosque is a common tourist destination and included in several tours; it is also a common destination for photographers The mosque may be visited by non-Muslims, except during Prayers. Visitors are required to wear modest clothing; recommends long trousers and covered arms.
Measuring 50 feet (15.24 metres) high x 6’3” x 6’3” at its base the clock tower stood from its lookout point on the hill facing towards the township of Jesselton A weather vane with initials of the wind direction added a few more inches to the height of this elegant monument. Ships calling port at the Wharf used the Atkinson Clock Tower as their navigation Landmark, as it could be seen from the sea. The clock tower was illuminated at night and was used as a shipping landmark right up to the 1950s.
The clock tower was built in the memory of Francis George Atkinson, Jesselton’s first district officer who died of Malaria or ‘Borneo fever at the age of 28 in December 1902. His mother Mrs Mary Edith Atkinson presented a two-faced clock to Jesselton town as a tribute to the memory of her son and it was decided later that a Clock tower would be built in his honour. The structure was commissioned on 20 April 1905. A road was also named after him – Atkinson Drive, now renamed as Jalan Istana that links Tuaran Road over the ridge and downtown Kota Kinabalu.
The clock tower was originally built using Mirabau wood. Its construction was financed by Atkinson’s friends and most probably built with additional funds channelled from shipwright of visiting naval vessels (the internal carpentry of the clock tower has all the hallmarks of a Ships’s carpenter. While still under construction the clock started working on 19 April 1905 and its chimes could be heard all over the town. The structure was finally completed in 1905. The clock was made by William Potts and Sons in Leeds, England. The company was established in 1883 and became the part of Smith of derby group in 1933. The UK office is now at 112 Alfreton Road, Derby.
Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS; English: Malaysian University of Sabahis the ninth Malaysian public university located in Kota kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, established on 24 November 1994.
Although UMS was established in 1994, UMS was only able to admit the first batch of 205 students in the following year. UMS was once situated at the site of the present University College of Sabah Foundation in Sembulan and, then, at the site of the present temporary Sabah Campus of Aminuddin Baki Institute in Menggatal. UMS only has a permanent campus at Likas Bay in 2000. Before the completion of Kota Kinabalu Campus, Labuan Campus was earlier opened in 1999. In 2011, UMS got another campus dedicated for agriculture in Sandakan.