Pictorial book reflects on Sabah’s past

  • Nation
  • Monday, 04 Jul 2016

Precious memories: (From left) Blanche, Chong, Chan and Dr Lim at the launch of ‘North Borneo: A Collective History’ in Kota Kinabalu.

KOTA KINABALU: Dr Lim Pitt Kent’s collection of old photographs of north Borneo has now been compiled into a book titled North Borneo: A Collective History.

It contains the physician’s collection of black-and-white photos, many of them never published before, and those amassed by other history buffs.“Old photographs are usually small in size. We managed to get some of the original negatives that were put on sale in eBay so that we could have them enlarged,” said Dr Lim, who is with a medical centre here.

He has been collecting old photographs and postcards of Sabah for the past decade.

The book features about 200 pictures that gives a glimpse of Sabah’s history.

“It is a collection of art and history. This project involves items not held by museums or archives.”

Dr Lim edited the pictorial book with photographs from other contributors such as historian Ross Ibbotson, Professor Bruce Blanche and Dr Ravi Mandalam.

The book, which is described as a handbook of collective history, has brief write-ups and also provides an insight into the life of Dr Valentine Alexander Stokes, the flying doctor who was killed during the Japanese occupation.

The book is priced at RM196 and there are only 450 copies printed by Opus Publication.

It was launched by former Sabah chief minister Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat on Saturday.

Chong said that publishers should not fear going into the book business in this digital age as good books would remain in demand in years to come.

History books, he said, would also give the public a sense of nostalgia.

“As you can see from these photographs, Sabah in the old days already had the harmony, unity and love that is synonymous with the state now.

“The photos of the multiracial people reflect just that,” he added.

Opus Publishing managing director Datuk C.L. Chan said an upcoming project would be a book on Sandakan based on photographs taken before World War II.

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