SANDAKAN: Sabah celebrates the 114th Agnes Newton Keith Day today in honour of her book ‘Land below the Wind’ which brought world fame to the state.
Sabah East Coast Museums curator Juanis Ogak said the uniqueness of Sabah indigenous people with their gentle customs and culture captivated the American writer to record her observations into a book in 1939.
“We are honouring Agnes as we are grateful to her for bringing Sandakan and Sabah to the eyes of the world,” he said at the 114th Agnes Keith Day in conjunction with the Sandakan Festival launched by Sabah Museum deputy director Sintiong Gelet, here.
Juanis said among the various activities held to commemorate Agnes Keith Day were primary schoolchildren drawing and colouring competitions, treasure hunt, quiz, games and stalls promoting handicraft and traditional food.
He said in 2002, Sabah Museum restored the house Agnes Keith lived in Sandakan and turned the place into a tourist attraction in 2004.
The writer came to Sandakan in 1934 with her husband Henry George Keith who was a forest conservator. – BERNAMA