KOTA KINABALU: Kimanis district is not only blessed with economic and social transformation development, but also with a unique documented history which can be traced back as early as 1413.
Its history has been penned in a book published by Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), titled ‘Kimanis” Negeri Tua, Tanah Keramat’, documenting the district’s history and background.
The book is based on extensive research process, as well as presented in seminar with the writing process took 10 month to be finished from April to December 2014 by the lecturers of Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Heritage (FKSW), Baszley Bee Basrah Bee, Eko Prayitino Joko, and Zainuddin Baco.
The book has 12 chapters written by 13 writers from different academic and faculty professions.
With 218 pages, the book was launched by Foreign Minister, Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, in conjunction with the 193 Malaysia Formation Agreement Forum at 2nd Lecture Hall Centra, UMS, recently.
The contents are based on field studies done in Kimanis with the assistance of postgraduates of FKSW History Programme to collect oral traditions and references from Kimanis communities, as well as to gather documentation source from the libraries and archives around the world.
The readers will be able to explore Kimanis’ old histories as a small state, and its role in marking the divide of Inner Brunei and Outer Brunei for Tanah Saba’, better known as North Borneo.
The story of the United States’ sole colony in Borneo is also documented, revealing the history of Ellena Colony, nicknamed ‘Ellena Kingdom’, with Kimanis as its administration centre, governing lands as far as Sandakan. –SayangSabah