In 2019, we went for a “Fly & Ride” trip to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, East Malaysia. Whilst strolling the City Centre, we came a crossed huge mural paintings on some buildings which we could not ignored but stopped to admire the works of the mural artists.
The Atkinson Clock Tower is one of the oldest building in Kota Kinabalu (formerly known as Jesselton). Completed in 1905 after two years of construction work, it was built to commemorate the city’s first district officer, Francis Gorge Atkinson, who died at the age of 28 from “Borneo Fever”. Built with public donations and of merbau timber, the tower has been repaired several times by the city council. It was refurbished in 1950 to celebrate the city’s diamond jubilee. It is said that the original clock, a double-face clock that was a gift from his mother to Atkinson, was replaced in 1964. The tower once served as a lighthouse to guide sailors, when it was nearer the coast. It was designated a heritage site in 1998.