2016年07月05日

Sabah' past

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 (note).

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.


The Star, Published: Monday, 4 July 2016
Pictorial book reflects on Sabah’s past
By Muguntan Vanar
http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/07/04/pictorial-book-reflects-on-sabahs-past/

(note)
KOTA KINABALU: Books will be around for years to come especially for those who love the touch, smell and feel of a new book.

Don’t be fearful of the digital age as books, real books will still be here for 100 years,” former Chief Minister Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat said when launching a book on the history of North Borneo titled ‘North Borneo: A collective History’ published by Opus Publication here yesterday.

He pointed out that nothing can beat the feeling of holding a book and assured the publisher that real books will not be consumed by the digital era.

Touching on the book which was edited by Dr Lim Pitt Kent who contributed some of the photographs together with other contributors such as historian Ross Ibbotson, Nicholas Tan, Professor Bruce Blanche and Dr Ravi Mandalam, Chong said it made him nostalgic and reminisce about his days growing up in Kudat.

“As you can see from the photographs, Sabah in those days of North Borneo had already the harmony, unity and love that it is synonymous for now. The photos of the multi-racial people reflects just that,” he said adding that the book is a perfect gift for Sabahans who are now living abroad so that they can have a piece of the state’s history with them.

“The history and nostalgia is captured in this book. This is why projects like this book must continue,” Chong said after regaling those present at the launching ceremony with stories of his experiences when growing up.

For Dr Lim who edited the book and contributed most of the photographs from his private collection, he is happy to see two of his interests combined into the project.

“I am a collector of photographs of North Borneo and I love history so basically it’s a combination of both history and art. We came up with the idea for this book to document history. This particular project involves the history of items not held by the museum or archives.

“There are a lot of private collectors so hopefully we can make use of their collections of photographs of North Borneo for future projects,” he said adding that the project took two years to complete.

Meanwhile Opus Publishing Managing Direcor Datuk CL Chan said that they only printed 450 copies as they did not expect the response to be overwhelming.

“We have no intention to reprint it,” he said adding that the book is a very important documentation for North Borneo as it contains photographs and information which have never been published before,” he said.

Chan also spoke of Opus’ future projects which will be a book on Sandakan based on the photographs of the Kwan brothers taken just before the outbreak of the Second World War and in early post war Sandakan.


The Borneo Post, Published: July 3, 2016, Sunday
Digital age no threat to ‘real books’
Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2016/07/03/digital-age-no-threat-to-real-books/#ixzz4DVmdsqpJ


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