KOTA KINABALU : Well-known for its Rungus Longhouses and its long stretch of white sandy beaches, Kudat now has its very own museum, the Tun Mustapha Museum, named after the first governor of Sabah, who was also former chief minister of Sabah.
The museum was one of the projects under the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP), developed on a 2.69-acre site in 2017 and was completed in March last year.
Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister, Datuk Jafry Ariffin said, “As one of the Sabah State Museum branches, this museum plays an important role in the collection, documentation preservation and exhibition of the history, culture and natural heritage of Kudat and its surrounding.”
Jafry also said his Ministry will continue to perform its role in programmes related to culture and preservation of the State’s historical and cultural heritage.
The Tun Mustapha Museum is a multi-discipline museum where the exhibits encompass history, zoology, ethnography, archaeology and science technology.
Another soon-to-be tourist attraction for Kudat is Balambangan Cave, located on Balambangan Island, an hour boat ride from Kudat Marina Jetty.
This cave is believed to be over 60 million years old and what makes the cave interesting is the rocks inside the cave shines when exposed to light.
Jafry said the Ministry had allocated RM1 million to build basic infrastructure in the area such as a bridge, for easier accessibility to the island and the limestone cave.
“The cave is under the jurisdiction of Kudat District Office, while the sea area is under Sabah Parks, therefore both parties will work together to develop the area as a tourism product,” Jafry said.