The dramatic conclusion of Malaysia’s 14th General Elections (GE14) is still fresh on every Malaysian’s mind as the country greeted the much prophesied victory over the then-ruling Barisan National party with euphoric jubilation. Sabah, long held as a sure win ticket for the Barisan National, has finally broken away from its ‘master, and is in the position to chart its own course into the future. Jannie Lasimbang has been a long-time advocate for human rights in Sabah and this change signals a new opportunity for the people of Sabah, especially the indigenous communities and women, to stand up and be heard. Winning her seat in GE14 has given Jannie the opportunity to realize her vision to bring human rights, and fair and equitable treatment to all Sabahans. She talks about the changes she wants to see, and make, in the new government and her aspirations for the younger generation to realize their own future in this new era of change.
In our travel section, we will take a quick trip down memory lane to revisit the early days of the Sabah Tourism Building it celebrates its 100th anniversary before making a beeline for one of the most overlooked destinations in Sabah that has recently started coming into its own as a full-fledged tourist hot spot. Semporna, once a transit point to the popular dive islands on the east coast, now has its streets lined with accommodation and restaurants to cater to the thousands of tourists flocking to this bustling town for its nature and heritage attractions. Also, on the horizon is Long Pasia, an isolated pocket of rainforest in south-west Sabah that is being revived as the next adventure-cultural tourism hot spot in Sabah.
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It has been a whirlwind of events and activities in the first half of 2018, many of them giving us hope and the resolve to make the rest of the year an even better half. Let us not wait for changes to happen but to actively BE the change we want to see. Enjoy this issue!