Mat Salleh Memorial-1999
Jabatan Muzium Sabah,
88000 Kota Kinabalu,
Telephone: 088-253199, 088-225033,
Opening Hours: 09.00 to 17.00 hrs daily
Holidays: except Fridays and 1st May.
In 1895, Mat Salleh made a complaint to the Company regarding new rules imposed on Sugut River
but the Company ignored him. At the same time, the Company was unhappy with the fact that Mat
Salleh was collecting taxes from the local populace. Soon after the complaint, the Company burnt
down his village. In 1897, he retaliated by razing the Company's harbor at Pulau Gaya.
Immediately after the razing, he ordered a fort to be constructed in Ranau. Ranau is a town
located in West Coast Division, in the center of Sabah, east Malaysia on the island of Borneo.
The Company tried to capture the fort but they were met with heavy resistance and failed. That
failure prompted the Company to burn the fort. The confrontation ended with Mat Salleh's forces
retreating into North Borneo hitherland. There were also skirmishes near Gaya island, Inanam and
Menggatal. Inanam is a town in Sabah, Malaysia. Menggatal is a Malaysia town and district on
the west coast of Sabah, on the outskirts of the capital, Kota Kinabalu.
Later, the Company offered Mat Salleh peace. Mat Salleh agreed. Unfortunately for him, the truce
with the British so outraged his own people that he was forced to flee to Tambunan. The British
later would let Mat Salleh control Tambunan. He built a new fort at there; the fort still stands
today. Tambunan is a town located in Interior Division of Sabah, east Malaysia on the island of
Despite the peace treaty, the Company decided to take over Tambunan from Mat Salleh in 1899. Mat
Salleh refused and thus, hostility was renewed. On January 31, 1900, he was shot dead in Kampung
Teboh, Tambunan. His death left the rebellion movement leaderless and effectively ended it.
Admision : Free
Distance from Kota Kinabalu: 70 km.
Under the care of the Sabah Museum, the memorial at Tibabar has Mat Salleh's photograph, some
of his weapons and paraphernalia related to his battles with the British. Written information is
on display at the fort-like building.
Services: Guided tour (by appointment)
Facilities in the Museum: SHOP LIBRARY MEALS/SNACKS/DRINKS CAR PARK
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