Photographer's Note

Mt. Kinabalu, of its east side via Kampong Marakau, some 5km from Ranau town. The village with population of less than half of a thousand, was mostly ‘occupied’ with paddy field, aquaculture ponds, patod (a Dusun term for an area of the bamboo clumps) and scattered housings, besides a rubber plantations and orchads on its hillside.

Kg. Marakau was also known for being among the village that was located within the route of Sandakan Death March, the most infamous incident in series of events which resulted in the deaths of more than 6,000 Indonesian civilian slave labourers and Allied prisoners of war, held by the Empire of Japan during the Pacific campaign of World War II, at prison camps in North Borneo.

I was shooting from the compound of a primary school, SK Marakau, located uphill of the village. What can be seen on the foothill of Mt. Kinabalu is SMK Mat Salleh II, a newly built secondary school. It was on the other side of a highway, linking eastern and western sides of Sabah.

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