Lagu Negeri Sabah (Sabah's State Song)
Tanah Airku (My Homeland)
Sabah tanahairku, (Sabah, my homeland)
Negeri kita yang tercinta, (Our beloved state)
Pemuda-pemudi semua marilah, (Come every young person)
Bangunlah bersatu semua. (Everyone wake up and be united)
Marilah bersama serta maju jaya, (Let's get together and prosper)
Merdeka sepanjang masa, (Independence at all times)
Bersatu segala bangsa sentosa, (All races become one for peace)
Sabah negeri merdeka. (Sabah a freed state)
I sang this song every morning and everyday during my schooldays. My family used to live in Semporna for a couple of years and it was there where I took my UPSR examinations (major test for elementary schools before enrolling into middle schools).
A lot has happened during this couple of days. But I'm not gonna blog about that.
Being a local in Sabah, I didn't do much touring around Sabah as a traveler. Only last year did I decide to follow a group of my friends to travel from Kota Kinabalu to Ranau and visit key attractions along the way. The itinerary can be read here.
|Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in Malay Archipelago standing tall at 4,095 m.|
Lemme share you some facts about Sabah before blogging about my trip. (extracted from here)
- Sabah is one of the 13 member states of Malaysia
- Population - 3.1 millions
- It is the SECOND largest state in the country after Sarawak
- Sabah is often referred to as "Land Below The Wind", a phrase used by seafarers in the past to describe lands south of the typhoon belt.
- Kinabalu National Park was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 2000.
- The western part of Sabah is generally mountainous, containing the three highest mountains in Malaysia.
- Over three quarters of the human population inhabit the coastal plains
- Has many places that are either designated as national parks, wildlife reserves, virgin jungle reserves, or protection forest reserve.
- Sabah has one of the highest population growth rates in the country as a result of illegal immigrants (27.81% of it's population are of Non-Malaysian citizens - Filipino, Indonesian)
- Malay language is the national language spoken across ethnicities, although Sabahan dialect called Baku is different from West Malaysian dialect of Johor-Riau
- Sabah also has its own slang for many words in Malay, mostly originated from indigenous or Indonesian words. (ah-ha!)
- The people of Sabah are divided into 32 officially recognized ethnic groups, in which 28 are recognized as Bumiputra, or indigenous people.
- Collectively, all persons coming from Sabah are known as Sabahans and identify themselves as such.
So reading from these facts, me having the bloodline of both Bajau and Kadazan-Dusun ethnicity, I'm actually just an indigenous person. =P
|Kota Kinabalu city viewed from Bukit Bendera.|
More blogposts on Sabah to come! Ciao!