This report covers Team B journey starting from 9th Jun 2018 to 24th Jun 2018, a period of 16 days. The team consists of the following MACVA members and wives:
a. Lt Kol Lim Ah Bah RMAF (Rtd)-Team B Leader / Acct Holder.
b. Lt Kol Khoo Goh Keat RMAF (Rtd) – Photographer / Route Planner.
c. Mej Lee Man Tat ARMY (Rtd) – Lodging Planner.
d. Sgt Yee Sin Choy RMAF (Rtd) – Team B Driver /Route Planner.
e. Sgt Winson Tan Wee Pang RMAF (Rtd) – Team Member.
f. Hoong Yee Wan (Mrs Lim AB) – First Aidb.
g. Yeo Chiew Liang, Mary (Mrs Khoo GK) - Team Member.
h. Goh Siew Kuan (Mrs Lee MT) - Team Member.
i. Christine Phoon (Mrs Yee SC) - Team Member.
TEAM B JOURNEY
Most of the team members arrived in Tawau airport from KL on 9th June 2018. The team hired a van to move from the airport to Semporna to meet up with Team ‘A’ to take over the official van so as to continue with the ‘ SSS Tour’ from Sabah to Sarawak (Kuching). Team ‘A’ gave a handing-over briefing to Team ‘B’, and handed over the official van for ‘SSS Tour’. The brief covered their experiences, precautions to take, and the poor health of a Team B member who had arrived earlier than the rest of Team’ B’. That night, Team ‘A’ cooked a delicious sea-food dinner for both teams to enjoy before Team ‘A’ departed to KL via Tawau airport the next day.
The next day, Team B, with the help of local friends in Semporna, went for boating , snorkelling, and touring of nearby islands and a sea gypsy ‘kampong ayer’. However, one team member could not join those sea activities because of his poor health. From Semporna, Team B travelled by road to Kota Kinabatangan / Sukau via Kunak and Lahad Datu. The team stayed at ‘Sukau Backpackers’ BnB’, and went on boat ride for bird watching, Orang Utan, and crocodile viewing along the Kinabatangan River which locals claimed that Admiral Cheng Ho sailed that river.
However, just as the team was ready to leave the BnB, one Team Member became very ill due to diabetic problem and had to be carried by 3 strong young men from his room over a long distance to the van. His condition was so serious that he had to be admitted to the nearest district hospital medical check up and treatment. The district hospital decided that he must be admitted for further check-up and treatment. Team B informed MACVA and his daughter about his condition, and advised that the family to talk further to the hospital.
Thus from then on, Team B had to continue with the SSS Tour without the sick member, especially when the team was at the very early stage of the SSS Tour which would soon cover long, lonely and rough stretches of roads due to construction of the Pan-Borneo Expressway. Also, the Team had to stay in lodges/ hotels which have steep steps or long distances to the van (eg at the backpackers’ BnB in Sukau, and the steep steps to the rooms on the 1st Floor in a hotel in Sandakan (no lift)).
Team B then proceeded to Sandakan where Maj Lee and wife joined the Team. From then on, Team B proceeded to various locations in Sabah and Sarawak (for details, please see attached pictures of the tour). Significant places of interest and activities visited / witnessed by the team were as follows:
a. Kundasang slopes and Mt Kinabalu on 12 Jun.
b. Tip of Borneo where South China Sea and Sulu Sea meet at the cape /tip on 13 Jun.
c. Visiting Rungus Longhouse, south of Kudat on 14 Jun.
d. Kota Kinabalu city and surrounding areas on 14 Jun to 16 Jun.
e. The experiences of crossing many border checkpoints from Sabah (Sindumin) on 16 Jun to Sarawak (Lawas) to Brunei (Eastern part), to Sarawak (Limbang), to Brunei Proper, to Sarawak (Miri)on 18 Jun.
f. The Niah Caves (on the way from Miri to Bintulu) on 18 Jun.
g. The Dayak Gawai Festival in Kuching on 22 Jun.
h. The night scene of Kuching ‘Riverside’ on 22 Jun.
i. Meeting MACVA members in KK (Dinner) on 15 Jun, and Kuching (breakfast on 23 Jun), and viewing TUDM Kuching with MACVA (Kuching Members) on 23 Jun.
j. Visit to Santubong Beach and Peak on 24 Jun.
JOURNEY IN PICTURES
10 Jun 18
Visited islands off Semporna and night stay at Sukau Backpackers BnB.
12 Jun 18
Visited cattle farm at top of Kundasang slopes, had dinner in Ranau town and night stay at Kinabalu Valley Homestay (on hillside).
13 Jun 18
Travelled from Kundasang hillside Lodge to Kudat and night stay at Kudat Hotel.
14 Jun 18
Travelled from Kudat to Kota Kinabalu via Kota Marudi, Tuaran and night stay at M. S. Homestay.
15 Jun 18
Visited Kota Kinabalu City Centre.
16 Jun 18
Travelled from Kota Kinabalu to Lawas in Sarawak via Papar, Beaufort, Sipitang and Lawas (night stay at Borneo Hotel).
17 Jun 18
Travelled from Lawas to Brunei, visits Muara, Bandar Seri Bengawan (BSB), Mosque, river esplanade to view Kampong Ayer and night stay at Qing Yun Resthouse.
18 Jun 18
Visitsed Seria (Brunei) and travelled to Miri (Sarawak) (night stay at Lixion Homestay).
19 Jun 18
Visits Niah Caves and travelled to Bintulu (nigh stay at 900 Inn).
20 Jun 18
Travelled from Bintulu to Sibu (night stay at Qu Lin Resident).
21 Jun 18
Travelled from Sibu to Seri Aman (visited Melanau Kampung and night stay at Seri Simanggang Hotel).
22 Jun 18
Proceed to Kuching, vists Gawai Dayak Parade and night scenes.
23 Jun 18
Visited Kuching and Santubong.
24 Jun 18
Departs for KLIA.
In conclusion, appreciation and thanks should go to all members of Team B for their contribution, cooperation and assistance to make the trip a memorable one. Special thanks to Lt Col (Rtd) Khoo GK for the tireless effort to be the photographer for the whole Team B Tour, including compilation of the photos. Not to forget our capable driver, Bro Yee Sin Choy, for the safe handling of the vehicle for the whole journey which was very tough and strenuous. Thanks also to Maj Lee for the lodging / hotel arrangements for the whole trip. Also thanks to all the wives who helped the team in one way or another.
Reported Daily by:-
Lt Col Lim Ah Bah RMAF (Rtd)
Team A Lerder
Recorded for MACVA Archives.
Maj Wong Kwai Yinn (Rtd)
25 Sep 19