Tun Mustapha Gallery- Memorabilia of a Freedom Fighter of Sabah

Tun Datu Haji Mustapha bin Datu Harun was
the founding father of independence in Sabah, Malaysia who led the negotiations of the
formation of Malaysia in 1963. This prominent figure was also a “freedom
fighter” during World War II, the first Head of State of Sabah and the third Chief Minister of Sabah.
The
Mustapha Gallery was established at the former Sabah State Legislative
Assembly Building. The objective of setting up the Tun Mustapha Gallery
in 2006 was to pay tribute to his outstanding achievements for Sabah; North Borneo back then. This gallery vividly displays the chronicles his visionary life; plus detailed artifacts of his triumphs accompanied by enlightening descriptions.
Visitors will be awed by the modern concept of the gallery, where this gallery actually sets
a benchmark to the museums in Sabah. The gallery showcases many personal items,
such as Tun Mustapha’s suits, a torn golfing hat, as well as his violin
collections that once even saved his life during the Japanese occupation. The
gallery also exhibits a comprehensive display of Tun Mustapha’s empire during
Sabah’s progression from British Protectorate to Crown Colony and how
Sabah was granted self-government by the British.
After
the independence of Sabah, Tun Mustapha unified the diverse cultural groups of the State
and won Sabah’s first General Elections thus became Sabah’s third
Chief Minister. He strived to develop infrastructure and education in the state
and ensured close integration with West Malaysia. The biggest contribution to the
state is the set-up of Yayasan Sabah (Sabah Foundation) in 1966, with the vision “A Dynamic, People Oriented, Caring and Committed Organization”. The foundation aims
to address and alleviate the standard living and education in Sabah. In fact, a
detailed prescription is also available in the gallery with an interactive kiosk
which facilitates information and photographs display on the late
Tun Mustapha.
The
Tun Mustapha Gallery is located at the Podium Level of the Menara Tun Mustapha
(Sabah Foundation Building) in Likas Bay, Kota Kinabalu. A souvenir shop that specializes in local
handicraft enhance visitors’ experience by offering “Vinusak”,”
Rinago”  and various ethnic motifs for sale. Several mementos of Tun Mustapha such as mugs, T-shirts and even in-house manufactured bottled drinking
water are also available here.
Business
hours are from 8:30am to 5:00pm on Monday to Friday. For more details, please
visit www.ysnet.org.my
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By Melissa A. Lim

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