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Rename it Albert Kwok Memorial Park
Published on: Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: The Government should consider changing the name of Petagas War Memorial to "Albert Kwok Memorial Park" so that it has historical significance and is known to the public, especially local youths.

Putatan MP Datuk Marcus M. Mojigoh said such move would make the historical place easily known not only among the locals in Sabah but also tourists.

He said the Government should look into the proposal, which he had highlighted in the Parliament, as it would benefit the State and its booming tourism industry.

"Many people know the location of the Petagas War Memorial at Jalan Peringatan in Petagas, but they hardly know its history, especially young people.

"That is why it is necessary to change the name of the memorial to 'Albert Kwok Memorial Park' and the Government should gazette it so that the people can relate the name with a rebel leader, Albert Kwok, and other resistance fighters who fought relentlessly and sacrificed their lives to protect the country during the Japanese Occupation of Borneo," he said.

Kwok and the other resistance fighters were known as "Kinabalu Guerrillas" in the 1940s.

Mojigoh, who is also Upko Vice President, said this to reporters after a walkabout programme with Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) divisional leaders and Gerakan Sabah leaders at Tanjung Aru and Sembulan, in conjunction with the upcoming Chinese New Year (CNY) celebration, Monday.

He distributed party calendars and newsletters containing his community activities as well as aspirations and delivered CNY greetings to the traders, while LDP and Gerakan leaders and members also distributed CNY greetings cards.

Also present were LDP Sabah Treasurer Datuk Albert Ngan Yun Kiang, LDP Tanjung Aru Wanita Chief Datin Margaret Chong, Gerakan Sabah Liaison Committee member-cum-Putatan and Sembulan Selatan Divisional Chairman Jimmy Sim Yong Thiang, JCI members and community leaders.

Mojigoh said Kwok was a Chinese patriotic leader who was killed with four other Chinese leaders and 300 other people, including fighters, by Japanese soldiers at the location which was gazetted as the Petagas War Memorial.

He also called on the State Government to emulate the Sarawak Government's move in recognising the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) so as to enable students with such qualification to pursue tertiary education in local public universities.

"It is timely for the State Government to recognise the UEC," he said.

On education in the Putatan parliamentary constituency, Mojigoh said the Education Department should make La Salle Secondary School in Tanjung Aru an English medium school in order to improve English proficiency of students.

"Such move will equip the students with good English communication and writing skills and prepare them for the future challenges," he said. - Hayati Dzulkifli


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