Vol 24 – The Sabah Society Journal – (2007)

The 2007 issue of the Sabah Society Journal brings you six articles on a range of subjects. The longest of the papers by Fausto Barlocco, a social scientist from the UK, deals with the growth and development of Kadazan nationalism and the role played by the media and the state in fostering its growth.

Geoff Davison, distinguished ornithologist and a former editor of our Journal, gives a short but interesting account of his study of the bird population on the island of Mataking, off the east coast of Sabah, during a Society-organized field visit.

Wilfred Tok, an accomplished mountaineer from Singapore, who has made Mt Kinabalu his base for several interesting activities, gives an account of the new climbing sport that he has introduced on Sabah’s famous mountain. Via Ferrata, a new method of negotiating steep rock faces using iron rails, rungs and cables, provides access to amateur climbers into parts of the mountain that were until now open only to professional rock climbers. His paper, profusely illustrated with photographs, gives us a glimpse of the excitement promised by this new adventure.

The other three papers and the pull-out provide the principal focus of this issue — climate change. KK Chow, a former Director of the Malaysian Meteorological Service, gives us an insight into the science of global warming and the principal implications of climate change for living beings on this planet. Gurmit Singh of the Centre for Environment Technology and Development, Malaysia outlines the difficulties involved in creating awareness and activism on this looming danger, among NGO’s and the citizenry. The last of the papers on climate change, by Annadel Cabanban, provides information on the possible impact of warming of sea-water on corals and other forms of marine life. In keeping with the Society’s concern and interest on the subject, we have included a four page pull-out on what we, members can do in our own daily lives to minimize the prospect of climate change.

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