Tugu Peringatan Mat Salleh
The Mat Salleh memorial was opened in 1999 at the exact site where he was killed at Kampung Tibabar, Tambunan. This memorial is a tribute to remember the local hero, Datu Paduka Mat Salleh who stood up and led a rebellion against the Company’s rule during the British Colonial times.
In 1895, Mat Salleh made a complaint to the Company regarding new rules imposed on Sugut River but the Company ignored him. At the same time, the Company was unhappy with the fact that Mat Salleh was collecting taxes from the local populace. Soon after the complaint, the Company burnt down his village. In 1897, he retaliated by razing the Company’s harbor at Pulau Gaya. Immediately after the razing, he ordered a fort to be constructed in Ranau. Ranau is a town located in the West Coast Division, in the center of Sabah, east Malaysia on the island of Borneo.
The Company tried to capture the fort but they were met with heavy resistance and failed. The confrontation ended with Mat Salleh's forces retreating into North Borneo hinterland. He was later offered peace by the Company but refused and fled to Tambunan. The Company agreed in 1899 to take over TambUnan but he resisted and was assassinated. His death essentially ended the uprising campaign by depriving it of a chief. The fort still stands at their site, which is one of the last remaining British-held fortresses in Malaysia. The British would later be given charge of TambUNan by the British.
Location: Kampung Tibabar, Tambunan
Operating Hours: 9.00 AM - 5.00 PM