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 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. That failure prompted the Company to burn the fort. The confrontation ended with Mat Salleh’s forces retreating into North Borneo hinterland. There were also skirmishes near Gaya Island, Inanam and Menggatal. Inanam is a town in Sabah, Malaysia. Menggatal is a Malaysia town and district on the west coast of Sabah, on the outskirts of the capital, Kota Kinabalu. 



Batu Gong
In Malay language, Batu means Rock and Gong is an idiophones musical instrument.  Batu Gong in Tambunan is unique; it is a few boulders that look like natural ordinary rocks that can produce 7 different sounds but similar to the gong of the gong community in Sabah. The discovery of Batu Gong is by accident; it is been said that there was a straightening project of Pegalan River in the year of 1995. A few boulders were dug out from the river and placed at the river bank and nobody bothered about those rocks before. One day, the adults found that the kids playing with boulder by hitting it with stone, to produce Gong-like sound. The Batu Gong is then placed inside a simple hut built with zinc roof, brick wall and iron fence. However, visitor who wishes to visit this gong stone must comply with the rules outlined by the older elders.



Rumah Bambu
The beauty of this house is it was first constructed without using any nail. The wood, bamboo and poles are lashed together with rattan strips. However, after undergone maintenance, some nails were added to the structure. For safety reason, young girl would sleep in an attic, a small platform built above the house’s main cross lintel and parents would remove the ladder that gives access to the room. 



Watu Tinuridong
Right next to it is the Rumah Bambu which was built entirely out of natural materials. Rumah Bambu is the oldest bamboo house in Tambunan that still exist and going strong until today. It was originally a real residence but now vacant after it was gazetted by Sabah Museum as a heritage house. The bamboo house is raised on hardwood stilts, sometimes large river stones are used instead. Though the window is small, the translucent quality of bamboo allows enough light to get inside the house.

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