Tamparuli is a small town and a sub-district of Tuaran on the west coast of Sabah, Malaysia. It is populated mainly by native Dusuns, while a sizeable Chinese community (of whom most are Hakkas) runs most of the shops in the town proper. As with many other small towns in Sabah and indeed Malaysia as a whole, the town itself consists of both newer concrete shoplots as well as old wooden ones, which are particularly prone to destruction by fire as evidenced in the destruction of one of the wooden shoplots in recent years. Now, Tamparuli is said to have the potential to grow with the convenience of a new shop site called Tamparuli Point.

Tamparuli
Other transcription(s)
 • Simplified Chinese担波罗利
 • Traditional Chinese擔波羅利
Colonial-era shoplots in downtown Tamparuli
Colonial-era shoplots in downtown Tamparuli
Tamparuli is located in Borneo
Tamparuli
Tamparuli
Coordinates: 6°8′N 116°16′E / 6.133°N 116.267°E / 6.133; 116.267Coordinates: 6°8′N 116°16′E / 6.133°N 116.267°E / 6.133; 116.267
Country Malaysia
State Sabah
DivisionWest Coast
Government
 • Assistant District OfficerCelestinus Lawanding
Area
 • Total499.00 km2 (192.665 sq mi)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total1,402
Time zoneUTC+8 (MST)
Postcode
8925X
Area code(s)088
Websiteww2.sabah.gov.my/dktmp/

The most famous landmark in Tamparuli is a long hanging bridge which is immortalized in the song Jambatan Tamparuli, a popular Kadazan-Dusun song. Another bridge, built for motor traffic, spans the river far below the hanging bridge and is frequently flooded during heavy rain. The beginning lyric below is a Tamparuli Bridge song.

Pak pak kang ku doh (Pak pak I stepped),

Sumunsui doh jambatan (following/crossing the bridge),

Jambatan doh Tamparuli (The Tamparuli Bridge),

Bakasut tinggi oku (I wear high heels),

*Pak pak called 'pok pok', refers to the sound of shoes/feet, and in this song is the sound of high heels

Tamparuli is located just off the Kota Kinabalu - Sandakan road, making it a popular stop for a snack or meal for travelers taking this route from the direction of Kota Kinabalu. The town is also a convenient stop en route to the town of Kiulu, a popular whitewater rafting destination for domestic and foreign tourists alike.

EtymologyEdit

Tamparuli town known was as called "Bontoi" (actually referring to a small village in that area) and, "Bontoi" of village name means a bridge believed to have existed for over 200 years long before it was named Tamparuli. From a small village, Tamparuli later evolved into a town. The change came after several outside traders, especially among Chinese people from Tuaran, set up some lumber shops in the 1930s.

From the year 1942 until the year 1944, the Tamparuli area was used by the Japanese military as a base for heavy vehicles such as trucks. Then, the local people called that area are known as 'Tempat Lori' means truck place and, eventually, it turned called Tamparuli.[1] Next, according to another source, the Tamparuli town also derives a name from words know as slapped by water and, this name derives from Brunei's word, due Brunei traders who came to Tamparuli had trouble to get up to the upstream because of the high water flow.

DisasterEdit

FloodEdit

The floods have a historical record in the area town of Tamparuli that reminds people until today, the floods also have impacted other areas such as Tuaran, Tenghilan and, other districts in Sabah. In the year 1999, the area Tamparuli town was hit by a massive flood at that time and bring destroyed convenience such as the Tamparuli old bridge. Flooding also occurred in the year 1992 in area Tamparuli town.

Next, the floods also occurred in the year 1996 due to Ribut Tropika Greg (1996 Pacific typhoon season) that hit the entire state of Sabah. The Tuaran district affected, where the road links between Tuaran and Kota Kinabalu as a result of the falling tree, as well as the lack of electricity throughout the area due to broken cables or broken electrical poles. Thus, this has made the government and the private sector unable to function and, water supply is also a problem.[2] In the area town of Tamparuli, SK Saradan, SK Pekan Tamparuli, SK Rungus, SK Lingga Baru, SK Guakon and, SMK Tamparuli were the schools that reported the case.

On the 15th of January 2014, the Tamparuli town area hit by landslides and floods. The rain that non-stop causes several areas hit by flooding and, the landslide occurred in the village of Rangalau Baru. The severe flooding caused several vehicles to be stranded and unable to get out of the area.[3] Now, the success of 20 students from SMK Tamparuli, created a flood warning system installed on the Tamparuli Old Bridge here, benefiting more than 12,000 locals.[4] Thus, this system can help to enhance the safety and give information about the flood to the community.

GeographyEdit

Position of Tamparuli Town near other areas;

At 6°8′N 116°16′E / 6.133°N 116.267°E / 6.133; 116.267, and 36 Kilometers from Southwest of Kota Kinabalu city, Tuaran district include Tamparuli area stands about 1200 until 2500 meters above sea level.[5]

Tourist AttractionsEdit

 
Main road leading into Tamparuli town centre

The 'Upside Down House' or Rumah Terbalik is a popular tourist attraction located in the town. It is the only structure of such type known to exist in Malaysia so far and a guided tour is available for visitors at daytime.[6]

The hanging bridge is famously known as Jambatan Tamparuli is a popular attraction for a photo-stop at the town. The bridge became well-known after a song named after the bridge was sung by the late local singer John Gaisah. Moreover, visitors who came to Jambatan Tamparuli also be welcomed by the beautiful traditional Dusun folk music and dance performances at the foot of the Jambatan Tamparuli starting September 1, 2019. The everyday show is free to show run by the Tuaran Cultural Arts Association (Festival), to aim for entertaining and create a different atmosphere for the visitor and give valuable experience for them. The FESTIVAL music group consists of five to 13 players, including musical instruments such as Marimba, Tagunggak, Sompoton, Suling, Skopion and, Sompoton Kembar.[7]

Chanteek Borneo Indigenous Museum is a mini-museum exhibiting miniature dolls in Barbie size, all dressed in Malaysian’s costume. There are about 300 miniature costumes being exhibited with 2/3 of the costumes are from Sabah. The museum is open for the visitor on a daily day.

JonGrapevines & Figs Garden is also a tourist attraction and located in Kampong Bantayan, Tamparuli. This place shows various types of grapes and figs.

 
Bukit Perahu

The Ruhiang hill, known as 'Bukit Perahu' (St. Veronica Hill), is a place for activity of hiking and is located near Tamparuli Town. Next, Kusai hill is also one of the main attractions for visitors for activities of hiking and tracks for bicycle riders. Furthermore, Murug-Turug eco-tourism hiking & jungle trekking (MTET) is one of the tourist attractions for outdoor activities located in the Kampong Minangkob, 11 kilometers from Tamparuli Town and, 45 kilometers from Kota Kinabalu city.[8]

FacilitiesEdit

Jogging TrackEdit

 
Freshwater Fish Statue

Tamparuli town also has facilities such as the jogging track was built near the banks of the Tamparuli River for the community to conduct leisure activities with a distance of approximately 800 meters. Next, the freshwater fish statue near with jogging track also contributes to the attractiveness of the community as well as visitors to the Tamparuli district for doing leisure activities and use as a symbol of the Tagal area since the year 2011. The freshwater fish statue was created approximately three-meters using a concrete and placed on top of a five-meters of a concrete pillar, surrounded by benches for visitors to relax. Moreover, this facility of the jogging track provided nearest with a small canteen and hut. According to Datuk Jahid Jahim, it hopes to install lights along the jogging track and build stretching exercises to improve safety and give the comfortable for the community.[9]

CultureEdit

Tamu Tamparuli has long existed in the year 1974 ago and every Wednesday morning, 'Tamu' (native open-air market) is held in Tamparuli town. At the Tamu, produce, seafood, traditional food and drinks, handicrafts and other goods from Tamparuli and the surrounding villages are bought and sold.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ George, Harry (29 November 2011). "HISTORY OF TAMPARULI". www.tamparulisabah.com. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  2. ^ "1,000 penduduk hilang tempat tinggal". Berita Harian Online. 19 December 2005. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  3. ^ Lusin, Calista (16 January 2014). "SEJARAH KEMBALI BERULANG". jurnalistikmentari.blogspot.com. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  4. ^ Jiffar, Suzianah (16 February 2016). "Inovasi pelajar manfaatkan 12,000 penduduk Tamparuli". bharian.com.my. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  5. ^ "BENTUK MUKA BUMI". www.sabah.gov.my/. 2020. Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  6. ^ Chan, Steffie. "Rumah Terbalik @ Tamparuli, Sabah". Steffie Chan's Blog. Retrieved 29 May 2013.[unreliable source?]
  7. ^ Bernama, (7 September 2019). "PENGUNJUNG JAMBATAN TAMPARULI DISAMBUT DENGAN MUZIK, TARIAN ETNIK DUSUN". Sabah News Today. Retrieved 7 September 2019.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  8. ^ Giun, Rayner (3 September 2019). "Murug-Turug Waterfall Lokasi Menarik di Tamparuli". FH Production.com. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  9. ^ "Replika ikan air tawar jadi tarikan baharu di Tamparuli". Utusan borneo online. 24 July 2019. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  10. ^ Petrus, Alfred (15 February 2017). "Tamu Tamparuli wujud sejak 1974". PressReader.com. Retrieved 8 December 2019.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Tamparuli at Wikimedia Commons