NEWS Sept-Oct 2019



Nature Inspiration Art Gallery (NIAG) has been selected as Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu’s partner for its Unlock Art programme to unlock the rich traditions, inspirations and diverse culture found in Sabah.

The Nature Inspiration Art Gallery (NIAG) is set up by University College Sabah Foundation (UCSF) in 2014, as an extension to manifest its Green Concept and Philosophy’s vision of preserving the rich cultural identities and heritage of Sabahans, and conserving Sabah’s vast natural surroundings, which remains prestige and natural. The exhibits bring prominence to the enchanting beauty of Sabah, its people and nature. 

Le Méridien celebrates the glamour of travel by inspiring guests to be uplifted and savour the good life. The Unlock ArtTM programme introduces creative and curious-minded travellers to stimulating and inspiring experiences that the destination has to offer inside and outside the hotel. This programme is a unique partnership to provide hotel guests with access to contemporary art and cultural centres around the world, and the partnership with NIAG, will “unlock” the art and cultural scene in Sabah. 

Guests staying at Le Méridien Kota Kinabalu will be able to access Nature Inspiration Art Gallery for free by displaying the room key card upon entry to the gallery.

Open to the public: Monday to Friday – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Closed on public holidays)

For more info: Julia Kuyong (+60 12-802 0436)



We would like to express our deepest condolences to the family of Domima Okk Akoi (99) who recently left us on 10 August 2019. Domima was recognised as one of the local unsung heroes who went the extra mile to provide help to the Australian prisoners of war (POWs) during the infamous 260 kilometres Sandakan-Ranau Death March more than 70 years ago. 

It was during the World War II when she and Saumin Bin Gadalip @ Kaingal encountered with the Prisoners of Wars in her village. At that time, she was just thirteen years old, who went to the farm to feed the pigs with tapioca at the sty. While feeding the pigs, she felt as if somebody was throwing pieces of wood in her direction but ignored it when she couldn’t spot anybody in the vicinity until she saw eight hands asking for food from the bushes the next day. 

As instructed by her father, she secretly continued to provide food and water for the marchers, including some of the only six who managed to escape for a week. Her father also warned her to be careful and not be seen by the Japanese soldiers.

It came to a surprise when she found out the food that she sneaked to the POWs were untouched on the last day after placing the food on the ground near the bushes. Out of curiosity, she decided to check the men but only found an empty can with eight wedding rings as a token of gratitude and appreciation. She took the rings home and kept one; the rest to her sisters. 

In 2007, Domima became one of the first two non-Australians to be honoured with life membership medals by the Australian War Veterans Association.

Rest in eternal peace.