25th Day

Posted On August 15, 2006

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SABAH, NEGERI DI BAWAH BAYU,Sabah, The Land Below The Wind

Capital Kota Kinabalu (formerly known as Jesselton)
Governor Tun Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Ahmadshah Abdullah
Chief Minister Datuk Musa Haji Aman

Statistics (Malaysia Statistics Dept., 2005)

Population 2,931,700 (est.): Malay 11.52%, Other Bumiputera 49.17% (Kadazan, Bajau, Dusun Lotud, Rungus, Iranun, Bisaya, Tatana, Lun Dayeh, Tindal, Tobilung, Kimaragang, Suluk, Ubian, Tagal, Timogun, Nabay, Kedayan, Orang Sungai, Makiang, Minokok, Mangka’ak, Lobu, Bonggi, Tidong, Ida’an, Begahak, Kagayan, Talantang, Tinagas, Banjar, Gana, Kuijau, Tombonuo, Dumpas, Peluan, Baukan, Sino, Bugis, Jawa), Chinese 9.67%, Indian 0.37%, Others 4.45%, Non-citizens 24.82% (Filipino, Indonesian)

Religious breakdown (2000) Islam 63.7%, Christianity 27.8%, Buddhism 6.4%, No Religion 1.0%, Taoism/Confucianism 0.4%, Others 0.3%, Hinduism 0.1%, Unknown 0.3%

Incidence of poverty (2004) 23% (Hardcore: 6.5%)

Sabah’s local chiefs had historic links with the Brunei Sultanate as well as the Sulu Sultanate in the southern Philippines. The state was taken over by the British North Borneo Company in 1881. Early in World War II, Jesselton (renamed Kota Kinabalu in 1968) was razed by the retreating British to prevent it from falling into the hands of the Japanese. Mount Kinabalu is Malaysia’s highest mountain. Despite its vast wealth of natural resource, Sabah is currently the poorest state with the highest poverty level.

1. An outpouring of God’s spirit, winds of change and revival to sweep over the land.
2. Righteousness to be established within the state administration; genuine political leaders who uphold the welfare of the people. [Sabah’s political situation has been quite chaotic amidst widespread party defections, alleged power abuse and corruption.]
3. Concrete steps and effective efforts to upgrade living standards and to eradicate poverty; just distribution of wealth. [Part of the poverty problem is the inequitable distribution of wealth between the State and the Federal government.]
4. Long-lasting and humane solution for the illegal migrants who are fleeing political unrest and poverty in their homeland. [Many resort to crime and illegal activities to survive.]
5. Wisdom & vigilance for the security forces in curbing piracy in Sulu Sea near southwest Philippines.
6. Wisdom & vigilance for the authorities in checking illegal drug activities. [Particularly in Lahad Datu, Semporna,Tawau and Sandakan.]
7. Church: unity; seek to advance the Gospel; growth in children and youth ministries; active role in social concerns; guard against nominalism and complacency.

“Think of prayer as a privilege and you will want to pray more” – Ps Chin Chi Kiong


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