Lest we forget

June 6, 2018

 

On 6 June 1976, Sabah Air's GAF N-22B Nomad, carrying Sabah’s fifth Chief Minister, Tun Datuk Haji Mohd. Fuad Stephens and six other State ministers, crashed just 3 km away from the then Kota Kinabalu Airport, killing all 11 passengers on board the aircraft.

 

A monument known as the Double Six Monument was later built at the crash site in order to commemorate the tragedy.

 

The incident, which marked a significant event in Sabah’s history, is remembered every year and this year’s 42nd Double Six Commemoration Ceremony was held at the monument at 7am this morning.
 

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The commemoration was attended by YB Jimmy Wong, representing Sabah’s Chief Minister YAB Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Mohd. Shafie bin Haji Apdal, who also led the wreath-laying ceremony.

 

Sutera Harbour Resort’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer Mr Gerard Tan was also there for the wreath-laying ceremony and to show solidarity to family members of the victims.

 

Other VIPs and all attendees also paid their tribute to the victims of the crash with a minute’s silence.

 

After the wreath-laying ceremony, everyone visited the Double Six Gallery which showcases photos of the fallen and other Sabah's political champions. Attendees also got a glimpse of the lives of Sabah’s lost illustrious sons and freedom fighters.

 

The ceremony ended at 9am with everyone enjoying a morning refreshment before going home.

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