"This time my wife suggested we go to Kota Marudu instead. My brother-in-law also said that Kota Marudu's Tamu is bigger and I could find more local people to photograph.
When I got there, I found many people and things that seemed very familiar to me. But then a trader drew my attention to what she sells - salted and dried baby sharks. I was somewhat aware that these sharks are endangered species. I was even more shocked when the salted shark dealer offered me."
Kota Marudu is a district capital in the north of Sabah. It is located 130 kilometers north of the capital, Kota Kinabalu, not far from the federal highway, which connects Kota Kinabalu with the city of Kudat, near the northernmost tip of Borneo. The town of Kota Marudu is not by the sea, as you would expect, but a bit inland. The city has about 10,000 inhabitants.
Throughout the area, near Kota Marudu, 5 major rivers flow into the bay: they are the Bandau, Rakit, Bongonen, Langkon and Tandek rivers.
Kota Marudu-tamu, the weekly market, is held every Sunday. This market is an open air market. The merchandise is usually displayed on the floor on a mat, varying from large to small. In addition to women, many men also come to this weekly market. In addition to buying fresh products and household items, people also come here every week to chat with their fellow residents. A lot of news is heard and passed on about neighboring kampongs.
This weekly market is a combination of sights, sounds and smells as merchants gather here to sell their products. From leafy greens to delicious local cakes, vendors proudly display their wares and entice passers-by with bargains.
The people here mainly live from fishing and agriculture. The current types of agricultural activities are mainly timber, oil palm, paddy and coconut and rubber plantations. Small and medium-sized industries play almost no role. There is a Teak Information Center. While the goal was to provide scientific information about teak to the tree plantation industry, the information at the center is very minimal. It is at best a source of teak (Tectona grandis) seeds for forest plantations.
The area around Kota Marudu is made up of three distinct areas: valley, coastal area and mountainous terrain, with most of it in the mountainous area. The mountainous area is the least important, although it has high mountains with interesting flora and fauna.
There are some cheap hotels in Kota Marudu, such as the Northern Inn, GL Hotel and the Season Inn. However, these are still far from meeting our Western standards. However, there are also many homestays in Kota Marudu from which to choose. They are all located in the built-up area of the Kota Marudu. There is a small shopping center, but no large department stores. It is just a collection of small shops. In the city you will also find many restaurants, supermarkets, a food court, a bank, a hostel, a hospital and a petrol station.
Kota Marudu used to be known as 'Bandau', derived from the KadazanDusun word 'Mondou'; which, according to local ancient lore, is a buffalo-like creature that caused much mischief to the inhabitants. The name of the district was therefore changed to Kota Marudu, after a famous harbor on Marudu Bay, built by the local warrior, Shariff Osman. Like any freedom fighter, he fought for justice and against invaders trying to control this district. However, the British colonialists have recorded in history, that Syarif Osman was a leader of pirates and rebels in Marudu Bay around 1890-1895. This against the wishes of the local population, who see him as a freedom fighter.
The Shopping Center
Places of interest in Kota Marudu include the Sorinsim Waterfall . This is the most famous waterfall in Kota Marudu. A beautiful clear waterfall for which you have to travel 40 km. Visitors to the waterfall can expect crystal clear waters and this is also the perfect place to have a picnic by the waterfall and enjoy the scenery.
Sagabon Park is an agricultural research station located on Buyut Lake. Kota Marudu also has Southeast Asia's largest solar power plant. The city celebrates an annual corn festival in honor of the agricultural product's contribution to the socio-economic development of the district. The activity program includes a variety of exhibitions, competitions, traditional sports and a beauty pageant.