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A dragon curls waiting on guard, on the roof of the oldest chinese temple in Kudat. And if you are a Sabahan Chinese Hakka, chances are your great great grandparent, came from Kudat.

The first batch of Chinese Hakkas set foot in Kudat, the 1st capital of North Borneo on April 4th,1883. These 96 workers came from the Long Chuan county, in the Guandong province. There were no other Chinese living in Kudat or elsewhere in North Borneo then.

These 96 workers brought in by the British North Borneo Company, to clear the land for vegetables, fruit trees, coffee, coconut trees and rubber trees. Anyone travelling through Kudat, will notice the remnant of these plantations. The moment you see thousands rows upon thousands rows of coconut trees and rubber trees on the hillsides, you know you are in the Kudat district. Especially the drive to the Tip Of Borneo.

In 1886, the second batch of about 300 Hakka workers, brought in by the North Borneo Chartered Company, arrived in Kudat. In March 1913,another 700 Hakka workers sponsored by the Company arrived in Kudat.

But why Chinese Hakkas. North Borneo Chartered Company wanted Hakka workers only because they knew the Hakkas were agriculturally hard working, diligent and industrious.

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