October 30, 1988 |
"Bat 21," about the Vietnam jungle ordeal of an Air Force colonel (Gene Hackman), was the first American movie ever shot in the Malaysian state of Sabah, on the untamed island of Borneo. Hundreds of locals played Viet Cong extras in the film. And when it opened in Sabah recently, posters pasted all over Sabah's capital, Kota Kinabalu, boasted: "The Greatest Action Adventure of All Time . . . Shot in Sabah." But "the ads were only half-right," commented local film critic Joe Fernandez.
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June 6, 1985 |
The Emir of Kuwait, Sheik Jabbar al Ahmed al Sabah, who narrowly escaped a suicide car bomb attack 11 days ago, left for Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to visit holy places in Mecca and Medina, officials said.
February 2, 1991 |
A Filipino fisherman has been sentenced by a high court in the state of Sabah to hang for trafficking in cannabis. The court in the southeastern town of Tawau on the island of Borneo ruled Thursday that Kula Hawari, 27, was guilty of trafficking in 8.54 ounces of cannabis.
October 18, 1988 |
The retiring commander of U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf met with Kuwaiti leaders Monday as part of a farewell visit, officials said. Gen. George B. Crist, who steps down next month as head of the U.S. Central Command, called on Kuwait's crown prince and prime minister, Sheik Saad Abdullah al Sabah.
July 14, 2003 |
Kuwait's emir appointed his brother as prime minister Sunday, removing the premiership from the crown prince and boosting hopes for reform in this close U.S. ally and fledgling democracy. The appointment of Sheik Sabah al Ahmed al Jabbar al Sabah was announced on state-owned Kuwait Television. The emir, Sheik Jabbar al Ahmed al Sabah, ordered the new prime minister to form a cabinet to replace the one that resigned after July 5 parliamentary elections.
September 24, 2000 |
When times have gotten tough in the past for Muslim extremists in the southern Philippines, where the army has been on the offensive for a week in search of 17 kidnap victims, the rebels have always had a nearby haven. That refuge was Malaysia's Sabah state on Borneo, not much more than an hour's speedboat ride from some of the hundreds of islands and islets that make up the Philippines' Sulu province.
September 1, 2000 |
Four U.S. climbers are happy to be home and even happier to be alive after escaping Uzbeki militants--by pushing one to his death off a cliff--who detained them for six days earlier this month in Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet republic. Jason Smith, 22, John Dickey, 25, Beth Rodden, 20, of the San Francisco area, and Tommy Caldwell, 22, of Estes Park, Colo.
August 12, 2008 |
It was an open-and-shut case. Kuwaiti cops showed up at the dealer's house and seized more than 22 pounds of cocaine and 165 pounds of hashish. The suspect was accused of drug trafficking and, a few months later, sentenced to death. But the convicted drug dealer, Talal Nasser al Sabah, was no ordinary Kuwaiti -- he was a member of the Persian Gulf kingdom's ruling family.
October 7, 2003 |
Armed kidnappers raided a remote tourist resort in Malaysian Borneo, seizing six migrant workers before escaping into the jungle, officials said. Three Indonesians and three Filipinos were taken from the Borneo Paradise Eco-Farm Resort in eastern Sabah state, said Norian Mai, Malaysia's national police chief. He said the kidnappers were believed to be Malaysians, and authorities did not believe any foreign group was involved. There was no immediate demand for ransom.
October 15, 1992 |
Six elected members of Parliament will join Kuwait's Cabinet, the largest number ever to do so, under a plan agreed to by the crown prince and parliamentary deputies, the official Kuwait News Agency said Wednesday. Quoting a parliamentary source, the agency said the deputies have requested eight ministries but accepted six after talks with Crown Prince Sheik Saad al Abdullah al Sabah, reappointed Monday by the emir as prime minister.