in the early 1957. The administration of Nabawan District was set up at
Pensiangan Station placed under the Interior Residency Administration centered
at Keningau. The distance between Pensiangan Station and Nabawan is 114
kilometer. In those days there was no road linking Keningau and Salung.
From Salung the journey is by outboard motor propelled by power engine.
The only means of transport was on horse back, otherwise on foot.
Officers stationed at Pensiangan was provided with horse for use as transport
in discharging their duties. Telephone communication used then was of the
type " Telephone Direct Cable " where telephone lines were connected along
the foot pathway from Keningau to Pensiangan. It was operated on a Roll
System without the aid of electricity or battery.
Peck was appointed the first District Officer ( DO ) of Pensiangan in the
of Nabawan District Office was officialy transferred to Nabawan settlement
Scheme in early 1974. The then USNO Government decided to grouped together
and resettle the local communities mainly the Muruts of Pensiangan at Nabawan
Settlement Scheme to render smooth and more efficient administration as
well as to plan ways of uplifting and upgrading their livelihood and to
make it easier to channel to them the necessary amenities and projects.
Indeed it was an uphill task providing and giving projects to them they
are scattered here and there.
Datuk OKK Sigoh Bin Singkunan was at the helm leading his folks out to
the proposed new settlement. Despite of the Government's effort to resettle
the Pensiangan Muruts to a more convenient and orderly ways of living,
yet some still preferred to stay back in their respective villages at Pensiangan.
The late Datuk OKK Sigoh Bin Singkunan's family was the first to arrive
at Nabawan Settlement Scheme in 1969. To date the late Datuk OKK Sigoh
Bin Singkunan is still remembered and much revered by his subordinates
due to his courageous effort to take up the challenge shouldered upon him
in bringing his men out of the verge of poverty, is not totally perhaps
partly. However, time wears on and the new generations are about to forget
their liberator due to many factors.
of the Government plus the undivided loyalty of the local populace now
bears fruit. In 1998/1999, a new one storey Mini Secretariat was build
and now the Status Of Nabawan District is upgraded and is administered
by a Grade N.02 Officer, that is tha District Officer. With this promotion,
Nabawan now is at par with the other districts in Sabah.