• Jonathan Shiek

Tourists May Soon Be Able To Stay A Night At Sabah’s Haunted Historical Sites

The tourism industry is undoubtedly one of the sectors that are most affected by the pandemic since last year, and for many states in Malaysia that rely on tourism activity for economic growth, this means bad news. In an effort to boost the state’s tourism industry, the Sabah government is reportedly planning to explore dark tourism with popular historical sites.

According to Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Jafry Ariffin, dark tourism has been popular around the world, where many visitors remain enthusiastic about this activity. However, it is not for the faint-hearted, so do brace yourselves if you want to partake in this.

Among the haunted locations include the Agnes Keith House which was named after an American author who famously wrote autobiographical accounts of her experience living there during the 1930s. In her writings, Keith mentioned about frequent apparition sightings and mysterious incidents occurring at the house.

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Many foreign tourists have also claimed to experience eerie feelings upon entering the house, but none of them admitted to seeing a ghost, said State Museum assistant curator, Safinah Yusop. Up until now, only local visitors have reported ghost sightings of someone looking out a window or a lady on the roof of the house.

But the British colonial residence in Sandakan has attracted plenty of paranormal seekers who long to stay the night. This gave the museum an idea to convert the Agnes Keith House as a historical tourist attraction into a selling point for dark tourism.

If the plan goes through and the international borders reopen, local and foreign visitors could then “enjoy” a haunting experience camping outside or bringing sleeping bags to sleep inside the Agnes Keith House for a certain fee. Do you dare to take up this challenge?


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