Mat Sator Museum
Muzium Mat Sator
Established3 July 2017 (2017-07-03)
LocationTambunan District, Sabah
Coordinates5°43′15.91″N 116°24′3.518″E / 5.7210861°N 116.40097722°E / 5.7210861; 116.40097722Coordinates: 5°43′15.91″N 116°24′3.518″E / 5.7210861°N 116.40097722°E / 5.7210861; 116.40097722
OwnerSabah Museum

Muzium Mat Sator (Malay: Muzium Mat Sator) is a museum in Old Kapayan Village in Tambunan District of Sabah, Malaysia. It is named after the follower and chief lieutenant of Mat Salleh, Mat Sator.[1][2] The museum is located around 122-metre from the area of the Fort of Mat Salleh.[3]


The museum was constructed in the area of a former main fort of Mat Sator as a remembrance to the sacrifice of Mat Salleh's chief lieutenant, Mat Sator who put much efforts to protect Mat Salleh Fort in Tibabar during the local conflict against the North Borneo Chartered Company.[3][2] The fort is strategically located north from Mat Salleh Fort near a river called Sunsuron.[3] Mat Sator Fort frequently visited by the wife of Mat Salleh, Dang Bandang including Mat Salleh himself. His wife is said by the local people to possessed supernatural powers which can alter any corn grain into 'killer bee' or a normal bee which believed to have slowly preventing the fallen of the fort including Mat Salleh Fort.[3] When the British successfully destroyed other smaller forts in Piasau, Toboh and Kalansatan villages, the fort of Mat Sator finally destroyed on 21 January 1900.[3] Through the ensuing conflicts, Mat Salleh together with around 1,000 indigenous Dusun and 300 Bajau were killed on 31 January 1900 with the fort were entirely destroyed by continuous shelling.[3] Mat Sator however survived and on 28 April 1900, they gathered around 300–400 followers and moving north to attack the British settlement in Kudat. Despite managing to overtake the settlement, they were soon overwhelmed by the counter-attack of the British and Mat Sator were finally killed in action.[3] The current museum built in the location of his former fort was opened and officiated by Deputy Chief Minister Joseph Pairin Kitingan on 3 July 2017 under the support of Sabah Museum Department.[1][4][5]


The museum exhibits various photographs and a host of local handicrafts and samples of varieties of bamboo species native to the Tambunan District. The exterior of the museum building adorned with replicas of traditional gongs.[2] Photos of Sabah's iconic artistes and athletes (including the late Gabuh Piging), a Tambunan-born triple jumper who represented North Borneo in the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia are also among the exhibits.[2]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Mat Sator Museum to open in Sabah". The Star. 1 July 2017. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d Noor Zafira Shafie (4 July 2017). "Pegalan River – possible site of early settlement". New Sabah Times. Archived from the original on 28 June 2019. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Johan Aziz (6 July 2017). "Muzium Mat Sator di Kampung Kapayan Lama Tambunan" [Mat Sator Museum in Old Kapayan Village] (in Malay). Utusan Borneo. Retrieved 28 June 2019 – via PressReader.
  4. ^ "Kota Mat Sator Museum launch on July 3". Daily Express. 30 June 2017. Archived from the original on 28 June 2019. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Mat Sator Museum opens in Tambunan". The Borneo Post. 4 July 2017. Retrieved 28 June 2019 – via PressReader.