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OBITUARY

SINTIONG GELET: 1960-2017

It is with profound sadness that we announce the untimely passing of the Director of Sabah Museum, Mr. Sintiong Gelet on the 11 October 2017. Mr. Gelet was on Pulau Sapeken in Indonesia to attend a “Seminar Nasional Kebudayaan Bajo Nusantara” where he was the keynote speaker. Unfortunately, he fell seriously ill and died of heart complications. He was 57.

Mr. Gelet was born in Tamparuli, Sabah on 1 January 1960. A Kadazandusun, he had his early schooling at Togop Primary School (1967-1972), Tamparuli Secondary School (1973-1974) and Sabah College (1975-1977). He studied and obtained a Bachelor of Science (Honours (Chemistry)) at the University of Kebangsaan Malaysia in 1983. Subsequently he entered the civil service as an Assistant Environmental Officer with the Ministry of Manpower and Environmental Development in November 1983. His scope of work included monitoring water quality and marketing by inspecting and evaluating environmental impacts on factories and enterprises throughout Sabah.
 
Three years later, in November 1986, he transferred and was appointed a Curator at the Department of Sabah Museum and State Archives. He was head of the Antiquities Section, but has headed various other Sections such as Monuments and Science, Science and Conservation and Science and Technology. In addition, he was also the Training Officer. In 1995, the then Director Ms Patricia Regis encouraged and facilitated Mr. Gelet to pursue his Masters in Museum Studies in the United Kingdom. Mr. Gelet obtained his Master of Arts in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester, England in 1996 and returned to better serve the Museum.
 
In 1999, Mr. Gelet was made the Deputy Director II of the Department; at the same time, he was head of the Science and Technology Section and the Research Section. In 2010 he became Deputy Director I. On 24 October 2015, he became the 15th Director of the Sabah Museum. His tenure as Director just fell short of two years. He had been with the Sabah Museum for almost 31 years and with the government service for 34 years.
 
Mr. Gelet leaves behind his beloved wife, Mary Benedict Takong and six children to mourn their loss.
 
May his soul rest in peace.