Dr Morni and Kerinah Encounter with Jonathan Selby Print
Monday, 19 June 2017 13:14

Dr. Morni Hj Kambrie (Founder and Chairman, SIDMA College) has a short encounter with Jonathan Selby, 70, who made his way to Kota Kinabalu via Kudat recently. Jonathan, a Philadelphian native, who navigates across the world solely had started his journey in the Singapore three years (since February 2014) ago to make his way back home to America. Selby was a former mechanical engineer and a teacher. He left his life in America for his mission to sail around the world is his hand made boat called “Jonathan Journey”.

Selby who navigates across the ocean in his self-designed handmade boat from bamboos, timber and oil drums; and assisted by the local Philippines during his redesigning process. The only technological device that he has during the travel is a Global Positioning System (GPS), a torn paper map, a limited range radio, as well as through Facebook and WhatsApp (where there is mobile coverage). He explained that he managed to anchor at Kingfisher Bridge, Kota Kinabalu by just performing Google search for the nearest McDonald outlet. “There is a McDonald outlet nearby next to the Wisma Innoprise and the Shell Station” he added.

He too mentioned of the friendly Sabahan that he met while travelling from Kudat to Kota Kinabalu; particularly when his rudder had snapped near Kg. Rampayan Laut, Kota Belud. “When the rudder snapped and I had no controlled over my boat, a Muslim family came to the rescue”. Selby really appreciate their assistance and thanked them for their kindness.

During the short encounter, Dr Morni presented him with bottled mineral water and goodies. Ms. Kerinah Mah, the newly crowned 2017 Sabah Harvest Queen and student at the College upon receiving news of Jonathan Selby in Kota Kinabalu, rushed to the scene with fruit baskets for the adventurer.

Coincidently, upon learning the situation of Selby’s home boat and based on Dr Morni’s passion in boating, he donated 3 solar panels and a branded battery to power the boat and electronic devices as he know that it is among essential equipment that Selby’s boat is lacking and will be beneficial if it is present.

Selby, who adopted a life philosophy of “living in the present” where he lives one day at a time, is planning on leaving Sabah where his next destinations are Labuan, Brunei and Kuching. Following that he would travel to Malacca, India and later to the Suez Canal and onto Israel and later return back to America to complete his journey around the world.

He also hope his next adventure would take him across the Mediterranean Sea, Europe, Scandinavia, passing through North Russia and finally to land in Alaska. Selby is currently writing a book about his sea adventure, and will include all these encounters as well as all the Facebook entries in his writing.

Dr Morni on behalf of SIDMA College City Campus Kota Kinabalu convey “Hello, good luck and bon voyage” to Selby new adventure.

By Teo Eng Seng and Zain Azrai Mohd Noor,
SIDMA College City Campus,

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