The Sabah JMG Office is located at KM5, Jalan Penampang, Kota Kinabalu. The department was formed during the British rule, on 16 March, 1949 and was then known as the Geological Survey Department, British Territories that had jurisdiction over both Sabah (North Borneo) and Sarawak. After the formation of Malaysia in 1963, the department was amalgamated with the Geological Survey of Malaysia and continued to operate under one Director, stationed in Kuching. In 1968, the Malaysianisation of the department was completed and the Geological Survey Department, Borneo region was split into two operating centers: one in Kota Kinabalu and another in Kuching, each headed by a Director.
The Minerals and Geoscience Department Malaysia was formed as the result of the merger of the Geological Survey of Malaysia and the Department of Mines Malaysia in 1999. Following this, Mineral and Geoscience Malaysia Sabah Office becomes one of the state branch offices and has six main divisions, namely Mineral, Geoscience, Quarry and Mine, laboratory Services and Information Technology.
The core activities of the department are to provide minera land geoscience information for national development and to support economic activities by the private sectors. These inetude assisting the state government in the process of land applications for mining and quarrying, enforcement of the mining laws and the supervision of mining and quarrying activities. Beside these, the department also provides technical services in the field of geosciences such as engineering geological study, groundwater resource study, geophysical surveys, mineralogical and petrological study and chemical laboratory analysis service.
The Sabah office has carried out several development projects beginning with the 4th to 9th Malaysia Plans, such as Metal-based, Industrial Mineral and Coal Exploration Projects, as well as Gee-hazard Study and Groundwater Resource Exploration Projects. Amongst the department's achievements through the implementation of these development projeds, are the discovery of copper deposits at Bidu-Bidu Hills and Sungai Imbak area and gold in Bukit Mantri, Wullersdorf and Nagos areas. Several coal deposits were also discovered in the Malibau, Maliau, Silimpopon basins and at the Pinangah area. Meanwhile, the groundwater study project which was carried out since the 6th Malaysia Plan had assisted in overcoming the shortage of clean water supply to several villages and schools in the Papar, Beaufort, Sipitang, Kuala Penyu, Kota Belud, Sandakan, Semporna and Tawau area.
The Sabah Office has also carried out several joint mineral exploration projects with foreign government agencies such as UNDP, BGR, BGS & JICA. These cooperative projects have resulted in the discovery of the Mamut copper deposit in Ranau in 1965 and the Bidu-Bidu copper prospect in 1984.
Minerals and Geoscience Department Malaysia (Sabah),
Locked Bag 2042,
88999 Kota Kinabalu,
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