‘Solungkui’ is a story about the construction of the Tamparuli bridge which became the landmark of Tamparuli region over several decades ago.
Tamparuli is a small town and a sub-district of Tuaran on the west coast of Sabah, Malaysia. Based on a true story, the Tamparuli bridge was built by a British Engineer during the British colonisation. Many stories were told by the elders to generations who live in the villages of Tamparuli Town about the famous Tamparuli bridge.
In the olden days, the Tamparuli bridge was built to provide an easy and better access for the villagers. The bridge continuously collapsed due to being washed away by the river during rainy seasons. After several attempts to rebuild the bridge failed, the traditional High Priestess announced and instructed that one must be sacrificed to “Tambuakar”, a spirit that is said to live inside the Tuaran River.
The Tamparuli bridge legend tells a story about a beautiful young woman who fell in love and later on became a human sacrifice to appease the river spirits.
Get your tickets to watch how the legend of the Tamparuli bridge unfolds in this year’s Sabah Fest Musical Theatre, ‘SOLUNGKUI’.