Mr Baton Bijamin @ Bouniu received his first education in 1971 at St. Joseph Primary School, Penampang and continued his education at Maktab Nasional, Malaysia. He graduated in Diploma in Management from the Malaysian Institute of Management (MIM).
Upon completing his studies, he found himself drawn to the tourism and hospitality industry. He then went on to pursue a tourist guide license and became a professional Registered Tourist Guide as well as a life member of the Sabah Tourist Guide Association (STGA).
He began his career as a Sales Executive with Hotel Shangri-La, Kota Kinabalu in year 1980 to 1986. He then worked as Operations Manager at Api Tours & Travel Sdn Bhd from 1986 to 1991.
Equipped with the experience and knowledge in tourism industry, Baton was then appointed as the General Manager/Director at Borneo Eco Tours (BET) in 1991 (until present). In 1995, he was also appointed as the General Manager/Director for Sukau Rainforest Lodge (SRL), which is an international multi-award winning ecolodge located in Sukau, Kinabatangan. Naturally gifted with determination, a cool sense of vision, an immeasurable amount of hope and a knack for industrious management, Baton was instrumental in the setting-up both establishments alongside the owner of the company Mr. Albert Teo.
He is currently also the Deputy Chairman for the Borneo Ecotourism Solutions and Technologies Society (BEST Society), the non-profit division of Borneo Eco Tours and Sukau Rainforest Lodge. There, he oversees the implementation of BEST Society’s projects and at times, going to the field to be involved in community consultation. Baton has played a crucial role in BEST Society, particularly in the environment projects in Sukau for the past 25 years.
As part of Sukau Rainforest Lodge’s 25th Anniversary, we would like to take this opportunity to recognise Baton Bijamin’s contribution towards the community and environment in Sukau for the past 25 years. For his many years of involvement and the incredible work he has contributed through BEST Society, we are dedicating a room at the Sukau Ecotourism Research Centre (SERC) to Baton Bijamin.