Maktab Nasional

Maktab Nasional (National College in English) is a Private Roman Catholic Secondary School located in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah of the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu. It was founded as a Catholic Mission School in 1985 and is a member school in the St Simon Educational Complex. It is noted as the only private school in the state.

Maktab Nasional
(National College)
Kingfisher Park II, Taman Kuala Inanam, Likas,

Kota Kinabalu

School typePrivate Secondary School
Catholic School
MottoLuceat Lux Vestra
(Let Your Light Shine)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Established1985 (1985)
PrincipalMarie Yong Pik Hua
ChaplainRev Wilfred Atin
GradesForm 1 to Form 5
LanguageMalay, English, Chinese
Houses     Red Ferrari
     Blue Porsche
     Yellow Lamborghini


The school was founded in 1985[1] and was located at the present St Peter's College in Kota Kinabalu. There was then a move to Jalan Istiadat, Likas in 1988 to form the primary school named as SRS Datuk Simon Fung in honour of the Late Prelate, Rt Rev Datuk Simon Fung of the Diocese (now archdiocese) of Kota Kinabalu.

With the tragic loss of Primary School blocks, in 1993, the schools moved to the present location at Kingfisher Park, Likas, where it took another two years until 1995 to form the Kompleks Pendidikan St. Simon (St. Simon Educational Complex) with the founding of the kindergarten and preschool, Taska & Tadika Datuk Simon Fung.

Internal structure

The school offers the Malaysian public examinations, PT3 and SPM and also the IGCSE international examinations for selected students. The current Chaplain is the Reverend Fr Wilfred Atin and its principal is Ms Marie Yong, who took over from former Principal and Maktab Nasional Alumni, Dr Alexander Funk in 2019.

Co-curricular activities

Musical Theater

The school staged the first ever musical theater in Sabah with the production of “The King and I” in 1985, The school has also produced stage performances that included “The Variety Show Concert” (1987), “The Wizard of Oz” (1992), “What A Friend Is” (1998), “My Fair Lady” (2002), “Beauty and the Beast” (2005) “Summer Camp High” (2010) and Crazy Dreams (2013)[2] and "Meant To Be, A 2016 Musical" (2016).[3]

Notable alumni

  • Roger Wang, award-winning Malaysian composer and acoustic guitarist.
  • Dr Alexander Funk, former principal of Maktab Nasional (2015-2019)


  1. "Our School | Maktab Nasional". Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  2. Voo, Therenes (6 September 2013). "Special needs students to show talents in musical theater". BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily News. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  3. "Maktab Nasional stages another musical theatre". Retrieved 9 January 2017.

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