Initially, both parties agreed that the BNBCC government should pay passages and maintenance allowances.
The next year, 42 Liu Chiu islanders who the BNBCC considered to be of Chinese ancestry were employed by the Kubota Estate (or Tawau Estate Ltd.
Orita told the BNBCC that his plan would be conducted on a private basis because the Japanese Government wanted its involvement in Sabah to be kept confidential, especially as the British government was wary of Japanese encroachment.
At this stage, there clearly existed a difference of opinion between the British Government, the Court of Directors of the BNBCC and the Sabah government over the presence of Japanese immigrants and the extent of Japanese economic activities in Sabah.
In addition, Ridgeway pointed out that there should be no hesitation in encouraging such schemes, if the BNBCC could get Japanese capital, even if Chinese labour accompanied Japanese skilled supervision.
The Charter of 1881 empowered the BNBCC to make exclusive or other concessions, within its territory, of mining, forest or other rights.
The BNBCC argued that "Open discrimination against the Japanese would cause deterioration in the relation between Sabah and Japan, and so hamper the development of the state in general and the abaca cultivation in particular, as abaca was grown solely by Japanese.
He went on to advise Mat Salleh to leave Tambunan; in return for his compliance, the BNBCC promised to help him to achieve his ambition of making a pilgrimage to Mecca (Wookey 1956: 428-31).
Wookey (1956: 450) concluded that Mat Salleh himself was no rogue, but rather a man of outstanding personality and ability who had been driven to oppose the Goverment by a belief (fostered and supported by his wife and advisors) that the coming of the BNBCC had deprived him of his birthright.
Their attacks against the BNBCC continued until 1903, when Kamunta and Langkap surrendered and were sentenced to death.
Later, it was believed, he had gone to Mecca to perform his pilgrimage--an ambition made evident in Mat Salleh's requests to the BNBCC during their peace negotiations.
Later, it was reported that he went to Mecca to perform his pilgrimage--an ambition made evident in Mat Salleh's requests to the BNBCC during their peace negotiations.