Remembering the attack on Semporna town in 1954

The attack on Semporna town in March 1954 is considered one of the major incidences of Sabah cross-border crimes. A group of 30 armed Filipino pirates with two policemen and four others were killed. The news of the attack travelled fast, especially among European communities. In a news report by Reuters published on

3 things we learn from W.H. Treacher’s British Borneo: Sketches of Brunai, Sarawak, Labuan and North Borneo (1891)

Sir William Hood Treacher (1849-1919) was a British colonial administrator in Borneo and the Straits Settlements. In Selangor, he was at the Anglo Chinese School in Klang on Mar 10, 1893. His career in Borneo started in 1871 when he arrived in Labuan to be the acting Police Magistrate. In 1873, Treacher became

Ellena, the forgotten American colony in Sabah

Did you know that there was an American colony in Sabah? And at one point in time, James Brooke and successors were not the only white 'Rajahs' on Borneo island. The establishment of Consulate in Brunei In 1850, the United States signed a bilateral treaty of Peace, Friendship, Commerce, and Navigation with

How to travel from Tubau to Belaga 70 years ago

Today, it only takes two to two-and-a-half hours to drive from Tubau to Belaga. It depends on the weather, road conditions and how many timber-laden lorries you come across along the way. However, did you know that to travel from Tubau to Belaga 70 years ago would have taken roughly two and