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Know more about Batu Lintang Internment Camp at FOSM talk

Friends of Sarawak Museum (FoSM) is organising a free talk on how we should think about history.

Themed ‘How we should think about History: Agency, Morale and Purpose in the Batu Lintang Internment Camp’, the talk will be held at Dewan Kuliah A, Batu Lintang Teachers Training Institute, off Jalan Batu Lintang, Kuching.

The session will take place on Saturday, Feb 23 at 10am onwards.

It will be conducted in English.

Second World War Japanese Prisoners of War (POW) and civilian internment camps are notorious for the brutalities and suffering imposed upon their inmates,” FOSM said in a press release on Feb 14.

“This presentation focuses on the internees of Kuching’s Batu Lintang camp. Rather than viewing them as passive victims, it discusses the resources and strategies they drew upon to influence the nature of their experience.”

There is no registration required but for more information, send a text to 012-8550588.

Flying over the prisoner of war camp (POW) in Batu Lintang at a low height, RAAF Beaufighter pilots reported sighting white POWs, clad in khaki shorts, who excitedly waved as the RAAF aircraft flew over to drop leaflets announcing Japan’s surrender.  Credits: Copyright Expired (Public Domain).
About the speaker

Dr Peggy L. Day earned her PhD in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations in 1986.

She has taught at the University of Winnipeg, located on the Canadian prairies, since 1989.

For the the past 13 years, she has been coming to Sarawak annually. Additionally, Dr Day has been researching the WWII Japanese POW and Internment camp at Batu Lintang for several years.

About FOSM

Founded in September 2012, FOSM is a membership-based non-governmental organisation registered in Sarawak.

It is the first such society established in the state and provide opportunities for the public to be involved in promoting heritage.

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Their missions are to promote the role of museums in Sarawak’s heritage, to provide a platform for interested parties to contribute to museums and other heritage sites as well as to provide quality interpretation of museums and their contents such as managing docent programmes, school programmes and public talks.

Patricia Hului
Patricia Hului is a Kayan who wants to live in a world where you can eat whatever you want and not gain weight. She grew up in Bintulu, Sarawak and graduated from the University Malaysia Sabah with a degree in Marine Science. She worked for The Borneo Post SEEDS, which is now defunct. When she's not writing, you can find her in a studio taking belly dance classes, hiking up a hill or browsing through Pinterest. Follow her on Instagram at @patriciahului, Facebook at Patricia Hului at or Twitter at @patriciahului.