The attack on Captain de Fontaine in British North Borneo

Somewhere in a village called Kawang in Sabah, stands an obelisk called the De Fontaine Memorial. It was built by the British North Borneo Company (BNBC) to remember what took place on that spot on May 12, 1885. On that day, a group of British officials from the BNBC and members of

Operation Kingfisher, the rescue mission that never took place

Do you know that there was a so-called rescue plan for the Sandakan Death Marches code-named Operation Kingfisher? The death march was a series of forced marches in Borneo from Sandakan to Ranau which resulted to the deaths of 1,047 prisoners-of-war (POWs). Meanwhile, the remaining 1,381 never left the Sandakan camp

The cession of Sipitang by Brunei Sultanate to British North Borneo

Just like Sarawak, many of North Borneo (present-day Sabah)’s territories were part of the Brunei Sultanate. These territories were slowly annexed by the British North Borneo Chartered Company (BNBC) into the British North Borneo including Sipitang. The people of Sipitang (Sepitong, Sipitong or Si Pitong) So what is it like in Sipitang during

How the human races were formed according to a Sihan legend

The Sihan people are among the few tribes in Sarawak that are vulnerable to extinction along with smaller tribes such as the Ukit and Kejaman peoples.According to the Borneo Post in 2012, there are less than 300 Sihan people left in Sarawak. Unfortunately, they have been assimilated into other Orang Ulu

How a magic mushroom caused people to speak in different languages

How everyone began speaking in different languages according to a Taman legend. Have you heard of Psilocybin mushroom? Widely known as 'magic mushroom', this type of fungi is usually consumed for its hallucinogenic effects. Once consumed, the person may experience euphoria and change in consciousness, mood and even perception. They may even experience

Japanese immigrants in North Borneo before World War II

Somewhere near the Tanjung Batu Street of Tawau, Sabah there is an old cemetery site. There, Japanese people were laid to rest. One might assume that they died during World War II (WWII) when Sabah was under Japanese occupation. However, a vast majority of them died way before the Second World War. Who

The Japanese empire once wanted to buy North Borneo as a colony

On Nov 1, 1881, the British North Borneo Chartered Company (BNBCC) was formed to administer and exploit the resources of North Borneo (present-day Sabah). The territory then became a protectorate of the British Empire in 1888. At that time, BNBCC was lack of funds to develop the territory. Hence, the company started