The Limbang Rebellion from a local point of view

On Dec 8, 1962, Limbang witnessed bloodshed when Sheikh Azahari Sheikh Mahmud (famously known as A.M. Azahari) ordered an attack on the town. He was the leader of the Brunei People’s Party and North Kalimantan National Army (TNKU). After attacking the police station, they captured several rifles and machine guns. They then held

What went down in Bekenu during the Brunei Revolt 1962

Bekenu is a small fishing town near Miri at the northeastern part of Sarawak. It is a humble town with many of the shophouses dating from the 1930s. Many might not remember that this small town witnessed an important historical event during the Brunei Revolt 1962. The Brunei Revolt was

5 things you need to know about the black orchid

The black orchid (Coelogyne pandurata) is such a unique plant that it is the official mascot for East Kalimantan province. Also known as anggrek hitam in the Indonesian language, this orchid can be found in all three countries on Borneo; Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei. Unlike popular belief, it is not

The betrayal of Pengiran Muda Hashim and his family

Pengiran Muda Hashim (also known as Raja Muda Hashim) has famously gone down in history as the man who sought the backing of James Brooke and his schooner, the Royalist, to fight against rebels and pirates in Sarawak. Responding to the request, Brooke succeeded in controlling the uprising in Sarawak. Subsequently, Brooke

The grandeur of Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque

When travelling to Brunei, it is hard not to miss the magnificent architectural sight of the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque. Located in the capital Bandar Seri Begawan, the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque serves as a symbol of Islamic faith in Brunei. Considered one of the most beautiful mosques in the