Buried treasure always comes with a story or legend. Sometimes, it even comes with a curse.
Here is a legend of buried treasure in Kuala Sibuti, Sarawak that was recorded by Sarawak Gazette writer R. Nyandoh:
Long time ago, a vessel was wrecked at Tanjung Payung somewhere near Kuala Suai,
Did you know that it was legal to export pangolin scales in Sarawak back in the 1950s?
Pangolin (Manis javanica) was hunted for its scales and then exported through Kuching.
This unique animal has large, protective scales covering their skin. It is the only know mammal to have this feature.
Here is a story of Iban comedic folklore hero Apai Saloi, recorded by historian Benedict Sandin which was published in The Sarawak Gazette (Dec 31, 1965):
Long time ago, in Gelong country where Apai Saloi lived, there was a great famine.
So Apai Saloi took his sons, Saloi and Ensali, to
The legend of Iban warrior Unggang and goddesses of Mount Santubong
If it weren’t for Benedict Sandin (1918-1982), many Iban legends and folktales would have been forgotten by now. Originally from Paku, Benedict was an ethnologist, historian and Sarawak Museum curator (December 1966- March 1974).
Here is one of his
In many countries, New Year’s Day celebrations usually start as early as the night before with food and drinks and, of course, a fireworks display.
Then the first day of the year proceeds with all kinds of activities.
From going to picnic with families and friends, to last minute shopping
In May 1853, the first White Rajah of Sarawak James Brooke contracted the smallpox disease.
It was so severe that he almost died. At that time, he had just arrived in Sarawak from a visit to England.
Unfortunately for him, there was no doctor in Sarawak. The only man with
A Sarawak Gazette writer, Lee Kok Yin published an article about a durian legend that he heard when he was teaching in rural Sarawak.
Here is a legend from local Sarawakians about the King of Fruits - the durian - you probably never heard of:
King of Fruits, Durian! Credits: Pixabay.
From April 29-30, 1962, a huge pusau anak celebration and the opening of a new longhouse were held at Long San.
It was a big occasion with many from throughout the Baram area being invited. The VIPs in the past included Marudi District Officer Malcolm McSporran, Kuching Municipal former president
During a particularly fruitful durian season, Tambap or better known as Apai Saloi made plenty of tempoyak (fermented durian) with his family.
Looking at their work, Apai Saloi had an idea of selling their tempoyak to the people who lived up and down the Gelong River.
He told Indai Saloi (whose
More than a hundred years ago, chap ji kee or chap jee ki was a famous gambling game in Sarawak. Today, you can be thrown in jail for playing the illegal gambling game of chap ji kee.
What is chap ji kee
It is believed this game started in Johor in