The forgotten Malayan labourers of Burma Railway during WWII

The Burma Railway is infamously known as the Death Railway. It is because thousands of people died building it during World War II (WWII). The Empire of Japan built it from 1940-1944 to supply troops and weapons in the Burma campaign. The railway is 415-kilometres long connecting Ban Pong, Thailand and Thanbuzayat,

A legend of how the Timugon Murut people came into existence

The Timugon Murut is one of the 29 ethnic groups of Murut people. Overall, the Murut people can be found mainly in Sabah and Sarawak in Malaysia as well as in Brunei and Kalimantan, Indonesia. As for Timugon Murut, they mainly live in Sabah. Each of the ethnic group of Murut people

Remembering an old Iban ceremony called ‘Gawai padi datai’

The Iban community is known for having different kinds of gawai celebrations. Even though we associate the word 'gawai' with partying today, the feasting and festivities are actually secondary to the main event of the gawai celebration which is the religious ritual. Some of the examples of gawai rituals

12 Indonesia-Malaysia combats during Konfrontasi you should know

Also known as Konfrontasi, the Indonesia-Malaysia Confrontation was an undeclared war with most of the battles happening between Kalimantan (Indonesia) and East Malaysia. The confrontation was a result from Indonesia’s opposition to the creation of Malaysia. Initially, Indonesian attacks on East Malaysia comprised of local volunteers trained by the Indonesian

5 things you might not know about torch ginger or bunga kantan

Torch ginger (Etlingera elatior) is widely known as bunga kantan in Malaysia. It is also known as ginger flower, torch lily, Philippine wax flower, Indonesian tall ginger, rose de porcelaine and porcelain rose. Here in Malaysia, the bud of the torch ginger makes an important ingredient in dishes such as laksa

The aftermath of the Indonesian-Malaysian confrontation at Long Bawan

Located at North Kalimantan, Indonesia, Long Bawan is a small town with a small airport which has become the only gateway via air to Krayan Highlands. Looking back on its history, it was one of the combat operations sites between British Commonwealth forces and Indonesian armies during the Indonesian-Malaysian confrontation. The