The Battle of Lintang Batang was one of the many skirmishes which took place between the Skrang Iban led by the famous warrior Rentap and the Brooke government of Sarawak. One of the historical significance of this battle was that a government officer named Alan Lee was killed and beheaded. His
In the olden days, building a new longhouse was usually heavily influenced by superstitions. Reverend William Howell once recorded his observation of the Iban customs when building a new longhouse. He stated, “It is not uncommon among uncivilised races, whose lives are influenced or rather haunted by superstitions of various kinds, to
Sir Henry Gurney was a British colonial administrator who served in different posts throughout the British Empire. He joined the British Colonial Service in 1921 and was posted to Kenya as an assistant district commissioner. After 14 years in Kenya, He was appointed Assistant Colonial Secretary to Jamaica. From there,
There is a commonly known joke among Sarawakians that the level of English proficiency is correlated with the level of alcohol in your system. So the more intoxicated you are, the better you can speak English. In fact it is scientifically proven that alcohol helps you speak a foreign language better.
Chinese New Year is the festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. Besides China, the festival is widely celebrated in other countries such as Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand. Traditionally, it is a time to honour their respective deities as well as
Headhunting was rampant in 19th century Sarawak. In an effort to control the death toll brought on by headhunting, the-then Brooke government sent out punitive expeditions to suppress this activity. Here is an account of a punitive expedition that took place at upper Batang Lupar in 1875. It was written