Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Old Miri-the Tale Begins
This is a hand-drawn map of Miri from 1910 to 1945 extracted from my uncle's autobiography, The Rise and Fall of the Rising Sun in Miri, Sarawak. It was drawn by my uncle who used to be a government engineer in Miri (Click on it to enlarge it).
In 1945, he tragically lost his dad to the occupying Imperial Japanese Forces who summarily executed him, and many others after many days of torture by the dreaded Japanese Secret Police, the Kempeti, before the Australian troops liberated Miri.
In 1962, during the Brunei Rebellion, he led a group of 60 Ibans to defend Miri against the attacking rebels from Brunei. He was awarded by Sarawak's then Governor Sir Alexander Waddell with a Commendation Award for his courageous selfless act.
He has settled down overseas to enjoy his 'golden years'.
I will add in the latest comparative map of Miri later in another posting.