‘Wild Man of Borneo’ kills Japs by poison

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Source: The Milwaukee Sentinel, 15 June 1945

The locals of Borneo may not have the firepower and (the then) latest technology acquired by the West, but they assisted the Allied troops in repelling the Japanese Imperial Army with a traditional, yet, deadly piece of weapon…the poison dart.

The capital of Brunei (now known as Bandar Seri Begawan) was successfully recaptured by Australian troops. In other parts of the world, what seemed to be an offering of a more autonomous power for Britain’s largest single colonial entity, India has turned the colony into an independent state some two years later.

And an increasingly wary American government officials began expressing their fears of increasing Soviet influence in Europe. The concern was later heightened to animosity with the Soviet Union that escalated into an era we now know as Cold War that lasted from 1945 until 1991.

Masyarakat tempatan di Borneo mungkin tidak mempunyai senjata api terkini (pada masa itu) seperti yang dimiliki oleh pihak Barat, namun mereka masih memberi pertolongan kepada tentera Perikatan dalam memusnahkan kekuatan tentera Jepun dengan alatan senjata yang tradisional, namun tetap beracun dan merbahaya iaitu…damak racun.

Ibukota Brunei (yang kini dikenali sebagai Bandar Seri Begawan) berjaya ditawan kembali oleh tentera Australia. Seterusnya, keputusan Britain untuk menawarkan kuasa autonomi yang lebih besar kepada wilayah penjajahan terbesarnya, India, mendorong wilayah tersebut mengisytiharkan kemerdekaan dua tahun kemudian.

Ahli-ahli pihak kerajaan Amerika Syarikat mula bimbang akan pengaruh negara Kesatuan Soviet terhadap Eropah. Kebimbangan tersebut kemudian berpindah ke tahap permusuhan dengan negara itu yang berterusan menjadi satu era yang dikenali sebagai Perang Dingin yang bermula pada tahun 1945 sehingga 1991.

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