Head hunters were a threat to Sarawak government (1902)

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Source: The Sunday Chronicle, 5 October 1902

The political system of Sarawak continued to be dominated by the White Rajah dynasty. Charles Brooke succeeded his uncle as the second White Rajah of Sarawak 34 years earlier.  Under his rule, the territory of Sarawak grew from the original area around Sarawak river. But, as modernisation creeps slowly into Sarawak, some sections of the society still regard the presence of foreigners (i.e. White Rajah administration) as a form of colonial intrusion into their way of life. And as this news article published in 1902 strongly implied, some adamant native people in this part of Borneo even put a deadly show of strength and real threat to the supposedly modernised and well-armed soldiers of Sarawak government.

Sistem politik di Sarawak terus diterajui oleh dinasti Rajah Putih. Charles Brooke mewarisi takhta sebagai Rajah Putih Sarawak dari bapa saudaranya 34 tahun sebelum itu. Di bawah pemerintahan beliau, kawasan wilayah Sarawak berkembang daripada wilayah asal di kawasan sungai Sarawak. Namun, meski era modernisasi semakin tersebar di Sarawak, segelintir masyarakat pribumi di sana masih menganggap kehadiran pihak asing (yang dimaksudkan pentadbiran Rajah Putih) sebagai satu bentuk penjajahan terhadap cara hidup mereka. Petikan akhbar terbitan tahun 1902 ini mengungkap dengan jelas bahawa sesetengah masyarakat pribumi di kawasan Borneo ini amat berani menunjukkan kekuatan dan ancaman benar mereka terhadap tentera kerajaan Sarawak yang secara jelas dilengkapi senjata pertempuran yang lebih moden.

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