Sarawak became part of Crown Colony (1946)

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Sarawak was unique within the British sphere of influence. For more than 100 years, this piece of land on Borneo island was ruled by an European family who considered themselves the custodian of this land. However, World War II changed all that and it was felt at the time that to ensure Sarawak didn’t go under due to financial strain as a result of the global conflict, London intervened and willing to adopt Sarawak as part of the-then shrinking empire that once ruled almost a quarter of the Earth’s total land area at its peak. Below is the street scene of old Kuching and a small picture of Sir Charles Vyner Brooke, the third and last White Rajah of this land.

Sarawak merupakan satu wilayah yang unik di bawah pengaruh British. Dalam jangka masa lebih dari 100 tahun, wilayah yang terletak di pulau Borneo ini diperintah oleh satu keluarga yang berasal dari Eropah yang menganggap diri mereka sebagai penjaga wilayah ini. Namun, Perang Dunia Kedua mengubah segalanya dan bagi memastikan Sarawak tidak mengalami masalah kewangan yang berterusan disebabkan konflik global ini, London telah bersetuju mengambil alih pucuk pemerintahan Sarawak dan menjadikannya ia sebagai sebahagian wilayah empayar yang pada satu ketika zaman kemuncak dahulu merangkumi hampir sesuku luas daratan Bumi. Tertera di bawah merupakan gambar panorama lama di Kuching dan gambar kecil di atasnya merupakan Sir Charles Vyner Brooke, Rajah Putih ketiga dan terakhir Sarawak.

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News source: The Milwaukee Journal, 21 March 1946

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