… at the Seria Police Station, although it was only for a few hours. My two sisters, a couple of male friends and I went into town out to have a look, having heard the previous night about some ‘troubles’. I was still in my pajamas. I was 8 years old then, just a week after my Confirmation (was Catholic then).
On the way to town we saw some armed militia, some with guns, some just with machetes. Upon reaching town we are promptly rounded up and marched to the Seria Police station which be captured by the rebels. Our attempt to buy some ‘kuey teow’ (fried flat noodles) ended swiftly.
We were held in the Police Station compound, until the local rebel chief decided to free all women and children. The two adult male friends were held back but my sisters and I were freed. This were the result of negotiations between the rebels and some local elders.
My neighbor, a Mr. Clifford, was among those held back and he was among those used as human shields by the rebels when
they attacked the Panaga Police Station. He was killed and the sad news reached us one early morning. His wife and children were devastated and we went over to console them. We went through the hole in the fence that we had made.
The rebel attempts to take over the Panaga Police Station happened nightly but they were repulsed and it was not taken. The British forces came a few days later and recaptured the town. Mopping up began and lasted a few weeks, the rebels flags, which we were forced to put up, were torn down and before long, order was restored and we went back to school.
Books by various authors:
- The Brunei Revolt 1962-1963
- Rebellion in Brunei: The 1962 Revolt, Imperialism, Confrontation and Oil
This was an article “Brunei Revolt” which I had posted previously but link to it is no longer working.
The Brunei Revolt broke out on December 8, 1962 and was led by Yassin Affandi and his armed rebels. The rebels began co-ordinated attacks on the oil town of Seria, targeting the Shell oil installations and attacks on police stations and government facilities around the protectorate. Contemporary accounts also refer to it as the Brunei Rebellion. This uprising is seen as one of the first stages of the Borneo Confrontation.
Contents 1 Background 2 The Battle for Seria 3 Eyewitness accounts 4 Executions at Temburong 5 The Assault on Limbang 6 Consequences of the revolt 7 References
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- Japan, Brunei agree to strengthen energy cooperation (english.kyodonews.jp)
- Brunei chapter OCT 10. 2013 (kimhoe3.wordpress.com)