Recollections of Sarawak
Administrative Service Officers

Edited By James U.H. Chin & Jayl Langub
November 2007
Pelanduk Publications
Distributed By Coronet Books
ISBN: 9789679789430
335 pages, Illustrated, 5 7/16 x 8 1/2"
$39.50 Paper Original

This book is about the first hand experiences of Sarawak Administrative Officers who served during the transition period, that is, the period from colonial rule to the formation of Malaysia in the 1960s.

This was an important period for the civil service in Sarawak as they had to adjust to new political masters and reality, while at the same time, maintain the special characteristics of the Sarawak Administrative Service established during the Brooke period.

The 1960s not only saw the political turbulence in the whole region but the advent of political parties in Sarawak, the formation of Malaysia, the challenge from the communist movement and Indonesian opposition to the formation of the Malaysian Federation gave these front-line officers experiences that are unique in Sarawak's modern history.

In addition they had to deal with travels in inaccessible interiors, lives of Sarawak's indigenous people, their education, their customs and cultures, their entertainment, elections in remote areas, and the ever-changing scene of development.

JAMES U.H. CHIN is Professor and Head, School of Business, Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus. He was previously Director of the Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS).

JAYL LANGUB is Senior Research Fellow in Dayak Studies at the Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS). He was previously Principal Assistant Secretary in the State Planning Unit and Secretary of the Majlis Adat Istiadat.

Political Science; History

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