WW2 Heritage Tour route
Kuching city was occupied by the Japanese forces during World War 2 from 1941 to 1945. It became the site of the notorious Batu Lintang Prisoner of War Camp where many Europeans and Antipodeans, both male and female, adults and children, were interned in terrible conditions, including the famous writer Agnes Keith. While they were here, the Japanese soldiers left their mark on the landscape of Kuching, commandeering existing buildings for their use and building only one structure, an addition to the Old Courthouse known as the Japanese building. This tour is a memorial to that time, in the 72nd anniversary year of the end of the war and coinciding with UN Peace Day, taking in both the sites of Japanese occupation but also the monuments to the bravery of the soldiers and internees from that period. Don’t miss the chance to join this reflection on the liberation of Sarawak and the freedom given to the prisoners on another September 11th from the past, and to consider the value of peace and unity within our own society.
Dato Lim Kian Hock is the longest serving Secretary of the Dewan Undangan Negeri and a life-long civil servant. He retired officially from public service in 1995 but has since continued to volunteer in many capacities to promote the needs of Sarawak. He is currently Chairman of the Sarawak Tourism Federation Heritage Development Committee. The preservation of history and the memorial at Batu Lintang Heroes Park and Bario WW2 commando sites have been his personal contribution to Sarawak.
Edward Mansell is a veteran tour guide and the recipient of numerous awards at both State and Federal level. He has a personal passion for wartime history and has dedicated his time to research Sarawak wartime history and share this knowledge through a number of talks to both schoolchildren and adults in Kuching.
Register by 19 October.