Move to compile historical stories from Northern Sarawak

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MIRI: The Society of English Writers Northern Zone (Soswe) is to work closely with various authorities and non-governmental organisations to compile historical stories from Northern Sarawak.

Its secretary Jennie Soh said there was urgent need for such compilation as many historical accounts had yet to be documented for future reference.

“There is still much more to write, one good example is the Tanjong Lobang Light House which is a historical site associated with the Japanese invasion (World War II) here.

“We need to start doing it fast otherwise some will never be recorded. It is regretful and sad that former Chinese paramount chief Temenggong Lim Song Yu died yesterday. He was one of those very resourceful, especially on experiences during World War II, whom we could interview,” Soh told The Borneo Post yesterday.

For a start, Soswe will hold a historical sharing among its members and interested members of the public at the Gymkhana Club (GCM) from 2.30pm to 4pm on Saturday.

Entry is free and will start with the introduction of the History Format, sharing of historical items from participants (limit to 10 minutes each), 20 minutes hands-on writing exercise to be followed by sharing, critiques and summary.

A similar sharing session has been planned for Nov 29 this year, also at GCM.

“With this activity, we hope to work together with Fosm (Friends of Sarawak Museum) to write on historical stories, especially on buildings or people we can interview concerning the Japanese occupation,” she said.

Soswe will also work with the American Embassy in Kuala Lumpur that had shown interest to network on projects in Miri.