Kuching airfield, guarded by the Punjab Regiment, because it afforded access to Dutch Borneo
, was denied to the enemy.
The initial designated target areas were the headwaters of the Baram, Limbang, and Trusan; later, the areas of operation expanded into the Padas valley of North Borneo, southwards into territories of former Dutch Borneo
, and southeastwards to cover the Upper Rejang.
Most of this information can be found in the hitherto unpublished reports that government officers escaping through Dutch Borneo
subsequently made to the provisional Sarawak administration.
Occupied Borneo was administratively partitioned into two halves, namely Kita Boruneo (Northern Borneo) that coincided with pre-war British Borneo (Sarawak, Brunei, and North Borneo) was governed by the IJA, whereas Minami Boruneo (Southern Borneo), formerly Dutch Borneo
(western and southern portion of the island) came under the control of the IJN.
Similarly immigrant, if from further afield, were the Chinese, whose "destiny" under the Brookes was as taukays from Singapore to open up pepper and coffee gardens, or as indentured and opium-addicted coolies from Dutch Borneo
to labor on them.
A great deal of the book describes their experiences with the Lun Dayeh of the Kemaloh region of what was then the Mentarang District of Japanese-occupied Dutch Borneo
Nor is it easy to forget the horrific massacre of Sarawak officers and their wives and children by a Japanese naval party at Long Nawang in Dutch Borneo
in August 1942.
Dunggaw and Uniar, a headhunting case which he believed had been treated too lightly as it had occurred across the border in Dutch Borneo
Oftentimes the narration would include how my late great grandfather (my father's father's father) had migrated many years ago from Pa Kabak, a village located in Dutch Borneo
(today's East Kalimantan).
Apart from the "Sibu Party" and some from Dutch Borneo
who vainly journeyed to Long Nawang, Europeans in Borneo all stayed put.
He had come to Sibu to try and contact the Resident, Mr Macpherson, who with his party was by then on the way to Long Nawang in what was then Dutch Borneo
(now Kalimantan--Indonesian Borneo).
The Controller of Semitan in Dutch Borneo
had left the previous day and a scheme was afoot organise guerrilla tactics among Dayaks, and the Asst.