Talk on Bau rebellion at State Library on Saturday

KUCHING: Friends of Sarawak Museum is organising a talk on the Bau rebellion at the State Library this weekend.

The organiser promises to present the Bau incident, which occurred in February 1857, from a different perspective.

Presenting the talk will be Desmond Leong, a retired reporter, who worked in both Chinese and English newspapers.

“Uprising, rebellion, or conflict, call it what you want – all stories can be told differently, from different perspectives, with different pieces of facts. The talk will focus on this event, which is of crucial importance of Sarawak,” said a press release.

Leong was the first Sarawakian to receive a public scholarship to study journalism in London. On his return in 1963 he took up the job of chief editor of Sarawak Vanguard, a Chinese daily. The next year he founded Sarawak’s second English daily and held the post of chief editor of the Vanguard until his retirement.

He also founded an English weekly, The Saturday Post.

The talk will be held at the library’s Special Collections Room, at 1.30pm on Saturday. Admission is free.

Friends of Sarawak Museum was registered in September 2012 with a mission to promote the appreciation of Sarawak’s heritage through its museums.

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