Dec 12, 2010

The Historical Site

A centenary stone commemorating the centennial of the
historical meeting was erected on the site in 1967.

General Council Negri Meeting

Bintulu played a very significant role in the history of democracy in Sarawak. On September 8, 1867, it became the first meeting venue of the State Legislative Assembly, the Council Negri.

With Charles Brooke, the second white Rajah of Sarawak chairing the meeting, there sat five of his British Officers namely James B. Cruickshank, William H. Roadway, Alfred Gouhton, Thomas S. Chapman H. Nelson and 15 Malay and Melanau members (Chiefs) to mark a new era to conduct the state's affairs.

During the inaugural General Council Meeting, the most brought up agenda in connection with the General Procedure was more on the maiden speech by the Tuan Yang Di-Pertua.

The second General Council Meeting was held in Sibu on 15 June 1868 and the third was held in Kuching on 11 October 1970.

From then on, the meetings were held in Kuching at His Majesty's Istana (palace), which was the official resident of Brooke and then later the meeting was held at the Courthouse building once in three years until 1900. According to data, most of the agendas brought up in the General Council Meetings were the discussion to widen the regional boundary and on the pirates activities.

After 1900, the General Council Meeting talked more on the agricultural and financial development of the state.

Source : Berita Binda, July-September 2009

*Pictures by Balqis.


  1. Someone should build me a monument :P
    Nice photography balqis!

  2. @Hairyman, thank you! Somene will build it for you in recognition of your literary work. You're too good in it. :)

  3. @balqis - yeah right I'm thinking of maybe his first book of poetry.

    But I just wonder what if the student is just like me who hates when the teacher asked us to make a story out of a poem. "main reason why I hate Shakespeare" of find the meaning so such words in a dictionary and when you find it the meaning seems not to be in line with each other "second reason why I hate William S." hehe.. The idea of people studying his work is so sweet but the idea of hating him because of his work is terrifying hehe..
    @haris - I can build you a monument, I think my mama's garden has a space for it.. hehehe kidding...

  4. Very informative post. Thanks for sharing. :)

  5. @Steph, yeah, I'm sure he'll write a book on literature. A very talented young guy.

    Regarding Shakespeare, no doubt, the words in his work are soooo difficult to understand sometimes. When I was in secondary school, I learnt Shakespeare's literature and my teacher was a British. I learnt "Twelfth Night". There were other texts too. It's interesting once you get the flow of the story. :)

    @Jolly Princess, it's always my pleasure to share whatever might be of interest. Thank you for your visit. :)

  6. Balqis wow history books on the run?hehehe...such an awesome historical site.I really love going to historical sites and reading about it makes me feel where each culture originated from.Love those pix but it would be more lovelier with you standing beside those pix.Let someone take those pix hahahaha..............

  7. @Sie, hehehe...the monument will lose its beauty if I stood next to it cos I'm nothing compared to the monument. Apart from that, I'm camera shy. Yeah, it's part of history in my town. During the colonial era. Thanks for visiting. :)