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Bukit Sadok Monument Honours an Iban hero’s bravery and determination

Photo Courtesy of Jabatan Penerangan, Sarawak

Bukit Sadok Monument. In memory of an Iban hero Tan Sri Datuk Amar (Dr.) Alfred Jabu gracing the traditional ‘miring’ ritual

One of Sarawak’s many uniqueness lies in its rich cultural heritage and interesting real life dramas that could fill volumes in the pages of history. One such event is the historic war between Rentap and James Brooke’s army and the famous impenetrable fort he build at Bukit Sadok to fight off the invaders.

In remembrance of this significant event, a monument was erected at Bukit Sadok recently to honour the hero of a bygone era. Rentap was a brave Iban hero who lived in the Saratok/Saribas areas near Betong in the 19 th Century. His fame lies in his determination and ability to withstand the might of the Brooke Regime forces in several battles.

His well-known battles and his eventual defeat took place at BukitSadok, a hill located about 44 km from Bukit Sibau in Pakan. Rentap’s moment in history deserved to be remembered. In the words of Romie Sigan Daniel, Resident of Betong,.“ …It is fitting that on our 40 th Anniversary celebration
of Independence in Malaysia that we recalled, record and present our history orally, through documentary or in the form of a monument”. Rentap’s moment in the chapters of Sarawak’s rich history is finally and permanently etched with the building of Bukit Sadok Monument which was officiated on 26 July, 2003 by the Deputy Chief Minister, YB Tan Sri Datuk Amar (Dr) Alfred Jabu.

Bukit Sadok was the place where Rentap built his almost impenetrable fort that thwarted James Brooke’s earlier attempts to capture the Skrang and Saribas areas. According to history, Rentap retreated to BukitSadok after his defeat at Sungai Lang, Ulu Skrang in 1854. He constructed a fort at the summit of Bukit Sadok. Made from thick belian woods, the fort was believed to be impenetrable and approach was either from the north or south directions through difficult and steep terrain. It was only after several attempts using bigger cannons that James Brooke was able to defeat Rentap in 1861. Though defeated, Rentap never officially surrendered. The Bukit Sadok Monument is a tribute to Rentap and the people of Betong. Equally important is the government’s long term objective of developing and promoting Betong’s eco-tourism potentials by incorporating the rich cultural heritage and past glories of its local history to boost its tourism industry.

The ceremony which was preceded by the traditional Iban miring ritual was also graced by YB Datuk Douglas Uggah ak Embas, Assistant Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and YB Aidan Wing. Other officials included Encik Romie Sigan Daniel, Resident of Betong and Encik Isaka Kana, District Officer of Betong. The ceremony was a collaboration of several government departments including the Sarawak Museum Department, Land and Survey Department, Betong District Council, Betong District Police, Forestry Department, Public Works Department as well the cooperation of local folks from several longhouses within the Saribas /Saratok areas.




 
 



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