Kedang expedition in 1886

On Kadang ridge,
upon the border, and in its vicinity, numbers of unruly Ulu
Ai Dayaks had settled, some on one side, some on the
other, taking advantage of their position to slip across when
fearing molestation. These Dayaks were being continually
augmented by impetuous young bloods eager to acquire
reputation for bravery. Nothing could be done to reduce
them without the consent, if not the co-operation, of the
Dutch authorities, and the Rajah applied to the Netherlands


Government to permit him to disregard the border, for this
once at least. And as this hornet’s nest had become a menace
to the peaceful in Dutch Borneo as well as in Sarawak,
consent was given.

In March, 1886, the Rajah advanced against Kadang
with a large force of 12,000 men. The whole country in the
vicinity of Kadang on both sides of the frontier was laid
waste ; eighty villages were burnt, and although the rebels
made no determined stand, many were killed or wounded.
This expedition was eminently successful, as it not only
resulted in the submission of the rebel Dayaks on the
Sarawak side, including the chief Ngumbang, but also caused
consternation among those over the border, who found that
they were no longer safe there, and they were prepared to
submit to any conditions the Rajah might impose upon
them, rather than incur the risk of another attack.

In appreciation of the signal services rendered to the
country under his control by the success of this expedition,
in September, 1886, the Netherlands Resident of Western
Borneo wrote to the Rajah: —

Yesterday I received from the Comptroller the important
information that the last inhabitants of Bukit Kadang, who till
now have refused to submit, have been taken prisoners and brought
to Sintang, 1 where they will be tried before the competent judge.
On Netherlands Territory in the frontier lands there are now
no more rebellious Batang Lupars. Whilst congratulating you
once more, dear Rajah, with this result, being due to the success
of your expedition, I assure you that my functionaries will always
earnestly co-operate for the conclusion of the Batang Lupar

The united efforts of the Netherlands and Sarawak
Governments have done much towards suppressing the
border troubles. A clear understanding has been arrived at
in regard to the mutual management of these turbulent
Ulu Ai Dayaks. The Netherlands and Sarawak officials
frequently correspond and meet to discuss arrangements,
and the assistance afforded by the former has been fully
recognised and acknowledged in the pages of the Sarawak

1 A large town in the Upper Kapuas — the Dutch headquarters there.


Not only in connection with these particular border-
troubles, but in all other matters, the relations between the
two Governments have for years past invariably been
conducted in a spirit of mutual consideration and support,
and with a wholesome absence of red-tapeism.

On June 27, 1888, in Lobok Antu fort, peace was
formally made in the presence of the Netherlands and
Sarawak officials, with the usual ceremonies of pig-killing
between the Ulu Ai Dayaks and the Malohs of Kapuas,


thus bringing to an end a feud that had existed for many
generations, and at the same time peace was made between
the Ulu Ai and the Kantu Dayaks of Kapuas. A similar
peace between the Ulu Ai of the Rejang and the Malohs
and Tamans had been concluded at Kapit fort a short time



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