The Katibas, who had hitherto been supporters of the Government,
had been led astray by the chief Balang a in 1866, who then
laid a well -planned trap to get the Resident, Mr. J. B.
Cruickshank, into his hands to murder him. He was
captured by the Rajah, and taken to Sibu, where he was
Due to the joining of Unggat and Gerinang with Enjop and Balang’s relatives in their enmity against the Rajah, fighting suddenly broke out in the Katibas in 1868.
Due to the revolt of the Katibas Iban, the upper Batang Ai Iban under chief Ngumbang, while reinforcing their relatives, were attacked by the Rajah in 1868. These troubles were the first signs of what became continuing unrest in the headwaters of the Batang Ai and the Batang Rajang which was to last until 1919.
In July, 1868, the Rajah led an expedition against the
Delok Dayaks living in the Upper Batang Lupar for causing
trouble over the borders, and another in May, 1870, against
the Beloh Dayaks in the Katibas for the same reason.
Both these expeditions were successful, but no particulars
of either are to hand. These expeditions, however, did not
result in a final settlement of these disturbed remote districts.
The Dayaks submitted, only to break out again, and the lesson
had to be repeated several times.
While Naga and his people lived at Batu Gong they were twice attacked by the Rajah’s force during the first and second Katibas expeditions against Enjop, the brother of Balang, in 1869 and 1870.
Enjop and his followers were reinforced by Iban from Julau, Kanowit and Kanyau in Indonesian Borneo. This trouble continued until 1871 and involved three successive punitive expeditions.
The Dutch had complained of this, and the Rajah had
attacked them in 1870, as we have recorded, but as they
continued to give trouble, he again attacked them, for the third
time, in July 1871 , taking them on this occasion completely
by surprise ; and driving their chief, Unjup, over the frontier,
where he might have been captured.
Unjup was the brother of the powerful chief Balang, who had been previously
executed for plotting against the Government. 1 Later on he
was allowed to return, and was pardoned on making humble
submission. He subsequently became a Government chief or
pengulu, but he was a useless character.
After the third attack, this tribe was moved to the lower waters of the
Katibas, and an interval of uninhabited jungle was put between them and their enemies.
In October, 1876, the Rajah for the fourth and last time
attacked the Katibas Dayaks with a small force of about
a thousand Dayaks and Malays. This led to the submis-
sion of these people, and they were forced to leave the
Katibas river, and move to the main river. Since then no
Dayaks have been allowed to live on the Katibas, and from
the Rejang side the border troubles almost ceased.