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By Abdul Harun Majid

Brunei has lengthy been linked to giant oil assets and the soundness that its wealth can guarantee.  yet little is understood of the insurrection of 1962 which would have replaced the fortunes of the sultanate and the destiny of South East Asia.   this is often the 1st entire historical past of the Brunei uprising, the set off for the Indonesia-Malaysia disagreement of the 60s and of severe significance in realizing the historical past of the sector.   The insurrection of 1962 used to be a small armed rebellion in aid of a Borneo Federation together with Brunei, Sarawak and North Borneo.  It hostile the Malaysian Federation, noticeable as a buttress of British and Western imperial interest.  In a interval of significant rigidity among the West and the Communist international, China seen the uprising as a countrywide liberation battle and it used to be quick suppressed through the British Emergency Force.  yet even supposing the uprising itself used to be short-lived, the implications for the region's diplomacy inside of Asia and with the West  - specifically given Brunei's emergence as an important oil-producer - have been far-reaching. 

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Instead he sustained the pressure on Kuala Lumpur. ’4 This, however, does not explain why the Royal Brunei Malay Regiment began life officially on 31 May 1961 when Sultan Omar signed a decree bringing the force into existence. The Sultan must have been superbly confident that the Malayan authorities would agree to assist because a recruiting campaign had already been held throughout the country following an advertisement that first appeared in the Borneo Bulletin – published on Saturday 22 April.

23 Towards the end of the 1950s with Malaya now independent and the Emergency about to end, there was considerable discussion in British official defence circles about British bases in Southeast Asia. ’25 Both reports dwelt at length on existing bases and force deployment in Southeast Asia. Alternatives to Malaya and Singapore were mentioned, including Labuan, Sandakan (North Borneo) and bases 34 02c_Brunei_012-036 5/6/07 5:27 PM Page 35 B R U N E I I N T H E S E C O N D W O R L D WA R A N D A F T E R outside the region (Australia).

It is not easy to present clear answers to these questions, as what comes through from the documents is the confusion and contradiction that seemed to affect Government thinking about Brunei. What is clear, however, is that Brunei was always on the margins of British policy. Firstly, it was never near the centre of British thinking about her commitments in Southeast Asia, and secondly questions about Brunei were examined in a Malayan context. That is, the future of Brunei was usually seen in association with the other Borneo territories and Malaya.

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