Sunday, April 04, 2010

Sarawak Museum exhibition - About World War II in Borneo

KUCHING: The community here knows more about how World War II impacted Borneo than whatever information the organisers of the Wartime Heritage Exhibition 2010 can collect on their own.

This is what Borneo Exhibition Group Australia president Ryan Rowland is counting on when the ‘Borneo World War II – Sarawak Liberation and Reconciliation’ exhibition opens at Dewan Tun Razak, Sarawak Museum, tomorrow.

Rowland said that a previous exhibition in Sandakan attracted over 40,000 people, some of whom were able to identify the people in the images shown.

“That information would have been lost if not for the fact that we had opened the box, and we started to get more information,” he said at a press conference held at the Sarawak Convention Bureau yesterday.

He added that the war conditions in Borneo were largely unheard of because the information was classified for 50 years with the hope that everyone involved would be dead and no one would ask questions.

“But once the gate was open, it started. Books, documentaries, information, and curious people came forward,” he said.

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