Repair and repainting works to Fort Brooke in Nanga Meluan was now 50 per cent complete and it is expected to give the historical fort a fresh look.

The project which started in March is expected to be completed within five months’ time with a total budget of RM450,000.

Built in 1935 to halt a rebellion headed by the late Asun Paing, the fort was previously built on bamboo and wooden roofing. However, in 1940 the colonial government directed the fort’s building materials to be replaced with ‘belian’ (hardwood species).
The fort was built in 1935 to halt a rebellion headed by the late Asun Paing.

Asun, born in 1880s, was a former penghulu from Entabai area in Julau.

According to history, he conducted a protracted revolt against the Brooke’s government over the issue of tax system introduced by Rajah Charles Vyner Brooke.

Fort Brooke was originally built from bamboo and wooden roofing.

However, in 1940 the colonial government directed the fort’s building materials to be replaced with ‘belian’ (hardwood species).

From 1954 to 1981, the two-storey building was used to accommodate Julau District Council and Julau police station from 1954 to 1981.

The restoration project was funded by the Ministry of Tourism and carried out under Basic Infrastructure Project (PIAS).

Photo: Fort Brooke by sarawakiana.blogspot.com