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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Rentap,the 'Shaker of the world'

Rentap or Libau (died 1863) was a famous Dayak (Iban) warrior in Sarawak, Malaysia during the Brooke White Rajahs era in that state. "Rentap" in Iban means "Shaker of the world". He was known as "Raja Darat" or "Raja Ulu". Essentially, Rentap's rebellion was due to the White Rajah's or James Brooke's action of eliminating the Ibans in Skrang because he thought they were pirates. Being a leader of the Ibans there, Rentap took the subsequent action of attacking James Brooke's fort at Skrang River called Nanga Skrang. James' then burnt Rentap's village after he successfully drove James Brooke's side out of Skrang. He retreated to Bukit Sadok and built himself a fort after a defeat at Sungai Lang, Ulu Skrang by James Brooke in the year 1854. There he gained a reputation and thwarted many plans by James Brooke to control the Skrang and Saribas areas. Only after many attempts and with the aid of bigger cannons did James Brooke defeat Rentap in the year 1861. Though defeated, Rentap never officially surrendered. He retreated to Sungai Entabai and died in same place. In Malaysia, he is not only renowned in Sarawak, but he is also a national hero in both Sabah and the Peninsula as both a national hero and a freedom fighter.


A very good book about Rentap by James Ritchie

Another good book by Harry Usup Umbar

8 comments:

hojiayiing said...

first thing that struck my mind when saw this entry was 'OMG, sejarah tingkatan 1-5'. haha.

interesting blog u hv here, Mr true Sarawakian =)

Robb Sempurai said...

But do you really know the real stories beyond the text book?

Daisy said...

Legends are really based on a true story. I really find your stories very interesting...

Btw, how are you? As for me.. still recovering from my accident.. but all is well...

Just droppin by some love on the way...

XoXoX

Robb Sempurai said...

i'm good,tq.
hope u get recovered quick and keep the great blogging!

on the edge said...

Pirates , freedom fighters , oh my ! Sounds like a Jonny Deep movie ! So cool ! Thanks for the story Robb !

Escapist said...

Seemz a nice movie !!!



JOOLIIIeesss!!!!!!!!!!

anyss said...

Saya dah baca Libau Rentap Rimba...akhirnya, saya makin keliru. Boleh bantu saya hilangkan keliru itu?

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