Negeri Santubong (300ESS – 1674ES)
Sanib Said is an old-hand in Sarawak history who is never satisfied with its state of historical knowledge. He is troubled by professional historians who continued to rely on the colonial sources emanated from the Brookes dynasty and sources affiliated with its loyalists and sympathisers. Equally worrying is the mentality of some local-born academics who are captivated by the European writings, blindly accepted their claims and uncritical of the indiscreet Eurocentrism embedded in those works. Seen as the ‘godfather’ among aspiring Sarawak Malay historians, his exhortation is listened with respect, his eclectic methods and dizzying claims are tolerated, his staunch dedication to Malay scholarship is admired. Negeri Santubong is Sanib’s pontification to the local scholars, the faithful and the unconverted.
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