• Journal of Borneo Kalimantan
    Vol 7 No 1 (2021)

    It is our honour to present Journal Borneo Kalimantan (JBK) volume 7 Issue 1. Building on the themes of mobility in Borneo-Kalimantan, five articles had been selected for this issue. The first two articles, ethno historical in nature, provide examples of ways in which over time and space, objects and peoples move across Borneo’s physical and social terrains. The first article by Valerie Mashman depicts how a shield – given as a ‘gift’ becomes a circulated object that gathered meanings as it moved from the hand of a chief in Borneo to be found exhibited in the Vatican Museum some 120 years later. The second article, A.W .Nieuwenhuis Merentasi Borneo 1894-1924, the Malay translation of A.W. Nieuwenhuis Across Borneo 1894-1924 by Professor Bernard Sellato is an account of high-profile scientific expeditions made by pioneer Dutch explorers across the terrain of Kalimantan at the turn of the 20th century. Capturing the themes of the ‘comings and goings’ of peoples across porous political boundaries, the next two articles touch on livelihood strategies amongst migrants. Dr Taberdo’s article provides additional empirical understanding to the nature of peoples’ movement within circular migration. Meanwhile, the article by Lumayag et al highlights the quandary of second generation of stateless and undocumented immigrants born in Sabah. Their findings suggest that temporary or ad-hoc access to education remains a palliative route without social inclusion of immigrants into the mainstream society. The final article by Huffer et al, succinctly describes how the identification of recently modified Dayak ‘trophy skull’ through an osteological assessment has revealed that these skulls have morph in different forms as itinerant objects within newer online trade in human remains.

    In addition, we are extremely pleased to unveil our Book Review portion in this issue. To kickstart the section, Mohd. Shazani Bin Masri reviews Nafahat Al-Ridwan: Riwayat Hidup Shaykh ‘Uthman Sarawak By Shaykh Muhammad Zayn Al-Din Bin Shaykh ‘Uthman Al-Sarawaqi Translated, Edited And Introduction By Fazril Salleh.

    Happy Reading!

    JBK Editorial Team

  • Journal of Borneo Kalimantan
    Vol 6 No 2 (2020)

    This present and the next issue of Journal of Borneo-Kalimantan’s theme is mobility of and on the island of Borneo. The theme reflects a perspective commonly used to identify and offer insights into patterns of transformation and social change amongst the societies of Borneo-Kalimantan. As a theme, it addresses movements and circulation of people, cultures, goods, language, images, information, labour, objects, organism and ideas across the island. Volume 6, Issue 2 (2020) presents articles that provide analysis of some of the crucial aspects of mobility that reflect societal experiences, social structures, organizations and transformations at different levels in Borneo-Kalimantan.

    We wish to express our gratitude for the permission granted by Dr Pierre Le Roux of Institut d’ethnologie, Universite de Strasbourg for Journal of Borneo-Kalimantan to republish in a Malay translation the original chapter cited as Sellato, B. (1993). “Salt in Borneo.” In P. le Roux and J. Ivanoff (Eds.), Le Sel de la vie en Asie du Sud-Est. Prince of Songkla University. Thank you.

    To all readers, Happy Reading and Happy New Year 2021!


    Dr Poline Bala
    Associate Professor
    Chief Editor, Journal of Borneo Kalimantan

  • Journal of Borneo-Kalimantan
    Vol 6 No 1 (2020)


    This sixth volume, No.1  of Journal of Borneo -Kalimantan (JBK) presents five papers from the island of Borneo. The first paper titled One Orthography, Four Lects: The Unified Berawan Orthography is co-authored by Jurgen Martin Burkhardt, Jey Lingam Burkhardt and Ang Lay Hoon. It alludes to why and how the Berawan community, who desire to write their lects consistently and reflecting the way they speak, attempts a unified orthography to the Berawan language. Written by Irfan Setiawan, Muh Ilham and M. Nawawi, the second paper on Smart Governance Implementation in Balikpapan in East Kalimantan is a descriptive assessment of the application of smart city concept in the running of Balikpapan city. It proposes for the strengthening of local government resources for the mechanism to be effective. The third paper by Jayl Langub titled Masyarakat Melayu di Belaga: Sejarah, Perdagangan, Penempatan dan Adaptasian (translated by Shahren Ahmad Zaidi Adruce) is a detailed ethnographic and historical account of the Malay in Belaga, focusing on their involvement in trade, their settlement and adaptation in the region. Here we would like to acknowledge Borneo Research Bulletin for granting us permission to republish this paper in Bahasa Malaysia, which has been translated from the original appearance as "The Malay of Belaga: History, Trade, Settlement and Adaptation" in the Borneo Research Bulletin 49 (2018): 64-101. The fourth paper by Valerie Mashman brings into the spotlight a local chief named Penghulu Tama Bulan Wang, who played a crucial and critical role in the pacification of Baram. Her account provides nuances to existing historical accounts of peace-making as a means to the formation of the modern state of Sarawak . Last but not least is, Revisiting early Political History of Modern Sarawak through the making of Stephen Kalong Ningkan as Sarawak’s first Chief Minister. Authored by Stanley Bye Kadam and Dick Lembang, the article narrates a political story of modern Sarawak from 1961 to 1974. The historical account throws light on the political struggles of Stephen Kalong Ningkan, who was the State’s first Chief Minister of Sarawak, and the issues affecting his political leadership. They argue that without revisiting his ideas and political struggles, accounts of early history of modern Sarawak is not complete.

    Happy Reading!

    Poline Bala, PhD (Camb.)
    Chief Editor
    Journal of Borneo-Kalimantan

  • Journal of Borneo-Kalimantan
    Vol 5 No 1 (2019)

    A peer-reviewed and multidisciplinary journal on transforming communities in Borneo-Kalimantan and developing regions.

  • Journal of Borneo-Kalimantan
    Vol 4 No 2 (2018)

    A peer-reviewed and multidisciplinary journal on transforming communities in Borneo-Kalimantan & developing regions.

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    Vol 4 No 1 (2018)

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