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Japanese war planes were over Sarikei and Binatang daily in groups of 3 or 7 but both escaped bombing. WS Buck received instructions to destroy the Defence Scheme. Air raid shelters were built under each kampong house and in the quarters of Government servants. Wireless stations were sandbagged for protection. Food stocks were distributed throughout clerks' quarters and schools as a protection against malicious burning.
WS Buck handed Sarikei and its treasury contents of $200K over to the Native Officer, Abang Hj. Abdul Rahim and the Treasury clerk, Siaw Ah Koon (the road in front of JKR is named after him). Mr Buck, Mr Murray (Settlement Officer), Fr. Quadekker and other Europeans fled on the ship, ML Slyvia, towards Selalang. By then, the Sarikei bazaar and kampong were evacuated.
On 27 Dec 1941, Sarikei denizens heard that a group of 100+ Dayaks were coming to town to loot. 1000+ Chinese and Malays armed themselves and when the Dayaks reached the river bank and saw the huge "army", they dared not go ashore. The Dayaks sent reps to negotiate with the Chinese and Malay leaders. As a pledge for peace, a pig was slaughtered as per native customs. The Chinese gave each Dayak $5 (not a small amount in those days) and a few katis of rice before the Dayaks departed. (Source: 1)During the Japanese Occupation, there was 12 Japanese soldiers in Sarikei. 2 came to St Anthony's School brandishing swords & ordered all teachers to stand in a line. They ordered the teachers to start teaching Japanese the next day. The Japanese arranged Japanese language training. The Catholic fathers & sisters were imprisoned. St. Anthony's School was closed down & used as a store & office for the Japanese. The Japanese didn't use the Sarikei District Office because they were afraid of been bombed by the Allies. (Source: 3)
If the Japanese were not defeated by the Allies in 1945, the staple dish of Sarikei would have been udon noodles and not kampua.
(1) Pussy's in the well, Japanese Occupation of Sarawak 1941-1945, Chapter 5. By Julitta Lim Shau Hua.(2) Sarawak Government in exile. By W.S. Buck.
(3) 1979 Anthonian. St. Anthony's School's magazine. Interview with teacher Mr. Hii Ing King.