June 17, 2017

Sibu Tales : Headman Kang Hing Yu

Tanjong Kunyit is not far from my grandmother's village of Nang Chong, Sibu.

We remember an excellent headman from Tanjong Kunyit who was  very helpful and kind.

Mr. Kang was an excellent Chinese scholar and teacher too. Today's post is related to the use of Chinese among the headmen of the Chinese community. Chinese was still used by the Sarawak Government in 1959 as an acceptable language.

It is very interesting to look at how Chinese headmen were selected, appointed and "certified".

Here is one example of Headman Kang Hing Yu of Tanjong Kunyit where many of my relatives lived.

When he was appointed Headman, Area No. 9 or Tanjong Kunyit in 1959, he was given the decree, with an official stamp, written in Chinese. He also had the right to have a rubber stamp for official work.


The Headman's wife, I remember was a very polite, soft spoken lady. She was considered an excellent partner of a very busy man. We called her aunty and she often visited. One of her businesses was selling of chicken eggs. Mrs. Kang and her daughter Miss Kang who taught in Tiong Hin School were very loving folks.

A certificate like this and any other documents are of great interests to the new generation, researchers, scholars and the general public.

Reference :
1. Alan Kang (NZ)

2. http://sarawakiana.blogspot.my/2008/04/short-history-of-management-of-foochow.html

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