One Crowded Moment of Glory: The Kinabalu Guerillas and the 1943 Jesselton Uprising


David Yoong Soon Chye
2019. University of Malaya Press
Softcover. 22.9cm x 15.2cm, 392 pages
ISBN 9789674880866


The Jesselton Uprising that was launched by the resistance movement known as the Kinabalu Guerrillas against the Japanese Army on 9 October 1943 was a momentous event that took place in the state of Sabah, Malaysia during the Japanese occupation. The uprising left a lasting legacy in the memories of the
people of Sabah. It also influenced subsequent events in the state, as well as the manner in which the past is recognised and remembered in Sabah and the country. The revolt was one of the few anti-Japanese movements in Southeast Asia led entirely by civilians in an occupied territory.The multi-ethnic nature of
the uprising is probably its most important legacy and for this reason the Kinabalu Guerrillas and the rebellion were remembered and commemorated first by the returning British colonial administration, and sustained after independence. The Petagas War Memorial with the annual remembrance ceremony on 21 January is the only war memorial in Malaysia that has been continuously commemorated to honour the sacrifice of the resistance movement since the war.

Weight 500 g
Dimensions 22.9 × 15.2 × 2 cm

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