Darul Kurnia is a colonial style mansion built in the 1930s by Datu Patinggi Abang Haji Abdillah. A Sarawakian independence patriot, Datu Patinggi Hj Abdillah was a highly influential leader of his time, most known for spearheading the anti-cession movement. The anti-cession movement is a fight against British Empire’s attempt to govern Sarawak as a crown colony without sufficient consultation with native residents. This house is historically significant as witness to a peaceful protest by hundreds of civil servants, at the risk of losing their job, to demonstrate their unwillingness to be colonized.

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