By Abdul Harun Majid
Brunei has lengthy been linked to enormous oil assets and the soundness that its wealth can guarantee. yet little is understood of the insurrection of 1962 which would have replaced the fortunes of the sultanate and the destiny of South East Asia. this is often the 1st accomplished historical past of the Brunei uprising, the set off for the Indonesia-Malaysia disagreement of the 60s and of serious significance in knowing the background of the quarter. The insurrection of 1962 used to be a small armed rebellion in aid of a Borneo Federation inclusive of Brunei, Sarawak and North Borneo. It adversarial the Malaysian Federation, obvious as a buttress of British and Western imperial interest. In a interval of significant pressure among the West and the Communist global, China considered the uprising as a countrywide liberation warfare and it was once quick suppressed via the British Emergency Force. yet even supposing the uprising itself was once short-lived, the implications for the region's diplomacy inside Asia and with the West - specifically given Brunei's emergence as an important oil-producer - have been far-reaching.