If you have seen the hardcopy of any Sarawak Government Almanacs like the latest 2018 edition, on the back of each page, there are listings of Sarawak chronological events going all the way back to the 19th century. It is obviously not an exhaustive listing, but I think it serves as a good starting point to get into the history of Sarawak if the bite-size texts intrigues you.
The scanned PDF & Excel version of the Sarawak chronological events are available for download below. My 2017 Almanac only shows 44 pages of historical events ranging from the year 1839 till 2015. Until I get my personal hardcopy of the Sarawak Government Almanac 2018, I am not sure whether there are any new entries made to catch up for 2016 & 2017.
Personally I find it rather interesting when reading the pre-Malaysia era events. The short texts in the document does not provide much details, but with a little imagination (and with the help of Google & Wikipedia) the event paints an interesting past which this place we shared on the Borneo island came to be. Perhaps in due time, I will further expand my research using the live table of the events below.
13-Jan-2018: Received my hardcopy of Sarawak Government Almanac 2018 today from the local courier service. Thanks to Jackie for getting it for me. Went straight into scanning, optimizing the files and updated the links on this post. Hope you enjoy it and please remember to support your local bookstore if you want to own a personal hardcopy. The scanned version on this site is mainly for educational and archive purposes only.
4-Jan-2018: Happy New Year folks. The hardcopy of Sarawak Government Almanac 2018 is still hard to get in Miri bookstores this year. Perhaps some people are having better luck in getting them. Thanks to Jackie, I’ve received the first scanned copy circulating in the social network. Sharing the PDF version (with individual images below) first while trying to get my own hardcopy soon.
4-Dec-2017: Belle’s Bookshop is saying their first batch is estimated to arrive late December 2017 or early January 2018. Let’s see how it goes.
1-Dec-2017: Just starting to get in touch with some of the local bookstore to check whether the new Sarawak Government Almanac 2018 has found its way to Miri. Watch this space.
2nd Update on 31-Dec-2016: Got my copy of the Sarawak Government Almanac 2017 from the local bookstores yesterday. Turns out any bookstores having them went directly to Pecetakan Nasional Malaysia Berhad (PNMB) Kuching (or their agents) to get them which is preferably much faster since it is printed there.
Well, it has been a dull & gloomy year 2016 for everyone but let’s look forward to a better year in 2017. The optimized scanned PDF & images of the almanacs are free for download below. Happy New Year!
1st Update on 23-Dec-2016: Called up Pecetakan Nasional Malaysia Berhad (PNMB) Miri branch this week and the nice people there are saying the Sarawak Government Almanac 2017 will be released end of this year. Will follow-up again after Christmas, so watch this space.
2nd Update: The scanned copy of the Sarawak Government Almanac 2016 is now available for sharing. Thanks to Winnie & Mark for making it happen.
1st Update: Still haven’t receive my hardcopy of the latest 2016 almanac yet. A made a quick call to Pecetakan Nasional Malaysia Berhad (PNMB) at Piasau Industrial area, the nice lady at the other end claimed that this year’s batch is still waiting for the Chief Minister’s approval to release. Watch this space.
Update: Scanned copy is now available for download below.
Managed to get my copy of the Sarawak Government Almanac 2014. I do not have a scanner at the moment, but the temporary photo quality should be readable. Will scan a better quality version later. Hope you all enjoy it, and please leave me a comment below if you like this.
Thanks Mark – finally received my copy of the Sarawak Government Almanac 2013!
Fellow readers, if you are in Miri and you want to get hold of your own original hardcopy, you may visit Pecetakan Nasional Malaysia Berhad (PNMB) at Piasau Industrial area – it’s only MYR 6 per copy (for now). The searchable scanned PDF and images can be found below.
Most of us use the Sarawak Government Almanac just to plan our upcoming holidays which in most cases ties in with public holidays. Others such as the Chinese uses it to find corresponding dates in the Lunar calendar; Muslims uses it to identify corresponding dates in the Hijrah calendar. Those in the marine industries will be checking on the timing of high tides in respective locations, and there are those who tracks moon phases and events. Sometimes there are annual events which are not public holidays but noted in the almanac too. All-in-all, I believe everyone can find some use in the almanacs. Knowing the frustration in getting own copy from the very limited supplies out there (which is only printed once a year), am putting up my copy of the almanac here to help those who can’t get their own copy on a timely manner – yes, these Sarawak Government Almanac 2012 is now just starting to appear in local bookstore or magazine stalls.
P/S: According to the almanac, looks like Deepavali is still not a public holiday here in Sarawak.
I’m one of the many individuals who gets annoyed badly when unable to purchase a copy of the Sarawak Government Almanac each year.
Mind you, limited copies of the almanacs are released sometime in December or January in the state and only a selected few knows when it will be out. Anyway if you are lucky, you may find some of them at your local bookshop or magazine stalls. Else you will resort to ask some kind people (again, they are also limited) working in various government departments to make a photocopy from their only almanac in the office. These official almanacs are only a hot product during the beginning of the year, after which you will never see them being sold anymore.
Anyway, I’ve spent an hour doing this for fellow Sarawakians (prefer to think of this as a noble cause instead of plagiarism). If you want a hardcopy for yourself, please buy it from the proper place – if you can find it in the first place. Alternatively you may download the optimized scanned PDFs and images here: