Lun Bawang is not Murut

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  • http://elishares.com Elisha Batuncang

    Comment from Rovel Tes Nus in Facebook:
    So true.. but in Brunei, the Lun Bawang there have always been called murut and still is till this day.. i have yet herd any word of them relabelling Murut to Lun Bawang..

    • http://elishares.com Elisha Batuncang

      I’m aware of that but are the Tagals or other Sabahan mountain tribes are labeled as Murut too? I’m not familiar with the Brunei Political/Social policies, but in my opinion, it’s hard for them to relabel Murut to Lun Bawang.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Revol-Tes-Nus/100002558538431 Revol Tes Nus

        Yes, actually the Tagals and other Sabahan mountain tribes living a long the Padas river and also other areas in Sabah are called Muruts even though they are actually sub group and dont speak the same language, they say Murut just to make it easier.. Ive always introduced my self to Sabahans as Lun Bawang and ive always had to explaine the difference between the two.. Yes, i can see that it is hard for the Brunei Lun Bawang group to relabel as they have always been called Muruts since the late 1800 when the name was first introduced by Sir James Brook (then called Limbang Muruts)..

        • http://elishares.com Elisha Batuncang

          Then in Sabah the Muruts are actually a label for a group of tribes in the mountainous area. Just like what we have in Sarawak, 3 distinct groups: Orang Ulu, Land Dayak, Sea Dayak. But one thing is that, the term Murut labelled by the White Rajah was more to labeling the Lun Bawang tribe as “dregs or rotten” instead of “the mountain tribes”.

          I’m not sure about the formation of Muruts in Sabah, but for sure, the Lun Bawang never approve or accept that they are Murut. Just like in Brunei, even though they are legally recognized as Murut, they will always represent themselves as a Lun Bawang.

          Just the same as you and I, we never accept ourselves as a Murut instead reassuring to the others that we are Lun Bawang. =)

  • Cwilter

    yeaaahh~!!’drunk before dawn’ hahaahahaa!!

  • Samuels

    Are there any similarities between the Lunbawangs and the Muruts of Sabah? maybe the labelled was made based on the British observation to both tribes similarities. Similarities or not what the “Drunk before dawn” descriptions fit both the Murut of Sabah and the Lunbawangs of Sarawak. Our past leaders failed to establish our own identity, no offence to the Murut but I both tribes are progressing now along with other Malaysian ethnics so I think it doesn’t really matters now.

    • http://elishares.com Elisha Batuncang

      There are no cultural and lingual similarities between the Lun Bawang and Murut tribes. Even the facial features are far different.

      Identity of tribe is very important especially in this modern days where the cultures, customs, and traditions are rapidly fading away. It’s not a surprise anymore when some of the younger generations don’t even know how to speak in their own mother tongue.

  • Adang People

    I am NOT AGREE with the iterm no 3. KELABIT was the first tribe immigrate to the Adang Valley. PU’UN NGAWAL was one of the paramount leaders in Adang then his great grandson Lang@Pun Ngawal who died in Adang in 1945. None of the last generation people like the late Dtk Racha, Udan @ Sakai Balang (the grandson of Lang@Pun Ngawal), Budi Sigar n 14 others left Adang in November 1945 NEVER HEARD of that name! (Bian Murud). Please proof me wrong! Fact:”Life In The Forests Of The Far East”-My Limbang Journal By Spenser St.John in 1860.

    • http://elishares.com Elisha Batuncang

      This is interesting. I couldn’t agree much to your argument as well because the Lun Bawang and Kelabit shared the same ancestral root. Which also means that, it’s neither the “Lun Bawang” nor “Kelabit” that had first step their foot in the Adang Valley because we’re actually 1 ethnic, Lun Tau.

      According to Spencer St. John during his visit to the Adang Valley in 1886, he stated that Bian Murud was “the most reknown leader” in Adang. By this context, it is understandable that there are few other leaders in the Adang valley as well during that period. Pu’un Ngawal was one of them. And this is when St. John made the statement by labelling the occupants of Adang Valley Lun Murud or Lun Bian Murud.

      Bian Murud was also well recognised by the Brunei Sultanate, where he was given the title O.K.K. (Orang Kaya Kaya) for his effort to help the Sultan of Brunei to make peace treaty with the Kayan from Ulu Baram.

      Even the Iban settlers in Limbang recognised him as one of the reknown leader from Adang Valley.

    • tutu keleh?

      Puun Ngawal (a KELABIT) migrated to Adang (from Pa’ Umor) following his daughter who was married to a lun bawang in Adang….tq…

      • tutu keleh?

        and Yes, Budi Sigar and Ating Labo group indeed one of the original group resides in Adang.

  • Timothy Upai

    Good piece for reading. No wonder my mom reacted in a weird way when I ask her about labelling us Murud. At least now I know. Thanks!

    • http://elishares.com Elisha Batuncang

      You’re most welcome Timothy 😉

  • http://www.cutebun.blogspot.com Cutebun

    Wow I didn’t know that Lun Bawang was labeled wrongly as Murut tribe. An eye opener indeed.

    • http://elishares.com Elisha Batuncang

      I hope this message could further inform other Malaysian communities that this labelling was wrongly made by anthropologies when they’re doing their research. We Lun Bawang never approved this labelling.

      • Magdalene Piri

        Yes..indeed..d non-sabah/non-sarawak ppl always address me as murut. But i told them its a whole totally incredibly wrong.. I am proud to be a lun bawang… Elisha…taru’ taru’ me’ nai…mada’ d whole world dat tau nih lun luk metueh kuh awa Taman rayeh tau…good work.

  • joie

    Was just asked today regarding the term murut to describe us lun bawang.so now I can give better answer when others asked.thanks Elisha.we need more info’s on our culture especialy the originality of our tribe.continue the good work. Tuhan ngeperuan nemuh…

    • http://elishares.com Elisha Batuncang

      Thanks for the support Joie.

  • jay lizzy

    hi..I need help with some translation from lun bawang language.. “Idan te yeh nih me papu kuh lek.” anyone can tell me what that mean?

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