An 1847 portrait of James Brooke, the first Rajah of Sarawak, by Francis Grant. Photo: Getty Images
An 1847 portrait of James Brooke, the first Rajah of Sarawak, by Francis Grant. Photo: Getty Images
Malaysia

A ‘White Rajah’ returns to Malaysia’s Sarawak, but this time to serve

  • The Brookes ruled Sarawak for a century until 1946, and are credited with building it into a modern state with its own government and constitution
  • Jason Brooke, a sixth-generation descendant of James Brooke, the first Rajah, is looking to preserve the state’s heritage and his family’s identity

An 1847 portrait of James Brooke, the first Rajah of Sarawak, by Francis Grant. Photo: Getty Images
An 1847 portrait of James Brooke, the first Rajah of Sarawak, by Francis Grant. Photo: Getty Images
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