Anyway here's part of the notes written on the shiny stainless steel sign.
" Council Negeri is the oldest legislative and the biggest fully elected Assembly in Malaysia. On this site, the Assembly was established and its first inaugural meeting was held on 8th September,1867. The Second Rajah of the Brooke Government, Sr Charles Brooke and five British officers and 16 Malay and Melanau community leaders in the state attended the meeting".
Being a Bintulu dude, I feel proud of the Malays and Melanaus here for being part of a unique history in the founding and development of modern democratic practice in Sarawak and now Malaysia. I have regularly written on the colourful early history of Bintulu and the fort where the first Council Negeri was held. Please follow the following links: