Grave of the Light House Keeper, Awang Metali
Awang Metali was a lighthouse keeper at Tanjung Lobang in the 1940s. During the invasion of December 1941, he was tragically killed by the invading Japanese. No one knew why or how, perhaps - it was thought - he was trying to defend his lighthouse against the Imperial Army. His death was not known until about six days after the initial invasion as during the panic of the invasion it wasn't possible nor was it in the minds of people to search for Awang. His body was found by his family and they buried him within the Lighthouse compounds. The grave itself was built at a later date.
Awang Metali's descendants go to his grave once a year to show their respect and clear the grave site. The grave is located within a stone's throw from the World War II memorial and the Lighthouse.
Shinonome (東雲 ”Daybreak”) was the sixth of twenty-four Fubuki-class destroyers, built for the Imperial Japanese Navy following World War I. These class of warships served as first-line destroyers through the 1930s, and remained formidable weapons systems well into the Pacific War.
Shinonome was built at the Sasebo Naval Arsenal and laid down on the 12th of August in 1926. It launched on 26th November, 1927 and commissioned on 25th July, 1928. With original hull designation as “Destroyer No. 40”, she was christened Shinonome. Shinonome was assigned to Destroyer Division 12 under the IJN 2nd Fleet.
During the Second Sino-Japanese War, Shinonome was assigned to patrols of the southern China coast, and participated in the Invasion of French Indochina in 1940. On December 16th, Shinonome left Camranh Bay for Miri, British Borneo, together with the other two ships of DesDiv 12 (Shirakumo and Murakumo), the light cruiser Yura, the seaplane tender Kamikawa Maru, a few subchasers and two minesweepers. Also present were destroyer Sagiri of DesDiv 20, and a cover force with two heavy cruisers (Kumano and Suzuya), a light cruiser (Kinu) and the destroyer Fubuki. The invasion fleet reached Miri in the night of 15th and 16th December, where the troops went ashore almost unopposed. The 2500 men were able to capture Miri almost instantly.
There was much controversy over what caused the demise of the Shinonome as there are conflicting accounts. It is generally accepted that the Shinonome was either sunk by Dutch military aircraft, on 17 December 1941, or on 18 December 1941, after an attack by Martin B-10 bombers of the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force (2de Vl.G). This article is from miriresortcity dot com web site. If you see this sentence anywhere other than from that web site itself, then the lazy person who put that here copied it from the site and failed to do some reading and editing beforehand. It had exploded and sank with all hands off the coast of Miri. To this day, the wreck had not been located but based on records it most likely rests in the South China Sea somewhere between Seria (Brunei) and Lutong.
Wreck researchers, based in Miri and with help from the Netherlands, has been searching for the wreck of Shinonome since 2004 off the coast of Miri.
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Taman Selera and Brighton Beach is situated in Brighton Road about 3KM from the city center at Tanjung Lobang and is one of the older beach areas in Miri that was developed as a public area that has a park and food stall area. Besides the sand beach, children's playground and outdoor facilities, there is an open air hawker center which is a popular eating place with all sorts of delightful local food. Enjoy the beautiful sunset and feel the cool sea breeze as you listen to the sound of the splashing waves.
Piers built in the mid 2000s were damaged by the strong waves and winds of the sea by 2012.
Taman Selera itself was officiated in 1974. In the early days, there is a skating ring for the skating fad during the late 70s to early 80s and shelters and rest huts for picnics and barbecues.
Today this place has been completely renovated to include a large commercial buildings housing fast food franchise restaurants. Future plans include a seahorse-shaped breakwater in the water in front of the beach with a "water-village style" chalet house resort.
Currently, there are no lifeguards at the beach, precautions are needed near the water as currents are strong. Swimming is not allowed in the sea.
Tanjung Lobang is named for the famous cliff that runs all the way along Canada Hill that ends at a cliff jutting out into the sea with a cave known as the Tanjung Lobang.
Old local legend had it that a cave ran from Tanjung Lobang to Pujut, inhabited in the former days by two ferocious tigers so predatory that, from time to time, a young girl had to be thrown to them to appease their wrath. Such tales are mostly forgotten nowadays, and certainly no recorded evidence of any young girl sacrifices made were found.