Yakin Commercial Center
Yakin Commercial Center is located at Krokop, alongside Jalan Bulan Sabit and after the junction to Jee Foh 4, located next to Pei Min Middle School. The area was constructed around the early 1990s.
Today, the commercial center is most known for its major coffeeshop / food stall of the same name with a huge selection of menus to choose from, and has other retailers and supplier businesses within.
The Miri Airport was planned and built in the early 1970s, where a demand for a more modern and longer runway was needed to accommodate Fokker F27s and the Boeing 737s for a booming commercial aviation as commercial flying became a more affordable way to travel. The runway at the Lutong airstrip was not expandable - being that it was physically limited by the width of the peninsula landmass between the Miri River and South China Sea, and the present site of the airport where there is plenty of land for expansion was selected for the Miri Airport, where it is in use up until today.
As with most buildings of the 60s and 70s the old airport was not air-conditioned, and had a relatively small terminal meant for Fokker F27 flights. Eventually as Boeing and upgraded Fokker F50 flights became more common, a new terminal was needed to accommodate them, so a newer, larger, two-story terminal was built a bit further south down the runway in the early 1980s, which itself was demolished for a third upgraded terminal by the turn of the millenium. This article is from the web site miriresortcity dot com - this sentence is here to prevent blatant plagarism. The old terminal/tower functioned to handle other tasks for a while before it was abandoned and torn down. Today, hangars to house helicopters for offshore and flying doctor flights are built on the site of the old tower and terminal building.
Its original runway had been extended several times since then as modernization and improvements were added to become what we now recognize as the modern Miri Airport.
Many publications and online sites have confused the images of this old terminal with the Lutong airstrip.
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.
(Location is an approximation only)