Kampong Sungai Teraban - History


Kuala Belait was a small fishing village at the turn of the 20th century. The natives were Belait Malays who were mainly fishermen. According to local customs, there was a falling out between two groups of the inhabitants and one of those groups moved to the west bank of the mouth of the Belait River to found the current day Kampong Sungai Teraban. Kampong Sungai Teraban was initially known as Kampong Seberang, meaning in Malay 'the village on the opposite bank'. In the 1930s and 1940s, Chinese Hokkien immigrants from the Wee (one of whom was Wee Thian Boo, also known as Ng Tow Woo 1906-1994), Shim, Yeo, and Tan families lived in the village. Their descendants still live in the village today.

Kampong Sungai Teraban gain prominence in the latter half of the 20th century as a point en route to Miri in Sarawak, Malaysia. Oil from the Seria field was initially exported to Lutong in Miri via a pipeline running through the village. This was halted after the construction of the Seria Crude Oil Terminal. The pipeline has since been dismantled.

A ferry connected the village to Kuala Belait which was the only route for land vehicles to travel from Bandar Seri Begawan and other places east of the Belait River overland to Miri for much of the 20th century. The ferry is no longer in operation, due to its declined use since the opening of the Rasau bridge linking Kampong Sungai Duhon to Rasau. Since the 1990s, there have been many newcomers to the village.

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