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Oil was discovered in Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia in 1910. It was discovered by an Australian geologist named William KING, who was working for the Royal Dutch Shell Company at the time. KING was conducting geological surveys in the region and identified a strong oil seepage in the area. Following further investigation, he confirmed that there were significant oil reserves beneath the ground in the region.

This discovery marked the beginning of the oil industry in Miri and led to the rapid growth and development of the city. The Royal Dutch Shell Company established an oil well in Miri, and the oil industry soon became a major source of income and employment in the region. The discovery of oil also attracted a large number of migrants and foreign workers to the city, leading to its growth and transformation into a thriving center for petroleum production.

Today, Miri remains a major center for the oil and gas industry in Malaysia, and the discovery of oil over a century ago continues to play a significant role in shaping the city’s history and development.