Continuing the discussion from Interesting historical photos of Miri?:
John, many thanks for sharing your findings on the wooden piles etc and their possible links with the japanese occupation, I would imagine a lot of time and research went into this! It certainly piqued my interest.
You may have already done/thought this, but have you considered about writing an article about this in the local english, malay and/or mandarin newspaper, whilst asking for any leads/photographs from the readers? It would certainly make a fascinating read and I believe you would be able to reach a wider audience, despite the day an age of the internet.