Tuesday, 8 February 2011


Kapitan = headman (Malay, ketua)

Kapitan Kling refers to Cauder Mohideen / Kader Mydin / Kadir Merican of George Town, Penang.
He was responsible for the construction of Masjid Kapitan Keling.
The hot & spicy Kari Kapitan served in Penang is named in his honour.
His younger brother is Noordin Merican (sometimes written as Merican Noordin)
The Bangunan Noordin within the grounds of Masjid Kapitan Keling is named after Cauder's younger brother, Noordin.

Kapitan China refers to Yap Ah Loy of Kuala Lumpur. He was a mining tawkey and was responsible for the development of early KL.

Kapitan Melayu refers to Tengku Syed Hussain Idid (sometimes spelled as Aidid) of Kampong Melayu, Acheen Street (Lebuh Acheh), Penang, an Acehnese prince who donated (wakaf) his land for the construction of Masjid Melayu (Jamek) at Malay Town in Penang.