Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Malay History (4)

This post introduces a man named Daeng Andak Al Habrah who hails from Malacca. 

Daeng Andak Al Habrah is of Bugis descent and of noble rank. He has 7 names. [It should be noted that almost all Malays have 7 names.] Daeng Andak's interest in Bugis Ancestry and Influence in this region. It should be noted that the Bugis is the largest group of Malays who mastered not only the sea but they have a good system of civilisation, which we continue to use today within the Malay Sultanates in present-day Malaysia. If we get rid of the sultans then we lose our entire history. So in the eyes and mind of the author, we should try our best to think positive and objectively about retaining and reclaiming our Malay Heritage, and make our presence and ownership of the Malay Lands (Tanah Melayu) felt and respected. Even though waves of foreign migration come to our shores, we must try our best to retain our Malay Heritage. 

Daeng Andak Al Habrah is one brave man who called me to ask so I told him just that. And I thank him for calling.

Daeng Andak Al Habrah in Facebook

Singapore History (1)

This post introduces Istana Kampong Gelam in Singapore. The photos are from Facebook by Tengku Shawal Tengku Aziz, the great grandson of Sultan Hussain of Johor who once owned the palace, mosque and village in Singapore.

Facebook album of Tengku Shawal Tengku Aziz, great grandson of Sultan Hussain of Johor (Singapore)

There are other useful historical photos in Tengku Shawal's Facebook album:

(1) Makam Sultan Alauddin.

(2) There is also coverage of Istana Sayap, of Sultan Mahmud I of Malacca. The place is marsh-swampland, and a few pokok gelam can be seen - which means the area was cleared and burnt for making the istana (replica?). The interior shows a lovely ornate golden throne, unlike the thrones we commonly see in other palaces in Malaysia.

FYI, Istana Kampong Gelam now houses the Malay Heritage Centre of Singapore.

Malay History (4)

This post is about the Malay rulers. It covers many eras - the Portuguese, Dutch, British, Bugis, Malacca Sultanate and Siamese. This video was produced by the public library under Arkib Negara Malaysia.

Turks in Aceh

This is the first time I came across Turkish graves in Aceh and linking back to Salehuddin, the powerful ruler. The graves are neatly arranged and the tombstones are unique but practical. I like the designs for the tombstones.