Thursday, 12 April 2012

Lapong vs Lampung vs Bengkulu/Bencoolen


Where is Lapong? What does lapong mean? What is beras lapong?

Lapong weaving
Lapong Village Women
Lapong village girls
Lapong Village


Lampung is a province of Indonesia. It is located on the southern tip of the island of Sumatra and borders the provinces of Bengkulu and South Sumatra. Lampung is the original home of the Lampung people, who speak a distinct language from other people in Sumatra and have their own alphabet. Its capital is Bandar Lampung. The province had a population of 7,596,115 at the 2010 census. Three quarters of the current population of Lampung is descended from migrants from Java, Madura, and Bali. More on Lampung in Wikipedia.

Bengkulu (Bencoolen)

Bengkulu (also known as Southwest Sumatra) is a province of Indonesia. It is on the southwest coast of the island of Sumatra, and borders the provinces of West Sumatra, Jambi, South Sumatra and Lampung. The capital and largest city is Bengkulu city. It was formerly the site of a British garrison, which they called Bencoolen. The province also includes Enggano Island. More on Bengkulu in Wikipedia.

There is Beccoolen St and Bencoolen Mosque in Singapore.

Simulo seaquake

Simulo Seaquake, off Aceh, off west coast of Sumatra
Wednesday, 11 April 2012

A seaquake measuring 8.7 Richter occurred in the evening ~500km off the west coast of Sumatra, at Simulo near Aceh. Indonesians panicked to save themselves and fled to safer grounds. Some fainted in the chaos and were taken to hospital.

The tremor was felt in India (Chenai, Bangalore), Burma, Thailand (Phuket), Singapore and Malaysia.

A check on Singapore replied nothing happened.

In Malaysia, Perak, Kedah, Perlis, and Penang experienced tremors. The tremor was felt in KL in high-rise buildings. In Penang people were asked to stay off from beaches at Gurney Drive, Batu Ferringhi and Balik Pulau. In Langkawi, the police patrolled the beaches and people were warned to stay off all beaches. Ferry service to Langkawi left 30 min earlier and was halted at 8.30pm. The tsunami alert was called off by 10.15 p.m.

What happened this time:
There is no tsunami this time as the tectonic plates only rubbed against each other instead of jolted into each other as occurred in 2004.

RTM TV1, 8 p.m. prime time news

14 Agong

Installation of the 14th Agong.

Event: Installation of the 14th Agong of Malaysia
Date: Wednesday, 11 April 2012
Venue: Old Istana Negara, KL
Protocol: Adat Istiadat Pertabalan SPBYD Agong

Name of Agong: Tuanku Abdul Halim
Consort: Tuanku Aminah (1st wife Tuanku Bahiyah deceased 2003)
PM: Datuk Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak (Pekan, Pahang)
DPM: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasin (Johor)

Raja Perlis & wife: Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin & Tg Rashidah Tg Abdul Hamid (sister of Tg Anis of Kelantan)
Sultan Pahang & wife: Sultan Ahmad Shah & 2nd wife (1st wife deceased)
6th PM & wife: Datuk Mohd Najib & Datin Rosmah Mansur
5th PM & wife: Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi & Tun Jean
4th PM & wife?
Wife of 3rd PM?
Wife of 2nd PM?

Significance of event:
  1. This is the second time that Tuanku Abdul Halim ascends the throne as Agong. He is 84 years old.
  2. Previous Agong who also became Agong for a second time was Sultan Salahuddin (Selangor) and Tuanku Abdul Rahman (NS).
  3. A dinner banquet was held for all dignitaries.