Saturday, 13 April 2013

Temenggong Ngah Ibrahim

There are 3 big names in Perak's history, Temenggong Ngah Ibrahim (1836-1895), his father-in-law, Laksamana Mohd Amin, and Shahbandar Uda Maamor (mayor).

The men were exiled to the Seychelles for having plotted to kill then British Resident, JWW Birch, in Pasir Salak in 1875. Birch died while bathing by the river, and the Ngah Ibrahim and Mohd Amin lived in exile in Seychelles, then Sarawak but died in Singapore.

Temenggong Ngah Ibrahim was buried at the Al-Junied cemetery and Mohd Amin at Kubor Aman, both in Singappore.

I remember the news about bringing back Temenggong Ngah Ibrahim's remains from Singapore to Perak. News of bringing their remains back to Perak caught many by surprise. The remains of Temenggong Ngah Ibrahim was brought back to Taiping. He was a Malay warrior and sufi. The remains of Mohd Amin was laid to rest at the royal mausoleum at Bukit Chandan.

The lands surround Masjid Banda Lama Taiping belonged to Temenggong Ngah Ibrahim. His wife is buried at Tanah Perkuburan Masjid Banda Lama Taiping. It is in a big enclosure with thick but low brick perimeter wall.

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