Friday, 28 February 2014

First Malaysian King's Birthday Honours List 1964

The Straits Times, 3 June 1964, Page 1

Seven new Datos in birthday list

33 Awards go to Sabah, Sarawak

Seven new Datos have been created by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in his first Malaysian Birthday Honours List. They are among 240 people, including 10 women, who have been honoured.

Thirty-three of the recipients are from Sabah and Sarawak.

The new Datos, who receive the title of Panglima Mangku Negara, are:-

  1. the Chief Justice, Malaya, Dato Syed Sheh Barakbah, --- note: he was with the Pilgrimage Board 
  2. the Minister for Sarawak Affairs, Dato Temenggong Jugah Anak Barieng,
  3. the chief of the Armed Forces Staff, Lieut.-General Tengku Osman bin Tengku Mohamed Jewa, --- note: Kedah royal family
  4. the Governor of Bank Negara, Inche Ismail bin Haji Mohamed Ali, --- note: elder brother of Tun Dr Siti Hasmah bt Mohd Ali
  5. the Chancellor of the University of Singapore, Dato Lee Kong Chian, --- note: he had 2 previous Dato honours from Johor and Kelantan
  6. the Alliance Secretary General, Senator T. H. Tan --- note: he accompanied the Federation delegation to the Merdeka talks in London
  7. the UMNO Secretary-General, Syed Ja'afar Albar. --- note: father of minister Hamid Albar


Johan Mangku Negara:

the Prime Minister's personal physician, Dr R. P. Pillai.


Panglima Mangku Negara:

Dato Syed Sheh Barakbah, the Chief Justice, Malaya
- he was the first to hold this position in July 1963
- he joined the legal service in 1946
- he was made a judge in 1956
- he represented Malaya at the Law Council of Australia convention in Sydney
- he was awarded the State title of Dato by the Sultan of Kedah earlier in 1964


Inche Ismail bin Haji Mohamed Ali
- was made Deputy Governor of Bank Negara in November 1960
- has been Governor of Bank Negara since March 1964
- Selangor's first Malay Queen's Scholar --- note: check Coco's status on Queen's Scholar
- graduated in law and in economics with honours
- held the post of Controller of the Trade Division in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry
- became Minister in the Malayan Embassy in Washington
- spent 2 weeks inspecting the Federal Reserve Bank and industrial and development projects in Australia


Dato Lee Kong Chian
- multi-millionaire philanthropist
- head of Lee Foundation --- note: Lee Rubber, KL
- rubber magnate
- community leader
- installed as the first Chancellor of the University of Singapore in June 1962 --- note: UM started in Malaya separately after 1962
- long associated with King Edward VII College of Medicine
- long associated with the Raffles College
- leading local benefactor of both institutions (KE VII and Raffles)
- bestowed State title of Dato by the Rulers of Johor and Kelantan


Syed Ja'afar Albar
- UMNO secretary-general since October 1963
- gave up post of Assistant Minister of Information and Broadcasting in 1961
- was an executive in a printing firm
- UMNO publicity chief
- returned unopposed in the 1959 and 1963 Parliamentary elections


Johan Mangku Negara:

Inche C. D. Ismail, Penang (for political services) --- note: he lived behind Dr MJ Che Lah's house

Inche Mahmood bin Ambak, KL (for public services) --- note: Endon's father; Tun Ahmad Badawi's FIL

Inche Melan bin Abdullah, editor, Utusan Melayu, KL (for public services) --- after Said Zahari was imprisoned for 17 years in Singapore, without trial since 1963

Inche Mohamed Sanusi bin Baki, Ministry of Health, KL

Dr Omar bin Din, General Hospital, KL --- note: originally from Kedah

Dr R. P. Pillai, General Hospital, KL

Dr Syed Mohamed bin Syed Alwi Alhady, General Hospital, KL --- originally from Penang

Osman bin Samsuddin Cassim, Ministry of the Interior --- originally from Ipoh, son of Dr Samsuddin Cassim. Tan Sri Osman operates the Berjaya Group of companies.


Ahli Mangku Negara:

Dr Lakhmir Singh Sodhy, Municipal Health Department

Inche Lokman bin Musa, principal, Language Institute, KL --- Dato' Mahadzir Lokman's father; kawan baik Bapak

Inche K. Mushir Ariff, Penang (for public services) --- husband of Dato' Zubaidah. Bank Bumiputra head who looked into the money scandal involving Jalil Hamid's death in Hong Kong.

Dr Raja Ahmad Noordin bin Raja Shahbudin, Ministry of Health --- note: interviewed in May 2007; 3rd Director-General of Health after Dr Din bin Ahmad (1st DG) and Dr Abdul Majid bin Ismail (2nd DG); passed away on 22 December 2008

Inche S.M. Salim, Radio Malaysia, KL --- note: Malay singer of Malay traditional songs

Nik Mohamed bin Nik Man, Kota Bharu

Nik Mustapha bin Haji Daud, Kota Bharu --- note: Muzium Kelantan in KB?

Raja Ariff bin Raja Chulan, KL

Dr Ibrahim bin Haji Mohamed Yassin

I found another early Malay doctor's name. His name is written in full as Dr Ibrahim bin Haji Mohamed Yassin, from Ipoh. I have not seen this name before in my research on The Early Malay Doctors

His name appeared in The Straits Times of 8 June 1966 (page 8), along with names which I have mentioned before: Inche CM Hashim, a Penang JP who was connected to Dr KM Ariff, (Tan Sri) Syed Hassan Aidid who was UMNO Penang Chief, Dr Abu Bakar bin Ibrahim who was the 17th Director of IMR in KL after Dr Ungku Omar passed away, and was the late husband of Tan Sri Salma bt Ismail, and Syed Kabeer bin Syed Ahmad who was previously with the Pilgrimage Office based in Penang before Tabung Haji existed, and who married the eldest daughter of Dr KM Ariff.

King's Birthday Honours for 505

Inche CM Hashim, Penang - Panglima Setia Mahkota
Syed Hassan Aidid, Penang - Johan Mangku Negara
Dr Abu Bakar bin Ibrahim, KL - Johan Setia Mahkota
Dr Ibrahim bin Haji Mohamed Yassin, Ipoh  - Johan Setia Mahkota
Syed Kabeer bin Syed Ahmad, Penang - Ahli Mangku Negara

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Dr SH Aljunied

Full name: Dr Syed Hassan bin Alwee Aljunied 
Shorter names: Dr SH Aljunied, Dr SH Al-Junied
Year of graduation:

Portraits/photos and events:
  1. The Malayan Saturday Post, 6 December 1930, Page 16  featured his photograph (Pic 3 with  Mr S.I. Alsagoff, Mr Mohd. Hassan, Mr S.A. Aljunied, and Haji Manjoor Shaib) when Mr & Mrs Fitzmaurice, a couple from the British Consular Service in Java, visited Singapore, and was hosted by the Malay Football Association at Mr A.M. Alsagoff's home.

Institutions/places served and contributions: 
  1. Malay Football Association (MFA) 6 December 1930; 3 Sept 1946
  2. Arabic Social and Literary Club of Singapore 18 August 1931
  3. Singapore Medical Practitioners' Society 31 August 1936; 8 Sept 1936
  4. Singapore Amateur Football Association (SAFA) 3 Sept 1946; 12 January 1960
  5. Singapore Hospitals Board 1949; 1950; 1951
  6. Singapore Board of Management of the Teaching Hospital Sept 1949
  7. University Court 23 Sept 1949
  8. Opening ceremony of the children's playground at Siang Lim Park Estate,(housing estate) in Singapore 1 August 1949
  9. Island Club 1951-52 16 April 1951
  10. SAFA sub-committees - Appeals Board and Benevolent Fund 6 January 1956 

Colleagues 1949: His medical colleagues were Dr MJ Che Lah, Dr Mustapha bin Osman and Dr KM Ariff. The Straits Times, 23 September 1949 (page 6).

Politics 1953: Dr S.H. Aljunied contested in the East Ward in the December City Council elections as a Progressive candidate. His campaign involved two meetings, one at the Geylang English School, and another at Geylang Serai, in Singapore. The Straits Times, 26 November 1953.

Residence: Singapore
Marital status: Married
Wife's name:
Children: 5 (3 sons and 2 daughters)
Grandchildren: 6

Notes from author:
There is a new doctor's name which I found tonight, and that is Dr SH Al-Junied. He was listed under the Singapore Board of Management of the Teaching Hospital. I guess this referred to the University of Malaya based in Singapore in September 1949. This was after WWII. His name was listed with a few other doctors whom I have included in my books published in 2012. I have not come across his name before in my research on The Early Malay Doctors. I wonder where the family members are today; they should be in Singapore.

Newspaper searches

The Malayan Saturday Post of 6 December 1930 (page 16) featured his photograph when a couple from the British Consular Service in Java visited Singapore, and was hosted by the Malay Football Association at Mr A.M. Alsagoff's home. In The Straits Times of 18 August 1931 (page 12) and The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942) of 18 August 1931 (page 10), he was listed as a committee member of the Arabic Social and Literary Club of Singapore. The Club comprised Arab men of the Alsagoff, Aljunied and Alsree clans, of whom 5 were re-elected. The Singapore Free Press mentioned the club house was located at No. 114, Tanjong Katong Road, and the club meeting was held on 15 August 1931. The Straits Times of 8 September 1936 (page 13), and The Singapore Free Press of 8 September 1936 (page 3) reported he was a member of the Singapore Medical Practitioners' Society when it held its 4th AGM on 31 August 1936.

Newspapers before WWII

Mr & Mrs Fitzmaurice entertained by Malay Football Association.
Mr & Mrs H. Fitzmaurice of the British Consular Service, Java, were the guests of the Malay Football Association last Saturday at the home of the President Mr A.M. Alsagoff.
Pic 1. Mr R.J. Farrer, Mr A.M. Alsagoff, Mrs Fitmaurice, Mr Fitzmaurice, Hon. Inche Unos, Lieut. Jewa, Mr C.W. Dawson, Haji Manjoor Sahib, Mr and Mrs R.L. Hastie.
Pic 2. Haji Hassan Dawood, Mr Che Onn bin Jaffar, Mr H.A. Alsagoff, Mr Abdullah Mahood, Lieut. Jewa.
Pic 3. Dr S.H. Aljunied, Mr S.I. Alsagoff, Mr Mohd. Hassan, Mr S.A. Aljunied, Haji Manjoor Shaib.
Pic 4. Mr & Mrs Fitzmaurice.
Pic 5. A group photograph. Seated in the front row, left to right:- Dr Paglar, Mr R.L. Hastie, Mr C.W. Dawson, Mrs Hastie, Mr & Mrs Fitzmaurice, Mr R.J. Farrer and Dato Abdullah.

The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 18 August 1931, Page 10
The following were elected office bearers of the Arabic Social and Literary Club for the ensuing year at the last general meeting held at the club house No. 114, Tanjong Katong Road on August 15th.
President Mr S.I.O. Alsagoff;
Vice-President Mr S.A. Kader b. A. Rahman Aljunied (re-elected);
Hon. Secretary Mr H.A. Alsagoff (re-elected)
Hon. Asst. Sec. S. Ahmad Bafageeh (re-elected);
Treasurer S. A. Rahman b. Omar Aljunied (re-elected).
Mr S.A.O. Alsagoff (re-elected),
Mr S.H. Almenoar (re-elected),
Mr S.Ahmad b. Mohd. Aljunied,
Mr S. Salim Alsree,
Mr S. Alwi Alsree,
Dr. S.H. Aljunied.

The Straits Times, 18 August 1931, Page 12
The following have been elected office bearers of the Arabic Social and Literary Club for the ensuing year:-
President, Mr. S.I.O. Alsagoff;
vice-president, Mr S.A. Kader b A. Rahman Aljunied;
hon. secretary, Mr H.A. Alsagoff;
hon. treasurer, S.A. Rahman b Omar Aljunied.
Mr S.A.O. Alsagoff,
Mr S.H. Almenoar,
Mr S. Ahmad b. Mohd. Aljunied,
Mr S. Salim Alsree,
Mr S. Alwi Alsree,
Dr. S.H. Aljunied.

The Straits Times, 8 September 1936, Page 13
Dr. Heron Elected Chairman of Society.

The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 8 September 1936, Page 3
New President of Medical Practitioners' Society
The fourth annual general meeting of the Singapore Medical Practitioners' Society was held at the G. H. Cafe on Aug. 31. Office-bearers elected for the year were as follows:
president, Dr J. Heron;
vice-president, Dr A.J. Lim;
hon. secretary, Dr T.H. Oh;
assist. hon. secretary, Dr A.M. D'Cotta;
hon. treasurer, Dr Cheong Chee Hai;
members of the committee:
Dr S.H. Aljunied,
Dr Dexter Allen,
Dr K. Ando,
Dr Y.H. Kwan,
Dr S. Nagalingam,
Dr A.G. Williams.

The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 29 October 1938, Page 11
H.R. Aaron. This suggestion will be referred to the incoming committee. Office-bearers elected yesterday were:
President, Mr Tay Lian Teck;
vice-presidents, Messrs. Y. Afifi and C. Reubin;
C.V. Miles,
R.M. Meyer,
G.H. Kiat,
Cheong Hock Chye,
Ong Yan Keng,
Dr S.H. Aljunied,
Syed Hassan Almenoar, ..... note: he was featured in Who's Who.
R. Jumabhoy,
N. S. Hogan,
Credit Foncier D'Extreme-Orient,
Rm. N. Sathappa Chettiar,
Lim Kian Beng,
Daud bin Mohamed Shah and
D.K. Walters;
hon. auditor, Mr H.C. Reilly.

Newspapers after WWII

The Singapore Free Press of 3 Sept 1946 (page 7) reported he was the vice-president of MFA and a SAFA delegate in 1946. The Straits Times of 21 December 1948 (page 5) reported he was elected to the Hospitals Board for 1949. The Straits Times of 1 August 1949 (page 1) mentioned him (pic) at the opening ceremony of a children's playground at a housing estate in Singapore. The Straits Times of 23 September 1949 (page 6) listed him along with Dr MJ Che Lah, Dr Mustapha bin Osman and Dr KM Ariff. The Singapore Free Press of 28 December 1950 (page 5) reported he was an elected member of the Hospitals Board (for 1951). The Straits Times of 27 February 1951 (page 7) reported Dr S.H. Aljunied was elected by the unofficial members of the former Legislative Council to be a member of the Singapore Hospitals Board for 1951. The Singapore Free Press of 16 April 1951 (page 6) reported he was a committee member of the Island Club for 1951-52. The Straits Times of 26 November 1953 (page 7) reported Dr S.H. Aljunied, was contesting the East Ward in the December City Council elections as a Progressive candidate and his campaign would involve two meetings, one at the Geylang English School, and another at Geylang Serai, both in Singapore. The Singapore Free Press of 6 January 1956 (page 19) reported he was is the SAFA sub-committees - Appeals Board and Benevolent Fund. The Singapore Free Press of 12 January 1960 (page 10) reported he was a member of the Singapore Amateur Football Association (SAFA).

The Straits Times, 3 September 1946, Page 8
The general meeting of the M.F.A. was held at the Istana Kampong Glam on Sunday.

The Singapore Free Press, 3 September 1946, Page 7
The general meeting of the M.F.A. was held at the Istana Kampong Glam on Sunday. The following were elected office-bearers for the year 1946,
President: Abdul Rahman bin Aziz;
Sidik bin H. Hamid,
Tungku Hussain,
Dr S.H. Aljunied,
Mohamed Taha.
Hon. general secretary: M.A. Kadir;
hon. treasurer: Sharif bin H. Hamid;
football secretary: Eusooff bin Nawawi;
cricket secretary: Ibrahim Isa;
junior league secretary: Mahmood bin H. Eusoff;
S.A.F.A. delegate: Dr S.H. Aljunied;
representative for the S.A.F.A. disciplinary board: Hamid bin Omar;
hon. auditor: Nyar bin Haroun

The Straits Times, 21 December 1948, Page 5
Hospitals Board
Members elected by the Unofficial Members of the Legislative Council to be members of the Hospitals Board for 1949:
Dr. S.H. Aljunied
Mrs. L.C. Goh

The Straits Times, 1 August 1949, Page 1
(Pic) Dr. S.H. Aljunied distributing sweets and fruits to the children living in Siang Lim Park Estate, at the opening ceremony of the children's playground on 31 July 1949.  Mr A.G. Dobb is on his right.

The Straits Times, 23 September 1949, Page 6
Dr MJ Che Lah (KL) .......... note: before he went to work in Kelantan.
Haji Mohamed Eusoff bin Mohamed Yusoff (Cooperative Societies Dept., KL)
Dr SH Al-Junied (Singapore Board of Management of the Teaching Hospital)
Sir Hussein H. Abdoolcader (Penang) ..........note: he was the first Penangite to be knighted.
Dr Mustapha bin Osman (Kedah State Council) ......... note: he worked in Kedah and Penang.
Dr KM Ariff (Penang in SS, FoM) ......... note: he worked in Penang. He was knighted in 1956.

The Singapore Free Press, 28 December 1950, Page 5
Members of the Hospitals Board:
(i) Members elected by the Unofficial Members of the Legislative Council:
Dr S.H. Aljunied
Mrs Tan Chin Tuan
(ii) Members appointed by the Governor are:
Mr Kwa Siew Tee,
Mr A.P. Rajah,
Dr L.E.C. Davies, and
Dr Mary Tan.

The Straits Times, 27 February 1951, Page 7
Mrs Tan Chin Tuan and Dr S.H. Aljunied have been elected by the unofficial members of the former Legislative Council to be members of the Singapore Hospitals Board for 1951.

The Singapore Free Press, 16 April 1951, Page 6
Office-bearers of the Island Club for the year 1951-1952 are:
President-Mr Malcolm MacDonald;
vice-president-Mr Tan Chin Tuan;
captain-Mr Yong Loon Chong;
vice-captain-Mr M.B. Brash;
committee members-
Messrs. Loke Wan Tho
R. Jumabhoy,
San Kwok Thye,
Yong Loon Chong,
M.B. Brash,
J.A. Chippindale,
G.P. Howell,
R.G. hill,
K.S. Murray,
Chia Cheng Guan,
R.H. Fox,
N.R. Mistri, .... Note: Mistri wing at hospital.
Dr N.A. Canton,
Dr. S.H. Aljunied,
Dr C.J. Paglar and
Dato S.Q. Wong;
secretaries-Messrs. Rennie Lowick & Co.,
auditors: Messrs. Chan Sze Onn & Co.

The Straits Times, 26 November 1953, Page 7
East Ward campaign
Dr S.H. Aljunied, who is contesting the East Ward in the December City Council elections as a Progressive candidate, will hold two meetings. A meeting at Geylang English School tomorrow at 5.30 p.m. will be presided over by Mr Chan Kum Chee (Prog-East). Another meeting will beheld at 5.30 p.m. at Geylang Serai on Sunday.

The Singapore Free Press, 6 January 1956, Page 19
S.A.F.A. sub-committees for the 1956-57 season are:
* Financial and Administrative:
Soh Ghee Soon (chairman),
N.S. Hogan,
Kee Yew Leng,
R.B.I. Pates,
G. Cruickshank.
* Rules:
R.B.I. Pates (chairman),
N.S. Hogan,
A.H. Frew.
* League and Cup:
R.B.I. Pates (chairman),
Kee Yew Leng,
Choo Kwai Low.
* Commission of Inquiry:
N.S. Hogan (chairman),
Dr C.E. Smith,
H. Wanschers,
K.E. Meyer,
Choo Kwai Low.
* Youth:
R.B.I. Pates (chairman),
A.H. Frew,
P. Appavoo,
R. Sattar.
* Referees:
A.J. Vaz (chairman),
C. Wilson,
S.R.P. Naidu,
Wong Jue Deng,
Dew Parry,
R. Smith,
John Then,
S.N. Samy,
Ibrahim Isa,
S.A.A.A. Allapitchay,
M. Eusoff,
P. Menon,
S/Ldr. Sizzer,
Dr Wong Ah Fah,
M. Shah.
* Appeals Board:
W. McGregor Watt (chairman),
J.H. Weatherburn,
A.T. Oliphant,
Dr S.H. Aljunied,
A.H. Frew.
* Grounds:
Rahim Sattar (chairman),
S.J. Kandasamy,
Puteh Mohd Ali,
Ismail Mohd Ibrahim,
Mr Krushna,
Ibrahim Angullia,
Ismail Salleh,
Chong Poh Chuan,
Ismail Jabbar,
Idros Albar,
A.S. Ishak,
Abas Abdullah,
G.M.H. Ariff.
* Reception:
Soh Ghee Soon (chairman),
Yam Hock Kee,
K.E. Meyer,
H.A. Rodrigues,
Tay Soo Yong.
* Bar:
A.H. Frew (chairman),
G.J. Cruickshank,
K.E. Meyer.
Invitation and Pass:
Soh Ghee Soon.
Benevolent Fund:
W. McGregpr Watt,
Soh Ghee Soon,
Dr S.H. Aljunied.
* Hon. trainers:
R.B.I. Pates,
John Then,
* Asst. Hon. Sec.:
Ho Ah Hong.
* Selection:
R.B.I. Pates (chairman),
Kee Yew Leng,
A.J. Vaz.

The Singapore Free Press, 12 January 1960, Page 10
These men will run Singapore soccer
Committees appointed last night by the Singapore Amateur Football Association (SAFA) are:
* Finance and Administrative-
Mr Soh Ghee Soon (chairman),
Dr S.H. Aljunied,
Messrs J. Pillai,
N.S. Hogan and
N. Mohan;
* Appeals Board-
Messrs W. McGregor Watt (chairman),
Mr N.S. Hogan,
Dr Aljunied,
Maj. Ramsay and
Mr McLeod;
* Selection-
Mr Soh Ghee Soon (chairman),
Mr J. Pillai and
Inche Ibrahim Isa;
* League and cup-
Mr Andrew Clarke (chairman),
Inche Sulaiman Osman,
Mr Low Wing Kee and
representatives from
S.G.S.F.A. and
Joint Services and
three senior Clubs.
* Commission of inquiry-
**Invitation and passes-
Dr Aljunied (chairman),
Messrs Adnan Isa,
Tan Lip Boon,
H. Edgar and
Captain Watts.
**Benevolent fund-
Mr McGregor Watt (chairman),
Mr Soh Ghee Soon and
Dr Aljunied.

Update 16 October 2014 (from Anonymous 12 Oct 2014):
  1. Dr SH Aljunied's full name is Dr Syed Hassan bin Alwee Aljunied. 
  2. His family is still living in Singapore. 
  3. He left behind 3 sons and 2 daughters, and 6 grandchildren.

External links:
Football Association of Malaya

Thursday, 13 February 2014

British Families Chinese Amahs

I browsed the web pages of the whole day today. What did I learn from the web pages? The photo contributors were former students of the St Johns school in Singapore. Most of the contributors were men. They attended the school sometime between 1964-67. Then they returned to the UK by air (British Eagle) or by ship (P&O Cathay or SS Oronsay). Many lived with their families in Singapore. A few families lived in Penang and the students boarded at St Johns.

I looked at the houses meant for the British families who came to Singapore. Many houses were rather small. There were a few double-storey bungalows. Most interesting is the little booklet made for the newcomers. It spelled out everything for the newcomers to take note of. Most interesting are notes about mosquitoes, mosquito nets, hot weather, taking salt tablets, and suntan.

A feature in some of the photos was the female Chinese amahs (maids). They had simple names and they looked hardworking. Ah Yang, Kim, Ah.... And many more are the names of such amahs. In one photo it showed 2 amahs washing clothes outside by the drain. In one photo the amah climbed a papaya tree! In many photos, the amah stood together with the British family members in the garden, and with the house in the background. They looked shy, but had friendly smiles. Only one amah had a white top and loose black pants. Most amahs had floral 2-piece Chinese-styled clothes.

I have no clues how much amahs were paid back then, or what was covered and paid for by the British families for their respective amahs. I supposed the British families were fond of their amahs. There was one amah who took her British family to visit the Chinese temple on Wesak Day, with permission from the monks.

There was British interest in many of the local beliefs, festivities, and rituals of the Asian settlers. Even Ramadan fasting is detailed and respect called for when dealing with the fasting Muslims.

The British continued their lives in their way, shopping at the local markets, night market, and get together, celebrating Christmas and life at the officers' mess or clubs. The schoolchildren helped raised funds for their school by running school plays, including the Wizard of Oz, the Midsummer Night's Dream, etc. The boys even drove from Singapore to camp in Malaysia. Overall, it looked like the British families enjoyed themselves in Singapore in the post-independence period.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Descendants of Tok Nadhok @ Datuk Keramat

Tok Nadhok's daughter is Sona Bee. Sona Bee's daughter is Siti Kalthum.

Siti Kalthum's eldest son is Aladdin Merican Noordin. At the time her husband was Mashurdin Merican Noordin (MM Noordin).

From Ayah Wan Merican Noordin in Facebook (May 2014): Aladdin Merican Noordin adalah anak sulong Siti Kalthum. Semasa itu, suaminya adalah Mashurdin Merican Noordin (MM Noordin)

1. The Merican doctors' families

The Merican family includes an early Malay doctor, Dr Ali bin Othman Merican (Dr AO Merican) and his 2 doctor sons - Dr Carleel Merican and his half-brother Dr Ezanee Merican. All 3 Merican doctors moved from Penang to work in Kota Bharu, Kelantan. Dr AO Merican passed away and is buried at the royal graves at Langgar in Kota Bharu, Kelantan. Dr Carleel Merican passed away in Malacca. Dr Ezanee Merican passed away in PJ and is interred at Sg Buloh.

2. Wan Nordin Merican families

There are 12 siblings. Datin Hajjah Wan Norsiha bt Wan Nordin, Ayah Wan Merican Noordin, and his siblings are descended from Tok Nadhok. Datin's daughter is Dina Sujak in Facebook.

3. Malek Alhabshi

He owns Ben's Antique Toy Museum in front of Masjd Melayu Aceh in Penang.

4. Dr Che Lah's families

Ayah Wan Merican Noordin called on 31 January 2014 (CNY). He said he found the family tree of my mother. According to him, my mother was descended from Tok Nadhok @ Datuk Keramat of Jalan Perak in Penang. My mother's father is Dr Che Lah bin Md Joonos, an early Malay doctor from Kg Dodol in Jalan Perak. Dr Che Lah and wife are interred at the graves of Masjid Sg Gelugor.

5. Pak Zan's families

Arwah Pak Zan (suami arwah Bikwa) and his children are NOT descended from Tok Nadhok.

6. Zanariah's family

Zanariah Ahmad (cousin of Ayah Wan Merican Noordin and Baizura) is NOT the descendant of Tok Nadhok.

Tok Nadhok @ Datuk Keramat of Penang

Datin Hajjah Wan Norseha bt Wan Nordin is the eldest sister of 12 siblings, including Wan Nuruddin Wan Nordin @ Ayah Wan Nordin Merican in Facebook.

The Nordin Merican family are the third generation descended from Tok Nadhok @ Datuk Keramat of Penang, a famed Indian Muslim in the British military police that arrived in Penang.

The 5th and 6th generations of Tok Nadhok exist today. The Tok Nadhok family reunion is being planned sometime in May 2014 or later. Interested family members can contact Ayah Wan in FB for more details. (He is deceased in 2016.)

Datuk Keramat is also the location of the famed tin smelting company of early Penang and where the tram lines ran from there to the pier at Weld Quay.

Datuk Keramat is interred at the Muslim cemetery in Jalan Perak, adjacent to Kampung Dodol. The next nearest mukim is Jelutong, which is nearer to the sea.

A photo of Tok Nadhok is with the Penang Museum and in the FB of Malek Alhabshi (nama dalam tulisan Jawi).

Malek runs the Ben's Antique Toy Museum in Lebuh Aceh, in front of Masjid Melayu Aceh. He also has the Mohamedan Book that details the activities of the early Muslims in Penang. The book will be passed on to Ayah Wan, who will make copies for interested families. (Malik has made a copy for me, but I have not gone to pick it up from him.)

According to Ayah Wan, Tok Nadhok had a masjid on the site of the present Masjid Kapitan Keling. Nordin Merican then expanded the masjid and named it after his elder brother (Kader Merican), as Masjid Kapitan Keling. Despite this, all the imams of Masjid Kapitan Keling till today, are the descendants of Tok Nadhok.

The First Mayor of Shah Alam in Selangor

Shah Alam was granted city status on 10 October 2000 with Dato' Haji Abu Sujak bin Haji Mahmud as the first mayor. He recently served as deputy Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) of Selangor. Abu Sujak declared the vision of making Shah Alam a modern city with a unique identity of "Bandaraya Melayu" or Malay City, showcasing the achievements of the Malays in all sectors. In line with this identity, Shah Alam was declared the first city in the world with no entertainment outlets to avoid any vice activities.

Shah Alam was previously known as Sungai Renggam. Sultan Salahuddin bin Abdul Aziz Shah, then Sultan of Selangor, named it after his late father Sultan Alam Shah. Shah Alam was opened in 1963 with the purpose of making it the administrative centre of Selangor. It was proclaimed the capital of Selangor on 7 December 1978. Shah Alam was granted city status on 10 October 2000, with Datuk Abu Sujak bin Mahmud as the first mayor. Abu Sujak declared the vision of making Shah Alam a modern city with a unique identity of "Bandaraya Melayu" or Malay City, and in line with this vision, it was declared the first city in the world without entertainment outlets -- however, this is no longer true. NST 12 Sept 1989 and

Shah Alam was once known as Sungai Renggam and was noted for its rubber and oil palm estates. Later, the same area was identified as Batu Tiga prior to Malaysian independence, and has been a centre of  rubber and palm oil trade for centuries. Its current name was chosen by the then state Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, after his late father  Sultan Alam Shah. Many other monuments, buildings and even a street are named after the late Sultan. Shah Alam was granted city status on 10 October 2000 with Dato' Haji Abu Sujak Haji Mahmud as the first mayor.

Datuk Haji Abu Sujak was the Deputy Menteri Besar from 1986 to 1994.

He was the Deputy MB AFTER Tan Sri Muhammad Taib's case in Australia went public. He was not the Acting MB during the case; the late Dato' Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad was the Acting MB then.
From Ayah Wan Merican Noordin in Facebook (21 May 2014): Datuk was the deputy MB from 1986 until 1994. He was never the acting MB of Selangor.

Datuk Haji Abu Sujak bin Haji Mahmud is married to Datin Hajjah Wan Norseha bt Wan Noordin. The couple has 8 children. Their daughter Dina Sujak is in Facebook.

From Ayah Wan Merican Noordin in Facebook (May 2014): Datuk Sujak tak menjadi Pemangku Menteri Besar Selangor semasa kes Tan Sri Muhammad Taib (bukan Taib Mahmud) di Australia. Yang menjadi pemangku semasa itu adalah arwah Dato' Dr. Zainal Abidin Ahmad. Panggilan saya ialah Ayah Wan Merican Noordin bukan Ayah Wan Nordin Merican. Kakak saya adalah Datin Hajjah Wan Norseha binti Wan Noordin, bukan Norsiha...