Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Obituary: YTM Dato' Seri Utama Tan Sri Tunku Annuar Alhaj Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah



Source: This media statement in Malay appears in the Facebook of Jabatan Zakat Negeri Kedah Darul Aman (21 May 2014). This media statement was made by Menteri Besar Kedah, Dato' Seri Haji Mukhriz, the son of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, an early Malay doctor. Non Malay readers can use website translators to read this post.

الفاتح 
Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rojiuun


KENYATAAN MEDIA

Teks Pengumuman Kemangkatan Yang Teramat Mulia Tunku Bendahara Kedah oleh Yang Amat Berhormat Menteri Besar Kedah Darul Aman

Bismillah Hirrahmanirrohim


Bahawa dengan sedih dan dukacitanya dimaklumkan Yang Teramat Mulia Dato' Seri Utama Tan Sri Tunku Annuar Alhaj Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah, Tunku Bendahara Kedah, Pengerusi Jemaah Pemangku Sultan Kedah, telah mangkat di Hospital Pantai Ipoh, Perak pada pukul 12.20 pagi, hari Rabu, 21 haribulan Mei 2014 Masihi, bersamaan 21 Rejab 1435 Hijriah.

Jenazah Almarhum Yang Teramat Mulia Tunku akan disemayamkan di Dewan Penghadapan, Istana Anak Bukit, Alor Setar bagi maksud penghormatan terakhir pada sebelah pagi oleh para pembesar dan orang kenamaan, manakala oleh orang ramai mulai pukul 1 petang hingga 3 petang.

Jenazah Almarhum Yang Teramat Mulia Tunku Bendahara Kedah, Pengerusi Jemaah Pemangku Sultan Kedah akan dimakamkan di Makam Di Raja Langgar selepas solat Asar pada hari ini, Rabu, 21 Mei 2014 Masehi, bersamaan 21 Rejab 1435 Hijriah.

Bendera Negeri, Persekutuan dan lain-lain hendaklah dikibarkan pada separuh tiang selama tiga hari mulai 21 Mei 2014. Tempoh perkabungan adalah selama tiga hari mulai 21 Mei 2014 sehingga 23 Mei 2014. Sepanjang tempoh tersebut, semua bentuk hiburan, keramaian dan perayaan adalah dibatalkan.

Sebagai penghormatan ke atas kemangkatan Yang Teramat Mulia Tunku Bendahara Kedah, Pengerusi Jemaah Pemangku Sultan Kedah, hari ini, Rabu, 21 Mei 2014, diisytiharkan sebagai hari cuti peristiwa bagi seluruh Negeri Kedah Darul Aman.

Marilah sama-sama kita berdoa ke hadrat Allah Subhanahu Wataala, semoga roh Almarhum Yang Teramat Mulia Tunku Bendahara Kedah, Pengerusi Jemaah Pemangku Sultan Kedah dicucuri rahmat dan ditempatkan bersama-sama para syuhadah dan solihin.

DATO' SERI HAJI MUKHRIZ TUN MAHATHIR
Menteri Besar Kedah Darul Aman
Tarikh : 21 Mei 2014

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Alsagoff Arab School 1912

The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 22 February 1928, Page 11
MATTERS MUSLIM.

Read newspaper

The Alsagoff Arab School. Prize Distribution.

Alsagoff Arab School, Singapore (established 1912)
- situated at Jalan Sultan
- Anglo-Arabic school
- teaches Arabic and English
- free school
- open to Muslim boys only
- Mr Ali Ahmad Khan Surattee

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Alsagoff Arab School
111 Jalan Sultan
Singapore 199006
Phone +65 6294 5909
Email admin@alsagoff.edu.sg
Website http://www.alsagoff.edu.sg
Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alsagoff-Arab-School-Official-FB/

Basic info
Founded: 1912
Award: Singapore's Oldest Islamic Educational Institution
Hours: Mon-Fri: 9-4:30, Sat 9-12
Description: All-girls Islamic school
Organisation:
Chairman: Syed Abbas bin Mohamed Alsagoff
Mudir: Ustaz Syed Mustafa bin S Ja'afar Alsagoff
20 trained teachers

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Google map and imagery of Alsagoff Arab School (May 2013)




Front view from Sultan St
Rear view from Alawi St
External links
http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-images-alsagoff-arab-school-singapore-image5433959

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Mr RJ Farrer
Residence at Balmoral Road, Singapore
Gave a tea party to 23 Muslims at his residence:
  1. Messrs. MA Namazee
  2. M Kadir Sultan
  3. TK Shaik Dawood
  4. Shaik Salim bin Talib
  5. Syed Abdur Rahman Alkaff
  6. Shaik Yahya Afifi
  7. Alli Ahmad Khan Surattee
  8. Syed Ibrahim Alsagoff
  9. Inche Mohamed Eunos bin Abdullah
  10. AMS Angullia
  11. Dr HS Moonshi
  12. Dr SIM Ibrahim
  13. Imam Haji Sulaiman
  14. Imam Haji Abbas
  15. Eusope Jewa
  16. A Aziz
  17. Haji Abbas bin Omar
  18. Shirazi
  19. Syed Gulabshah
  20. Hafiz Ghulam Sarwar (HG Sarwar) --- FIL of Dr Abdul Karim bin Nawab Din
  21. Abdul Majid
  22. Haji Amboh Soloh
  23. Haji Manjoor Sahib

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General

On Sunday, 12 Feb 1928 a steamer of Messrs. Mansfield and Co left Singapore for Jeddah with 850 pilgrims.

Another steamer of Messrs Sime Darby and Co. left on 16 Feb 1928 carried 526 pilgrims. This steamer was to call at Malacca, Klang and Penang for more pilgrims.

It is reported that Moulana Abdul Halim (Abdul Aleem Siddique?), the Muslim missionary who was recently in Singapore, has left for Merut via Calcutta from Penang. As a result of his visit a religious society has been established in Singapore.

Mr M Kadir Sultan, JP is leaving for India on a holiday in May 1928.

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Monday, 12 May 2014

Tan Sri Arshad Ayub

I had Dr Arshad Ayub (ITM Shah Alam) confused with another man named Arshad Zainal (Klang). Dr Arshad Ayub was the Director of ITM Shah Alam when Tun Dr Ismail b Abdul Rahman visited the campus on 14 July 1973. On the other hand, Arshad Zainal is the son of Zainal Ismail, a private tutor to Sultan Abdul Samad of Selangor.

Dr Arshad Ayub was born in 1928 in Muar to a rubber tapper father. His father died early from dysentery. Arshad was the eldest and had to struggle from young without his father. Rising from poverty to become one of Malaysia's intellect is a dream come true for him. Education was the only road to becoming better and making it in this world, and leaving poverty behind for good. He could not enter the University of Malaya based in Singapore then, but entered the College of Agriculture in Serdang. My uncle Pak Cik Hassan bin Mohd Rashid spoke about his father Tok Rashid Serdang (UPM founding father) and mentioned about Arshad Ayub to me. Pak Cik Hassan told me to look up Arshad Ayub. In Serdang, Tok Rashid moulded Arshad Ayub to become a respected Malay intellectual. If you know Arshad Ayub, then you should know Tok Rashid Serdang.

I remember an old photo I obtained from Arkib Negara Malaysia. It had Tun Dr Ismail and Dr Arshad Ayub. Today, I read an article on my smartphone about Tan Sri Arshad Ayub (85). I checked my blogs whether I wrote about him before - I had deleted an earlier post that featured him for I had the wrong person for my family blog.

     Visit by the Deputy Prime Minister, Tun Dr Ismail Al-Haj to Institut Teknologi MARA (ITM), Shah Alam, Selangor on 14 July 1973. Accompanied by its Director, Dr Arshad Ayub, he visited several places on campus. Photo: Tun Dr Ismail Al-Haj looking at some books in the Tun Abdul Razak Library on campus. Dr Arshad Ayub is looking on (centre) (Arkib Negara Malaysia Photo: G.12818 (ATDI N.204) Ref no: 2001/0042159). 


Photo from Arkib Negara Malaysia (20010042159g1)



September 14, 2012
Opening Minds to New Experiences
By Zainah Anwar@http://www.thestar.com.my



Posts held and awards won:
Deputy Governor of Bank Negara
Secretary-General of ministries
Founding Director of Institut Teknologi Mara (ITM), now Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM).
Pro-Chancellor of UiTM
Pengerusi Lembaga Amanah Yayasan Pintar 
Merdeka Award in Education and Community


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Monday, 5 May 2014

Shamsuddin bin Mohd Joonos

Comments are copied from http://theearlymalaydoctors.blogspot.com/2011/03/penang-general-hospital-penang-gh.html

We have these questions:
  1. Is Dr Che Lah bin Mohd Joonos related to Shamsuddin bin Mohd Joonos?
  2. Is Dr Che Lah bin Mohd Joonos related to Dr Abdul Ghani bin Mohammad?
  3. Who was Mohd Joonoos bin Mas Raboo?
  4. Who was Mas Raboo?
  5. How did Mas Raboo arrive in Malaya?

Many wrote to ask for the identity of Shamsuddin bin Mohd Joonos. Many asked whether Dr Che Lah bin Mohd Joonos is related to Shamsuddin bin Mohd Joonos. Dr Che Lah was an early Malay doctor. I don't have the evidence that they are blood relatives or related by marriage of their relatives. Shamsuddin is not in Dr Che Lah's family tree. However, Shamsuddin is in another family tree belonging to Iszham Idris, whose mother is related to Dr Abdul Ghani bin Mohammad, an early Malay doctor. Dr Abdul Ghani bin Mohammad and Dr Che Lah bin Mohd Joonos graduated together from the King Edward VII College of Medicine in Singapore in 1930. They also worked in Kuala Lumpur and Dr Abdul Ghani replaced Dr Che Lah in Klang when Dr Che Lah moved to Kuala Lumpur. They seem to be close friends but I still can't see how they are related. Dr Abdul Ghani's daughter (Fadzilah) knows Dr Che Lah but has not mentioned they are related.

Mas Raboo
From Haniff:
Mas Raboo was said to come from Java and fled to India (Karachi) because of the war with the Dutch. He later came to Malaya maybe around 1850s, I am not sure.

From Nazz:
Mas Raboo was a sultan in Java and fled to Ceylon during the Dutch Occupation. Then migrated to Penang.

M. Joonoos bin Mas Raboo
From Haniff:
M. Joonoos bin Mas Raboo bought a land in Penang around 1880s.

From Nazz:
M. Joonoos married Hajjah Wan Chik and had 4 sons: Che Mat , Shamsuddin, Che Kasim and Mat Sutan. M. Joonoos was also married to another lady and Che Lah might be his son.

Joonoos
From Sellene:
Another point regarding Joonoos is that the spelling brings to mind the Ceylonese Malay link. It seems to be a favourite way to spell Yunus among the Ceylonese Malays.

Shaik Ahmad
From Kamaruddin bin Capt. Mohamed Nor:
Dr Che Lah's grandfather (Shaik Ahmad) was from Hyderabad, from the Darjeeling area of the Deccan plateau. He came to Malaya with the British Army.

Dr Che Lah bin Mohd Joonos
From Sellene:
Looking at Dr Che Lah's features, I might say that there is a possibility of some Ceylon link but as he is your grandfather, you are in a better position to clarify.

From Assoc. Prof. Dr KNS Sirajudeen:
He thinks that Dr Che Lah looks like a typical southern Indian, probably a Tamil Muslim.

From me:
Dr Che Lah's grandparents:
Grandfather: Shaik Ahmad
Grandmother: Hajar
Children (Dr Che Lah's father, uncles and aunts):
1.      Hamidah Bee bt Shaik Ahmad
2.      (“Tok Jan”) Jan Bee bin Shaik Ahmad
3.      Mohd Joonos bin Shaik Ahmad
4.      Mohd. Ali bin Shaik Ahmad
5.      (“Tok Mariam”) Mariam bt Shaik Ahmad
6.      Captain Mohd. Noor bin Shaik Ahmad

Dr Che Lah's parents:
Father: Mohd Joonos bin Shaik Ahmad
Mother: Juma Bee
Children (Dr Che Lah's siblings):
1.      Mak Besar Bee bt. Mohd Joonos
2.      Dr Che Lah bin Mohd Joonos
3.      Ali Baba bin Mohd Joonos
4.      Osman bin Mohd Joonos
5.      Mohamad bin Mohd Joonos

Dr Che Lah spoke Tamil to his PWD gardeners. He spoke English to his family members. He spoke Penang Malay to his maids. I have not heard a word of Chinese from him. He married a Ceylonese Burgher and a Chinese Hokkien lady. He did not marry any Malay lady. I suppose because he was not 100% Malay but was an Indian Muslim and therefore preferred to marry non Malays. I have heard his Penang relatives spoke what I think is Urdu (I don't speak Urdu). They did not speak Arabic because I did not hear any Arabic words. It must have been Urdu. If the relatives spoke Urdu, then he must have been a northern Indian and not a southern Indian who speak Tamil. I suspect that Dr Che Lah was of Punjabi descent (with Bee in their names) and his people were fluent Urdu speakers. His people reside in Kampung Sungai Gelugor, across the road from his last residence in Minden Heights. The village and houses are still there in Kampung Sungai Gelugor but many of the original home owners may have passed on.

Dr Che Lah is buried in Tanah Perkuran Islam at Masjid Jamek Gelugor, which is the Muslim graveyard nearest his village.

Captain Mohamed Noor bin Shaik Ahmad
Captain Mohamed Noor bin Shaik Ahmad was Dr Che Lah’s uncle. Captain Mohamed Noor bin Shaik Ahmad married three times, each time when his wife died, first to Wan Teh, then Che Wan and finally Mariam (Che Wan’s younger sister). Captain Mohamed Noor had six, five and eight children from his first, second and third wife, respectively. Altogether, Captain Mohamed Noor had 19 children. 

His children from his third wife:
  1. Zainal Abidin (m. 1. Khatijah, 5 kids, 2. Naimah, 1 son, 3. Nor Azma, 4 kids, 4. Nor Mala, 2 kids, 5. Suzana, 3 kids)
  2. Juma Bee (m. Jamal@Roger Heady, 2 kids, Canberra, Australia)
  3. Kamarudin (m. Fatimah, 6 kids, Petaling Jaya)
  4. Samsudin (died)
  5. Sharom Bee (died)
  6. Kalthom Bee (Lily) (m. Abdul Jabbar, 5 kids)
  7. Amirudin (m. 1. Aminah, 4 kids, 2. Maizun, 5 kids, 3. Rose, 3 kids)
  8. Tajudin (m. Asnah, 6 kids)

Kamarudin bin Capt Md Noor
Kamarudin's mother is Mariam Bee, third wife of Capt Md Nor. Kamarudin had 8 siblings from the same parents. Kamarudin bin Md Noor had worked in the Income Tax office in Kota Bharu, Kelantan in the 1960s and retired as Deputy Director-General from the Income Tax office at Kampong Attap in Kuala Lumpur. Kamarudin bin Md Noor is married to Fatimah (also from Penang) and they have three married daughters and three grandchildren. Kamarudin bin Md Noor is Dr Che Lah's cousin and knew Dr Haji Abdul Ghani.

Samsudin bin Capt Md Nor
Samsudin's mother is Mariam Bee, third wife of Capt Md Nor. Samsudin had 8 siblings from the same parents. Samsudin died without issue (based on the family tree). He was Dr Che Lah's cousin.

Dr Abdul Ghani bin Mohammad
He is interred at Tanah Perkuburan Islam in Bayan Lepas, quite far away from where Dr Che Lah is buried. The airport in Bayan Lepas is approx. 10 min by bus from Kampung Sungai Gelugor.

I don't know where his village is at this point. I have to ask for details of the whereabouts of his village from his daughter Fadzilah and son Faisal. Iszham Idris and his mother may also know the village location.

Shamsuddin bin Mohd Joonos
From Sellene:
Shamsuddin Joonoos was formerly president of the Malay Association in the 30s and used to work in the postal department. He was more commonly known as Hj S.M. Joonoos. Mohamad Joonoos may as well be his father.

From Haniff:
Shamsuddin Md Joonoos is my great grand father, he has a brother, che kasim m. joonoos, who was with the kedah civil service in 1930s (Director of Land). M. Joonoos bin Mas Raboo [...]. Shamsuddin was ill during his death and likes to write malay dictionaries in Jawi.

From Nazz
Hi Haniff, if Hj Shamsuddin M.Joonoos is your great grandad, we are related then. He's my grandfather. I m son of Elias Shamsuddin.

From Nazz:
Hj Shamsuddin was the secretary of post (highest position a Malay can hold during British reign) and also a religious leader and friend to Ahmad Badawi (Tun Abdullah's father).

From Nazz:
Look me up on Facebook. Nazri Elias. My father just passed away and i was just googling the family name and found this.
https://www.facebook.com/NazriE

From Iszham Idris:
Haniff is not in his family tree.

Book: Jejak Risalah Di Nusantara V

Almost everyone is trying to do something involving history. Why? History was once a boring subject taught in secondary schools. Islamic history was taught as part of religious class. Now with so many wars and territorial claims, land rights, human rights, customs, and trying to fit in somewhere, people are turning to history. 

What happened in history is interesting, but without good evidence, history remains a mystery. The Americans write their own history. The Chinese write their own history. The Indians write their own history. The Blacks write their own history. 

What about the Malays? Who is writing history of the Malays? Though the Malay lands were colonised, still the Malays must write their own history. Today, there are a number of reliable books on Malay history. A new book which sold out is about the war in Aceh and a Dutch spy - Jejak Risalah Di Nusantara V by Hafidzi Mohd Noor.


Friday, 2 May 2014

Persatuan Melayu Pulau Pinang (PEMENANG) 1927-present


The Penang Malay Association (PMA)
Persatuan Melayu Pulau Pinang (PEMENANG)
60, Jalan Pemenang
Pulau Pinang
Web: http://www.pemenang.org.my/
Established: Sunday, 27 March 1927 in Georgetown, Penang
History: http://www.pemenang.org.my/sejarah/sejarah-penubuhan/


In 1911, the Young Muslim Union (YMU) was established in Penang. It catered for Muslims who had British educational background. These Muslims would then serve as lower officers in the British administration. There was another group who were the elite few. The two groups were combined to form the Penang Malay Association (PMA).

The first president of PMA was Dr Ali bin Othman Merican (Dr AO Merican), who was Penang's first Muslim and Malay doctor, who later moved to Kota Bharu, Kelantan in 1927. The deputy presidents were Tuan Mohamad Rauf bin Chik, Tuan MZ Merican, and Tuan Mohamad Jashim b Iskandar. The secretary was Dr Kamil Mohamed Ariff b Kader Mastan. The treasurer was Tuan MN Merican. The committee members were: Tuan A Abdullah, Tuan MS Ariffin, Tuan UM Bakar, Tuan CM Che Din @ Che Din Allen Dennys (CM Hashim), Tuan Hj Murshid, Tuan Mohamad Hussain, Tuan T Nyak Puteh, and Tuan S Mohamad Thambi. The accountants were Tuan C Mohamad Ismail and Tuan Kapten Baba Ahmad (this person is not Badariah's father).

The Penang Malay Association (Persatuan Melayu Pulau Pinang, PEMENANG) was established on Sunday, March 1927. A group photograph was taken and the first GM was held on 9 May 1927.

The previous PEMENANG premise was built on a piece of land obtained from Dr Lim Chong Eu, then Penang Chief Minister in the 1970s. The PEMENANG was housed in a brick building at 117, Macalister Road.

The PEMENANG now occupies the Bangunan Persatuan Melayu Pulau Pinang, a 2-storey building at 60 Jalan Pemenang.


External links:
Lawatan TYT Yang Di-Pertua Pulau Pinang ke Rumah Teh Bunga (12 Mac 2010)
Pengkisahan Sejarah PEMENANG (2007)
http://www.penang-traveltips.com/penang-malay-association_pemenang.htm
http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/newspapers/Digitised/keyword=mahomed+ariff&token=ariff

Dr Hutton

A British doctor, Dr Hutton was the only registered physician in Penang in 1805. Hutton Lane is named after him. The road has been renamed to Jalan Hatin. The mosque on this road has been named Masjid Jamek Jalan Hatin.

There are many interesting stories told of Hutton Lane but not the doctor. Ami Aziz lived here with his Japanese wife after the war. Dr Kamil Ariff had his clinic around the left corner on Penang Road, a photo of which appears in a book by Salma Khoo Nasution. The second site of the Chowrasta Malay School is across the road from the mosque, and exists here till today. Among the Malay doctors who attended this Malay school was Dr Abdul Aziz bin Omar, a Penangite who moved to Kota Bharu, Kelantan, whose second child (son) recently passed away in KL.

Hutton Lane or Jalan Hatin is still important to Penang. It has a large old Malay house called the Tea House, which is now a Malay gallery. I have given information about the early Malay doctors to be included for display at the Tea House, especially information about the Hajj where Penang port served as the most important port for the Malay Peninsula till 1963.

I have walked down Hutton Lane a few times and peered into some of the deserted dilapidated shop houses. It feels sad that stories of this place have disappeared along with its original inhabitants. The doors, windows and floor tiles of the shop houses tell of a thriving business here long ago. An interesting find is the shop houses are small and short compared to the shop houses of Malacca around Jonker Street area. The front lobby or living-room is very small and fits a table. Then, there is a staircase which is covered at the sides. I could not see beyond the staircase as I did not enter the locked premises. I just wondered, the shop owners must have operated in very small spaces, and must have made it great. I could not figure out where Dr Hutton had his clinic if indeed it was in Hutton Lane in 1805.



Related books:

  1. City Council of Georgetown, Penang. Penang Past and Present, 1786-1963. 1966. Ganesh Printing Works. 17 pp.  
  2. Committee of Penang Festival ’86. Well-Known Persons. In: Historical Personalities of Penang. Phoenix Press Sdn Bhd, Penang. 1986. Pp. 173-179.
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