Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Khaki Twill

This is the tender for the supply of khaki Twill for the Federation of Malaya (FoM) Police uniform soon after WWII. The tender notice was put out by the Commissioner of Police, FoM and allowed suppliers (vendors) to supply within 5 days. It wanted to view the cloth samples before deciding on which vendor. It required a supply of 54,000 yards of khaki Twill.

Correspondence address:
"Tenders for the Supply of Khaki Twill"
(up to 12 noon Friday, 1 October 1948)
Office of the Commissioner of Police
Bluff Road, Kuala Lumpur

Office of the Commissioner of Police
Bluff Road, Kuala Lumpur
(Bluff Road in now Jalan Bukit Aman)
Colour and material description of police uniform:
'Jungle green khaki brown'
Khaki refers to light-brown colour
Khaki is an Urdu word and refers to soil.
Khaki was first introduced by the British Army in India in 1848 
When did the British Army of India first arrive in Malaya? 
If the British had sent Indian soldiers, tailors and dhobis since 1848, then the date of the earliest arrival of the Indian regiment, tailors and dhobis to Malaya would be in 1848. This earliest arrival of the Indian tailors and dhobis should be reflected in the biographies of two early Malay doctors - Dr Abdul Karim bin Nawab Din (Taiping) and Dr Che Lah bin Mohd Joonos (Penang).

Page 2 Advertisements Column 3
The Straits Times, 25 September 1948, Page 2

Tenders for the supply of approximately 54,000 yards of khaki Twill are invited by the Commissioner of Police, Federation of Malaya.

Tenders for the above marked "Tenders for the Supply of Khaki Twill" together with cloth samples will be received at the Office  of the Commissioner of Police, Bluff Road, Kuala Lumpur, up to 12 noon Friday, 1st October 1948.

The Commissioner of Police does not bind himself to accept the lowest of any tender.

Federation of Malaya.
Dated 23rd, September, 1948.

Sunday, 3 July 2016


A. Leprosy in Malaya

Leprosy in Perak

The Straits Times, 11 September 1905, Page 8
On his recent trip to the Dindings, the Governor visited the Perak Leper Settlement at Pulau Pangkor Laut. Various works suggested for the improvement of the conditions under which the Malay lepers are compulsorily segregated there were gone into.

... Thank you very much for this information. I believe that Dr Bearblock started the Anti TB Association of Malaya back in the 1930s to get rid of the disease from the state. Dr Bearblock trained Professor NRE Fendall (whom I am friends with). I know that Professor Fendall was a boy in Malaya and returned after the war to help train doctors and establish a Health System. If you have any information on Professor Fendall in Malaya it would be helpful. - Judith Cable, Canada, 28 January 2016

Leprosy in Penang

English class in Penang gaol
The Straits Times, 25 September 1952, Page 8
PENANG, Wed. - The Penang Adult Education Association will soon start an English class in the Penang prison under a woman teacher. The Association will also set up four classes - two English and two Malay - in the Pulau Jerejak leper settlement.

Leper camp inquiry
The Straits Times, 29 April 1954, Page 5
PENANG, Wed. - The Muslim Advisory Board here has appointed a three-man committee to investigate complaints from Muslim lepers in Pulau Jerejak Settlement. The committee consisting of Tuan Haji Abdullah bin Haji Salleh, Tuan Haji K. Mushir Ariff and Tuan Haji Abdullah Che Teh will visit Pulau Jerejak. Muslim inmates complain that they have not been well treated.

Leprosy in Johor

The Straits Times, 25 January 1952, Page 5
A.S.P. MOHAMED AMIN BIN HAJI JAMIL of Singapore. talks to Koh Quee Koon, an inmate of the Tampoi Leper Settlement, after presenting a wheel chair, the gift of the Singapore Police Force to Koh. The wheel chair is beside Koh's bed.-Straits Times picture.

Leprosy in Kuala Lumpur

The Straits Times, 21 February 1933, Page 17
(From Our Own Correspondent.)
Kuala Lumpur, Feb. 20.
Despite the slump the Chinese community of Selangor has subscribed $351
in small sums for the Lepers' Aid Fund organised by the management of the
Sungei Buloh leper settlement.

The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 10 March 1934, Page 7
Anxiety Breaks Out in Kuala Lumpur
The uneasiness felt by Kuala Lumpur people at the existence of a leper settlement on the fringe of
their suburbs broke out again today. Mr. Khan Ah Chong pointed out at the Sanitary Board meeting that the new hospital at Malacca had been completed and he asked whether the old Durian Daun hospital was now available for the opium-smoking lepers at Kuala Lumpur. This transfer had been suggested three years ago, he said, and the present site in Kuala Lumpur was unsuitable, being too near the town. This transfer had been suggested three years ago, he said, and the present site in Kuala Lumpur was unsuitable, being too near the town. The chairman promised to make inquiries from the health authorities.

Sir W. Hornell.
The Straits Times, 27 July 1934, Page 18
(From Our Own Correspondent.)
Kuala Lumpur, July 25.
Sir William Hornell, Vice-Chancellor of the Hong Kong University, is in Kuala Lumpur. He spoke at the luncheon meeting of the Rotary Club yesterday and visited the Victoria Institution, the Federal Leper Settlement at Sungei Buloh and the Institute for Medical Research. He expects to be here until Saturday.

The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 19 February 1935, Page 3
Peon Cheng Ban, a 50-year-old Cantonese woman, found the advanced leprosy and pulmonary tuberculosis she had been suffering form for four years too much of a cross to bear. She had been confined in the Leper Settlement and was apparently contented with her fate. On the morning of Feb. 12, however, Cheng Ban was found by a fellow patient hanging from a window bar of the bathroom. Life was then extinct. At a Coroner's inquiry held before Mr. W. G. Porter, a jury of three returned a verdict of suicide.

Children's Sports
The Straits Times, 27 September 1947, Page 12
These pictures taken at the second anniversary sports of the
Travers School, in the Sungei Buloh leper settlement near
Kuala Lumpur, show various competitions for children.

Lepers Were Found Out
The Straits Times, 9 February 1950, Page 8
From Our Staff Correspondent
KUALA LUMPUR, Wed. - Several lepers were detected by National Registration officers during the registration period, and were sent to the Leper Settlement and Kelantan Hospital. The unexpected increase raised the cost of maintenance of the of the lepers in Kelantan Hospital. At the Federal Legislative Council meeting this morning, supplementary expenditure was approved to cover the additional expense.

Their effort
The Straits Times, 2 December 1952, Page 5
KUALA LUMPUR, Mon. - Members of the Sungei Buloh Leper Settlement were praised today for raising $350 for this year's Poppy Day Fund. It was described as a "wonderful" effort by Mrs. B. S. Regester, publicity chairman of the Selangor Organising Committee of the fund.

100 accept their pay
The Straits Times, 6 August 1958, Page 8
KUALA LUMPUR, TUES. - The 100 workers at the Sungei Buloh leper settlement, who have protested against having to pay a $7 school transport fee for each child, today accepted their July pay packet - "under protest." This followed an assurance from the Minister of Health, Mr. V. T. Sambanthan, that he would personally investigate their grievances.

Leprosy in Sarawak

Big problem in Sarawak
The Straits Times, 17 April 1953, Page 5
BRUNEI, Thurs. - Mr. H. MacGragor, new superintendent of the Leper Settlement in Kuching, told fellow Rotarians recently that leprosy was a big problem in Sarawak and its solution lay with the police. Mr MacGregor was formerly in Nigeria.

To visit Malaya
The Straits Times, 16 June 1962, Page 9
KUCHING, Fri. - Mr. Genarawir Mok, 42, a senior hospital assistant of the Rajah Charles Brooke Leper Settlement here, will leave by air on June 20 to visit the Sungei Buloh Leprosarium in Malaya.
After the visit he will go to India on a six-month Colombo Plan fellowship to study physiotherapy and rehabilitation.

B. Leprosy elsewhere

Leprosy in Hawaii

The Straits Times, 15 September 1910, Page 6
Drs. Brinckerhoff and Curry and M. T. Hallman of Honolulu, have succeeded in isolating germs of leprosy. This means the ultimate discovery of a cure for the disease. The doctors are now attempting to make a toxin from the bacilli. Experiments at the leper settlement will soon be made.

Leprosy in Singapore

The Straits Times, 2 September 1950, Page 7
The leprosy settlement in Yeo Chu Kang, Singapore, will be known as Trafalgar Home. It was announced in a Government gazette last night. Dr. A. L. Greenway, will be the officer in charge and Dr. L. E. Davies and Dr. Poh Chee Juay have been appointed to the Leprosy Board.

Rotary chief for school ceremony
The Straits Times, 26 November 1952, Page 7
Mr. H. J. Brunnier, president of Rotary International, who is expected in Singapore on Dec. 7, will lay the foundation stone of the $62,000 Rotary School and Engelmann Hall in the Colony's leper settlement, Trafalgar Home, at Yio Chu Kang Road on Dec. 8.