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This blogspot is a medium to share my thoughts and adventures apart from promoting my books. Below are the books which have been written or authored and published by myself.


"Berpetualang ke Aceh: Mencari Diri dan Erti".

ISBN 983-42031-0-1, Jun 2006


"Berpetualang ke Aceh: Membela Syiar yang Asal"

ISBN 983-42031-1-x, May 2007


"Berpetualang ke Aceh: Sirih Pulang ke Gagang?"

ISBN 978-983-42031-2-2, November 2007


It is interesting to note that while these books were written in Malay it has gained enough attention to merit being part of the collections of the American Library of Congress and National Library of Australia. Look here and here.


While the first three books were published by my own company, the fourth titled "Rumah Azan" was published in April 2009 by a company called Karnadya with the help of the Malaysian national literary body Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka. It features beautiful pictures along with stories behind selected mosques which could be related to the history of Islam and the Malays alongside the formation of the Malaysian nation. Look at the article A collaboration of old collegemates - the book "Rumah Azan".


My fifth book "Ahlul Bait (Family) of Rasulullah SAW and Malay Sultanates", an English translation and adaptation of the Malay book "Ahlul Bait (Keluarga) Rasulullah SAW dan Kesultanan Melayu" authored by Hj Muzaffar Mohamad and Tun Suzana Othman was published early 2010. Look here... My 5th book is out! Ahlul Bait (Family) of Rasulullah SAW and the Malay Sultanates... . For more information check out my Malay blogspot CATATAN SI MERAH SILU.



Like my fourth book "Rumah Azan", the sixth book "Kereta Api Menuju Destinasi" is also a coffee-table book which is published by the company Karnadya with the cooperation of Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (the main Malay literary body in Malaysia). Coming out January 2011 it features pictures and stories on the adventure travelling by train to all of Peninsular Malaysia along with the interesting places which could be reached this way.


My seventh book "Jejak keluarga Yakin : Satu sketsa sejarah" in turn is a coffee-table book which is written, editted, designed and has pictures taken by me. Coming out of the factory October 2011, this book which combines family history with history of places such as Singapura, Johor, Batu Pahat, Muar and in fact the history of the island of Java and England has been reviewed with me interviewed live in the program Selamat Pagi Malaysia at RTM1. Look at the article Siaran langsung ulasan buku "Jejak keluarga Yakin : Satu sketsa sejarah" dan temu ramah di Selamat Pagi Malaysia. Some selected contents have been featured in Sneak peek "Jejak keluarga Yakin : Satu sketsa sejarah".


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The "Berpetualang ke Aceh" series of novels could be obtained in e-book form. Enter http://www.e-sentral.com/, click general novel and go to page 4. You can also type the word "Aceh" at the search box. Or click straight Book 1, Book 2 and Book 3.


Saturday, January 05, 2008

The origin of Batu Pahat...

Continuing from Gunung (mount) Banang in Batu Pahat, Johor...


We drove pass the weaving road at the foothills of Gunung Banang and head westwards. After 5km we arrive at the beach seen above facing the Straits or Selat Melaka...


Nearby are some stalls... Apparently this place is known as Pantai Minyak Beku (literally translated as the frozen oil beach)... Too bad, I didn't have the time to figure the actual story behind it as I had something else in mind. Nevertheless, it is a local tourist spot.

It is located south of the bay which leads to the mouth of the Batu Pahat river, the river that ran beside the town of Batu Pahat...


There, a monument welcoming visitors to Pantai Minyak Beku... What's more important though is what lies beyond the steps...


As I went up, a look at what's directly down next to the stairs...


The stairs lead to a rather curious combination of sight... A post saying "Perigi Batu Pahat" (the well of Batu Pahat) besides a mini police station! So that explains the white and blue colours...


Inside, lies a very important monument... The actual place that gave Batu Pahat its name! For the words Batu Pahat could be literally translated as the sculpted stone... But sculpted into what? That is the question...

How did this thing came about? Just read the inscriptions... If you have problems with the size, just right-click it and save, and then view it using any picture viewing program...

And for the first time in my life, I knew the answer although I've been passing through the town of Batu Pahat practically half my life... That is when going to and from Muar to Kluang where I studied at a full-boarding school, also when going anywhere south when not passing through the North-South Highway... For the words Perigi Batu Pahat (now, you could say the well that was sculpted into stone) says it all...


And for the first time in my life, I saw the actual thing that gave Batu Pahat its name! Then again, despite having visited Batu Pahat many times, this is the first time I went here as the place lies on a dead route, 6-7 km from town...


Looking at it closely, I find it quite amazing how such a well could be sculpted into what appears like solid stone! I tried dipping my hands into it. I could vouch it is at least as deep as the length of my arms up to the elbow. I dare not venture any deeper... Who knows what lies inside!


I then when out to have a better look at the kind of surroundings where the well was made by sculpting... Just look at the solid stone...


You could say there is only one piece of big stone making up this part of the beach, a big mostly flat one... Whatever, its location which lies at the bay leading to the mouth of the main river in this district gave the whole place its name, Batu Pahat. That's all...


10 comments:

zam said...

Laa saya dah sampai tempat ni, xtau pula ada lokasi sejarah kat sini. Terima kasih memberitahu... :)

Anonymous said...

Excellent effort.

There is a similar blog about the Malay Sultanate and Malay heritage at : www.rajamenangis.blogspot.com

Best regards,
SHALI

Radzi Sapiee said...

Cheers! :]

Anonymous said...

Kalau nak carik kubur melayu terawal pergilah ke Bukit Inas, di Pt Sulong antara kawasan org melayu terawal.

Abah Din said...

Batu Pahat Ada Sejarah Selain Perigi ada Kubur Panjarg LBK 20' panjang dekat Pulau Sialu.. boleh jalan dari pantai leb 7 minit perjalanan.

Radzi Sapiee said...

Letak di atas pulau ke? Maksud saudara boleh berjalan kaki sampai ke pulau? Kalau begitu bilakah waktu yang sesuai? Bagaimana jadual pasang surutnya? Oh... LBK tu apa maknanya? Maaf banyak soalan pula. Harap dapat dijawab...

Kusta said...

Kalau tak silap di Pulau Sialu tu pernah ada Rumah Api (Tak berapa pasti kalau sekarang Rumah Api tu masih wujud). Dan rasanya kalau nak ke sana kena tunggu air surut. Betul ke..?

Lynn Husaini said...

salam. membaca artikel2 awak membuatkan saye terkenang tempat2 yang emak saye pernah sebutkan semasa beliau bercerita tentang zaman kanak2 dan remajanya di Johor (my mom is a Johorian, now living in Kuala Kangsar, Perak sebab ikut abah)... gunung banang, pantai minyak beku, sekolah dato bentara luar dll... tiba2 saya rase nak menjejak semua tempat2 ni!
terima kaseh :)

Radzi Sapiee said...

Wassalam. Eloklah tu. Pegi le jejak! :]

Anonymous said...

salam...
sy memang lahir di pulau tu,pd tahun 70.
Mengikut kata allyarhamah nenek sy,semoga tenang dia disana...
Begini...
Asal mula perkataan sialu ialah sial lalu,bermakna siapa yg lalu di situ dikatakan sial ialah waktu dulu para lanun ramai dipulau tu dan merompak setiap pedagang indonesia ke malaysia.

Katanya lagi...
Asal nama batu pahat dtgnya dari perigi batu pahat yg betul2 berada dihdp pulau tu.Kalau di tengok memang benar perigi tu batunya dipahat.
Waktu kecil saya selalu mengambil air diperigi tu menaiki perahu.

Makanya perigi yg ada dipantai minyak beku tu bukannya perigi batu pahat.
perigi tu adalah perigi pinggan mangkuk.

Menurut cerita allahyarhamah nenek saya pada zaman dahulu perigi tersebut didiami oleh orang bunian.
Apabila masyrakat setempat mengadakan kenduri kendara mereka meminjam pinggan mangkuk dari perigi tersebut.

Apabila dah pinjam ramai yg x pulangkan,jadi org bunian ditempat tersebut pun merajuk,sehinggalah skrg perigi tersebut tidak mengeluarkan pinggan lagi.

Begitulah yg diceritakan kpd sy,
Sehingga skrg ramai yg x tahu asal usul sebenar dari mana dtgnya batu pahat.

Sebenarnya perigi dihdpn pulau sialu ,itulah perigi batu pahat.
Hanya segelintir masyarakat setempat yg tahu kisah tersebut...
Wassalam....