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".


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.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Exploring the happenings around the 1874 Pangkor Treaty in Perak... The fort of Ngah Ibrahim

OK. Time to make some updates. Continuing from the article Exploring the happenings around the 1874 Pangkor Treaty in Perak...Foraying into Beruas . Briefly ya as it is almost buka puasa (breaking fast) time for me. For the record today is the 17th day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadhan. Here goes...

After Beruas, we immediately headed for Taiping to get to the fort of Ngah Ibrahim in Matang. We arrived at the fort which has been converted into a museum just after 5pm.... So it was closed. But luckily the caretaker recognised me from my previous visits and agreed to open it, specially for us... Why, he even welcomed us to take pictures!

Above is a picture of the guys at the section displaying some Malay weapons. In case you forgot, Ngah Ibrahim is a wealthy Malay who inhereted the thriving tin-mining activities in Larut (the district containing Taiping) from another wealthy Malay, Long Jaafar said to be his father. This happened in the mid 19th Century. Then, Larut contained the richest known tin deposit in the whole world!

Outside that section, on the main hall of the second floor (oh, forgot to tell, this is inside the house of Ngah Ibrahim within the fort) is the actual area used to hold the historical court proceedings to sentence (or rather punish...) the Malay warriors implicated in the murder of British first resident to Perak, J.W.W. Birch...

Oh, I did say above that I would be brief right? Just read and refer the full history somewhere else ya...

A section potraying the Malay warriors. Please read the article The main players of the Perak-British war as depicted at the fort of Ngah Ibrahim... made half a year ago here.

The Bugis armour... A picture of this armour was used on the leaf of my third book @ novel, "Berpetualang ke Aceh: Sirih Pulang ke Gagang?" (could be literally translated as "The trip to Aceh: The prodigal son returns?").

A model of the elephant named Larut, said to be owned by Long Jaafar. The story goes, the elephant ran to the jungle. When it was found 3 days later, traces of tin were found on it's body leading to the discovery of the richest tin deposit then... Hence the whole area was named Larut after the elephant.

That's us posing in front...

And this, outside the house but within the fort is said to be the tomb of Ngah Ibrahim. Actually he was said to have died in exile in Singapura (sorry, I don't like the Anglicised word Singapore) more than 100 years ago but his remains were returned to Perak on 9th September 2006. So were the remains of his father-in-law, Laksamana Raja Mahkota Muhammad Amin.

Please read the article In Perak's royal mausoleum to give justice to Laksamana Raja Mahkota Muhammad Amin, also made half a year ago. With this I end this particular portion of the story-telling. Cheers! :]

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