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.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

A family visit to the tomb of Hang Tuah...

OK. Let's continue the process of releasing stories based on my December 2009 picture file. Consider this the continuation from the article Kampung Morten at night ...

After spending the night at my brother-in-law's place at Tanjung Puteri, we visited the tomb of Hang Tuah in Tanjung Keling...

For information, Hang Tuah was a well-reknowned Malay warrior who used to be the admiral leading the Melaka Sultanate army in the 15th century AD...

To the right one could see a monument engraved with the words "tidak Melayu hilang di dunia (the Malays won't ever disappear from the world)" said to be uttered by the very famous olden admiral.

Hang Tuah's prowess in the Malay martial arts called Silat is legendary. Some even said he was a wali, a person who has attained saintly status in the eyes of God.

That is why his tomb is is some 20 metres-long they said! Then again, make no mistake. Just because someone's tomb is 20 metres long, it doesn't mean he is 20 metres tall. If that is the case, shouldn't logic dictates that the tomb should also be 5 metres wide to accomodate the commensurating width and physical size? Otherwise, there is no way anyone could be 20 metres tall but yet has a body of the normal 0.5 to at most 1 metres-wide as attested by the width of the tomb. There is no way someone with such a figure would be able to walk properly what more perform feats of martial arts.

No sir. Such long tombs actually exist to signify a person's saintly status, at least in the eyes of men. Anyway this tomb of Hang Tuah in Tanjung Keling is not his original tomb. No one actually knows where Hang Tuah died or where he was buried at. The tomb in Tanjung Keling is said to be just a reminder and tribute to the great warrior. It is said that after Hang Tuah disappeared from Melaka, the Sultan tends to stare out into the window right towards Tanjung Keling and thus a tomb was erected in his remembrance...

p/s: This is the 454th article in this blogspot.

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