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, May 12, 2010

Going around Pasir Salak

In the article The trip back from Pulau Semat I've mentioned how me, the wife and baby had to encircle a mystical island on a boat before we got back to the jetty at Manong. Well, from there we went to Parit, Bota Kanan and on to Kampung Gajah visiting some old tombs along the way. We ended up spending the night at Kampung Gajah. As it lies near the historical place known as Pasir Salak, we decided to pay a visit the following morning.

After crossing the bridge across the Perak river the we could the signboard to the Pasir Salak Historical Complex pointing ahead...

However I prefer to take the left turn to use the rural road named after the Maharajalela, a famous palace official who is very closely related to the history of Pasir Salak.

  For the record, the Maharajalela (I think the equivalent Western term would be the palace chamberlain) was involved in killing the first British resident to Perak, J.W.W. Birch.

  This happened not far from this part of Pasir Salak and that is why a historical complex was built here to recount what happened.

  In front of the main entrance lies the tomb of certain person called Sipuntum or Seputum who is said to have delivered to killing blow against Birch.

At the southern end of the complex lies the old mosque of Pasir Salak.

Behind it there's a monument dedicated to Malay warriors involved in the killing. You see, the Englishman had been such an arrogant nuisance to the local populace. The British might consider his killing as a mob act of revolt but for the Malays it was a brave act of dignity to drive domineering colonial forces out of their homeland. Hmm... better read the old article The main players of the Perak-British war as depicted at the fort of Ngah Ibrahim... for more understanding.

We then took a rest inside the mosque.

Here's a view of the Perak river which ran alongside the complex. Oh, Birch was killed somewhere along this part...

The old houses which forms part of the complex.

Across the road there lies this building which if I'm not mistaken is a museum. Just a reminder to myself, this is the 474th article in this blogspot...

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