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.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Sungai Pertemuan and Jalan Penarikan revisited

Peace be upon you all. It's been almost 3 months since this blogspot was updated. Here's something to break the ice.

Last weekend me and family made a small trip to Felda Jelai towards the Negeri Sembilan-Johor border and made stops to and fro. Among it is a place called Sungai Pertemuan, 8 km west of the town of Bahau.

The name could be translated as "meeting of rivers". It is where the Jempol river meets and flows into the Muar river.

The much much longer Muar river flows into the Straits of Melaka at the town of Muar more than 100 km downriver. In the olden days ships, at least small ones could go up here from the straits...

The ships could then sail up the Jempol river to a certain historical point...

Before we touch on that let's look at the Muar and Jempol rivers meeting point from a number of angles...

Near the meeting point lies the tomb of a person known as Datuk Sempedang. He is said to be the leader of 9 families who came from Pasai (in Aceh, north of Sumateras island) and settled here after sailing up the Muar river.

Moving northwards from the meeting point. The Jempol river runs along the left out of this picture. Somewhere to the left of the big trees lie the area known as Jalan Penarikan. It is named so because ships used to be pulled some 300 metres to the Serting river.

The river lies behind this Negeri Sembilan palace while part of the ancient 'pulling' route lies along its west walls. From the Serting river ships could then enter the Bera river on to the Pahang river which flows into the South China Sea...

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