Thursday, July 25, 2013
Video first uploaded on July 1st, 2011.
The racial clash of 13th May 1969 continues to be known as dark time in our nation's past.
But confusion and mystery continues to surround the events that transpired on that day.
Three women of different backgrounds go down memory lane and share the thoughts,concerns and emotions they experienced on that unforgettable day.
Mrs Kanthamani Ramasamy was in Alor Setar, Kedah when the riots happened. Her two sons were studying in Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. As a full-time mother of ten children, her experience is based on the information she heard from her husband and children.
Mrs Lily Chinniah is a former teacher and actress who appeared in movies such as Esok Masih Ada directed by Jin Shamsuddin. She was seven months pregnant and living in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur with her three children when the racial clash occurred.
Dr Rohana Ariffin was the acting president of Parti Rakyat Malaysia at the time this video was made. She was a student in Universiti Malaya back in 1969. She moved from her room in Petaling Jaya to live in Kampung Baru with her family prior to the riots for fear of her own safety.
These three grandmothers also share their views on whether Malaysia has achieved greater unity.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
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Yap Ah Loy's Administration.
As Kapitan Cina, Yap Ah Loy had the powers of a typical Malay chief, including the power of life and death over his followers. He could make laws when deemed necessary, but he did not have the right to collect tax.
He lived in good terms with the Malay communities and their leaders in and around Kuala Lumpur, of which the Dato' Dagang was the most important of the chiefs.
Yap Ah Loy probably administered through the leading Mine employers and clan or secret society headmen; usually the same individuals were both the employers and the headmen. Yap Ah Loy's right-hand man was Yap Ah Shak, who was now the head of the Hai San society in Selangor and the largest mine owner after Yap Ah Loy.
Yap Ah Loy acquired a reputation for thoroughness in the treatment of criminals and other troublemakers. He built a prison large enough to accommodate 60 people, and drew up detailed rules for punishing all offenders. These offenses were graded carefully, with maximum penalties for repeat offenders. For a first offense, a thief was paraded through the streets with the stolen good tied to his back and shoulders; for a second offense, an ear was cut off; and for a third he was executed. The execution was not performed by hanging or beheading, the offender was made to kneel with his hands tied behind his back, and a sword was plunged through his throat by the executioner. On the other hand, minor offenders were more usually locked up before their trial. The punishments seemed severe, but they had a good effect on discouraging crime.
Yap Ah Loy's strict policies proved to be successful. In the months following his appointment, thieving became unknown. It was said that "no man dared stoop to pick up even which he had dropped on the road." Pirates no longer raided the boats moving down the river and the loads of tin reached the river mouth safely.As a result, he effectively kept peace amongst 10,000 Chinese with only a token force of six police.
Both Yap Ah Loy and Yap Ah Shak sat as magistrates to in minor cases. It was said that they acted as magistrates and mediated disputes amongst the people at a corner of Yap Ah Loy's Chinese medicine shop, Chop Tuck Sang. Until 1878, serious cases were tried in Klang, but between 1878 and 1880, the Resident and a magistrate came to Kuala Lumpur monthly to hold the High Court and the Magistrates' Court.
Swettenham commented on Yap Ah Loy as follows:
"As the confidence of his countrymen in Capitan Ah Loy is great, if not implicit, so is his stake in the country superior to that of all others, and from this fact I conclude that the government may rely upon him to use his influence for law and order, and that his past loyalty and successful administration of the District entrusted to him would seem to entitle him to consideration and a careful hearing of his views on matters affecting the well-being of the Chinese population in general and in Kuala Lumpur in particular."
Yap Ah Loy's biggest contribution to Kuala Lumpur was probably his success in establishing Kuala Lumpur as the centre for commerce in Selangor. This success was to eventually compel the Selangor Government to relocate the state capital from Klang to Kuala Lumpur. In time, Kuala Lumpur was to become the national capital for the newly independent nation of Malaysia in 1957.
Yap Ah Loy was not ahead of his times as a municipal administrator. In 1882, Swettenham and his colleagues described the streets of Kuala Lumpur as only 12 feet wide and were "all but impassable alleys. ..... The filth of the market is indescribable, everything that rots or becomes putrid, all offal and refuse is thrown on to the ground or into ditches which surround the shed. ..... The refuse of the drains is simply removed therefrom and laid on the side of the road ..... small pox, cholera and fevers break out here very often."
His fire precaution consisted of an order that every household keep a barrel full of water ready at all times. On 4 January 1881, the entire town was burnt down, with a loss estimated at $100,000 of which Yap Ah Loy's shouldered the largest share of it.
After the disastrous fire of 1881, Yap Ah Loy started a brickworks at the outskirts of town to rebuild town buildings in brick or adobe with tile roofs. The brickworks is now gone, but nevertheless had left its mark with the an outskirt of today's Kuala Lumpur known as Brickfields.
Yap Ah Loy's road construction in and around Kuala Lumpur were more exemplary. The main mining areas were linked up with the town, and streets were laid out in the town. Yap Ah Loy told Swettenham that $20,000 had been devoted to road works, in the more ambitious constructions, each mile of road was estimated to cost $1,500. In return for these projects, Yap Ah Loy was compensated with the permanent titles to the land he occupied in the centre of Kuala Lumpur.
The tracks to the mines are preserved to this day in the form of Jalan Ampang, Jalan Pudu, Jalan Petaling and etc. The modern passers-by who walk along these roads can be sure that they are following the footsteps of heavily laden porters who threaded these paths some 130 years ago.
Yap Ah Loy also started a tapioca mill in Petaling Road with an imported 8 horsepower engine. This venture in which Sultan Abdul Samad had a $3,000 stake in the tapioca plantation, fell apart due to the fall in price of tapioca during 1880. The present Jalan Petaling (or Petaling Road as it was known then) has remained to this day been known to local Chinese as Chee Cheong Gai (or Tapioca Mill Road).
Yap Ah Loy also founded a refuge at which the sick could have food and shelter. It was maintained by a levy of $1 per pig slaughtered.
He took a big part in founding the first Chinese school in Kuala Lumpur and provided the school a schoolmaster until the Government brought in one from Singapore. The school was opened on Chinese New Year in 1884 in High Street. The Chinese towkays were known to take an active interest in the school, by visiting the school to test the pupils in reading and writing.
|By IDA NADIRAH (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Tuesday, 18 June 2013 08:00|
EVER drove down the streets in Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) or in the heart of Kuala Lumpur and wondered who are all these streets named after?
From Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi, to Jalan Chow Kit, we sometimes barely acknowledge the origin of these road names or the contribution made by the individuals behind it, to have had their names 'carved in stone'.
As time pass by, the story behind these names turn vague and at the end of the day, it is just another street name.
However, we at Malaysian Digest will enlighten you and highlight some of the famous street names in Malaysia, particularly those in the Klang Valley area, and take you down memory lane on their history.
Starting off in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, who doesn't know Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman (commonly referred to as Jalan TAR), Jalan Chow Kit, and Lorong Haji Taib? These names are known to be hotspots in the city center, and unlike the obvious Jalan TAR, that was named after the Supreme Head of State of the Federation of Malaya and is also well-known to be a must-go-to shopping spot, others' back stories are pretty vague.
Jalan Chow Kit
What is now one of the busier sub-district in central Kuala Lumpur, this road became the subject of a hit song 'Chow Kit Road', made famous by the late Sudirman.
Jalan Chow Kit was named after Loke Chow Kit who was a well-known miner municipal councilor, public official, and also the first local owner of a department store - Chow Kit & Co – which was the largest in KL at the time.
Known for it's wet market (Bazaar Baru Chow Kit) and night market, Chow Kit has become a tourist attraction, where tourist would come to experience the local ambience.
Lorong Haji Taib
Lorong Haji Taib was named after an Indonesian tradesman of Minangkabau heritage and originated from Sumatera known as Haji Mohamed Taib bin Haji Abdul Samad.
Hajib Taib migrated to Kuala Lumpur in 1876 and was known to have owned a tin mine factory, farmland, houses and shops located around the Kampung Baru district and through hard work and perseverance, he became one of the richest Malays of his time.
Having played a huge role in Kampung Baru's early development, Haji Taib also became a historical figure in the growth of Kuala Lumpur and was a close acquaintance of Sultan Abdul Samad.
Though his name has been preserved in one of the busiest trading areas of the city center, sadly, Lorong Haji Taib is also known to people as KL's 'red light' district, with many local and foreign prostitutes at night, alongside drug addicts and transvestites.
This is seen as distasteful as it doesn't reflect well on a street bearing the 'Haji' title.
However of late, the government has been hard at work trying to clean up the image of Lorong Haji Taib. The place has been revamped and fewer prostitutes are spotted lingering at night, although some still do lurk behind closed doors available to those who know where to find them.
Jalan Doraisamy, which has been popularized as the Asian Heritage Row is home to some of the most sensational night clubs in KL.
It was originally named after R. Doraisamy Pilay.
Not much of Doraisamy's history was known, apart from him being a well-known tin miner, contractor, and was one of the donors who provided the establishment funds of Kuala Lumpur Methodist Boy's School (MBSKL).
However, Jalan Doraisamy has made headlines in recent years, the latest on a club shooting of two bouncers outside the Madurai Club sometime late August last year.
Jalan Loke Yew
Part of the bustling Cheras Highway and known for its high traffic volume and congestion, Jalan Loke Yew was named after Loke Yew who was a Chinese-born business entrepreneur.
Apart from being a famous businessman, he was also regarded as the richest man as well as a philanthropist in British Malaya.
Playing a significant role in the growth of Kuala Lumpur, Loke Yew was one of the founding fathers of one of KL's prestigious boy's school, Victoria Institution.
Due to his major contributions to society, Loke Yew did not only have his name preserved on Jalan Loke Yew, but it has also appeared in several towns in Malaysia and in Singapore, where Loke Yew Street was named after him.
Jalan Yap Kwan Seng
A firm believer in education and a co-founder of Victoria Institution, Yap Kwan Seng was the last Chinese Kapitan of Kuala Lumpur, as the position of kapitan was abolished after his death in 1902.
Apart from one of the major roads in the city's golden triangle named after him, Jalan Sin Chew Kee off Jalan Pudu, was also named in his honor after his tin mining business.
Jalan Yap Kwan Seng is now home to business executives during the day and a place for food lovers at night.
Apart from political figures who were traders, mining businessmen, some of the streets in the city center were named after British Colonies such as Chochrane, Peel, Travers, and Shelly, mainly located near the diplomatic district.
Who are these 'mat sallehs' on our street signs? Here are a few to be named.
Located off Jalan Chan Sow Lin in Kuala Lumpur, this road was named after the British Chief Secretary of the Federated Malay States and Governor of Hong Kong, Sir William Peel.
Other than his title and status, there has been no significant contribution made by him in Malaya.
Stretched not far from Jalan Peel and the home of many government quarters, Jalan Cochrane was named after the British General Advisor of Johor, Charles Walter Hamilton Cochrane, British Resident of Perak.
Named after Selangor State Surgeon in the 1890s, Dr Ernest Aston Otho Travers, Jalan Travers was previously named after the Damansara district or the Damansara River.
Dr Travers was the doctor who brought about reform in the care of leprosy patients and had recommended an asylum built for leprosy patients.
*(Leprosy is a chronic disease caused by a kind of bacteria.)
Moving to Taman Tun Dr Ismail, or fondly known as TTDI among KL-ites, it is located near the Damansara district, and its roads are named after public figures, such as Jalan Antinahapan, and Burhanuddin Helmi.
So who are these people again? Let's begin with the obvious and also one of TTDI's main roads, Jalan Athinahapan.
Jalan Athinahapan was named after Tan Sri and Puan Sri Athi Nahappan, who happened to be of great significance behind the formation of MIC and had independently contributed much to the
He was an entirely self made man and had came to Penang with his father at the age of 9, without knowing a single word of Malay or English.
Athi Nahappan, who was then the deputy president of MIC, was appointed deputy minister of law by Tun Abdul Razak in 1974.
He was later appointed as the second cabinet minister representing MIC by Tun Hussein Onn in 1976, and was in charge of law and justice portfolios as the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department.
However, just two months after his appointment as full minister, Athi Nahappan died of a sudden heart attack.
Jalan Leong Yew Koh
Alongside Tun Tan Cheng Lock and Colonel H.S Lee, Tun Leong Yew Koh co-founded MCA on 27 February 1949 and was the first Secretary-General of MCA.
Tun Leong Yew Koh was awarded the first Yang Dipertua Negeri (Governor) of Melaka on 31 August 1957 until 30 August 1959, making history as the first Chinese to be appointed as a Governor in any Malaysian state.
He was appointed as Justice of Malaya three years before he died in 1963.
Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi
Named after a Malaysian politician Burhanuddin bin Muhammad Nur al-Hilmi, or commonly known as Burhanuddin al-Helmy, he was the President of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) from 1956 to 1969.
Burhanuddin set up the Malay Nationalist Party after World War 2, which advocated Malay rights and proposed a "political union" with Indonesia.
Under Burhanuddin's presidency, PAS was left-wing oriented, where he had supported trade unions and anti-colonialism.
In 1965, he was arrested under the Internal Security Act over plans to overthrow the Malaysian government and install an Indonesion-friendly environment, which interrupted his presidency for a year of imprisonment.
Did You Know?
Here are some brief info of some street names that were named after British figures but have since been localized.
Jalan Maharajalela, previously known as Birch Road
Jalan Maharajalela was renamed after Datuk Maharajalela, a local chief who was responsible for the assassination of the first Resident of Perak, James Wheeler Woodford Birch, or JWW Birch.
In a twist of irony, Birch Road was not named after the assassinated Birch, but was named in honor of the much popular Sir Ernest Woodford Birch, who was the eldest son of the former and one-time acting Resident of Selangor.
Jalan Hang Lekir, previously known as Cecil Street
Sir Cecil Clementi, was Governor of Hong Kong in the 1920s and Governor of the Straits Settlements and High Commissioner for the Malay States (1930 to 1934).
Jalan Hang Jebat, previously known as Davidson Road
Formerly named after James Guthrie Davidson (J.G. Davidson), the first British Resident in Selangor in 1875.
Hang Jebat, as in the case of Hang Lekir were two famous Malay warriors from the folklores of Melaka.
Jalan Tun H S Lee, High Street
Henry HS Lee was Malaysia's first finance minister from 1957 to 1959. It was previously known as "High Street", which spread across the old Kuala Lumpur.
Jalan Esfahan, previously known as Straits Road
Paved in 1993, it was one of the shortest roads in Kuala Lumpur. This road was named after an Iranian city, Isfahan. It was originally called the Straits Road, named after the Straits of Malacca or the Straits Settlements.
Jalan Esfahan is more of a linking alley than a proper road which connects Jalan TAR to Jalan Raja Laut.
Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, previously known as Batu Road
The previous name was given as it was said to be the first road made of "batu" (rock). Currently it is named after Tuanku Abdul Rahman, the first Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Updated: Friday April 26, 2013 MYT 12:59:03 AM
Monday, July 8, 2013
This accident happened right before my eyes. Bikers never bloody learn any lessons the danger of speeding especially riding a super or monster bike!
Vehicles in front on me were held back due to an earlier car accident. These bloody bikers werencoming round the bend at high speeds that the leader of the pack's judgment was skewered he was not able to tell vehicles were not moving and by the time the fool realised it he zoomed passed my car and couldn't negotiate anymore and crash into the back of a car which was 2 cars in front of me. Bang! Biker flew into the air and came splattering/crashing down to the ground. He didn't move. By that time the rest of the bikers managed to stop in time and cane to the victim's aid. Police who was attending to the earlier accident came to direct us and be on our way. I hope he is alive and God speed but to all bikers, don't be a bloody (as in blood all over) fool speeding recklessly on highways. I know of a friend, mid30s, loves bikes, had a super monster bike, rode up genting highlands, lost control negotiating the bends and was killed.
You fools may not value your own lives but be considerate of the lives of others. Go kill yourselves but don't take innoncent lives with you!
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Someone found this in the library at Ohio University. It is in a program booklet of KGMMB's (Kesatuan Guru-Guru Melayu Malaysia Barat) AGM 1968, and this advertisement appeared on p.2, side by side with the message from the then Deputy Prime Minister, Tun Abdul Razak Hussein. How different it was in those days. Our Malays in the olden days live with peace, find more freedom and happy even though we don't have KLCC or F1 Circuit. We lived in moderate ways and racial issues is almost zero.
Things got divided into many groups now, we are thought to hate each other just by the name of religious & political view.
All because of the Mamak Mahdir kept injecting rubbish into the brain of young people during his time. Thanks 2 Mamak!!
Monday, July 1, 2013
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