September 05, 2006 19:37 PM
Remains Of Ngah Ibrahim And Mohamad Amin To Be Exhumed On Thursday
By Jackson Sawatan
SINGAPORE, Sept 5 (Bernama) -- The remains of two Malay warriors, Orang Besar Jajahan Hilir Perak Tengku Menteri Ngah Ibrahim and his father-in-law Laksamana Mohamad Amin Alang, who died here about a century ago, will be exhumed on Thursday.
A National Environment Agency (NEA) spokesman told Bernama that the exhumation would be done simultaneously.
NEA is the agency which issued the approval for the exhumation of the remains of Ngah Ibrahim at Pusara Al-Junied and Mohamad Amin at Pusara Aman at Chua Chu Kang, about 20km apart.
Archaeologists from Malaysia's National Heritage Department as well as staff of Warees Investments Pte Ltd went to Ngah Ibrahim's grave today to prepare for the exhumation.
Warees Investments, a subsidiary of the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis), is given the task to manage the exhumation.
"What we have done today is to clean up the surroundings and mark the position of the grave," said assistant heritage officer of the National Heritage Department, Zainal Abidin Abdul Aziz.
Among those expected to attend the exhumation of Ngah Ibrahim's remains is the Orang Kaya Menteri Paduka Tuan Datuk Dr Wan Mohd Isa Wan Ahmad, 61, who is the great-great-grandson of Ngah Ibrahim.
Heritage commissioner Prof Datuk Dr Siti Zuraina Abdul Majid will also be here during the exhumation.
The remains of the two Malay warriors will be taken aboard the Malaysian naval ship KD Laksamana to the naval base in Lumut, Perak.
A full-scale ceremony and a national hero's welcome will be held at the base by the three wings of the Malaysian Defence Forces when their remains arrive on Saturday.
Ngah Ibrahim's remains will be taken to Taiping to be buried at the Matang Museum Complex.
The remains of Mohamad Amin will be brought to Kuala Kangsar to be interred at the Royal Perak Mausoleum in Bukit Chandan, next to the grave of Sultan Abdullah.
Ngah Ibrahim, Mohd Amin and Sultan Abdullah, who ruled Hilir Perak, were among several people implicated in the assassination of the first British Resident in Perak James W.W. Birch in Pasir Salak on Nov 2, 1875.
They and Datuk Syahbandar Uda Maamor were banished to the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean in 1877.
Orang Asli Si Putom, who killed Birch, and Datuk Maharaja Lela and his father-in-law Pak Indut as well as Datuk Sagor and several associates were tried for the assassination and hanged in Matang the same year.
After 16 years in exile, Sultan Abdullah was pardoned by the British and allowed to return to Perak where he lived in Kuala Kangsar until his death.
The appeals by Ngah Ibrahim, Mohamad Amin and Uda Maamor to return to Perak were rejected by the British. They were instead sent to Sarawak and then Singapore where Ngah Ibrahim died on Feb 4, 1895 and Mohamad Amin in 1908.
The fate of Uda Maamor is unknown but he is also believed to have died in Singapore.
Apa kena mengena artikel ni dengan saya? Yang kena-mengena nya adalah Ngah Ibrahim ni, adalah my great great grandfather. Have known for years tentang fakta ini but kalau saya cakap pun, people are like..."Ngah who??" untillah very recently. Nak pindahkan pusara dia dan Laksamana Mohd Amin, baru orang mula kenal. Siap ada wartawan datang rumah interviu opah dan mak. Dan saya dan adik2 saya. Hehehe...5 minutes of fame bebeh.
Surprise, surprise...wartawan yang interviu mak saya is cik fatimi nadiah. kwn sekolah menengah sepermainan sepembelajaran sepengumpatan. huhuh...dah lost contact pulak tu. It's such a small world after all.
And people are going on and on about me having darah pahlawan, therefore mesti nak cari calon suami darah pahlawan juga. Duhh. (chupp...topik calon suami ni mcm dah terkeluar topik...tapi layan je lah ye) Emang kaler darah aku ijo ke apa? Cuba toreh...merah juga. Tak caya? Hehehe...jangan lah toreh weh. Percaya je cakap aku, dulu aku jatuh tergolek2 kat jalan sampai lutut terluka, betul darah I merah. Tulen bang...100%!
Don't get me wrong, I am proud of who I am, my lineage, my family. Tapi itu bukannya sesuatu yang hendak dibangga2kan sangat. Yang pahlawan, yang pejuang tu, is my great great grandfather (can anyone tell me what do we call that pangkat in malay?) Bukan saya. Saya? I've so much to do to live up to that reputation. Doakan suatu hari I'll have a chance. Kalau tak jadi pahlawan negara pun, dapat jadi pahlawan kawasan perumahan ni ke, pahlawan kampung aku ke, pahlawan terhadap anak2 kucing aku tu ke...janji rok lah.
I believe there's a pahlawan in each and everyone of us.
Semoga roh2 mereka ditempatkan dikalangan orang2 beriman. Al-Fatihah.
p/s: anak2 kucing kelurga saya semakin membesar bagai johan. tapi kami masih lagi belum dapat mencapai kata sepakat atas nama yang nak diberi. last2 semua syok sendiri panggil nama yang sendiri bagi. Belang lah, Sugar lah, Brian lah. I'm sure the kittens pun konfius. Nasib baik ler kucing tak kena register buat surat beranak!