The Beruas Prophecy is historical ﬁction, a swashbuckling tale of silat and sorcery, piracy and plunder. And magic.
20 Aug 1824, Robert Fullerton has just been appointed the Governor of the Prince of Wales Island (Penang) under the British administration in India. He is intent on intervening in the affairs of Perak, which is under the influence of Siam, despite reservations of the Colonial Ofﬁce in London. To achieve his end of persuading Perak to accept a British Resident for ‘protection’, but primarily to gain access to its riches, Fullerton condones privateering, the escalation of piracy in the waters of the state.
The story trails the dark history of the Malay Peninsula involving, politically influential, Malay secret societies during this period. lndera Sakti was formed in the sixteenth century, after the defeat of the Malaccan army by the Portuguese, by soldiers who vowed to take back the éntire peninsula, but currently consists of ”sadistic reptiles who are assassins, pirates and other undesirables.” Darul Kubra, the other society, was formed to protect the treasures of Malik Al-Mansur, the ruler of Beruas who abandoned the city and fled from the advancing Portuguese.
About the author: Iskandar Al-Bakri is a lawyer who has his own practice in the city of Ipoh, Perak. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Australian National University in Canberra.