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Sejarah KL wajar dikaji semula April 19, 2018 – Posted in: In The News

Bukti baharu Sutan Puasa pengasas Kuala Lumpur, Yap Ah Loy membangunkan ibu negara KUALA LUMPUR – Pakar-pakar sejarah tempatan menggesa kerajaan untuk mengkaji dan meneliti semula fakta dalam buku teks sejarah sekolah mengenai kesahihan individu pertama yang membuka Kuala Lumpur. Ketua Kluster Institut Kajian Etnik Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Prof. Datuk Dr. Teo Kok Seong berkata, fakta dan bukti baharu sejarah yang ditemui telah menyatakan usahawan perlombongan dan pedagang timah berketurunan Mandailing dari Suma­tera, Indonesia…

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Suara hati waris Sutan Puasa – Posted in: In The News

Dalam keluarga kami, Sutan puasa dianggap sebagai hero tetapi kami tidak dapat memberitahu perkara itu kepada orang lain kerana tidak mempunyai rujukan dan ia mungkin tidak akan dipercayai. BOLEH dikatakan ramai orang tidak begitu menghargai ke­pen­tingan sejarah. Bagi mereka sejarah hanyalah peristiwa yang telah berlalu dan tidak perlu dikenang kerana kita hanya perlu terus bergerak ke hadapan. Perkara itu membuatkan masyarakat terlupa bahawa melalui sejarah kita boleh mengenal asal usul diri, tempat dan mengambil pengajaran…

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Book on Sutan Puasa as founder of KL set to trigger debate – Posted in: In The News

KUALA LUMPUR: A book titled ‘Sutan Puasa: Founder of Kuala Lumpur is set to trigger a debate over who is the actual founder of Kuala Lumpur. The book’s author, Abdur-Razzaq Lubis, said the book sheds light on new information pertaining to the history of the nation’s capital. The book lends focus to the role of Sutan Puasa, a Mandailing merchant in the early days of mining activities in Kuala Lumpur in the mid-19th century. Book Conversation…

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Yap Ah Loy May Not Have Been the Founder Of Kuala Lumpur, According to This New Book – Posted in: In The News

Any Malaysian who has studied history would remember learning about how our capital city, Kuala Lumpur came to be. From its beginnings as a tin mining hub to its current status as Malaysia’s bustling capital city, Kuala Lumpur remains one of the most historically rich places in the country. We’ve all learnt in school that Yap Ah Loy, the leader of KL’s Chinese community, made a lot of significant contributions to the city’s development during…

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Was Kuala Lumpur founded by Sutan Puasa? – Posted in: In The News

Was Mandailing merchant, Sutan Puasa, the founder of Kuala Lumpur? The statement made by Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Dr Khoo Kay Kim in several intellectual discourses last year that “the founder of Kuala Lumpur was Sutan Puasa, from Mandailing”, had raised questions among the public since Malaysian history has stated that Yap Ah Loy, the third Kapitan China was the founder of the city. However, a newly published book titled Sutan Puasa Founder of Kuala…

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Sutan Puasa pengasas sebenar Kuala Lumpur? – Posted in: In The News

Betulkah Sutan Puasa, seorang saudagar Mandailing, pengasas sebenar Kuala Lumpur? Kenyataan Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Dr Khoo Kay Kim pada beberapa wacana intelektual tahun lepas bahawa “pengasas Kuala Lumpur ialah Sutan Puasa, dari Mandailing”, menimbulkan persoalan dalam kalangan orang ramai kerana sejarah Malaysia menyebut bahawa Yap Ah Loy, seorang Kapitan China, adalah pengasas bandar raya ini. Bagaimanapun, sebuah buku yang diterbitkan baru-baru ini berjudul Sutan Puasa Founder of Kuala Lumpur karangan Abdur-Razzaq Lubis, mendedahkan maklumat…

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Al-Fatiha: Edi Nasution February 1, 2018 – Posted in: In The News

I have never personally met Edi Muhammad Yunus Nasution, better known as Edi Nasution, a Mandailing scholar and ethnomusicologist, even though I edited and wrote the foreword to his Tulila: Muzik Bujukan Mandailing (Areca Books, 2007), a study of Mandailing courtship and romance music. The closest I came to meeting him was during my last visit to Jakarta some years ago, but unfortunately, he was unwell. This was an omen of things to come. I…

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Magic in the Malay World January 4, 2018 – Posted in: In The News

The difference between divination and the divine is a fine one. South-East Asia is a region with strong beliefs in the spirit world, blending modern rationality and traditional knowledge. There is great reciprocity between the seen and the unseen – from spells to win back an errant lover to communing with the spirits, raising crops, curing illnesses and cursing enemies, magic is everyday practice for some of its polyglot inhabitants. In Myanmar, during British colonial…

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Dedication and Personal Choices ‘are the key’ to a Healthy Environment June 1, 2017 – Posted in: In The News, Reviews

If there’s a key lesson in conservation, it’s this: you need to keep at it. So says Gurmit Singh, a veteran Malaysian environmentalist who has just published his Memoirs of a Malaysian Eco-Activist. “Everyone thinks planting trees is great. But they forget that trees have to be maintained,” Singh stressed at the launch of his memoirs. “I now tell people that ‘I will support your effort if you check every six months to see if your trees are alive.’…

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True Blue Activist – Posted in: In The News, Reviews

ENVIRONMENTALIST Gurmit Singh has spent his life educating Malaysians on the real cost of preserving nature. Although he is not always successful in creating deep change, the man described as a ‘true blue activist’ continues to be passionate and patient. The 75-year-old recently unveiled his biographical work titled Memoirs of a Malaysian Eco-Activist, chronicling his non-conformist ways, environmental activism and his perspective of the world. Born in Japanese-occupied Malaya in the 1940s, Gurmit was a…

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