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Sutan Puasa pengasas sebenar Kuala Lumpur? February 21, 2019 – 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 baharu tentang…

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Hari Wilayah: Makna dan sejarah yang dilupakan February 18, 2019 – Posted in: In The News

APAKAH makna pengisytiharan Hari Wilayah kepada warga kota khususnya Kuala Lumpur, selain daripada cuti umum? Cuti adalah waktu untuk kita berehat, melepaskan sementara beban-beban kerja, melegakan minda juga lenguh-lenguh badan selepas beberapa hari ‘berperang’ di pejabat dan dalam kesesakan jalan raya. Namun cuti juga membawa makna tersendiri khususnya jika ia disempenakan peristiwa tertentu. Hari Wilayah contohnya, yang kita sambut setiap hari pertama bulan Februari adalah hari untuk kita mengingati penubuhan Wilayah Persekutuan pada tarikh sama…

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Sutan Puasa Lubis, Pendiri Kuala Lumpur February 4, 2019 – Posted in: In The News

Kontroversi tentang sejarah Kuala Lumpur sudah berlangsung lama Abdur-Razaq Lubis melalui bukunya Sutan Puasa: Founder of Kuala Lumpur menyelesaikannya dengan data akurat Pendiri Kuala Lumpur bukan Kapten Cina Ketiga Yap Ah Loy dan juga bukan Raja Abdullah keturunan bangsawan dari Bugis itu Pendiri Kuala Lumpur adalah Sutan Puasa Lubis, seorang bangsawan dari Mandailing Penggunaan kata “founder” dalam sejarah yang dituliskan oleh pihak Barat adalah sesuatu yang amat bermasalah. Tak dapat tidak, kata itu telah amat…

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Farewell Pak Lah – may your soul rest in peace (21.11.1929 – 6.3.2010) December 6, 2018 – Posted in: In The News

Professor Abdullah Darus, That is how I have always thought of you, my friend and my professor. I know that you never considered yourself as anyone’s teacher and always cautioned me to think for myself. I knew the inevitable moment will come and it did in the form of your daughter’s sms on 6.3.2010 saying that “Pak Lah meninggal jam 11.05pm”. The only thought that came to my mind at that moment was the fact…

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Exciting Indie Publishers of Penang November 1, 2018 – Posted in: In The News

Areca Books Founded by Khoo Salma Nasution and her husband Abdur-Razzaq Lubis, Areca Books, an independent publisher cum bookstore, set up shop in 2005. The publishing house has over 40 titles focusing on social history, biographies, cultural heritage, architecture, the environment and visual arts to its name. “We are very interested in the subject of Malaysiana. Our cultural diversity has been sadly reduced to a trichotomy of Malay, Indian and Chinese, but our social history…

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She who wants to see Penang at its classic best October 15, 2018 – Posted in: In The News

George Town native Khoo Salma Nasution @ Khoo Su Nin, 55, wears many hats in championing the Penang capital’s colonial era heritage. She was the president of Penang Heritage Trust, and prior to that was involved in the group’s successful lobbying to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) to list George Town as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 2008. Khoo Salma has written multiple books about Penang’s history, some of which were…

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This is KL’s real founder July 5, 2018 – Posted in: In The News

So says Abdur-Razzaq Lubis in his new book on the entrepreneur Sutan Puasa. SOME authors have a long list of things they would like their readers to take away from their book. Not this man. Independent scholar and author Abdur-Razzaq Lubis is quick with his answer when asked what he wants to get across in his book: that Sutan Puasa is the founder of Kuala Lumpur. Period. “With this project, I wanted to set the…

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Zooming in on living heritage July 2, 2018 – Posted in: In The News

TRADITIONAL trades that are often overlooked in Penang have been beautifully captured and documented in a 248-page book. Author Chin Yoon Khen, a project programme management advisor, said his Traditional Trades of Penang book comprised photographs of 54 different trades that he found in the state. “Besides the photographs, I have also included the descriptions of the skilled trade workers. “All the artisans who worked with me for the book were very helpful and did…

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Uncertain fate for Penang’s magnificent colonial mansions – Posted in: In The News

Say “Penang heritage” and most of us will think of George Town’s shophouses and Chinese mansions (such as the well known Blue Mansion). But there is more: up to the 1950’s, a number of imposing colonial houses, “castle-mansions” and bungalows have sprouted around the old town. Some of these buildings housed the top ranks of the colonial staff or offices, others were built for banks or local tycoons who had accumulated wealth as a result…

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Sharing his love of charming colonial buildings – Posted in: In The News

PENANG’S colonial buildings have been immortalised in a book titled ‘The Penang House and the Straits Architect 1887-1941’ by author Dr Lim Sun Hock. The book traces the work of the state’s European architects who created the magnificent and classic architectural structures on Penang island during the colonial age. “My passion for these magnificent buildings started with Heah Hall at 65, Rangoon Road. My uncle Heah Joo Seang, a leader of the Straits Chinese, built…

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