Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Father's Page


To my father’s people,

Bismillah hirrahma nir rahiim.

I am my father’s surviving daughter. I am named Faridah bt Abdul Rashid, which means, Unique Daughter of the Bright Slave of Allah SWT.

I am writing on his behalf, about himself and his people. He asked me to write before he passed away, but I was busy then. And to ‘show my respect for him and his people’, I therefore write this Father’s Page. The other pages to make the book will be compiled later from selected pages of a blog I had set up for him and his people - 262 Banda Hilir.

In 2007, when my father asked me to write, I was researching on The Early Malay Doctors and was too busy. That research produced two books, Research on The Early Malay Doctors 1900-1957 Malaya and Singapore, and Biography of The Early Malay Doctors 1900-1957 Malaya and Singapore. Those books were published by Xlibris Inc.

In this book, I have focused on how my father’s people came to be and how they have survived to this day. I have collected stories narrated and characters described of his people whom I have met, and some of whom I had never met, for reason only known to my father and myself.

Writing about my father’s people is not at all easy. It has taken me many years to locate his people, and many more years to try and piece together pieces of a big jig-saw puzzle, in order to get a clearer picture of his people.

Many narrations have contributed to this worthwhile effort. I hope a forthcoming book will hold its place in the hearts of his people.

In sya Allah.

Faridah Abdul Rashid
Hotel Yue (Hotel Riverside, Qingshuiwan Convention Center)
1305 Kaixuan N Rd, Putuo Province,
Shanghai, China
3 June 2015



Sunday, 26 April 2015

1924 Flood in Banda Hilir, Pengkalan Rama and Klebang

Three areas of coastal and riverine Malacca were submerged by seawater due to spring tides. Paddy fields were also destroyed. This incident was published in the newspaper on 10 December 1924.

Not since 1920 has Malacca experienced such abnormal spring tides as visited the Settlement from Wednesday to Sunday a fortnight ago, says the Malacca Observer. Many of the properties in Klebang, Banda Hilir and Pengkalan Rama were so much under water that little canoes could be paddled across them. Paddy fields in the vicinity of these kampongs have also suffered much from these tides. Taken from The Straits Times, 10 December 1924, Page 8

Friday, 20 March 2015

Abdul Majid Cassim Lebai & Sophia Abdullah

Generation 1 (G1)

Sheikh Shahib - he could be from India. He could have arrived with the British Army as a dhobi or tailor. Who was his wife? Was she from India or Malaya? Was this couple from India or Ceylon?

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Generation 2 (G2)

Cassim Lebai in written English is Lebai Kasim in spoken Malay. He maybe attached to a masjid; which masjid?

Who is Hawa?

Is this Hawa bt Jelani? She is the great-grandmother of Syed Mohamad bin Syed Omar.

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Generation 3 (G3)

Abdul Majid Cassim Lebai is Abdul Majid son of Lebai Kasim.
Was he an Indian Muslim? What was his occupation?
He was a businessman in Kuala Lumpur.
He married Sophia Abdullah.

Sophia was active in the Malaysian Muslim Women's Welfare Board (LKPIM), which Datuk Lily later joined.

Was Sophia a Chinese lady?
Have to ask Prof Zuraina Abdul Majid (Warisan director).

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Generation 4 (G4)

Abdul Majid bin Lebai Cassim and Sophia bt Abdullah had 8 children:
  1. Datuk Lily (deceased, 1921-2010)
  2. Dr Ruby (deceased, 1924-2013)
  3. Ismail
  4. Rozina
  5. Dato' Hamzah
  6. Ann
  7. Prof Siti Zuraina (Datin Paduka Profesor Emeritus)
  8. Zain (deceased)

Dr Lily Majid is deceased.
Dr Ruby Majid is deceased.
Zain is deceased.
The remaining 5 sibs are still alive, but are elderly.

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Abdullah (Taukeh) seems like a businessman or trader. What did he trade in? Pepper? If he was Chinese, did he trade in things Chinese?

Was Chik the only daughter of Abdullah (Taukeh)? Did Abdullah (Taukeh) have other children? Did he have other wives?

Who was Raden Fatimah? Where was she from? Was she from Java or Sumatra? How did Abdullah (Taukeh) meet her? Under what circumstances was she married off to Abdullah (Taukeh)? Was it an arranged marriage?

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Abdullah, husband of Chik. Where was he from?
What was his full name?
What was his occupation?

Sophia Abdullah probably had fair complexion. 

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Geni links






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Update on 25 April 2015

Dr Ruby Majeed's siblings
  1. Datuk Lily Abdul Majeed (eldest)(born 14 March 1921, KL-died 8 Jan 2010, PJ), aged 88; 3 grandchildren.
  2. Datuk Paduka Dr Ruby Abdul Majeed (1924-2013), aged 89 (m. Dr Syed Mahmood) - 3 kids = 1 girl + 2 sons (1 son died, left 2 - 1 girl in Australia, 1 son in PJ). Dr Sharifah Sorayya in Australia. Dr Ruby died in Australia and is buried in Australia.
  3. Ismail
  4. Rozina Majeed
  5. Dato Hamzah bin Abdul Majeed (m. Datin Freida Mohd Pilus)
  6. Ann Majeed
  7. Prof Datuk Dr Siti Zuraina Abdul Majeed (m. Prof Vincent Lowe, 2 kids)
  8. Zain (deceased)
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Arkib Negara Malaysia
Carian Bahan Arkib
Maklumat Bahan
Lokasi: IBU PEJABAT
No.Penerimaan/No. Rujukan: 2007/ 0030235 
Sumber: LILY BT. MAJID

Pn. Lily Bt. Majid menerima cenderamata daripada Datin Seri Dr. Siti Hasmah.

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New Straits Times, 11 Jan 2010
Women's rights activist dies

Datuk Lily Abdul Majeed was a women's rights activist.

Lily was the Malaysian Muslim Women's Welfare Board (LKPIM) honorary secretary until her death on Friday afternoon due to heart failure. She was 88.

- she died on 8 January 2010 in the afternoon.
- she died at UMMC following a surgical procedure (from Dr Ridzwan Bakar, 26 Jan 2010)

She is survived by 5 siblings, including Heritage Department comminnsioner Prof Datuk Dr Siti Zuraina Abdul Majid and renowned doctor Datuk Paduka Dr Ruby Abdul Majeed, as well as three grandchildren. 

She was trained in the UK to become a teacher.
She taught at her alma mater at the Bukit Nanas Convent.
She then served at the Selangor Education Department when WW2 broke out in 1941/42.
Lily was the first woman in the country to be appointed to the Public Services Commission.

Lily's mother (Sophia Abdullah) was also an active member.
Lily joined the board in 1965 as a committee member.
Lily became LKPIM's honorary secretary in 1968.

She was known as the "grand old lady" of Section 12  Petaling Jaya.
She was devoted to her family.
She is buried at the Bukit Kiara Muslim cemetery.

- burial was held at 11 am at Bukit Kiara.

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Arkib Negara Malaysia (24 April 2015)
Siri Pengkisahan Sejarah - Wanita Di Dalam Sejarah Malaysia. 15 March 1986. Arkib Negara Malaysia.
- has a B/W portrait of Datuk Lily Abdul Majeed

Datuk Lily Abdul Majeed was born in KL on 14 March 1921. She married Tuan Haji Mohd Salleh bin Ahmad, former Timbalan Ketua Nazir Sekolah2 Malaysia. They have a son, Ahmad Nizam.

She was educated at Sekolah Kg Bahru, KL between 1927 and 1931.
She then attended Convent Bukit Nanas, KL and passed Senior Cambridge in 1939.
WW2 hindered her studies in Normal Class (English), but she continued her studies in the post-war.
She attended the Malayan Teachers' Training College, Kirkby from 1951 to 1953 (first batch).
She obtained a Diploma in Child Development in 1954 from the Institute of Education, University of London, England.

She taught as a teacher at Sekolah Convent in 1940-1941.
When WW2 broke out, she served at the Jabatan Pelajaran Selangor.

She worked at Maktab Perguruan Perempuan Melayu Melaka from 1949 to 1951.
She was Penyelia Sekolah2 Melayu, Selangor from 1949 to 1951.
She was Penyelia Sekolah2 Inggeris Negeri Sembilan 1954-1957.
She followed a course on nadzir2 sekolah in England 1957-1958.
She was Nazir Sekolah2 Persekutuan Tanah Melayu in 1958.
She was Timbalan Pengarah Latihan Perguruan at Kementerian Pelajaran in 1961-1972 (till she retired).

She retired in 1972.

She was the first Malay lady to be appointed by SPB Agong to be Ahli Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Awam Malaysia in 1972.
She was the first Malay lady to be appointed a member of the University Malaya Council 1972-1976.
She was also a member of UKM Council 1977-1979, and UKM Court in 1980.

She was active in women's right activities.
She was in the Girl Guides 1931-1957, as Captain, as Commissioner Malay Guides, and as Deputy Chief Commissioner Malaya 1955-1957.

She was a member and representative of Kementerian Kebajikan Pelajaran under Women's Institute (Majlis Perkumoulan Perempuan) 1962-1972.

She was a member of JK Lembaga Kebajiakn Perempuan Islam in 1965.

She has represented Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia since 1962-1972 (retired) to New Delhi, Bangkok, Tokyo, Manila, USA, Moscow and Tehran. She had been invited to seminars in USA, England, Netherland, Iraq, Indonesia etc.

She contributed greatly to the Girl Guides in Malaysia and was rewarded by the World Girl Guides Association with the Highest Merit in 1948.

She was the prime mover for organising Muktamar Pertubuhan Perempuan2 Islam and became its secretary every time the event was held.

She was bestowed the Bintang Ahli Mangku Negara (AMN) in 1970, Bintang Johan Mangku Negara (JMN) in 1987 and Darjah Panglima Setia Diraja (called Datuk) - undated.

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National Library of Australia

Trove
Digitised newspapers and more

The Daily News (Perth, WA: 1882-1950), Tuesday, 13 April 1948.Page 6.
Malay Girl Here To Become Doctor

- Their father was a businessman in KL
- Siti Rubi Majid of Malaysia
- there is an image of her in baju kebaya pendek

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Dr Syed Mahmood & Dr Ruby Majeed's clinic:

1st Floor, Sri Mara,
Jalan Raja Laut,
50350 Kuala Lumpur,
Wilayah Persekutuan
Tel: 03-2692 5992

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Dato' Hamzah bin Abdul Majid
He is Dr Ruby's younger brother.
His wife is Datin Freida bt Mohd Pilus.
Hamzah, Freida and Ruby and Rozina had lunch at Ann's house on 9 Jan 2011.

Lily is the eldest sister.
Lily died following an angioplasty procedure at UMMC

According to Wan Munirah Dato Wan Puteh (communicated in FB; ex-TKC MCE 1975, my dormmate), Dato' Hamzah was the DG of Tourism. 
Dato' Hamzah commented once at my blog, The Early Malay Doctors, when Datuk Lily died and Dr Ruby was still alive.
Dato' Hamzah bin Abdul Majid was the Secretary General in 1987, in the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (later became Ministry of Culture, Arts and Tourism).

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Anonymous said ... 27 April 2011 (edited for clarity)

Give My Salam for Uncle Majeed Family, aunty Ruby, Ann, Rozina and Zuraina and Uncle Hamzah for whole family. I am Rizwan Shuhaib from Maggona, Sri Lanka.

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Prof Datin Farida Jamal (012-376 8101)
She married Dr Syed Noori Jamallulail, younger brother of Dr Syed Mahmood
She was from UKM and then worked at UPM, but often returned to UKM
She provided Dato Paduka Dr Ruby's biography
She is a Pakistani

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Thursday, 12 March 2015

Mohd Amin @ Mat Amin Pasar (Chow Kit)

I have a photo of a man named Mohd Amin but none of his descendants know his surname. He could be Muhammad Amin bin Haji Mahmud or some other surname.

According to historical record, a British Police Sargent Hayes had re-located a Malay community from Malacca to Kg Baru, to keep law and order in Kuala Lumpur, and to balance the largely Chinese community that resided in Kuala Lumpur.

Mohd Amin lived in Jalan Stony, Kg Baru, Kuala Lumpur and worked as a market supervisor at Pasar Chow Kit before the war. He was popular by two call names, Mat Amin Pasar and Mat Amin Chow Kit.

According to Mohd Amin's granddaughter Salmah Ahmad, Mohd Amin had opened Jalan Stony and therefore Kg Baru. He had built his house according to Malay tradition, much like the Chinese use feng shui. Mohd Amin had used chickens to indicate the direction of his house in Jalan Stony, Kg Baru.

Mohd Amin's house was in front of the Sultan Sulaiman club house.

From his grandson-in-law Pak Cik Hassan bin Mohd Rasid (married to Mak Cik Jamilah bt Mohd Salleh), Mohd Amin probably died in 1936. 

Mohd Amin's portrait showed him in baju Melayu and with the Johor type of neckline - telok belanga. I suppose he was originally from Johor or belonged to a Johor family? He was a Javanese Malay man. His hometown in Java is unknown by existing descendants.

Mohd Amin married 4 wives and had 21 children by 3 wives; a fourth wive was barren.

An interesting article I found. It bears the names of 2 early Malay doctors who graduated from the King Edward VII College of Medicine in 1930 - Dr MJ Che Lah and his colleague, Dr Abdul Ghani bin Mohamad. Both were Penangites but worked in Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley. Dr Che Lah was from Jelutong and Dr Abdul Ghani was from Bayan Lepas side. Dr Abdul Ghani's daughter is Fadzilah Ghani, a retired nurse in Melbourne.

Majlis, 1 Dec 1932, p.6
General Article.
Majlis Perbahasan di Sultan Sulaiman Club.
Perbahasan (Debate) atas Adakah Perempuan Melayu Patut diBebaskan, telah dilangsungkan di Sultan Sulaiman Club Kampung Baru pada malam semalam, mulai dari pukul 7.20, sampai pukul 9.15, dihadiri oleh kira-kira 50 orang member-membernya termasuk Dr. Che Lah, Dr. Abdul Ghani, Encik Muhammad Amin bin Haji Mahmud, Yusuf, Mahmud Amir, Muhammad Yusuf bin Ahmad, Ahmad bin Muhammad, Fateh Akhir, Tuan Haji Muhammad Sidin, Tuan Zainal Abidin, Encik Amrah Haji Abdul Rashid, dan lain-lain. Engku Raja Uda menjadi Pengerusi. - Taken from MCP, 21 July 2012,
http://mcp.anu.edu.au/N/SK/79.html

The British officers in Malaya had a separate club that did not accept the "lesser" Malays, including the Malay Sultan at the time. The Sultan Sulaiman Club accommodated Malay members of the community. Members of the Sultan Sulaiman Club were Dr MJ Che Lah, Dr Abdul Ghani bin Mohamad, Encik Muhammad Amin bin Haji Mahmud, Yusuf, Mahmud Amir, Muhammad Yusuf bin Ahmad, Ahmad bin Muhammad, Fateh Akhir, Tuan Haji Muhammad Sidin, Tuan Zainal Abidin, Encik Amrah Haji Abdul Rashid and others. Engku Raja Uda chaired the club - he later became the first Governor of Penang.

Sultan Sulaiman Club of Kg Baru in Kuala Lumpur
(rebuild in 2007-2009 after the 1932 model).
Courtesy of Jafri Merican Architects and Associates Sdn Bhd

An interesting name in the above article is Muhammad Amin bin Haji Mahmud. Who was Muhammad Amin bin Haji Mahmud? He was a member of the Sultan Sulaiman Club in 1932. Was he Mohd Amin @ Mat Amin Pasar (Chow Kit), the famous market supervisor who lives right across the club house? Does anybody know more about him?


Other links to related Majlis articles:
http://mcp.anu.edu.au/N/SK/M_index.html

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Encik Muhammad Amin bin Haji Mahmud


An interesting article I found.

Majlis, 1 Dec 1932, p.6
General Article.
Majlis Perbahasan di Sultan Sulaiman Club.
Perbahasan (Debate) atas Adakah Perempuan Melayu Patut diBebaskan, telah dilangsungkan di Sultan Sulaiman Club Kampung Baru pada malam semalam, mulai dari pukul 7.20, sampai pukul 9.15, dihadiri oleh kira-kira 50 orang member-membernya termasuk Dr. Che Lah, Dr. Abdul Ghani, Encik Muhammad Amin bin Haji Mahmud, Yusuf, Mahmud Amir, Muhammad Yusuf bin Ahmad, Ahmad bin Muhammad, Fateh Akhir, Tuan Haji Muhammad Sidin, Tuan Zainal Abidin, Encik Amrah Haji Abdul Rashid, dan lain-lain. Engku Raja Uda menjadi Pengerusi. - Taken from MCP, 21 July 2012,
http://mcp.anu.edu.au/N/SK/79.html

It bears the names of 2 early Malay doctors who graduated from the King Edward VII College of Medicine in 1930 - Dr M. J. Che Lah and his colleague, Dr Abdul Ghani bin Mohamad. Both were Penangites but worked in Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley.

Sultan Sulaiman Club, Kg Baru in Kuala Lumpur.
Courtesy of Jafri Merican Architects and Associates Sdn Bhd

I have a photo of a man named Mohd Amin but none of his descendants know his father's name. Mohd Amin lived in Jalan Stony, Kg Baru, Kuala Lumpur and worked as a market supervisor at Pasar Chow Kit before the war. He was popular by two call names, Mat Amin Pasar and Mat Amin Chow Kit. His house was in front of the Sultan Sulaiman club house. He probably died in 1936. His portrait showed him in baju Melayu with the Johor type of neckline, telok belanga. I suppose he was originally from Johor or belonged to a Johor family? He was a Javanese Malay man. He married 4 wives and had 21 children. Does anybody know more about him?

Another interesting name is Muhammad Amin bin Haji Mahmud. Who was Muhammad Amin bin Haji Mahmud? Does anybody know him?

British historian, J. M. Gullick wrote the name Mohd Amin bin Hassan in one of his books, A History of Kuala Lumpur 1856-1939. Who was Mohd Amin bin Hassan? Does anybody know him?

Search for books by J. M. Gullick:
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Sejarah Malaysia topic
MBRAS monographs
Pasar Chow Kit search results

Image taken from Perpustakaan Negara Malaysia (PNM) website 

A History of Kuala Lumpur 1856-1939, J. M. Gullick

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Nenek Alang Kg Baru meninggal dunia

Full name: Sum bt Ahmad
Call names: Bapak called her Mak Lang. I called her Nenek Lang or Nenek Alang Kg Baru.
DOB: ?
Date of demise: Saturday,14 February 2015 at 5.30 pm (waktu Asar)
Place of demise: Prof Hamzah's house at Kg Nakhoda (Selayang), Batu Caves, Selangor
Her husband: Mohd Salleh bin Muhammad Amin @ Mat Amin Pasar @ Mat Amin Chow Kit
Her husband's call names: Bapak called him Pak Lang. I called him Tok Alang or Tok Alang Kg Baru.
Children: 7

Nenek Lang is Mak Cik Jamilah's mother. She is also the mother of aunty Zaiton, aunty Hasnah Salleh, uncle Prof Hamzah and uncle Zulkifli Mohd Salleh. Nenek Alang passed away on Saturday, 14 February 2015 at 5.30 pm (waktu Asar) at her son's house, Prof Hamzah, at Kg Nakhoda, Batu Caves.

Mak Cik Jamilah is married to Pak Cik Hassan. Their children are Eddie Hassan, Fatimah Hassan, Halimah Hassan, Melati Hassan and more.










Birthday Bapak

28 November 2014 would be arwah Bapak's 83rd birthday. But he died earlier, on 8 March 2009, aged 77. He died of old age, 6 years earlier. He was fasting and towards the end of Ramadan 2008, he was taken ill and his health just deteriorated from thereon. He never recovered and died in his sleep, before Solat Subuh, during the Maulidurrasul celebration.  I had never seen him so ill and thin - down to skin and bones, hardly any flesh and he could not open his eyes as they were dry. It was sad to see him that way.