Friday, 20 March 2015

Abdul Majid Cassim Lebai & Sophia Abdullah


Abdul Majid Cassim Lebai and Sophia Abdullah had 7 children:
  1. Lily (deceased)
  2. Dr Ruby (1924-2013)
  3. Ismail
  4. Rozina
  5. Hamzah
  6. Ann
  7. Prof Siti Zuraina (Datin Paduka Profesor Emeritus)




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:
Google Search results
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.




Monday, 2 February 2015

Hassan bin Mohd Rasid & Jamilah bt Muhamad Salleh

Full name: Hassan bin Mohd Rasid (sib #6/13)
Call name: I called him Pak Cik Hassan
Occupation: Tobacco industry; now retired
His father: Tok Rashid (Serdang)
His mother's full name: Che Mah bt Mohd Amin (Mat Amin Pasar)
His mother's call name: Bik Che Mah (Serdang; Bik Che Mah is kakak Nenek Inche)

Pak Cik Hassan's sibs are:
(* deceased)
  1. Siti Rafeah *
  2. Siti Ayeshah *
  3. Harun *
  4. Abdul Rahman *
  5. Abdul Rahim - married Dr Jariah Masood. Insun Sony Mustapha Hussain Fenner knew Abdul Rahim bin Mohd Rasid. Pak Cik Rahim on TV - gardening program; wrote Seri Taman.
  6. Hassan (Pak Cik Hassan) - married Jamilah bt Muhammad Salleh.
  7. Ali - Abidin Hussin knew Ali bin Mohd Rasid while at Bukit Besi.
  8. Siti Zubaidah
  9. Zainal Abidin
  10. Siti Khatijah
  11. Siti Mariam
  12. Siti Hajar - She came to visit me in Chico, California in 1980
  13. Ahmad

Wife's full name: Jamilah bt Muhamad Salleh
Call name: Mak Cik Milah
Occupation: Malaysian Finance Ministry; now retired

Mak Cik Jamilah's sibs are:
(* deceased)
  1. Zaiton
  2. Jamilah (Mak Cik Milah)
  3. Hasnah
  4. Prof. Hamzah (Biochem, USA; married Norjanah)
  5. Yusof * 
  6. Latif * 
  7. Zulkifli
Pak Cik Hassan & Mak Cik Milah's children:
  1. Effendi bin Hassan
  2. Melati bt Hassan - nurse; worked in UAE; now owns 2-3 dialysis centres in Perak and Kelantan
  3. Edila bt Hassan (UKM; Eddie in FB)
  4. Fatimah bt Hassan (UNITEN)
  5. Halimah bt Hassan (UIA) - visited Taman Makmur, Kg Chicha in Kubang Kerian, Kelantan on 31 January 2015.
Alamat Pak Cik Hassan Rashid & Mak Cik Jamilah Salleh
No. 3 Desa Al-Amin
Kg. Sungai Tangkas
43000 Kajang
Selangor D.A.
Pak Cik Hassan: hmr47@streamyx.com
Mak Cik Jamilah: 019-3508343

Surau An-Nurwhere Pak Cik Hassan prays


Darul Syifa' - near Pak Cik Hassan's place
operated by Ustaz Haron Din
Perubatan Islam
Tuesday AM, first 200 patients
Other times, his assistants will be on duty

Relatives

Mak Cik Jamilah and Pak Cik Hassan are first cousins. Mak Cik Jamilah is anak Tok Alang Kg BaruPak Cik Hassan is anak Tok Rashid Serdang. 

Mohd Salleh bin Mohd Amin (Tok Alang Kg Baru)

Tok Alang is Mohd Saleh bin Mohd Amin. Tok Alang is anak Mat Amin Pasar, abang Nenek IncheNenek Inche is Bapak's mother, my paternal grandmother. 

Prof Hamzah gave me a family photo of Tok Alang's family.

Mohd Rasid bin Ahmad (Tok Rashid Serdang)


Tok Rashid Serdang and Mohd Yusope bin Hj Mohd Sharif (Walid) have worked together in the same department in KL, before WWII. Both were in agriculture. 

Mohd Yusope bin Hj Mohd Sharif (Walid)

Walid was an entomologist (pengkaji serangga). Walid is Bapak's father. Walid is my paternal grandfather whom I have never met (he died in January 1954; I was born in 1958).

Abdul Rahim bin Mohd Rashid (sib #5/13) (Pak Cik Rahim)

Pak Cik Abdul Rahim bin Mohd Rashid
Dr Jariah Masud (Mak Cik Jariah)

From Nonie (anak Pak Din in FB, 12 Dec 2014) and from SMS (13 Dec 2014, 3:34pm): 
Pak Cik Abdul Rahim bin Mohd Rashid (anak Tok Rashid Serdang) is married to Dr Jariah Masood. Dr Jariah teaches Family Finance at UPM Serdang. Jariah Masood is kakak ipar Pak Cik Hassan. She is the wife of Pak Cik Hassan's brother, Abdul Rahim b Mohd Rashid.

Masood is also spelled as Masud in FB (Jariah Masud) and is pronounced as Mas'ud. 

Her FB says that she is from Rembau. 

Bapak had informed me about his relative, Jariah Mas'ud, and I went to search for her. Jariah had studied in Fresno, California when I was studying in California in 1976-1982. I had met her then and ate at her place, some time between 1976 and 1980. 

Siti Hajar bt Mohd Rashid (sib #12/13) (Mak Cik Hajar)

I was with Mak Cik Siti Hajar bt Mohd Rashid at my residence, 609 Rancheria Drive, Chico, California in May 1980. She came to see me graduate.


Pak Cik Hassan and Mak Cik Milah visited Kg Chicha in Kubang Kerian, Kelantan in June 2010
Pak Cik Hassan and Mak Cik Milah visited us for the first time in June 2010. They came to visit their besan (Melati's mother-in-law) and to attend the daughter's wedding reception at a nearby hall across the road from her house.

From my childhood days, I can remember Pak Cik Hassan who worked somewhere in Kelantan. He was in the tobacco industry and rode an open jeep (buggy). Bapak liked him very much and they often met.

I remember Mak Cik Milah from my childhood days. She was tall and thin, and is Tok Alang's daughter. I didn't know where she worked until Bapak told me. Mak Cik Milah informed me about the Tsunami December 2004 when she was on holiday at Batu Ferringhi in Penang.

Me, Mak Cik Milah, Pak Cik Hassan and Affandi Hussien. June 2010
Melati and her baby in 2010. She is now 5 years old in Dec 2014

Pak Cik Hassan and Mak Cik Milah visited their besan in December 2014
I again met Melati and her youngest daughter in Dec 2014 at Mak Cik Milah's besan's house, near where they had the wedding reception last time in 2010. The daughter is now 5 years old. She's very pretty. I also met Melati's husband, Wan - I don't know his full name. They have 2 sons studying in Egypt - I saw them in FB, ages 13 and 15.

Update on Pak Cik Hassan in early 2013
Mak Bedah's friend in my Facebook informed that Pak Cik Hassan recently suffered from mild stroke and was hospitalised.

Update from Pak Cik Hassan himself when we met at his besan's house in KB in Dec 2014
Pak Cik Hassan is fine now. He recovered from the stroke and is doing ok. He attended Ceragem sessions which helped him a lot and improved his overall health. I am really happy to hear from Pak Cik Hassan himself. Pak Cik Hassan told me to try Ceragem as it has really beneficial effects on health. I still haven't located a place in KB to have a look at the Ceragem set up.

Update from Hasnah Hashim (my former classmate at MGHS, Malacca) in Melbourne in Dec 2014
She bought a Ceragem bed for RM8K a long time ago. She has tried it before, and she says it is good for her muscle aches. She brought her Ceragem bed to Melbourne. I must try the Ceragem bed and get the bed for myself. It seems like a good thing to have in the house.

Update from Pak Cik Hassan and Mak Cik Milah on 31 January 2015
Pak Cik Hassan and Mak Cik Milah went for Umrah in Dec 2014 with Al-Quds. They have just returned from Umrah.

Pak Cik Hassan and Halimah drove from KL, stayed overnight at Kuala Krai and then drove to KB. They drove a brand new Peugeot - Yus said it is a nice car.

Pak Cik Hassan, Mak Cik Milah and Halimah visited us at home in Taman Makmur, Kg Chicha.


Pak Cik Hassan, anak ke-6 Tok Rashid Serdang. Jan 2015
Mak Cik Milah, anak kedua Tok Alang Kg Baru, KL. Jan 2015
Halimah Hassan, anak bongsu Pak Cik Hassan dan Mak Cik Milah. Jan 2015

Hj Yusof bin Ahmad
Hj Yusof is the younger brother of Tok Rashid Serdang.

Pak Cik Hassan informed that Tok Rashid Serdang's younger brother Yusof, married Dr Hamzah's daughter, Arfah. Their son is Prof Nordin. Mak Cik Milah also wrote the same in FB.



From my book, Biography of the Early Malay Doctors 1900-1957
Dr Hamzah bin Mohd Taib (1900-1955) was an early Malay doctor from Johor (pages 448-463). He had 10 children from his first wife, Hajah Safiah bt Dato' Haji Abdullah: Anisah, Rokiah, Arfah, a daughter (deceased at childhood), Jamaliah, Mustafa, Md Yusof, Khadijah, Yunus, and Ishak (pages 458-459).

I had mentioned about Hajah Arfah and her husband Haji Yusoff Ahmad on page 459. Haji Yusoff Ahmad was Senior Manager of Ford Motors in Singapore. They have five children-Aziz, Ismail, Rosli, Professor Dr Nordin, and Latifah.

I don't know Prof Nordin bin Haji Yusoff bin Ahmad, his siblings and parents. I have not met Prof Nordin Haji Yusoff.

Haji Yusoff bin Ahmad is the younger brother of Tok Rashid Serdang (Tok Rashid is the eldest). Prof Nordin's grandfather is Dr Hamzah.


Saturday, 17 January 2015

Norma bt Abdul Hamid

Full name: Norma bt Abdul Hamid
Call name: I call her Kak Noma-Abang Hadi
Her husband: Abdul Hadi Awang Hamat
I call him: Abang Hadi-Kak Noma
Children: 4

1. Yuri
2. Iman
3. girl
4. girl

Kak Noma & Abang Hadi are in Facebook:
Abdul Hadi Awang Hamat in Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/HajiAbdulHadi