Saturday, 23 April 2011

Haji Mohd Yusope bin Mohd Sharif (1)

Mohd Yusope bin Mohd Sharif (Walid) (1900s-1954)

Full name: Mohd Yusope bin Mohd Sharif
Call name: Walid

His father: Mohd Sharif
His mother: Patma Bee (a fair Chinese lady)

Education: Passed Junior Cambridge, Standard 7
Occupation: Entomologist (govt officer)

Residence before WWII: Quarters Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur
Residence after WWII: 262 Banda Hilir, Melaka

Died: January 1954 (4 months after Bapak returned from Kirkby)

Wife: Aishah bt Mohd Amin (Nenek Inche)
Children: 15 (but 2 died, remaining 13 survived)

From Bapak:
Pak Rashid and Tok Yusope (Walid) worked in one dept in KL before WWII.

Walid died in January 1954, 4 months after Bapak returned from Kirkby. Walid died of hypertension (HPT) and atherosclerosis.

Walid married Nenek Inche who was the daughter of Mat Amin Pasar @ Mat Amin Chow Kit. 

When Nenek Inche caused physical injury to Mak Ainon (then a child), Walid was imprisoned (rigorous imprisonment) for 2 months for a crime which he did not commit. This happened before WWII. The relatives in Klang would have more details. In British Malaya, if a govt officer went to prison,  (masuk jail), he would lose his job (kena buang kerja). A man named Shamsudin helped and Walid was reinstated (got his job back).

Before WWII, Walid and his young family lived in the govt quarters in Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur. The house had semi-circular windows. After WWII, Walid brought his family home to 262 Banda Hilir. They continued to live in Banda Hilir.

For the Coronation year, Walid rode in a horse carriage (naik kereta kuda) for a year but went to work with his bicycle.

From me:
Walid was from Banda Hilir, Malacca. Nenek Inche's family was from KL.

Bapak narrated a story about terawih. He mentioned "jentik" but I can't remember what the story was about anymore.

Bapak's account of when his family moved back to Banda Hilir at the time of WWII is off a  little bit and not coherent. In another account he told me the family returned as there was disorder in KL when the war reached KL. In Malacca looting was rampant as there was disorder and there was no food to eat. Malacca was a city and not an agricultural land. But the Japanese Kempetei forced them to farm even the lands near A Famosa. They were given cangkul (hoe) and had to grow ubi kayu (tapioca) for food during the war. This would mean Walid brought his family home to Banda Hilir earlier before the war or just as the war started in KL (geographically, Malacca is further down south). Bapak did not mention why Walid brought back his family to Banda Hilir. Why didn't they go somewhere else, maybe to Indonesia?

Bapak (HARMY = Haji Abdul Rashid bin Mohd Yusope)
13 October 2007

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