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,
3 June 2015