Tuesday, 22 March 2016

KICAP HABHAL

History of HABHAL soy sauce

How it all began ...

HABHAL was a famous saudagar kicap in Singapore till his demise. The acronym HABHAL stands for Haji Ahmad bin Haji Abdul Latiff, the son of Haji Abdul Latiff bin Hj Tambi - a renowned Ulama' Nusantara from Tengkera, MelakaHABHAL was originally from Tengkera, Melaka. HABHAL married Nenek Amnah bt Hj Mohd Sharif of Banda Hilir and had 7 children - Zaini (1926/7), Zaiton, Saadah, Mahmud, Mohamad (1931), Tamby (1936) and Aishah (1937).

HABHAL was also the brand name of the founder's famous kicap (soy sauce) made in Singapore. According to Bapak, HABHAL bought kicap from a Chinese and then added his own ingredients to make HABHAL soy sauce. The initial premise was at Jalan Mangga in Geylang, Singapore. Bapak knew HABHAL and Amnah. We visited the place when we were kids. I still remember the place.

Zaini married Saadiah, both were schoolteachers. They had 2 sons - Mohd Jamil and Ahmad.

After HABHAL passed away ...

HABHAL passed away and his eldest son Haji Zaini replaced him in the kicap business in Singapore.  HABHAL's eldest son Cikgu Zaini took care of the HABHAL kicap business as its Director.

After Cikgu Zaini passed away ...

Cikgu Zaini passed away and his wife Cikgu Sa'adiah bt Buyong took over the business. She is from Kajang, Selangor but lives in Singapore. She is ~70 years old in 2016.

Bapak had written the address of Cikgu Sa'adiah's father, Hj Buyong Lenggang, on a small piece of scrap paper as shown below. This was probably when he was at Cikgu Zaini and Cikgu Saadiah's wedding. Bapak mentioned he went to Cikgu Zaini's wedding. Maybe Cikgu Saadiah's parents lived at Kg Sungai Merab in Kajang, Selangor.

Hj. Buyong Lenggang
Sutan 11, Kg Sungai Merab, Kajang
From Bapak's drawer at home in Minden Heights, Penang.


In 1981, the kicap manufacturing facilities were renamed Jalil Enterprise and operated at No. 8 & 8A Lorong Pemuda, Kg Melayu Majidee, Johor Bahru. Retired Cikgu Sa'adiah bt Buyong was in-charge of operations in Johor, but she lives in Singapore. Kicap HABHAL distributor in Singapore was AR Trading.

In 1982, the distributor was Hj Daud Jalok, who set up Shahidah Enterprise and sold kicap HABHAL, along with other products.

In 1985, HABHAL's son, Mohd bin Hj Ahmad (54) who lived at 134 Lorong Sarina, Singapore, placed an announcement in the ad column. He mentioned that Kicap HABHAL was produced since after WWII with the Reg. No. 62520.

Transfer of ownership

On 25 November 1986, Zara Foodstuff & Industries took over HABHAL's kicap business. It operated at No. 4 Jalan Tahana, Off Jalan Tampoi, __. The manager is Zolkifli bin Haji Lambak. Solicitors for Zara Foodstuff Industries & Habhal & Sons Trading were Abdul Raman Saad & Associates, Suite 1, 16th floor, Tun Abdul Razak Complex, JB.

Today, HABHAL soy sauce manufacturing is done by Zara Foodstuff Industries Sdn Bhd and operates from Johor Bahru, Johor.

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HABHAL'S SALTY (SOYA BEAN SAUCE)
CAP KIPAS UDANG


Ingredients (Ramuan):
Kacang soya
Karamel
Gula
Garam
Tepung
Bahan perasa
Bahan awet yang diluluskan

Minimum content: 645 ml
Made in Malaysia

HABHAL's salty soybean sauce, Cap Kipas Udang (prawn fan brand).
Manufactured by Zara Foodstuff Industries Sdn Bhd.
Zara Building,
No. 73, Jalan Langkasuka
80350 Johor Bahru, Johor.
Tel: 07-236 4404, 236 7157
Fax: 07-237 8400
www.zarafood.com.my

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Newspaper articles:

Jual telur ayam punca kejayaan Hj Daud
Berita Harian, 23 March 1982, Page 3
Haji Daud Jalok, tuanpunya Shahidah Enterprise merupakan wakil tunggal bagi pengedar kicap Habhal di Singapura.

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Berita Harian, 10 May 1982, Page 1

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Berita Harian, 21 June 1982, Page 1

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Berita Harian, 19 July 1982, Page 1

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Berita Harian, 2 August 1982, Page 1

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Berita Harian, 16 August 1982, Page 1

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Berita Harian, 7 April 1985, Page 1
Kami ingin menyatakan bahawa kami adalah pengeluar kicap 'Habhal' Cap Kipas Udang yang tulin. Kami telah menjalankan perusahaan ini sejak selepas Perang Dunia Yang Kedua di Singapura. Memandangkan permintaan bagi barang kami sungguh menggalakkan maka kami telah pun membuat pendaftara ke atas cap dagang kami dengan lambang 'Habhal' Cap Kipas Udang dengan bernombor pendaftaran 62520. 
Habhal's Cap Kipas Udang telah dibuat oleh Allahyarham Haji Ahmad bin Haji Abdul Lateef.  
Hanya pada akhir tahu 1981 kami telah memindahkan tempat perniagaan kami di Johor Bahru atas nama Jalil Enterprise di No. 8 & 8A Lorong Pemuda Kampung Melayu Majidee, Johor Bahru. Pekerja kami seramai 45 orang termasuk 5 orang kakitangan pengurusan. Kesemua pekerja-pekarja kami adalah orang Melayu yang berugama Islam.
Dengan ini juga kami membuat pengumuman bahawa wakil tunggal kami di Singapura bagi kicap 'Habhal' Cap Kipas Udang ialah Syarikat A.R. Trading yang beralamat di Unit #04-21 Ruby Warehouse Complex No. 8 Kaki Bukit Road 2 Singapura 1441. Nombor telefon: 7456358. Segala pesanan untuk mendapatkan barang-barang bolehlah dibuat dengan menghubungi kami. 
Dengan ini juga kami mengingatkan kepada para pengguna-pengguna supaya jangan terbeli barang-barang tiruan.
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Jalil Enterprise
No. 8 & 8A, Lorong Pemuda, Kampung Melayu Majidee, Johor Bahru
Peniaga didakwa miliki kicap tiruan
Berita Harian, 13 April 1985, Page 1
Pengurus syarikat Habhal & Sons
Encik Mohd bin Haji Ahmad (54)
134 Lorong Sarina
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Berita Harian, 14 April 1985, Page 1

Peniaga diarah beri bukti 'tidak sedar'
Berita Harian, 3 February 1986, Page 8
Encik See Kock Kwong (29) tidak sedar akan perkara tanda perdagangannya yang serupa dengan kicap Cap Kipas Udang dengan nama Habhal's keluaran Habhal & Sons.

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Berita Harian, 19 November 1986, Page 8

Peniaga setuju tak lagi guna nama Cap Kipas Udang
Berita Harian, 19 November 1986, Page 8

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Berita Harian, 23 November 1986, Page 2
  1. Mulai dari tarikh 25hb. November 1986, Syarikat BUMIPUTRA, ZARA FOODSTUFF INDUSTRIS, beralamat di No. 4, JALAN TAHANA, OFF JALAN TAMPOI, KAWASAN PERINDUSTRIAN TAMPOI, 80350 JOHORE BAHRU akan MENGAMBIL ALIH PERNIAGAAN MEMBUAT, MEMPROSES serta MEMASARKAN KICAP HABHAL CAP KIPAS UDANG di seluruh SINGAPURA, MALAYSIA dan BRUNEI.
  2. Dengan ini maka Syarikat JALIL ENTERPRISE tidak lagi menjadi pengeluar atau penjual kicap tersebut dan ZARA FOODSTUFF INDUSTRIES tidak akan bertanggungjawap atas segala masalah yang timbul di antara pihak pelanggan dengan syarikat JALIL ENTERPRISE selepas dari 25hb. November 1986.
  3. PARA PELANGGAN diminta menghubungi ZARA FOODSTUFF INDUSTRIES jika ingin meneruskan dan membuat urusan perniagaan selajutnya.
  4. Untuk keterangan dan maklumat yang lebih lanjut, SILA HUBUNGI ZARA FOODSTUFF INDUSTRIES di alamat tersebut di atas.
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Pengurus Besar
Zolkifli b Hj. Lambak
ZARA FOODSTUFF INDUSTRIES
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Solicitors for Zara Foodstuff Industries & Habhal & Sons Trading
ABDUL RAMAN SAAD & ASSOCIATES
Suite 1, 16th Floor Tun Abdul Razak Complex, Johore Bahru.

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Berita Harian, 30 November 1986, Page 3

Polis rampas kicap tiruan
Berita Harian, 11 April 1987, Page 1
- 5 brands & bottles of fake soy sauce vs the real Habhal soy sauce bottle

Two fined for faking a brand of sauce
The Straits Times, 22 April 1987, Page 10










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