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The Capture of Malacca, A.D. 1511 (NEW!)

The Malacca Sultanate

Meteorological Report, 1885

Notes on Names of Places in Singapore and its Vicinity

History of the Translation of the Bible into Malay

The Philippine Claim to Sabah

 

 

   IN MEMORIAM

Dr Badriyah Haji Salleh (1942-2015)

  Dr Badriyah Haji Salleh, historian and former Council member, died on the morning of Thursday, 2 July 2015 at Kampung Haji Salleh, Temoh, Perak, and was interred there following funeral rites in the afternoon.

As a former Council member, Dr Badriyah had worked tirelessly and given her time selflessly to the Society. Born in 1942, Dr Badriyah earned her doctorate from Columbia University in the 1980s with her thesis on British policy and Malay rubber smallholdings in Batang Padang, 1876-1952, the district in Perak where she hailed from. Dr Badriyah served as lecturer at Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang until her retirement in 2001. Between 2002 and 2005, Dr Badriyah had been the director of Perbadanan Muzium Melaka and was responsible for producing the dossier that led to Malacca's listing on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2008, alongside Penang. Recently she jointly edited, for the Society, Reprint 33: Glimpses of Penang's Past and Biographical Dictionary of Penang Mercantile Personalities, published by the Society in 2015 and 2013 respectively.

The Council extends its sincere condolences to her family members and notes with gratitude and humility her numerous contributions to the Society in particular, and to the discipline of History, in general. May her soul rest in peace.

An obituary notice will be published in the next JMBRAS issue. Meanwhile the Society welcomes any of its members, or indeed anybody at all, who have had the good fortune to be acquainted with the late Dr Badriyah to write in and supply us with anecdotes or recollections that will help celebrate her memory and her outstanding work as historian.

 

 

   NEW Featured Article : The Capture of Malacca, A.D. 1511    

  The rise and fall of nations and governments are usually of mere passing interest to most of us. However when a mighty empire like the Malacca Sultanante crumbles to the ground after holding sway for over a century, it represented a turning point that triggered a major political realignment in Southeast Asia in the 16th century and had far-reaching geopolitical consesequences for the region at the time and for several centuries later.

The second part to our earlier featured article on "The Malacca Sultanate" features an engaging account of the military campaign to capture Malacca by the Portuguese in July 1511. Its author, R.J. Wilkinson, was one of the finest scholar-administrators that British Malaya ever produced and his works on Malay subjects continue to be standard reference to this day. In this article, Wilkinson takes the reader through developments which set in motion events that eventually led to Malacca's decline and spectacular downfall. Wilkinson's article illustrates the fate that awaits a major regional power like Malacca when an emerging naval power like Portugal takes advantage of its weakness brought about by administrative decay, incompetence, internal dissent and damaging games of court intrigue.

CLICK HERE to view the article and summary.

As usual, comments and corrections are much sought after. Meanwhile we hope readers will enjoy this rather short article and our brief notes accompanying the article.

 

 

   NEW From MBRAS

Monograph 48: Perniagaan Haji dan Dokumentasi Sultan Kedah

  The latest MBRAS offering is Monograph No. 48: 'Perniagaan Haji Pulau Pinang dan Dokumentasi Sultan Kedah', two joint winners of the Tan Sri Mubin Sheppard Memorial Prize for the best-written academic essays from Malaysian and Singaporean universities.

Both essays are written in Bahasa Malaysia. The first one describes the Haj trade in Penang between the 19th century and its decline in the 1970s. The second essay builds on earlier scholarly efforts to study the Royal Correspondence of Sultan Abdul Hamid of Kedah (1864-1943, r. 1882-1943) while attempting a socio-economic survey of Kedah under his reign. The volume has been ably edited by MBRAS Council Dato Prof Abu Talib Ahmad, who also introduces the subject matters to readers.

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Edited and introduced by Dato Prof Abu Talib Ahmad
RM40, inclusive of postage, within Malaysia only
For other postage options, please contact us for details.

 

 

   NEW From MBRAS

Reprint 33: Glimpses of Penang's Past

  The latest MBRAS offering is Reprint No. 33: 'Glimpses of Penang's Past', which offers a collection of 14 mostly rare pioneering studies of Penang's history, specially selected and painstakingly prepared for easy reference and modern consumption. Reprint No. 33 has been made possible through the generous support extended by urban regeneration vehicle Think City.

Fourteen articles have been carefully selected by scholars Loh Wei Leng and Badriyah Haji Salleh - both specialists to some extent on certain aspects of the island's history - from the back issues of the JSBRAS and the JMBRAS, articles long unobtainable and mostly inaccessible to the general public. This engaging collection of mostly rare articles - many inexcusably overlooked and forgotten - have been made available to the public yet again in an attempt to provoke a fresh reinterpretation of Penang history and to supplement, wherever possible, existing gaps in current Penang historiography. The new MBRAS reprint is expected to fulfill the growing public appetite for historical material on Penang, particularly during its 170 years of eventful colonial occupation.

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Selected and introduced by Loh Wei Leng and Badriyah Haji Salleh
RM35, inclusive of postage, within Malaysia only
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This KUL City    

BWM-MBRAS-TCSB engagement launched

This KUL City, a collaborative effort between Badan Warisan Malaysia (BWM), the MBRAS and urban regeneration vehicle Think City Sdn Bhd (TCSB), was launched on 7 April 2015 in Kuala Lumpur and officially took off with the Bukit Nanas Discovery Walk on 25 April 2015.

This KUL City is a multi-dimensional programme with elements of cultural mapping, youth engagement and historical documentation aimed at raising awareness and compiling an alternative history of the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. The programme will run over a period of 18 months.

This KUL City features an exciting programme lined up throughout the year. There will be an engaging Lecture Series on the history and evolution of Kuala Lumpur with vibrant and eminent speakers, KL City Walks to explore the unknown facets of its history on foot conducted by enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides, and the much-awaited KL City Ghost Stories, an innovative event to explore the paranormal history of the capital in October 2015.

For more information on the various events lined up throughout this year, please follow this link on This KUL City.

This Kul City events are open to the public. For any queries regarding This KUL City, feel free to get in touch with BWM via email: heritage@badanwarisan.org.my com or by telephone at +603-2144-9273.

 
 
 
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