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The Malacca Sultanate (NEW!)

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

 

 

134th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Date: 13 June (Saturday) 2015

Time: 5 p.m.

Venue: Badan Warisan Malaysia, Jalan Stonor, Kuala Lumpur

The 134th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the MBRAS for the election of new office bearers will be held on Saturday, 13th June 2015 at Badan Warisan Malaysia, 2 Jalan Stonor, Kuala Lumpur, at 5.00 pm. Please download the AGM Agenda and Minutes of the 133rd AGM, along with the 2014 Annual Report.

Members are cordially invited to attend.

 

 

   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.

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. Grouped under three main themes, namely early settlement, administrative and economic development, and people and culture, 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.

Click on the title of the volume above for more details.

Selected and introduced by Loh Wei Leng and Badriyah Haji Salleh
RM 60, inclusive of postage, within Malaysia only
For other postage options, please contact us for details.

 

 

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 the 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 a 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.

 

 

   NEW Featured Article : The Malacca Sultanate    

  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. Our featured article for the end of 2014 features a short account of the Malacca Sultanate from its rise at around 1400 and its demise as a formidable regional power at around 1511 when it fell into Portuguese hands. 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 charts Malacca's ascendancy in a geopolitical environment where China was the patron-state through to its decline due to moral decay, intrigue, indolence and corruption. Major themes in Wilkinson's article will resonate deeply in contemporary readers who may see one or more of these elements contributing to the political turbulence of our times.

Please click on the title above to get to the relevant page.

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.

 
 
 
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