The exhumation of Ngah Ibrahim

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7 September 2006 (The New Paper and The Star) – The exhumation of the graves of Ngah Ibrahim and Laksamana Mohd Amin Alang were caried out earlier today. Reports were published in both Singapore (New Paper) and Malaysia (The Star). The New Paper is a tabloid, hence the mildly sensational and attention-grabbing headline and almost sob-story:

The New Paper, 7 September 2006

I was close to tears

THE two men were figures in Malaysian history.
In the 19th century, they resisted the British rule and played key roles in the murder of Perak’s first British resident, Mr J W W Birch, in 1875.

That year, Tengku Menteri Ngah Ibrahim and his father-in-law, Laksamana (Admiral in Malay) Mohd Amin Alang were banished from Perak by the British and eventually ended up in Singapore. Their tombs were long forgotten.

The search for their tombs by relatives yielded nothing.

But after more than a century, all it took was someone to trip on a headstone to find one of the tombs.

Tengku Menteri Ngah’s great-grandson, Datuk Dr [tag]Wan Mohd Isa Wan Ahmad[/tag], 61, was about to give up searching for his ancestor’s burial site when he made the accidental discovery.

Datuk Isa, territorial chief of Larut, Matang and Selama districts in Perak, said: ‘I was ready to give up. We were about to leave when I suddenly felt this urge to walk to a corner of the graveyard.’

That was when he tripped over a large broken headstone. He picked it up and read the inscription.

He said: ‘I was close to tears. I had been waiting for this moment for so long. I felt so happy.

From The Star:

The Star, 7 September 2006

Preparing for heroes’ homecoming

The remains of Perak heroes Tengku Menteri Ngah Ibrahim of Larut and Laksamana Mohd Amin Alang of Hilir Perak, buried in two Muslim cemeteries in Singapore, will be exhumed today.

The National Heritage Department will start the exercise with the exhumation of Laksamana Mohd Amin’s remains at Pusara Aman in Choa Chu Kang at 9am.

Ngah Ibrahim’s remains will be exhumed an hour later at the Al-Junied Muslim Cemetery in Jalan Kubor.

Homecoming for Perak's forgotten heroes

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3 September 2006 (New Straits Times) – A follow up on previous reports of the exhumation of the remains of Ngah Ibrahim. He has been exhumed from Singapore and re-interred in his home state of Perak in neighbouring Malaysia.

New Straits Times, 3 September 2006

Homecoming for Perak’s forgotten heroes

TAIPING: The quest to bring back the remains of two of Perak’s most illustrious sons from Singapore is coming to an end.

Tengku Menteri Ngah Ibrahim of Larut and Laksamana Mohd Amin Alang, the territorial chief of Hilir Perak, will be given the honour and respect rightly due to them this Saturday.

When the Royal Malaysian Navy ship KD Laksamana docks at the Lumut naval base, the remains of the forgotten Malay heroes will be accorded a ceremonial welcome.

Ngah Ibrahim – Notice of Exhumation

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11 Aug 2006 (Singapore Government Gazette) Further details to the exhumation of Ngah Ibrahim in Singapore.

NOTICE OF EXHUMATION GRAVE OF NGAH IBRAHIM
LOCATED NEAR JALAN KUBOR AND
GRAVE OF DATO OKK LAKSAMANA MOHD AMIN
AT PUSARA AMAN

Notice is hereby given that the grave of Ngah Ibrahim located near Jalan Kubor and grave of Dato OKK Laksamana Mohd Amin at Pusara Aman will be exhumed. The remains will be re-intered in Malaysia.

On behalf of Pesuruhjaya Warisan, Department of National Heritage Malaysia, WAREES Investments Pte Ltd — a wholly owned subsidiary of MUIS will undertake to exhume and relocate the graves from 6 September 2006 or thereafter. The exhumation and re-interment of the graves will be as per MUIS guidelines and procedures.

For further information, please call the Helpline Number at 6883 1114.

Malay hero returning home at last

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19 June 2006 (New Straits Times) – The remains of Ngah Ibrahim will be repatriated to the Matang Fort at the end of the year. According to the report, his body was buried at the Al-Junid muslim cemetary in Singapore.

Malay hero returning home at last

More than a century after his death in exile, Tengku Menteri Ngah Ibrahim’s dream of coming home will be fulfilled at the end of the year.

Buried in an obscure corner of Singapore’s Al-Junid Muslim cemetery, Ngah Ibrahim’s remains would be repatriated and reburied in accordance with the customary rites for Malay aristocrats, befitting his stature as a powerful and influential menteri (chieftain), National Heritage Department curator Khalid Syed Ali said.

Restoring Ngah Ibrahim’s fort

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5 June 2006 (New Straits Times) – Report on restoration works of a 150-year-old fort in Matang, Perak.

Restoring Ngah Ibrahim’s fort
The restoration of the 150-year-old fort in Matang built by Tengku Menteri Ngah Ibrahim, the richest Malay aristocrat of his time, is nearly complete.

The bad news is that the last leg of the restoration, the reconstruction of the fort’s two large watchtowers, is likely to be tricky.

Museums Department’s assistant curator Osman Kassim, who has been supervising the restoration and conservation of the fort since 2001, said the absence of data on the original shape and layout of two towers was hindering reconstruction.