Tomb ‘may get swept away’

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26 March 2007 (New Straits Times) – A 16th century tomb belonging to a Malay general is in risk of being swept away due to flooding of a nearby river.

New Straits Times, 26 Mar 2007

Tomb ‘may get swept away’

A tomb, believed to be that of a senior general of Johor’s Sultan Mahmud Shah II, which is located on the banks of Sungai Linggi here, is in danger of being swept away by the river if no preservation work is done immediately.

The tomb, which the locals believe is the resting place of Datuk Maharajalela Sheikh Ahmad Hussein, is one of three originally located there.

“The other two tombs have been swept away by the river. If nothing is done to this tomb soon, it will suffer the same fate,” said Kamaruzzaman Abdullah, 65, who has lived in the area for many years.

Kamaruzzaman, who accompanied the New Straits Times to the tomb, said the two tombs belong to relatives of Sheikh Ahmad Hussein.

The three tombs, known to locals as Makam Bukit Tiga, date back to the 16th century.

Race to save oldest Chinese tombs in Singapore

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19 August 2006 (Straits Times) – Heritage enthusiasts have prompted an investigation of what is probably the oldest Chinese tombs in situ in Singapore. The tombs, tucked in a corner of the Botanic Gardens in an area slated for redevelopment are dated as early as 1842, which make it contemporary to the early years of modern Singapore. Land is scarce in Singapore, so much so that many tombs have been relocated to more remote parts of the island to make way for urban redevelopment. (Note: Straits Times is a paid site and content may not be accessible. You may wish to email me for a copy of the article.)

Race to save oldest Chinese tombs here

THE National Parks Board (NParks) has put on hold plans to dig up one of Singapore’s oldest Chinese tombs following a petition from a group of heritage enthusiasts.The tangible slice of history, dating back to the time this modern metropolis was a sleepy village fringed by jungle, was to have been removed to make room for a new extension to the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Tucked away at the foot of a sylvan slope near the former Singapore Management University campus, the tomb dates back to 1842, and holds the remains of a Chinese settler known as Qiu Zheng Zhi, who probably lived during Sir Stamford Raffles’ time.

His wife, Madam Li Ci Shu, is buried alongside in the simple grey structure with bright red engravings.

Two other sets of tombs, also dating back to the 19th century, lie nearby. One of these, a bright orange structure with black engravings, was erected in 1881. Buried here are a Mr Huang Hui Shi and his wife, Madam Si Ma Ni.

The land, which lies on the fringes of the Botanic Gardens, was recently acquired by NParks and may be turned into landscaped horticultural displays. Last week, three heritage enthusiasts, including Singapore Heritage Society president Kevin Tan, met NParks chief executive Ng Lang and Botanic Gardens director Dr Chin See Chung to ask that they save the tombs.

Market builders take over millennia-old archeological site

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16 June 2006 (Thanh Nien News) – A Vietnamese archaeological site is seriously damaged when the local government decides to build a market over it, ignoring laws on heritage preservation.

Thanh Nien News, 16 June 2006

Market builders take over millennia-old archeological site

A local government in Vietnam has ignored a superior authority’s instruction to stop construction at an ancient archeological site, also violating national laws in the process.

Con Diep, located in Nghe An province’s Quynh Van commune, was home to a primitive people thousands of years ago. Archaeologists have discovered 31 ancient tombs with human remains, stone tools, and pottery inside.