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BUKIT CHINA : A HILL STEEPED IN LEGEND AND HISTORY

Published: Friday August 16, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday August 16, 2013 MYT 11:00:18 AM

Bukit China: A hill steeped in legend and history

BY M. VEERA PANDIYAN

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The Bukit China Chinese cemetery in Malacca is the oldest in the country.

Its name can be traced to a legendary Ming Dynasty princess who supposedly arrived from China to marry Mansur Shah, the sixth Sultan of Malacca who ruled Malacca from 1459 to 1477.

Bukit China (Chinese Hill) was originally an undulating jungle of three mounds — Bukit Tinggi, Bukit Gedong and Bukit Tempurong.

It apparently took on the name after the Sultan allowed the entourage of princess Hang Li Poh to settle around the foot of the main hill.

These days, there are doubts over the purported royal lineage of Hang Li Po, as there is no written evidence to show that she was indeed a princess.

The guesswork is that she might have been a daughter of one of the emperor’s concubines or even a royal handmaiden.

But there are no doubts about the special relationship between Malacca and China then.

According to the Ming Shi-lu (Veritable Records Of The Ming Dynasty), an envoy of Balimisura (Parameswara) went to China in 1405 to offer tribute and another arrived two years later, complaining about Siam’s aggression and seizure of his kingdom’s royal seal.

An example of past architecture at Bukit China.
The following year, Ming’s renowned admiral Zheng He (Cheng Ho) was sent to Malacca.

Parameswara gave another tribute to the emperor the following year after Siam stopped intimidating his kingdom.

The records also note that Parameswara arrived at the emperor’s court on Aug 4, 1411 with his family of 540 followers and that he was treated with respect and showered with banquets and impressive presents during his stay.

As for Sultan Mansur Shah, the palace where he supposedly lived with all his wives, including Hang Li Po, was said to be at the foot of Bukit Melaka (today’s St Paul’s Hill).

There is now a replica of the palace, which houses the Malacca Cultural Museum. It was built using three types of hardwood — cengal, rasak and belian (for the roof) — based on what was written in Sejarah Melayu (Malay Annals).

It was written that the sultan ordered a well to be dug at Bukit China for the new immigrants. The well, Perigi Raja remains to this day and never dries up even during droughts.

Bukit China remained largely forested until the Portuguese built a chapel called Madre De Deus (Mother of God) and monastery at the top of the hill in 1581.

It was destroyed in an Achehnese attack in 1629. The Achehnese actually held Malacca for about eight months before the Portuguese won it back.

The monastery was rebuilt when the Achehnese were finally defeated with the deaths of prominent warriors, including Panglima Pidi whose grave, known as keramat panjang (long sacred grave) remains on Bukit China.

There are about 20 other Muslim graves nearby and the area used to be a favourite haunt of those seeking “spiritual help” for four-digit numbers during the 60s and early 70s.

In addition to the beach at Tanjung Kling, it was also an alternative site for the then popular Mandi Safar festival which was banned as “unIslamic” activities during the 80’s.

Bukit China became a Chinese cemetery in 1685 when Lee Wei King, the then “Kapitan China” of Malacca, bought the three hills from the Dutch and renamed them as “San Pao Shan” (Three Gems Hill or Three Protections Hill). He placed it under the trust of the Cheng Hoon Teng temple.

Reputedly the oldest remaining traditional Chinese burial ground in the world with 12,500 graves, Bukit China remained largely unknown and mostly overgrown until about this time of the year, 29 years ago.

All hell literally broke loose during the Hungry Ghosts Festival in 1984, when the Malacca Government announced its plans to develop the 42ha hill into a housing and commercial centre in July 1984.

The then Chief Minister, (now Tan Sri) Abdul Rahim Tamby Chik, gave three options — development of the hill solely by the Chinese community, joint development by the state and community or development by the state.

The plan sparked anger and outrage throughout the country, moving the diverse community to come together to preserve a heritage symbolising their earliest ancestors links to the country.

When the trustees of the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple conducted a survey to gauge public response on the development proposal, 553 associations and close to 300,000 people replied with a resounding no, against a mere 73 who agreed.

The country’s first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, was among those against the plan, lending more weight to calls for its preservation.

Representatives of political parties urged the then PM (now Tun) Dr Mahathir Mohamad to intervene and resolve the politically explosive and racially divisive issue.

As Carolyn Cartier, professor of geography and urban studies at the University of Technology, Sydney noted in her book, Globalising South China, the Save Bukit China campaign achieved ethnic and class representation and became a national movement, the first to grow to such proportions in the history of the country.

The State government eventually relented and has since been promoting Bukit China as part of its rich cultural heritage.

Today, the hill has become a recreational ground where joggers have carved out a track between graves. It has also become a valuable green lung for the city, offering great views from the peak.

The Chinese living around the area, covering Jalan Bukit China, Lorong Bukit China, Jalan Temenggong, Kampung Bukit China and nearby Banda Kaba, are referred to as the “San Pao Ching” community, in reference to several old wells in the area, seven of which were said to be dug during the time of Zheng He.

In addition to a hike up the hill, among the must-see sights for tourists are the Poh San Teng temple, built in 1795 by another Kapitan China, Chua Su Cheong and the Chinese War Memorial, located next to it.

The cenotaph to remember those who were brutally killed during the Japanese Occupation consists of an obelisk inscribed with Chinese calligraphy mounted on a raised platform with a Kuomintang flag at the top.

Thousands were killed after Malacca fell to the Japanese on Jan 15, 1942. The horror stories include burying victims alive and the killing of babies by throwing them up into the air and stabbing them with bayonets as they fell.

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Cruise transport grows in Asia

A Princess Cruises boat in Alaska. The association will work from Singapore subsequent yearto yield short-haul convenience tripsA Princess Cruises boat in Alaska. The association will work from Singapore subsequent year
to yield short-haul convenience trips

The segment will have some-more journey transport options subsequent year with a entrance of a mega-cruise company.

CARNIVAL, a world’s largest journey group, denounced a Asian enlargement plans, presaging a informal marketplace for convenience voyages will grow dramatically within a decade.

South-East Asia in sold will be a pivotal focus, a association pronounced as it announced that one of a brands, Princess Cruises, will work from Singapore by subsequent year to yield short-haul convenience trips.

“Carnival is unequivocally investing a lot in Asia. We are perplexing to kindle a direct of a market. Today, it’s a bit still as cruising is not good known,” Pier Luigi Foschi, authority and arch executive of Carnival Asia, said.

“South-East Asia is a pivotal marketplace to rise cruising since it is a year-round experience. The seas are typically ease and a vicinity are beautiful, quite for short-haul cruises.”

Carnival’s brands embody Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Ibero Cruises, PO Cruises in Australia and PO Cruises in Britain.

Foschi, vocalization on a sidelines of a press conference, cited attention forecasts that journey liners will see a sum of 7 million passengers a year by 2020 in Asia, adult from only above one million now.

The Sapphire Princess will be deployed to Singapore from Nov 2014 to Feb 2015. The oppulance liner, that can lift 2,670 passengers, will pierce travellers from Singapore to cities and outlandish destinations in countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Carnival already has a participation in China by a Costa Cruises brand, while Princess Cruises is environment adult emporium in Japan this month.

“As journey lines are being deployed into a market, a marketplace starts to develop. Slowly during first, though afterwards they strech a vicious mass,” pronounced Alan Buckelew, arch executive and boss of Princess Cruises.

“Our ships pierce to where we trust a direct is strongest.”

Singapore, a informal aviation hub, has also taken stairs to benefit a bigger cut of a flourishing journey transport market. In Oct final year, it non-stop a new journey depot able of berthing a world’s biggest oppulance liners. – AFP

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Puteri Gunung Ledang

Puteri Gunung Ledang (PGL) tells a story of a eponymous Princess of Mt. Ledang whose beauty is pronounced to be unmatched.

Puteri Gunung Ledang

Tiara Jacquelina in Puteri Gunung Ledang a Movie.

Her fable and reputation shortly held a courtesy of a afterwards ruler of Malacca Sultan Mahmud Shah.

The Sultan, who on conference of a princess who lived during a rise of Gunung Ledang, sent a tiny organisation of group to walk adult a towering to send her his matrimony proposal.

After 7 days of a severe climb, a group reached a limit of Gunung Ledang and came on an aged and focussed lady (invariably called Nek Kebayan in normal Malay literature, and not distinct a weary Witch of Western folklore).

The group explained a purpose of their revisit to a aged lady, though they were cautioned and given a forewarning: to be as guileless and honest of their intentions when assembly a princess.

Before a group could enquire a definition behind her words, Nek Kebayan dead before their really eyes. Where she stood, a visionary trail seemed that led a group to an lively garden where they met a pleasing princess.

Upon assembly her, a group conveyed a Sultan’s matrimony offer though a princess demanded that a Sultan ready a dowry that enclosed a overpass of bullion and china from a limit of Gunung Ledang to Malacca; 7 trays of butterfly hearts and 7 trays of hearts of mites; a vessel of H2O from dusty areca nuts; a vessel of pure lass tears; and a play of a Sultan’s son’s blood.

The princess would marry a Sultan usually if her final were met.

In a Sultan’s promptness to prove his lust and desire, he set about fulfilling a list of dowry until he reached a final direct – a play of his son’s blood.

As a Sultan prepared to thrust his keris into his child’s body, a princess seemed before him out of skinny atmosphere to stop him from doing so.

She cursed a Sultan on his eagerness to kill his son to perform his greedy desires and voiced her dismay; she could never marry such a man.

It can be surmised that a purpose of a princess’ final were twofold. It served as a interruption to, as good as a exam of impression for intensity suitors, and a Sultan unsuccessful a test.

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The Magical World of Aladdin

December 14, 2011 during 4:00 pm

Our story starts in a land distant distant divided called Askabah…

The immorality Jafar, who is also a Sultan’s Grand Vizier, is adult to no good again. Standing in front of a Cave of Wonders, Jafar sends in a internal burglar to collect a many absolute object that is stored within a cavern – a sorcery lamp. But his efforts to get a flare are squandered as a defender of a cavern informs him that usually one chairman can enter a cave, a child famous as ‘The Diamond in a Rough’.

Where a immature kid named Aladdin ramble a marketplace drift of Askabah, avoiding a stately guards of a Sultan.

Though it might be early in a morning, a marketplace is now bustling with people from all walks of life. Some of them were there to peddle their things while others were there to crop during what was offered. Suddenly, a hum of activity shaped during a fringes of a marketplace – Aladdin is on a run again from a Sultan’s guards. As he outwits and outruns a guards with his discerning mind and nimble feet, he held a glance of a dark-haired beauty from a corners of his eyes walking around a marketplace…

The marketplace of Askabah

Here comes Aladdin!

Uh oh.. demeanour out behind we Aladdin! The Royal Guards are shutting in!

As he was perplexing to shake a Sultan’s guards off his tail, he sees a pleasing lady walking around a marketplace…

Though Princess Jasmine knows that her father loves her really much, she was not too gratified when she found out that a Sultan is perplexing to find a father for her. The princess believes that one should usually marry for adore and zero else. Though she could not assistance though be soft when she met Aladdin, she realised that she could never marry a travel rat.

Princess Jasmine reveals her constant temperament during a possibility assembly with Aladdin in a marketplace. Alas… as a princess, she could never marry a travel rat

After realising that a dark-haired beauty was Princess Jasmine, Aladdin escapes a guards once some-more and heads to a Palace Garden.

Although she realises that marrying a travel rodent does not befit her standing as a princess, Princess Jasmine can't assistance though share her feelings for Aladdin with her palm maidens. Little did she know that Aladdin is nearby. And when a event came for Aladdin to exhibit himself to Princess Jasmine, he gladly took it with both of his hands.

The princess shares her feelings with her palm maidens about her brief confront with a large Aladdin

Aladdin holding his possibility to accommodate Princess Jasmine during a Palace Garden

Unbeknownst to Aladdin, a immorality Jafar has his eyes on a child and manages to constraint him during a Palace Garden…

Jafar is still looking for a child famous as ‘The Diamond in The Rough’ though unwell miserably. He afterwards hypnotises a Sultan in sequence to get his visionary blue solid ring, where The Slave of a Ring resides. Through this obtuse genie, Jafar finds out that usually Aladdin can enter a caves and collect a enchanting lamp. When he finds out that Aladdin was during a Palace Garden articulate to Princess Jasmine, he wastes no time and sets out to constraint a boy.

The immorality Jafar casts a spell on a Sultan in sequence to take a Sultan’s visionary blue solid ring

The Sultan confides in his Grand Vizier per his skeleton to find a father for Princess Jasmine. Unknown to a Sultan, Jafar wants to marry a princess himself so that he can turn a subsequent king!

As shortly as Princess Jasmine finds out that Aladdin has been captured, she pleaded with her father to let him go, though to no avail


Disguised as an aged man, Jafar enters a dungeons and promises to set Aladdin giveaway with usually one foster in lapse – that Aladdin follows him to a Cave of Wonders and retrieves one object of his behest from a cave.

Aladdin follows this puzzling aged male opposite a dried and to a Cave of Wonders. Acting on a aged man’s instructions, he goes into a cavern and manages to find a enchanting lamp. An desirous Jafar tries to enter a cavern in hopes of laying his hands on a enchanting flare faster, though a cavern closes in and traps Aladdin inside. Feeling despair, Aladdin pondered on his difficulty when a Slave of a Ring came to his help!

Poor Aladdin found himself thrown into a cavern by Jafar’s men

A puzzling aged male unexpected appears out of nowhere to save Aladdin from his predicament

In return, Aladdin contingency follow a aged male to a Cave of Wonders and collect a sorcery flare from within a cave

As usually Aladdin can enter a cave, Jafar’s impatience caused a cavern to tighten up… trapping a favourite inside!

With a small bit of assistance from a Slave of a Ring, Aladdin burnished a sorcery flare and …

Whoosh!! Out of nowhere, a genie seemed from that small lamp. In lapse for environment him giveaway from a lamp, a genie promises to extend Aladdin 3 wishes. Aladdin also finds out that in sequence to recover a genie from his prison, his master contingency wish for his freedom. Aladdin promises to use his final wish to recover a genie, though for now he asks a genie to make him a ‘Billionaire’ and both of them shun from a cavern with a genie’s help.

Oh no! How will Aladdin shun from a cave? Wait… did he not find a enchanting lamp?

Do we consider Aladdin should massage a sorcery lamp?

Whoosh! The Genie of a flare appears in front of Aladdin as shortly as he rubs a sorcery lamp

With your assistance Genie, let’s get out of a cavern and stone Askabah!

Out came a Genie of a lamp! Using dual of a 3 wishes granted…

There is a new king in city and no one knows where this hastily king comes from, not even Jafar. Prince Ali struts into a city of Askabar with his grand environment and his constant sidekick, a Genie. With his new found wealth, Prince Ali skeleton to woo Princess Jasmine and eventually ask for her palm in marriage. Though a king might seem to be charming, he is during his wits’ finish when it comes to a subject of courtship Princess Jasmine. So with Genie’s help, Prince Ali takes a pleasing Princess Jasmine on a enchanting runner float and together they learn ‘A Whole New World’.

There is a new king in town… And his name is Prince Ali!

As Prince Ali’s environment swept into a city of Askabah, everybody was mesmerized by a fire-eaters and a dancers

Everybody is wondering.. who is this puzzling prince?

Aladdin might be good during avoiding a Royal guards, though he really can use some of a genie’s assistance when it comes to capturing Princess Jasmine’s heart

Aladdin brings Princess Jasmine on a enchanting runner ride, opening her eyes to a whole new world

The travel rodent is now a rich prince. But alas, a immorality Jafar shortly finds out Prince Ali’s constant identity…

Jafar skeleton to pretence Princess Jasmine into giving him a flare by posing as a flare merchant. Thinking zero bad will ever come from trade an aged flare for new, Princess Jasmine hands over a enchanting flare to Jafar, creation him now Genie’s new master. Jafar captures a princess and a Sultan and thatch them adult in a dungeon.

Jafar disguises as a salesman trade new lamps for old, and manages to pretence Princess Jasmine into giving him a sorcery flare for a new one

Oh no! Now that a genie is underneath Jafar’s control, he has systematic a Sultan and Princess Jasmine to be sealed adult in a dungeons. Who will save them?

He tricks Princess Jasmine into handing over a flare and is now Genie’s new master. Jafar shortly skeleton to use his wishes to make himself a ruler of Askabah and a world!

When Prince Ali realises what has happened, he fast came to a princess and a Sultan’s rescue. He bravely fights off a house guards though Jafar turns a genie onto Prince Ali. Remembering his final wish, Prince Ali wishes for a genie’s leisure and … poof!! The genie is now a giveaway man. But what happened to a immorality Jafar?

Poor Princess Jasmine… who will come to her assist now?

With his final wish, Aladdin wishes for a genie’s freedom… imprisoning Jafar as a genie in a flare instead!

When Prince Ali detected Jafar’s immorality plans, he rushed to a dungeons and saved Princess Jasmine and a Sultan. Using his final wish, he wished that a genie will have his leisure and never to be a worker to a lamp.

By creation that final wish, Prince Ali liberated a genie and in return, a immorality Jafar took over a genie’s place. Now that Jafar has been captured, Askabah is once again ruled by a peaceful encourage Sultan. Prince Ali confesses to his constant temperament to Princess Jasmine, who is blissful to know that her dear king is a same travel rodent that she had depressed for previously. They applaud their marriage in good character and…

After admissing his constant temperament to Princess Jasmine, they both applaud their marriage in character and live happily ever after

Prince Ali saved a princess and a Sultan from Jafar’s immorality plans. Everyone is happy and they all lived happily ever after… including a genie!

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Aladdin The Musical

November 23, 2011 during 12:00 pm

Who can ever forget a lively story of Aladdin and Princess Jasmine in Disney cartoon’s ‘Aladdin‘. His attracts and hastily grin melted a hearts of many a farmer lady as good as Princess Jasmine. Together with a fast-talking and crazy Genie of a Lamp, they display Jafar’s immorality skeleton of apropos a world’s many absolute magician and Sultan of Agrabah and saves a dominion from descending into his immorality hands. And like all Disney’s cartoons, Aladdin wins Princess Jasmine’s heart in a finish and they both live happily ever after.

Come 25th Nov 2011 compartment 2nd Jan 2012, Sunway Lagoon is unapproachable to benefaction Aladdin The Musical. Be prepared to be entertained by Aladdin, Princess Jasmine, a joyful ‘rapping’ Genie and a immorality Jafar as they ride a throng into a enchanting land of Askabar. This impracticable West End prolongation promises to captivate a audiences with drifting carpets, pyrotechnics and even snow, bringing this age aged fairytale of Aladdin to life. The 6 principal characters will be played by talents from London’s famous West End and will be assimilated by an general garb expel of dancers, glow eaters and stilt-walkers.

Aladdin The Musical

So come and knowledge a fun and enchanting time with Aladdin The Musical during a Amphitheatre @ Sunway Lagoon. The low-pitched will uncover once a day and twice on Saturdays. There will also be additional shows on 25th Dec 2011 and 1st Jan 2012. Tickets are labelled during RM 100, RM 200, RM 250 and RM 300 for adults and RM 50, RM 100, RM 120 and RM 150 for children adult to 12 years old. Performance schedules are as below:

Shows from Sundays to Fridays @ 8.00 pm

Shows on Saturdays during 7.15 pm and 9.15 pm

Extra shows on 25th Dec 2011 AND 1st Jan 2012 during 7.15 pm and 9.15 pm.

*Please note that there will be no shows on TUESDAYS.

For those who would like to squeeze a tickets, greatfully record on to AirAsia Red Tix’s website here or call Sunway Lagoon during 03 5639 0000. Alternatively, one can also squeeze tickets for Aladdin The Musical during a following Rock Corner outlets located in The Gardens, Mid Valley, Mid Valley, KLCC, Subang Parade, The Curve and One Utama. Tickets can also be purchased during Victoria Music outlets located during Sungei Wang, Amcorp Mall, Tropicana Mall and Bangsar Shopping Centre.

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