…WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY MEANT TO BE A MERE TRADING POST AND NOT A
. SOVEREIGN STATE
By Mansor Puteh
The Melayu could still be in the majority if the British had not brought in the Chinese and also Indians from their respective countries, but more Melayu from the neighboring islands and
There should be no pride for Lee Kuan Yew to have been hailed as the founder of modern-day
country which was not his but the Melayu. Singapore
Not many Singaporeans especially the non-Melayu there who know about the history of the country.
The country only acknowledges that
was originally a Melayu island, when they showed some of them early in the
parade to mark their National Day on 6 August followed by floats showing the Chinese
coolies arriving to . Singapore
The first Sultan of Singapore, Sultan Hussain Shah a.k.a. Tengku Long was brought in from his exile by Stamford Raffles who installed him as sultan in the padang, which is the field in front of the former parliament building of Singapore.
Raffles promised Sultan Hussain many things, but when he left office to return to
London in ,
his successor William Farquhar reneged on those promises. England
This led Sultan Hussain Shah to sulk and flee from
Sultan Hussain Shah was buried in the cemetery at the Masjid Trengkerah in Melaka where it is looked after till today, a strong testament of how the Melayu ruler had been cheated by the British and especially Farquhar who did not know better.
And Raffles had only wanted to apply to establish a ‘trading post’ by getting Sultan Hussain Shah installed as Sultan of Singapore, and not a state.
So at no time was
a sovereign state. It was never one. It was a mere trading post. Singapore
But why was Farquhar not recognized by the
having given the country to them? Republic
They would rather honor Raffles instead who did not do much to cause the
So not many Singaporeans, young or old who knows about Farquhar and what he had done to create this republic. They only know Raffles who was said for a long time to have ‘founded
been founded by many others, and Parameswara too had gone there to rule it for
two years before he fled north to go to Ujong Tanah or Johor Bahru and further
north to few places until he founded Melaka to be what it is today. Singapore
So how could Raffles have founded
So how could Kuan Yew have managed to become its founding father? Singapore
still belongs to the Sultanate of Johor. Singapore
There are still some tracts of land in
today which are said to be part of Johor which the government cannot wrest
control and develop it; they had to allow the grass to be grown there. Singapore
They would pay any amount if Johor offers it to them for a price. But Johor is not about to do that and they will never do that.
Only the Malaysian government had caved in by offering the tract of land where the railway line connecting Johor Baru to the Tanjong Pagar railway station and the station building itself, in exchange with a parcel of land in south
But they did not do that so the land was given to
in exchange for a parcel
of land in the south of the country and the Causeway is still cause for
it would not or could never be demolished as long as Lee Kuan Yew was alive. Singapore
So may be there is still a very good chance that it could be demolished now that he has passed away.
Anyway one looks at it, the Causeway is an eyesore and also an environmental hazard.
slow in looking at the Causeway to want to demolish it. Singapore
In the meantime,
has also not given any attention to the mausoleum of their first sultan, Sultan
Hussain Shah, now buried in Melaka. Singapore
They were quick to gain control of the palace of the sultan in Kampung Gelam by evicting his descendants by offering some compensation and rebuilding the palace into a museum.
The Masjid Sultan which sits near the palace was renovated and an extension was added, which was officially opened by the then prime minister, Goh Chok Tong.
Here, at this masjid, the azan call to prayer is sounded in a low tone which could only be heard within the masjid compounds and not in the whole area which is a Melayu-Muslim enclave, the only one that is left in the country.
At Masjid Trengkerah, in Melaka the remains of Sultan Hussain Shah are able to hear the azan being shouted out loudly five times a day.
So this is a gist of what or how a mere trading post that Raffles had intended to establish could later become a British colony and now a Chinese republic, thanks largely to Farquhar….