Thursday, 31 March 2011

Untold History : The Brassball HRH Ibrahim's Good Friend - Reich-Chancellor Adolf Hitler

Unknown to us, HRH Ibrahim of Johore, a British friend and ally were befriended by ReichChancellor Adolf Hitler.

His relation with Adolf Hitler were not secret.  Some source were reported that, during his visit to France sometimes in 1939, before he leaving to America during the War... he was received secretly by Adolf Hitler at Paris Hotel.

HRH Ibrahim were detained by France Police and handed over to British Consulate.  Due to this incident, Governor Shenton Thomas, like many attempts by his predecessor, unsuccessfully tried to get Colonial Office to block  him from return to Johore.

In return in the most sarcastic manners, the HRH Sultan Ibrahim thrown $250,000.00 pound to British Government and another $ 500,000.00 were given to the Queen, which later were used to defend Singapore from invading Japanese armies.

On top of that, he expelled all his Jews Doctor, and dressed all his troops with Facists style arm-bands and coats.


Philipine's and other source reported that, he also met Hitler's henchmen, Goring and Mussolini  during his trip in Europe in 1934 before he left for America.

Untold History : Lost Treasure of HRM Sir Albert Baker V

The 5th.. out of 9th lost treasures of HH Albert Baker


Is when the last chinese Emperor bestowed the 1st class Dragon medal to HH Albert Baker at Tyersall Palace, Istana Tyersall, Singapore.

The awards were consisted few rare treasures of Chinese Royal Court.. on one of which - tongkat Emas padu dlm thread Lost Majestic Treasures I

This another 'lost treasures' is amongst the award that has been vanished from history..

A pair of chair like the above are very common in Chinese noble's house for ceremonial function, wedding etc.

Normally those chairs were built in pair : 


This particular chair were located at Singapore, owned by Chinese Business men.  Thru his contact, he managed to identified the 'origin' of his chair.  

Special Design  

The Chair resemble a cantonese in design  from the late 19th to 20th century.  Probably manufactured in the Cantonese town of Shandong province.  

The early 1900's republic pieces are commonly carved with dragons' 5 claw.

On contrary, some expert found that this chair has royal provenance.

A python dragon carved at the pair of royal provenance dragon chair has 1 pair of 4 claws (instead of 5 claws).

It is strongly believed to be gifted to Sultan Abu BAkar on 10th December 1892 and the pair of ryal provenance dragon chair is classified to be Qing Dynasty's furniture instead of Republic Furniture.


Another set were later found at Royal Museum of Istana Besar Johor - thus, that would make the accounts given by Singaporean were invalid.  A pair of Provenance Dragon Chair could not be separated as it were given as 'gift' as it must come in pair.

This may led to believed, this surviving set in Singapore were the set that is stolen during the big fire which destroyed Tyersall Palace in 1905, along with other missing treasures that now emerged as auction items overseas. 

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Untold History : € 1,000,000.00 Party and The Last Seen Gold Dinner Set of HRH Ibrahim

Dubbed as one of the richest men on earth, he also known as the lavish host just like his father was.

On 1955, HRH Ibrahim of Johore thrown a $ 1 Million party, one held at Johor Bahru in September 1955, and the other one at Grosvenor House UK on December 1955, which is known quite cost him that much.


This is the last event, where the famous "Gold Set Dinner of Lord Allenborough"* were last seen and used at the State Dinner. It is believe those Gold Plated and Cutlery were still lock and store at an impregnable black steel in Istana Besar.

Untold History : HRH Ibrahim and 40 Thieves

47 Thieves to be exact. 

In mainstream media.. particularly from Singapore's source... some reports details on Indian Mutiny were missing ; in pointing out the direct roles of HH Sultan Ibrahim, lead his own army, by his own command in capturing 432 fully armed renegades from British Army.. 

47 killed by this thieves.. mostly high ranked British officer.. and 1 from JMF army.

This event has shock the foundation of British Rules in Singapore.. 

The Colonial British in Singapore desperately seeks helps from detechment armies of Russia, French dan Jepun.. but, in the end... The Brassball HH Sultan Ibrahim managed to put down the rebellion without firing a single bullet..

The Twisted History

Singapore historian try to denying fact that is no direct role by Sultan Ibrahim, by not mentioning his roles and JMF roles over the incident.. 

Somehow, these document.. produced by Johore Royal Courts in 1955, shed a glimpse of the incidents :

432 mutineers... were taken from Kota Tinggi's jungle.  They were still equipped with fully loaded guns and armor... seeks audience with the Sultan, kiss his hand.. and lay down their guns and ammunitions at the feet of Sultan.


This is fully loaded gun.. and the sultan only few feet away.. the rebel easily catch the sultan and held ransom for their freedom = on which the British Government must obey.. 

But, it not happen.. 

One.. plus another and another brassball incident of showing off his bravery in cheating death lead him to be known as 'the oxonion brassball' by Scottish newspaper... and.. that is why i refer him as the "Brassball"..this is how the 'Legend' started.


Long after that.. I found this written account of HH Ibrahim himself to British Military Administration, detailing his roles and JMF pertaining this incidents. 95 years ago. 


In the same documents, there is mentioned about the place name "The Fort".. or known as Commanding Fort.

Little mentioned about "The Fort", but, here is where the place known today as Bukit Timbalan.  Before 1930's, the area were surrounding by Army Camps and defense line equipped with Canons and Gatling Machine Guns overlooking the Johor Straits and Johor Bahru Town, thus earned the nickname as "The Fort".

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Untold History : Lost Treasure of HRH Sir Albert Baker I

Solid Gold Cane Top of HH Abu Bakar

The item was found on sales record of Michael Backman Ltd. Of London.  It was sold to unknown bidder sometime last May.  These items were list under “Chinese” collection, not Malaya

China Connection

It was engraved with “HHM of Johore” which means the His Highness “Maharaja” Of Johor. 
  1. HH Abu Bakar reigned as a ruler by title “Maharajah” is from 1868 – 1885.  Therefore, the Cane Top was probably made within this period.

HH Sultan Abu Bakar
1862 – 1868
6 years
1868 – 1885
17 years
1885 – 1895
10 years

  1. HH Abu Bakar visited Shanghai and Beijing in 1883.  It is unknown whether HH Abu Bakar has visited the Xuangxu Emperor. 
  2. HH Abu Bakar has vested with “Imperial Order of Double Dragon, 1st Class from Xuangxu Emperor in 1894.

The Solid Gold Cane Top might probably made and presented to HH Abu Bakar in 1883 (as Maharaja), during his visit to China.

 Triad Connection

A Paper presented by Dr. Lim Phui Huen in 2000

  1. Johor’s Connection with Chinese Triad dated back in 1844 during Temenggung Ibrahim reigns.  By 1877 (during his reign as Maharaja), the Johor Government has officially recognize the Ngee Heng Triad and its leaders as loyal supporter of Sultan. 
  2. Engraving of 1st photograph showing that the “Kwan” God were fighting and 3rd and 4th Photography showing the Shield engraved with Tiger’s face, similarly to the Johor Emblem.  “Kwan” God was the 1 of 3 Gods worshipped by the Triad Members. 
  3. This could lead to believe that ‘The Cane’ was made as a sign of superiority of Sultan over his Chinese Subject between years 1868 to 1885. 
  4. In 1916, the current Sultan, HH Sir Ibrahim give up his interest and dissolve the Ngee Heng Kongsi upon the pressures from British Government and return all the ‘ceremonial’ items to leader of Ngee Heng who later – bury all those items in Chinese Cemetery in Bukit Saujana. 
Since then, all leaders from various faction of Triad Society, paying a yearly visit to the “Ming Tomb” in every 3rd day of Chinese New Year.

The Solid God Can Top might be presented by the Emperor’s Court during his visit in the year 1883.   His
Name and the State Emblem at the Top of the Cane supersede the engraving of god “Kwan” at the side of
the handle symbolizing his superiority over the Chinese Triad in Malaya at that time.


Michael Backman is one of the closed allies of Anwar Ibrahim.  He is best known in the west as the manwho 
saying "Malaysia Bodoh" as slogan sarcastically to critic the ruling government. 

Dead Men Diary

This is where it begans.

The original version, written in 1929..owned by Allahyarham Tn. Hj. Anuar Bin Hj. Jalil.  It was kept hidden, then destroyed by the Writer in 1942 to avoid falling into the Japanese invading armies. 

Rewritten in 1946, right after the 14 days war.  The Journal was then came back to live again, until it sudden stop in 1989.  And in 2007, the Writer departed.

A Little Diary, contain the most remarkable clues of unknown origin of historical puzzles in Malaya, particularly for Johore and Singapore.  It whispers an ephipany that has long lost in time.

The forgotten truths are now emerged.  Series of unspeakable truth about our histories once has long lost and forgotten now come back to live.  Written within the pages of Dead Men Diaries, each stories was inked with clues and cyphers, awaits to be found.