Sunday, 25 March 2012

Untold History : Hugh Hefner of Johore

Continuation from : 

If you assumed Johore Royalty doesn't have affair with actress... by any modern standard, you are absolutely wrong.  Looooonggg before your grandmother owned a TV set.. or subscribed Astro.. they had been in affairs with actress.. but ONLY HOLLYWOOD actress.. no local actress, Hollywood level is their benchmark. .  our local Saloma not in the list.. that is 70 years ago. 

Even when Helen is still Sultana of Johor, HH Ibrahim having an affair with one of leading Hollwyood
Actress in 1940's... with Dorothy L'Amour... 


HH Ibrahim fell in love whenever he saw Dorothy Lamour with her Batik Sarong in "Satan the Tiger
of Malaya"
.. and apart from that, there were few other films starred by Dorothy Lamour with her
sexy sarong..

Since then... it become trademark of Dorothy Lamour as jungle girl with Sarong even after she died,
she was wrapped with Sarong and buried 

HH Ibrahim has seen date with Dorothy L'Amour in Singapore... maybe during her shooting.. their affairs become headlines in American newspaper that time.

Eccentric as usual, HH Ibrahim with his autocratic behaviour ordered all Dorothy L'Amour's poster
to be put up in all main road in Singapore... this helps her popularity.

During the same year jugak, HH Ibrahim proposed to marry her.. 


However, Dorothy L'Amour decline his proposal due to fact that she is happily married.. plus Helen
that time is still Sultana of Johore. 

Had done enough with utmost respect, HH Ibrahim accepted and give her a present... he
the move to hun another hollywood actress.. Betty Grable.. 

I will disclose this story later in 3rd episode of Hugh Hefner of Johore. 

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Untold History : Lost Treasure of HH Albert Baker - Krystals Kollection from Bacarrat

The Infamous "Bacarrat Crystal".  In southern France, there were 1 place called "Bacarat" which produced expensive crystalware throught out 3 centuries.  Amongst their kustomers were Maharajah of India, Turks Sultan, European Kings and Lords, Prussian Tsars, and only Malay Sultan from Johore.

HH Abu Bakar of Johore purchased a set of Bacarrat Krystal Dining Table.. sometimes in 1860..

It was reported that "French Bacarrat" only produced 3 set of Crystal tables in the world, even for today.  1 was purchased by Queen Victoria and now treasured at Windsor.. other was robbed by Hitler during invation of France and given to Mussolini and now treasured in Presidential Palace in Rome.. while,  remaining sets was purchase by HH Albert Baker and treasured at Istana Besar Johore.

This is the only picture of this collection available at Istana Besar Johore.

'Legend' of this Bacarrat Crystal Table was emerged sometime in 1930's.. reported by American Journalist in Milwaukee Press..

These Baccarrat Cyrstal Table used to be come with set of crystal bed... thus makes collection in Istana Besar was incomplete because portion of 'crystal bed set' was purchased by Maharajah of Jaipur. 

It is known that Maharajah of Jaipur was always competing with HH Sultan of Johor to win an affection of Queen Victoria which later cost him his country to British.

Half of the legend is found to be right.. except the "crystal bed" stories..

Those which purchased by Maharaja Jaipur is not a "crystal bed" but rather a "crystal side table" from HH Abu Bakar set now still at Jaipur.  Maybe he doesn't have enough money to buy the whole set..

Those set di Istana Besar complete with Chandeliers and Candelabras, but  missing side table which now in Jaipur Palace. 

Plus... additional crystalwares in Istana Besar from infamous "Pantie Yatch" which I believed was the sets bought from Bacarrat in 1860.

Monday, 19 March 2012

Untold History : Nujum Pak Belalang yang Original

Ni bukan cerite pasal P. Ramlee punye version "Nujum Pak Belalang"... ni versi Pak Belalang Original.. sambungan dari Malaiche Spraakun Unlimited

"Nujum Pak Belalang" original version merupakan satu naskah hikayat yang disalin semula di Palembang.. sometimes 1600's - 1700's. 

Diambil dari naskah asal dari Johor/Riau... disaliin.. dan seterusnya.. 'hilang' dari rekod sehinggalah P. Ramlee mengetengahkan dalam filemnye sekitar tahun 1950'an... 200 tahun selepas ia 'hilang'.


- Belalang rembat kerbau... lepas tu bapak dia menyamar jadik Pak Nujum.. kerbau tu jumpe balik
- Sultan negeri Halban Condong kehilangan 7 buat peti emas.. Pak Nujum nak kene bunuh klu tak dapat carik.. then, jumpe pencurik peti tu.. name "Badan" dan "Nyawa"... 
- Raja Beringin Rendang betting selssaikan teka-teki dia.. 


- Belalang rembat pakaian Gundik raja.. menyebabkan gundik2 nye balik keistana berbogel
- Seorang Saudagar kehilangan 7 buah peti.. bukan "Raja" yang hilang... 
- Perompat tersebut bernama "Nafsu" dan "Nyawa"... bukan "Badan" dan "Nyawa"
- Pak Belalang bukan seorang duda.. tapi dia tinggal dengan Isterinya dan anaknya Belalang
- Kalau kurang belanja dapur... Belalang akan rembat kain gundik raja diistana.. lalu Pak Belalang dipanggil utk 'menilik'.. dan biasenye  Pak Belalang dapat upah selepas tu


Excerpt dari "Hikayat Pa' Blalang" cume sedikit dapat dikumpul, diambil dari universiti di INdonesia.... biasenye incomplete.. sini sikit sane sikit... 

Now... satu bende yang pelik... for 200 years, we don't have access for such materials.. - But... P. Ramlee does... 

Dekat mane dia ambik naskah asal and diolah jadik filem??? itu aku tak tau..

But 1 thing for sure.. P. Ramlee plagiat naskah cerita hikayat asal and bukan dari idea dia sendiri... 

Friday, 9 March 2012

Untold History : Lost Colony of Bukit Gereja

In 1588, the whole British Colony vanished without a trace in Roanoke Island.

Same thing happened herea in Malaya, 21 miles upstream of Kota Malacca.. also in 1588


It was transmitted by elder generation of Malacca, the place named "Melaka Pindah" is actually a Portuguese Colony.. driven out from the fort in 1581 due to high taxs and poverty.  Sums of 2,000 portuguese sails upstream and set their foot at now known as "Melaka Pindah"... given by native Malay, as "pindah" means "move" from Malacca Fort.

In "Melaka Pindah", there was a hill called "Bukit Gereja" by native.. or "Church Hill" known in portugueswe record as Nossa Senhora de Esperanza as there were big chapel, built in stone masonry on top of the hill.  This "Bukit Gereja" can still be trace in modern map.

Infront of the Church, there was a burial area which native call "Lubuk Tengkorak".. or "Skulls Cove"

To sum every clues left in history.. boths native account and portuguese.. a words "Bukit/Hill" and "Lubuk/Cove" representing a typhographical area which... would differ a modern map.. look closely :


It was recorded.. in 1581.. 7 years before the Roanoke and Melaka Pindah colony vanished... there are 2,000 portuguese people resides in this part of area and living as a peasent, growing crops and raising kettle. Almost live like ordinary native Malays.

Now imagine...

Portuguese power only restrain within the wall of the fort of Kota Melaka.. skirmish with Malay warriors were happened almost everyday.. not includes 7 big wars that happened during Portuguese occupancy.

How did they managed to avoid harrassment of Malays and live without stone walls, without guns and armories??? who protect them?????

The best answer I can give is = Orang Benua

Orang Benua is the most dreaded cannibal tribe feared by Malays, Portuguese and Dutch. 

Their famous story is recorded in Declaram De Malacca... which Geroges De Santa Lucia claimed that he has neutralized the threats of Orang Benua, which can transform to become Tigers and Snakes at night. (Untold History : Lost Tribe of Orang Benua)

Almost coincidence, the "Bukit Gereja" is located not far and vertically inline with the infamous Mount Ophir, which known in many centuries as land of Orang Benua.

In 1586.. Sultan Johor Ali Jalla stormed Malacca Fort with 14,000 Malays warrior.. while Dutch lay siege from the sea.

In the same year.. Diego De Azambuja leads 700 portuguese army to inland.. but stopped and attacked by 2,000 Malays and Minangkabaus.  They retreated back to Malacca.

Melaka Pindah left unmolested by both armies.  

Same fate befalled of Roanoke in 1588.... the last record of Portuguese existance in Melaka Pindah was 1588...  since then, the fate of 2,000 Portuguese peasant vanished without a trace.