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13/12/11: Dirgahayu Tuanku Sultan Muhammad V

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Allahu Akhbar !

Hari ini merupakan satu lagi detik bersejarah buat rakyat Kelantan amnya di atas perlantikan Tuanku Sultan Kelantan, Sultan Muhammad Ke V, sebagai Timbalan Yang di-Pertuan Agong yang baru. Patik selaku rakyat jelata tumpang gembira dan bangga dengan perlantikan Tuanku yang sangat besar ertinya buat seluruh rakyat Kelantan. Suatu sejarah baru dimana Tuanku merupakan Sultan Kelantan kedua menyandang jawatan tersebut selepas Almarhum Sultan Yahya Petra pada tahun 1979. Ia secara tidak langsung memberi gambaran sinar Islam akan terus didaulat di bumi Malaysia ini dan semoga Allah melanjutkan usia baginda untuk terus memerintah Kelantan dan Malaysia 5 tahun dari sekarang.

Baginda telah menambat hati seluruh rakyat Kelantan dengan perwatakan Islamik dimana saja baginda pergi yang menyebabkan hubungan Istana dan rakyat begitu akrab. Semoga Tuanku dipertemukan jodoh dengan isteri yang Islamik yang dapat membantu baginda menjalankan urusan pentadbiran bersama. Kami rakyat Kelantan masih menanti perkhabaran yang baik dari Istana Kelantan tentang Raja Perempuan Kelantan yang baru. Allahu Akhbar !

Petikan Akhbar semalam.

Segak. Tuanku Sultan Muhammad V di Istana Negara hari ini.

Koleksi gambar lama dari 90-an

Sewaktu pemasyhuran sebagai Sultan Kelantan.

Sewaktu Perasmian Jajahan Kecil Lojing.

Sewaktu upacara penyembelihan Qurban di Masjid Muhammadi

Sewaktu Majlis Sambutan Maal Hijrah di Balai Islam

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Sewaktu di Masjid Muhammadi

Sewaktu di Masjid Telipot

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Sebagai rakyat Kelantan, kita seharusnya bersyukur kerana dilahirkan di zaman pemerintahan Malikussoleh Sultan Muhammad ke-V (Ketua Negeri) & Ulama’ Tuan Guru Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat (Ketua Kerajaan)… Suatu gandingan ideal yang Islamik!

Written by Muhammad Ismail Ibrahim

December 13, 2011 at 9:51 PM

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Bank Kerapu: World War II Memorial.

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Kerapu Bank

This is a historic building located in the downstream side of Padang Merdeka, Kota Bharu , Kelantan. This building, built in 1912 was first used as a commercial bank and believed as the first building/bank opened in the state. The Mercantile Bank of India Limited, thus the name Kerapu Bank. The word ‘Kerapu’ however refers to the rough exterior walls of the building. During the Japanese Occupation from 1942 to 1945, this building was used as the headquarters of the Japanese secret police, or known as Kempetai. After the war, the building was reused as a bank.

In 1981, the first floor of the building was converted into an Art Gallery while the ground floor was used to display handicrafts. The building was turn into a memorial dedicated to the World War II in 1992 and was officially opened by the (then) Sultan of Kelantan, Sultan    Ismail Petra in 1994. Item on exhibit include artifacts, photographs and other memorabilia of the war. Meanwhile, the first floor of the building displaying the history of Modern Kelantan, its statesmen, religious roles and administration from 1900 until now.

Perhaps, this is an ideal place to begin the visit or to conduct a research of Kelantan history is at the Kerapu Bank World War II Memorial (War Museum) in Kota Bharu. It has a number of wartime memorabilia, information and artefacts of the war inside and outside of the building. Besides that, it display Kelantan-Thai history of pre-independence Malaya , and the life of the native under the British Occupation in the state before and after the war.

World War II Memorial.

Exterior view of the 'rough walls of the building' in which the building got its name.

The British warplane propeller was shot down by the Japanese Army during World War II. It was found at Royal Malay Regiment Army of 8th Battalion Camp near Sultan Ismail Petra Airport, Pengkalan Chepa Kota Bharu in 1996.

The Government of the Commonwealth of Australia in concert with The Government of the state of Kelantan has established this memorial to commemorate the first commitment of Australian combat units against the forces of Imperial Japan at Kota Bharu in the early hours of Monday 8th December, 1941.

The plat honouring all those who died during the engagement at Kota Bharu on December 8th, 1941.

The pillbox exhibited is a replica of particular model found along the coast of Pantai Sabak, most of them are sunken due to the coastal erosion throughout each year.

Interior view of the replica.

Two Japanese at the Memorial reminiscing their forefather's legacy.

Exclusively, I will bring to you some of epic rare color film which took place during the Japanese Occupation from December 8th, 1941  which we can see the real scenes from the landing assault in Sabak Beach, the movement in the Peninsula until the fall of Singapore to the Japanese Army on February 15th 1942.

Written by Muhammad Ismail Ibrahim

December 11, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Posted in History

December 8, 1941: The Battle of Kuala Pak Amat !

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The Japanese landing assault of the Takumi Detachment at Kuala Pak Amat, Sabak Beach, Kota Bharu, December 1941 (Archives)

View of fishing village, Kuala Pak Amat.

Shortly before midnight on December 7th, The British Defense troops on the Badang and Sabak beaches reported that ships anchoring about one and a half miles from the coast . The Japanese convoy of ships consisted of three large transport (Awajisan Maru, Ayatosan Maru, Sakura Maru) escorted by five Sendai Light cruisers and squadron of destroyers. (Isonomi, Uranami, Shikinami Ayanami). The Army was from the 56th Infantry Regiment of the 18th Division of 25th Army under the command of Major General Hiroshi Takumi. Shortly afterwards, the beaches artillery opened fire and was replied by the Japanese. This event indicated that the war had begun in Kelantan on exact time of 90 minutes before Pearl Harbor. About 2.00 a.m on December  8th, The Japanese Army landed on the Badang-Sabak beaches and moves under the heavy enemy fire, advancing straight until they reached the wire entanglements and cut them The moved over the corpse of their friends who died of bomb explosions and attacked by the British pillboxes and captured them.

View of Pantai Cahaya Bulan/Badang Beach, one of the Japanese landing assault (left sector of Takumi Detachment) during the WWII.

Bachok Beach (Melawi Beach), one of the Japanese landing assault (right sector of Takumi Detachment).

View of Sabak Beach, The central sector and main landing assault of the Takumi Detachment and real spark that ignited World War II in the Pacific. (Dec 8, 1941) Kuala Pak Amat, ninety minutes before Pearl Harbor!

The British beach defense artillery opened fire on the enemy ships in response to earlier enemy bombardment on the British Coasted Defense positions in the area of Kuala Pak Amat beach. Little was realized at the time that it was the signal of the beginning of the 2nd WW between the Japanese and the British in Kelantan, Malaya & Pacific. The Japanese Force selected for the invasion of Kelantan were troops from the Infantry Brigade, Commanded by Major General Hiroshi Takumi, with its 56th Infantry Regiment, under the Command of Colonel Yoshio Nasu. Both units were from the Japanese 25th Army. Commanded by Lieutenant-General Tomoyuki Yamashita, the Strength of this Japanese Kelantan Force was between 5,300 and 5,590 men. This force was called the Takumi Detachment after the name of the Overall Commander, General Hiroshi Takumi.      

On Dec 7, 1941, at about 11.45 PM, the British beach defense troops reported enemy ships anchoring at Kuala Pak Amat beach. Despite the heavy seas, the Japanese force successfully transshipped their troops into the landing craft. At the same time, the Japanese Naval escort ship began a bombardment of the coast as signal to commence the landing.

At about 12.25 Midnight, on Dec 8,1941, the leading Japanese troops landed at Kuala Pak Amat beach which lies between Badang and Sabak beaches. By 1.00 AM, after adjacent pillboxes manned by Indian troops of the 3/17th Dogras who inflicted very heavy casualties on the advancing Japanese troops before being themselves wiped out almost to a man.

Around 3.30 AM, the British air craft of the Hudson type belonging to No.1 Squadron of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) based at Kota Bharu airfields at Pengkalan Chepa and torpedo-bombers type Vickers Vildebeests from Gong Kedak airfield near Pasir Puteh and Lalang Luas airfield near Machang began attacking the Japanese Transports in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire from the Japanese warship and transports. By Dec 8, 1941 at 4.00 AM, the Japanese Army rod a firm foothold on the Kelantan beach of Kuala Pak Amat.
During the battle, The Awajisan Maru (9.794 tons) sunk by the Hudson of No.1 Squadron in the early hours of 8th December 1941 was a significant victory for the RAAF. The invasion of Malaya preceded the attack on Pearl Harbor by an hour and a half, making it the first Japanese campaign of World War II, likely making the Awazisan Maru the very first casualty in the Pacific war. The ships were carrying approximately 5,200 troops of the Takumi Detachment (Major-General Hiroshi Takumi, aboard Awazisan Maru).

The Awazisan Maru, also known as Awajisan Maru or Awagisan Maru was a 9,794 gross ton freighter that was built by Tama Shipbuilding Co., Tamano for Mitsui & Co. Ltd. launched in 1939 and was notable for being the most advanced freighter of its time. It was commissioned by the Imperial Japanese Navy to transport troops in World War II and was part of the Japanese Invasion of Malaya on December 8, 1941. (Archives)

Photographed with my fellow during the visit to this historical site. Imitating Mr Fujiwara (a Japanese scout) and Ibrahim Yaacob stood while waiting for the Japanese troops in the midnight of 70 years ago here at Sabak Beach. This position where it was believed that Awajisan Maru now lies estimated 2 miles of water off the coast exactly behind me and is fast becoming a popular diving destination due to its remarkable history. It is more popularly known amongst local divers as the Japanese Invasion Wreck.

Takumi Detachment Map

Lockheed Hudson aircraft of No. 1 Squadron under assembly at RAAF Station Richmond. The Hudson in the right foreground was flown by Flight Lieutenant John Lockwood, who led the first sortie which heavily damaged the Awazisan Maru. (Archives)

Lockheed Hudsons aircraft was an American-built light bomber and coastal reconnaissance aircraft built initially for the Royal Air Force shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War and primarily operated by the RAF thereafter.

Bachok Beach, became the landing assault of Japanese troops (left wing of Takumi Detachment). Archives.

The corpse of Japanese troops (of Takumi Detachment) on the beach of Kuala Pak Amat, 1941 during the Battle of Kuala Pak Amat with 3/17th Dogra Regiment from the 9th Indian Infantry Division. (Archives)

An obsolete historical site plat at the entrance before heading to Kuala Pak Amat.

photo of 2008 by Manlukeman: Nostalgia, this monument was erected to commemorate the Japanese landing at Kuala Pak Amat. Today, it no longer appear in Kuala Pak Amat because of serious erosion along the coastal.

The chalet (Tiram Beach Resort) also disappear because of acute erosion throughout each year .

What a lost it was. Memory reminisced by a Kelantanese who loves the story and history of his state.

Archives: http://www.ww2incolor.com/

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Battle of Kuala Pak Amat !

Kuala Pak Amat, Sabak Beach.

Written by Muhammad Ismail Ibrahim

December 8, 2011 at 12:03 AM

Posted in History

when Kelantan River flow exceeds…

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Marking the beginning of water festival for Kelantanese.


View @ Tambatan Di Raja, Kota Bharu.

First wave struck a week ago

Tambatan Di Raja is a common place used to measure water level of Kelantan River in Kota Bharu realm.

Common scenes at the end of the years.

Behind Ridel Hotel, view of the raft houses.

View of Sultan Yahya Petra Bridge. Maybe the second Sultan Yahya Bridge's project needs another 3-4 years to be completed.

Meanwhile in Beris Kubu Besar, Bachok.

For Kelantanese, it is like a festival during the monsoon season struck.

Must-eat foods during monsoon season, Boiled Cassava.

 


Monsoon History

The air is wet, soaks
Into mattresses, and curls
In apparitions of smoke
Like fat white slugs furled
Among the timber
Or silver fish tunnelling
The damp linen cover
Of school books, or walking
Quietly, like centipedes,
The air walking everywhere
On its hundred feet
Is filled with the glare
Of tropical water



Again we are taken over
By clouds and rolling darkness
Small snails appear
Clashing their timid horns
Among the morning glory
Vines



Drinking Milo, 
Nyonya and Baba sit at home. 
This was forty years ago. 
Sarong-wrapped they counted 
Silver paper for the dead. 
Portraits of grandfathers 
Hung always in the parlour.





Reading Tennyson, at six
p.m. in pyjamas 
Listening to down-pouring 
Rain: the air ticks 
With gnats, black spiders fly, 
Moths sweep out of our rooms 
Where termites built 
Their hills of eggs and queens zoom 
In heat. We wash our feet 
For bed, watch mother uncoil
Her snake hair, unbuckle
The silver mesh around her waist, 
Waiting for father pacing 
The sand as fishers pull 
From the Straits after monsoon.






The air is still, silent
Like sleepers rocked in the pantun,
Sheltered by Malacca.
This was forty years ago,
When nyonya married baba


– Shirley Geok Lin-Lim

Written by Muhammad Ismail Ibrahim

December 1, 2011 at 11:26 AM

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