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Cuti Hari Raya

Sempena cuti Hari Raya, Alam Akademik akan ditutup untuk lima (5) hari mulai 30 Septermber 2008 (Selasa) hingga 4 Oktober 2008 (Sabtu).

Alam Akademik akan dibuka semula pada hari Ahad 5 Oktober 2008.

Seluruh kakitangan dan pengurusan Alam Akademik ingin mengucapkan SELAMAT MENYAMBUT HARI RAYA AIDIL FITRI kepada para pelanggan dan pengunjung setia kami.

MINAL AIDIN WAL FAIZIN

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Seluruh kakitangan dan pengurusan Alam Akademik ingin mengucapkan SELAMAT MENYAMBUT HARI RAYA AIDIL FITRI.

Seperti biasa apabila tiba sambutan Hari Raya, jalan-jalan di bandaraya kita akan sesak. Begitulah juga keadaannya di hadapan Alam Akademik.

Dalam pada kesibukan untuk persediaan sambutan Hari Raya, tidak kurang juga mereka yang menjenguk ke Alam Akademik untuk mendapat bahan-bahan bacaan yang perlu.

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Oleh: A. Karim Omar
Dipetik dari: http://sulaimanian.wordpress.com/2008/09/25/di-mana-bedil-buka-puasa-di-tembak/

Bagi penduduk Kuala Terengganu, dentuman tembakan bedil amat sinonim dengan bulan Ramadhan atau sebaliknya. Malah, sesetengah mereka merasakan “tidak sah” apabila untuk beberapa tahun di awal tahun 2000an dentuman bedil tidak kedengaran.

Namun, saya baru mengetahui bahawa betapa ramainya penduduk Kuala Terengganu sendiri tidak mengetahui di mana sebenarnya lokasi bedil itu ditembak. Dari perbahasan dalam beberapa posting di blog Awang Goneng (http://kecek-kecek.blogspot.com/) [penulis buku “Growing Up in Trengganu“] benar-benar menunjukkan sememangnya ramai penduduk Kuala Terengganu yang sekadar agak-agak sahaja lokasi tembakan dentuman yang menandakan waktu berbuka puasa, waktu imsyak dan tanda mulanya Ramadhan dan Syawwal.

Semenjak kecil lagi, saya sememangnya sentiasa melihat tembakan ini. Dari kawasan perumahan kuarters kerajaan Lorong Mok Pe, memang kita dapat lihat dengan jelas cahaya lonjakan bahan letupan dari rumah kecil berwarna putih di puncak Bukit Pak Apil. Dengan bunyi kecil “duup” apabila bahan tersebut melonjak tinggi ke udara hinggalah dentuman kuat apabila bahan tersebut meletup kurang tiga saat selepas itu. Memang mengasyikkan bagi kanak-kanak kecil apabila beberapa das tembakan dibuat bagi menandakan mulanya bulan puasa atau esoknya kita akan berhari Raya.

Semasa kecil, ketika dalam perjalanan berbasikal dengan ayahanda ke Masjid Putih untuk solat Subuh, dentuman menanda waktu imsyak selalunya berbunyi ketika kami sedang berkayuh di Jalan Paya Bunga yang sunyi dan lengang. Cahaya dari bahan letupan yang sedang melonjak tinggi ke udara dapat menerangi suasana yang gelap sebelum subuh itu.

Apabila pulang dari KL untuk berhari Raya semalam, saya terus menjejak tapak tembakan bedil tersebut dan mengambil gambar untuk dikongsi bersama dan agar tidak lagi timbul kesangsian di kalangan penduduk Kuala Terengganu. Sayangnya sekitar tapak tembakan bedil itu kini sedang berubah. Lereng bukitnya sudah digondol. Malah, kalau dulu sukar untuk melihat pondok tempat tembakan tersebut kini sudah dapat dilihat dengan jelas dari bandar – hampir mana-mana lokasi sebelah timur bukit tersebut.

Saya telah sediakan peta lokasi untuk menjelaskan kedudukan sebenarnya serta panorama Bukit Pak Apil dengan memberi gambaran lokasi tapak tembakan bedil berbanding dengan Stesen RTM yang mempunyai laluan yang berbeza.

Panorama Bukit Pak Apil diambil dari Jalan Pusara bersebelahan Perkuburan Sheikh Ibrahim

Panorama Bukit Pak Apil diambil dari Jalan Pusara bersebelahan Perkuburan Sheikh Ibrahim

Lokasi sebenar tembakan bedil berbuka puasa

Lokasi sebenar tembakan bedil berbuka puasa

InshaAllah, saya akan berkongsi banyak lagi gambar yang diambil dari puncak Bukit Pak Apil ini dalam posting berikut.

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Hui Hui And Other People (Thursday, March 31, 2005)

One day in our afternoon religious class, my friend L surprised me by saying that he’d been enjoying some Chinese New Year cake that his family had received from mainland China. L was a pretty ordinary chap, fair of skin and voluble in his Trengganuspeak. In our daily dalliance, he was very much like one of us, but it was when he started to talk of his yearly bite of his exotic cake that I realised that he was one of us and more. He was from the al-Yunani clan, a prominent Chinese Muslim family in Kuala Trengganu.

The al-Yunani family of Trengganu were not strictly from the Yunnan, but were the Hui-Hui people from the Guangdong province in China. Members of L’s family who were early settlers in Kuala Trengganu adpted the family name al-Yunani (of the Yunnan) to signal to the local Malays and to the Chinese community that they were Muslim people, though they were not themselves from there.

The Hui Huis were generally Han Chinese, but in later classification of the Muslim community in China, the name was used to embrace other Muslim ethnic groups too, including the Turkic Muslims and even the former Nestorian Christians who converted to Islam many, many years ago. But the al-Yunani Hui Huis of Kuala Trengganu were Guangdong people who shared the same ethnicity as their non-Muslim cousins in Kampung China.

The journey of L’s al-Yunani family to Trengganu started in 1903 when Haji Ali bin idris (later to be known as Pak Ali Yunan), his wife Hajjah Halimah, and his mother-in-law left Palembang where they’d been settled, for Singapore.There they found another person, whose name was to become famous in Kuala Trengganu, Abdullah bin Sulaiman, or Pak Lah Yunan, and another man from Guangdong named Musa (Pak Musa). From there they looked for another place to go to, and finally decided on Trengganu, a state once visited by Cheng Ho (Zheng He). And so, joined by Pak Lah’s wife Khadijah (Pak Musa’ niece who joined them from Guangdong) and another man, Daud, they settled in Kuala Trengganu.

Pak Musa became an itinerant medicine peddler, Pak Daud became a general trader in Jalan Kedai Payang, while Pak Lah went to prospect for gold in Hulu Trengganu. While he was away, his wife and daughter opened a laundry shop in Kuala Trengganu, called Kedai Abdullah al-Yunani. When Pak Lah came back from the sticks, having failed to find much gold in the Hulu, he began to spend his days in the laundry shop, adding other items to its inventory, religious books on the shelves, and rice bags on the shop floor. Soon, in an act of trimming down, he stopped taking in dirty linen, and stopped the trade in rice entirely. He concentrated on the book-trade, and for a long time Abdullah al-Yunani became the most famous bookshop in Jalan Kedai Payang, in Kuala Trengganu.

In the records of the al-Yunani family of Trengganu, they have 7 pioneers who came down to Trengganu from China, the first five under the reign of Sultan Zainal Abidin III (1881 -1918)— Musa Li, Ali Zhang bin Idris, Abdullah Dong bin Sulaiman, Daud Dong and Hassan Liu bin Salleh. Then two more under the reign of Sultan Sulaiman Badrul Alam Shah (1921- 1942) — Muhammad Yusuf Xiao bin salleh, and Haji Ibrahim Fu bin Muhammad.

Now, although almost completely absorbed into the Malay community of Trengganu, the al-Yunanis still look back to their roots in China if only to remind themselves how far they’ve travelled to be there.

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Buku Growing Up in Trengganu (GUiT) karangan Awang Goneng (Wan Ahmad Hulaimi) ini boleh didapati di Alam Akademik dengan harga RM36.00 senaskah (Harga Pasaran RM39.90)

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Snapshots to the Past (Saturday, January 28, 2006)

Abdullah Dong (pronounced Tung) bin Sulaiman, came to Kuala Trengganu during the reign of Sultan Zainal Abidin III — al-Marhum Haji — in the early years of the twentieth century. (see, Hui Hui and Other People). In Kuala Trengganu he opened a shop that sold everything from shellac to rice to salt and books and Hari Raya cards. He was assisted in this venture by fellow emigrant Haji Hassan Liu bin Salleh, known widely as Pök Chang Siput.

Soon the shop trimmed its stock and specialised only in stationery, magazines and books. It became the sole agent in Trengganu for the Utusan Melayu and the Straits Times (later New Straits Times). In Trengganu, Abdullah Dong became known as Pök Löh Yunang, and the shop, Abdullah Al-Yunani, became Kedai Pök Löh Yunang, the famous purveyor of books and religious kitabs.

I am fortunate to have been sent this photo of Pök Löh in his shop by Encik Yahaya bin Mohd. Nor, his grandson. Encik Yahaya used to help in the shop in the days when he was still in shorts. He says that in the early days, some of the Hari Raya cards sold there were printed in the back of the shop.

Pak Loh Yunang in shop
Pök Löh in his bookshop
As a very young schoolboy I remember going there one Saturday morning to enquire about a book. It wasn’t the very young Encik Yahaya I spoke to then, but a much older lad by the name of Shukor who told me that they no longer had the book in stock. “That was my elder brother who died last year,” Encik Yahaya says.

Thanks to Encik Yahaya, I also now know that Pök Chang Siput had no connection at all with snails (siput), but was a masterchef known by his Chinese appellation of ‘sifu’ (master); so sifu became siput in Trengganuspeak.

Another man who arrived with Pök Löh, Ali Zhang bin Idris, became Pök Ali Yunang. Pök Ali was the man I described in my earlier blog as the alchemist. He had a shop in Jalan Kampung Daik where he sold roots and poultices and Chinese herbs, and also kept a stock of hardware goods, and sparklers for the end of Ramadhan. Pök Ali’s ointment — Minyök Pök Ali — was much sought after for pains and aches.

Another bookseller from this remarkable group of Yunani pioneers in Kuala Trengganu was Abdullah’s brother Pök Daud (Daud Dong) who specialised in religious books in his shop, also in Kedai Payang. Among his kitabs Pök Daud (Pök Ok) also kept an array of kris (made, probably, in Ladang), seeds, and brassware (most certainly from the brassworkers of Tanjong).

Encik Yahaya also very kindly sent me another interesting photo (“that I saved from my Mother’s house, before the termites moved in”) from the heyday of the Yunani brothers. This one was taken probably in the early 1940s, and shows a delegation of Chinese Muslims (mostly in white coat) being taken by Pök Löh to visit the Sultan Sulaiman Badrul Alam Shah at the Istana, though I’m uncertain which one. I’d hazard a guess and say that it was the Istana Kolam, though I haven’t come across any records of fire damage to any of its out houses. (If you look closely in the background, you’ll see, as Encik Yahaya points out, that the roof on the left has been gutted).

Chinese delegation with Sultan
Chinese Muslim delegation with the Sultan.
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In this picture, Sultan Sulaiman is seated in the centre. Standing 4th from left is Tengku Ismail, his brother, who later became Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah. Pök Löh Yunang is seated second from left. I’d be grateful if anyone could shed further light on this photograph.

The Yunanis came to our part of the world via Indonesia and Singapore, then settled in Trengganu. From there they have spread even further: Pök Ali’s grandson is now an Imam in a mosque in Sydney, Australia, and many are settled now in Kuala Lumpur and other parts of the peninsula.

Pök Löh died in Makkah circa 1954.

A young Yunani boy I used to know at school told me that they received cakes from relatives in Hong Kong during Chinese festivities. As it is now time for that, I wish my Chinese readers many happy cakes and a happy new year.

Gong Xi Fa Chai!

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Buku Growing Up in Trengganu (GUiT) karangan Awang Goneng (Wan Ahmad Hulaimi) ini boleh didapati di Alam Akademik dengan harga RM36.00 senaskah (Harga Pasaran RM39.90)

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Tokoh Wartawan Negara Pak Samad meninggal

(dipetik dari Utusan Malaysia – 5 September 2008)

KUALA LUMPUR 4 Sept. – Pejuang kemerdekaan dan Tokoh Wartawan Negara, Tan Sri Abdul Samad Ismail meninggal dunia di Pusat Perubatan Pantai di sini pukul 5.58 petang ini akibat jangkitan paru-paru.

Abdul Samad, 84, atau lebih dikenali sebagai Pak Samad dirawat di pusat itu sejak 24 Ogos lalu dan terpaksa dibantu dengan alat bantuan pernafasan.

Beliau yang dilahirkan di Singapura pada 18 April 1924, meninggalkan seorang balu, Puan Sri Habibah Hamid dan 10 orang anak termasuk penulis blog dan bekas wartawan, Nuraina dan Maria.

Isteri pertamanya, Hamidah Hassan meninggal dunia pada 2 Jun 1990.

Menurut anaknya, Nuraina, jenazah Abdul Samad telah dibawa ke rumahnya di No. 2, Lorong 16/7C, Petaling Jaya malam ini dan akan dikebumikan di Tanah Perkuburan Islam Bukit Kiara di sini, selepas sembahyang Jumaat esok.

Jelasnya, rawatan dialisis kali kedua yang dilakukan oleh pihak hospital hari ini terpaksa diberhentikan kerana jantung bapanya tidak boleh bertahan.

“Sepatutnya rawatan dialisis selama empat jam tetapi diberhentikan selepas sejam rawatan kerana keadaannya yang makin tenat,” jelasnya ketika dihubungi Utusan Malaysia hari ini.

Difahamkan, keadaan kesihatan yang tidak menentu itu disebabkan jangkitan paru-paru yang dihadapi bapanya.

“Jangkitan itu telah merebak ke organ lain seperti di bahagian buah pinggang,” jelas Nuraina.

Allahyarham memulakan kerjayanya bersama Utusan Melayu di Singapura pada 1941 dan tidak lama selepas itu, Abdul Samad meneruskan kariernya dengan dilantik sebagai Penolong Pengarang Warta Malaya (Berita Malai) sebelum dinaikkan pangkat sebagai pengarang akhbar berkenaan.

Pada tahun 1946, beliau kembali ke Utusan Melayu sebagai Penolong Pengarang sebelum dilantik sebagai Timbalan Pengarang sehingga 1957.

Dalam tempoh 30 tahun mulai 1958, Abdul Samad memegang beberapa jawatan penting termasuk Timbalan Ketua Pengarang Kumpulan dan Penasihat Editorial The New Straits Times Press.

Beliau menerima pengiktirafan tertinggi apabila menerima anugerah Tokoh Wartawan Negara pada 19 November 1988 selain anugerah-anugerah kewartawanan lain dari dalam dan luar negara termasuk Anugerah Ramon Magsaysay.

Selain statusnya sebagai wartawan terulung, Abdul Samad yang merupakan seorang pejuang kemerdekaan turut menyertai delegasi ke London untuk rundingan mendapatkan kemerdekaan negara pada 1956.

Beliau juga bergiat aktif dalam politik tanah air selepas penjajahan Jepun pada 1945 sebagai Presiden Parti Kebangsaan Melayu sebelum menyertai bekas Perdana Menteri Singapura, Lee Kuan Yew menubuhkan Parti Tindakan Rakyat (PAP).

Selepas lima tahun, beliau meninggalkan parti itu untuk menjadi Pengerusi Tetap UMNO Singapura.

Abdul Samad menerima pangkat Darjah Panglima Setia Mahkota dengan gelaran Tan Sri pada 6 Jun 1992.

[laporan lain boleh juga didapati dari blog anakanda Pak Samad – http://www.nursamad.blogspot.com/ – termasuk laporan hari-hari akhir Pak Samad di hospital]

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Seluruh kakitangan dan pengurusan Alam Akademik ingin mengucapkan SELAMAT MENYAMBUT BULAN RAMADHAN YANG MULIA serta SELAMAT MENUNAIKAN IBADAH PUASA.

Dapatkan segala buku panduan dan rujukan untuk menunaikan ibadah puasa dengan sempurnanya di Alam Akademik.

Di sepanjang bulan Ramadhan ini kedai kami akan dibuka Sabtu hingga Khamis 9:00 pagi hingga 5:00 petang.

Buku-buku agama boleh juga didapati di kedai sekutu kami:

Pelbagai kitab agama di Jendela Ilmu

Pelbagai kitab agama di Jendela Ilmu

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JENDELA ILMU

Membekal pelbagai kitab Agama

Bahasa Arab, Bahasa Melayu (Rumi/Jawi), Inggeris

No. 111A, Jalan Sultan Zainal Abidin (Tanjung)

Kuala Terengganu

Tel: 09-623-6329

(klik untuk peta)

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