okay let me continue with the Kuala Lumpur story, now what you’re looking at here is the Kuala Lumpur in modern time. You can see a few things which are important for this virtual tour one of the things that you need to see is the “Padang” or the field (in the map on the video) I’ll share with you later.
There are two rivers that are flowing in, one is known as the Gombak river and the other one is known as the Klang river. What happened in the early days, when I say early days in the early 1800s so about 1800s onwards there was a group of people that came from Indonesia which is the Sumatra island especially from a place called Padang.
Who are these people? They ran away from their home country and they are called the Mendailing people and Minangkabau people. There was a clash between the Dutch people and Mendailing people, what happened a group of people, Mendailing people who went to Mecca, Makkah you know the Islamic center they went there and they started to study about sharia laws and they want to impose an Islamic system but if people in Sumatra especially those who are in authority.
Minangkabau people follow the customs and practices of their ancestry. The Minangkabau people follow a system that honors the ladies. When I say that it means the lady is more important than the man in a general way ie land-owning etc but Mendailing group of people who went to Mecca and started to share study about sharia law and came and said that “you people are following the wrong teachings” and one of the things is rooster fighting. How many of you like the rooster fightings? as for me I personally disagree with this though. Around the globe we can see, from South America or India rooster fighting is a common thing. It is a type of gambling.
This group of people known as the “paderi” the word paderi is a priest but they are not Christian priests they are actually Islamic priests or imam. They told you are doing the wrong thing, you are actually gambling and this is all not right but this been their custom so there was a clash.
What happened to the people in authority, the Minangkabau authority called the Dutch to help them so since there was a clash started The Mendailing run to find new opportunity in Malaya at that time. They came to the Klang river mouth and they started to travel in and they end up where today Kuala Lumpur is.
Mendailing people from Sumatra, Minangkabau people from Sumatra, and these people they lived at a place where today you can find a building called the Oriental building. That is the area known as the kampung Rawa but Sutan Puasa came at the tender age of eight to Kuala Lumpur and later he became a very important person in Kuala Lumpur as a headman. Sutan Puasa started to call his own people to come over to Kuala Lumpur from Sumatera so that they can start doing Tin mining. Tin mining was very important. Kuala Lumpur grew because of Tin mines.
This is an old picture the location is very important to place, where today if you are standing where the Sultan Abdul Samad Jamek Mosque is which is in-between of these two rivers. if you are standing there…
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