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Text by Gregory Leow @ Makansutra Durians Abdullah bin Abdual Kadir (1797-1854), popularly known as Munshi Abdullah, was hired at the tender age of 13 as a scribe and interpreter for Sir Stamford Raffles (1781 – 1826) when the Englishman wanted to communicate with the Malay rulers in their native language. In Abdullah’s later years, he published the Hikayat Abdullah (story of Abdullah) in 1849, which was to be the first Malay literary text to be published commercially. The highly autobiographical book contains Abdullah’s personal but detailed musings of Singapore and Malacca society during his time. It also contained personal accounts of his time with Raffles, the man. In one chapter, he detailed one of Raffles’ three visits to Malacca – made between 1807 to 1810 – at a house in the old city area of Banda Hilir, where he stayed. It was one fine day while Raffles was in the...

Full article: http://www.makansutra.com/foodblog/?p=6871

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