Category: Glossary Q – Z

  • Sinkheh

    Possibly Hokkien for “newcomer’. Refers to Southern Chinese migrants, all of them men, who came to Malaya in the 1800s as indentured labourers. They came from the regions of Fujian and Kwantung to escape famine, political instability or persecution. Upon arrival in Malaya, they spent one year as indentured labourers, chained to the snakeheads, before…

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  • Saudara baru (convert)

    Literally means ‘new brother’. A convert to Islam. The Malays, following the Austro-Polynesian custom, expand this to mean ‘to be a new Malay’. Regardless of ethnic background and DNA, a person who becomes saudara baru is considered a Malay and will be protected at all costs in times of trouble.

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  • Royal Malayan Police

    The Federation of Malaya Police began in Penang in 1806. In the 1870s, at the height of the Larut Wars in Perak, the Perak Armed Police was formed. The Federated Malay States Police, formed in 1896, was the body that looked after the states of Perak, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan and Pahang. Under the British system,…

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  • Selepang Merah vigilantes

    A direct translation of the Malay term selepang merah. Selepang is a type of shawl or kesa draped diagonally over one’s shoulder. Merah means red. This is the name of a group of Malay vigilante groups that formed and reformed several times during Malaya’s and Malaysia’s tumultuous periods of the State of Emergency and racial…

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  • Part Three: The Night of the Flying Blades

    Part Three: The Night of the Flying Blades

    During their school break, Raden children learn more about family magic and the past. The flying blades are justice reserved for those betrayed by kith and kin.

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