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PERAK - NORTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA
TAIPING : Kota Ngah Ibrahim
 
 

KOTA NGAH IBRAHIM

HISTORICAL COMPLEX

 

Built in 1854 as a personal residence within a fortified compound, Kota Ngah Ibrahim is an imposing physical legacy of one of Perak?s most prominent historical figures. Located on two km stretch of land and about 8 km from the town of Taiping, Kota Ngah Ibrahim was the residence of Ngah Ibrahim, a rich Malay aristocrat who held the title Orang Kaya Menteri Paduka Tuan and was the son of Long Jaafar, the officer who was credited as the founder of Taiping and the person who discovered tin in Larut in the 1840s.

 

Ngah Ibrahim also established the first modern system of administration in Perak by forming and appointing a police force, a judge, a magistrate, a treasurer, and a clerk. Ngah Ibrahim is perhaps better remembered in history as a resistance fighter He along with his father-in-law Laksamana Mohamad Amin Alang and Sultan Abdullah, who ruled Hilir Perak, were among several people implicated in the assassination of the first British Resident in Perak James W.W. Birch in Pasir Salak on Nov 2, 1875.

 

In a twist of irony, his very own personal residence and fort was turned into a courthouse for the murder trial. While other statesmen found guilty such as Dato Maharaja Lela, Dato Sagor, Sepuntum, and Pandak Indut were sentenced to death by hanging, Ngah Ibrahim, Mohammad Amin, and Sultan Abdullah and several other statements were banished to the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean in 1877. Although Sultan Abdullah was pardoned by the British after 16 years and allowed to return to Perak, Ngah Ibrahim and his father in laws appeals to return as well were rejected. Instead, they were sent to Sarawak and then Singapore where Ngah Ibrahim died on Feb 4, 1895 and Mohamad Amin in 1908. However, on 7 September 2006, Ngah Ibrahim?s remains were exhumed and were brought back to Perak where he was given a full-scale ceremony and a national tribute before finally reburied near his house.

 
 

After Ngah lbrahims downfall, Kota Ngah Ibrahim witnessed itself being put under the English administration until converted into the Matang Malay Teaching College (1913-1922). During the Japanese occupation in 1941, the Japanese Imperial Army made the fort its headquarters and war strategic operations centre. Alter the Japanese surrendered in 1945, and World War II ended in 1946, it was transformed into a Malay School (1945-1984). The fort was converted into the Matang Historical Complex beginning in 1985 and was handed over to the Department of Museums and Antiquities. From 1987, this fort was taken over by the Perak Museum Department as a state historical site known as Kota Ngah Ibrahim Historical Complex. As a historical complex, Kota Ngah Ibrahim features collections of all types of artifacts related to the chronology of events leading to the erection of the complex itself.

 

Within the impressive structure, one will find permanent exhibitions that depicts the history of the buildings construction and its usage beginning from Cek Long Jaffars family, Ngah Ibrahim, period of English Rule, the Japanese Occupation, Matang Malay Teaching College, and the Malay School. Among the exhibits on display here are old weapons and equipments. Visitors to the complex will be able to get a closer look at one of the few surviving chain-mail armour used by Bugis warriors. Having much in common with the Vikings of early medieval Europe, the Bugis were well known warriors. They must have been a fearsome sight decked in their heavy chain-mail armour and weapons. Kota Ngah Ibrahim is located at Gantang Hill, Matang, not far from Taiping. The complex is open daily from 9 am until 5 pm and there is no entrance free.

 
 
 
TAIPING : Kota Ngah Ibrahim
PERAK - NORTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA