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Sejarah Melayu (Jawi: سجاره ملايو) or Malay Annals is a Malay literary work which covers a period of over 600 years that chronicles the, then and now, Genealogies of Rulers in the Malay Archipelago. This work was believed to have been commissioned in 1612 by the Junior King or Regent of Johor, The Yang di-Pertuan Di Hilir Raja Abdullah (Raja Bongsu), later, by the office t ...more
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Published June 2012 by Silverfish Books (first published 1613)
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Azri Razak
Jan 26, 2021 rated it liked it
I am definitely amazed at how this book gave me a somewhat of an understanding as well as a sense of connection to both the history and the bedtime stories I've heard as a kid. For instance, the story of Hang Tuah, the attack of the swordfish in Singapura, Badang, how Sang Nila Utama discovered Singapura.

To be honest, the initial chapters caught my attention more, but towards the end when I came to realize that it was focusing more about how the Rajas (In Malaysia) ascended to their thrones, how
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Johnathon Yeo
Oct 14, 2020 rated it liked it
The Sejarah Malayu should be read by everyone born and living in the South of Peninsula Malaysia and island of Singapore. In this context, the annual should be rated a 5 star as it is such an important piece of work giving the people so much more historical depth and identity. Fascinating is the manner in which Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia are interconnected by history albeit many of these interactions are by way of bloody wars. It was recorded that the demise of Singapore was due ...more
Aliaa
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I took this book to read and Chapter 1 didn't make me feel like continuing, so I stopped. Few months later, I intended to make this book as my bedtime novel, but I ended up being hooked 😂😂😂

My favourite chapter would be Chapter 15, the one with stories between Raja of China and Raja of Malacca! The way of them being not-so-subtle showing off how huge their empire was cute and this is where we could see the famous story about the way of eating kangkung as it was used as a trick to see the face of
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Aaron Schuschu
Oct 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Judging from how the Portuguese invaded at the end, was this the actual thing, or a retelling of the retelling? Reminded me of the Jataka Tales with the folklore aspects. In spite of Chinese, Islamic, and Hindu influences, medieval Malaysia was still very much itself- especially in the hilarious place names.
Zach Liang-
Apr 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: msia
I think every Malaysian  knows these Englishmen. I have read too much 10 years ago abot this book when i read the history  of Malaysia .  

One of the interesting books read this summer! Although i have found the book in online form , i also added to my book list his year with the hope that it uses a different format as the scanned online version was a column-full  without spaces  between stories.

This version comes from Silverfish publications ,but keeps  the original text format exactly as the po
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I found it really hard to follow. It was hard to keep up with all the names and who was who. I also didn't find the translation I read very easy to understand. After rereading and discussing in class, I understood a little better. What I got from it was that men conquer and married to conquer. Then something random that didn't make sense to me happens. For example, I found it pretty random where an ox shows up and vomits up foam. From the foam a man in a turban emerges. I think I would have foun ...more
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The Malay Annals consists of exploring new places and discovering new things while striving for conquest. The story introduces various conquests which are accomplished through marriage. Each character is curious to learn about the world and spread his hold on other parts of land. I liked the part where Raja Suran locked himself in a glass chest to explore the sea. The story of Han Casturi was entertaining and showcased an important figure that Han Casturi was to Malay culture. At times it is har ...more
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