Monday, March 26, 2007

This is a paste up job. It is not about me but about a relation of mine which should be of interest. This piece is written by a Doctor in Kubang Krian just read ok. This is a new edited version 29 july 2007 posted here

History of Medicine in Malaya – Who were the early Malay doctors?
Biography – Dr. Hj. Pandak bin Alang Sidin
Version 3, 26 March 2007 1:46:35 PM

Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad bin Haji Alang Sidin
(1890 – 1965)
Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad bin Haji Alang Sidin was born on the 22nd of April 1890 (barely sixteen years after the British officially occupied Perak in 1874) in the village of Kampung Kledang, mukim of Kota Lama Kanan, district of Kuala Kangsar, state of Perak.
Dr. Pandak Ahmad’s parents, and his close relatives, were ethnic Malays from the vicinity of the royal town of Kuala Kangsar, Perak (the town where the reigning Sultan of Perak resides).
Dr. Pandak Ahmad had a few older sisters (all deceased now) as he was the youngest child and only son from the same mother and father.
Dr. Pandak Ahmad also had a younger half-brother (the late Encik Muhammad Said Al-Feraq of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia who passed away in 1982) from another mother, whom his father married after his first wife (Dr. Pandak Ahmad’s mother) died.

Kota Lama Kanan
Kota Lama (meaning Old Fort or Old Castle in Malay) is a riverside settlement on both sides of a river called Sungai Perak (about 420km long) in the state of Perak (a state within Malaysia), situated just a bit further upstream (about 2km) from Kuala Kangsar town.
Old British Map (c.1880) of Perak
The word ‘Kanan’ (meaning right in Malay) refers to the settlement on the right river bank whilst ‘Kiri’ (meaning left in Malay) refers to the left river bank as one goes upstream.

Old Fort
This old defensive fort, with the sultan’s palace located within its walls, was actually built in the village of Kota Lama Kanan by the second sultan of Perak, Sultan Mansor Shah I (reign 1549-1577)** in the late-1540’s to defend himself and his subjects against the Achehnese (a powerful kingdom based in northern Sumatra island) military incursions.
The said sultan was however defeated by the Achehnese and taken in captivity, together with his family, to Acheh where he eventually died.

Perak War
Kota Lama Kanan is also known as the place where Captain (Retired) T. S. Speedy (the then British Assistant Resident of Perak), and his well-armed troops (numbering about 200 men and several pieces of modern artillery) led by Major J.F.A. McNair, ransacked and burnt down the whole village (including the village mosque) in February 1876.
*Note- Captain (Rtd.) T.S. Speedy, as the ‘Commissioner of Police’ and thus in charge for ‘Law & Order’ in the state, was based in the town of Taiping, Perak (which was the capital of Perak from 1874 to 1937), which is nearer at about 35km east of Kota Lama Kanan.
Whereas Mr. James W.W. Birch (the first British Resident of Perak who was killed in Pasir Salak, Perak in November, 1875 by Dato’ Maharaja Lela together with Dato’ Sagor and their followers) was based in Bandar Baru, Hilir Perak, Perak, which is further away at about 120km south of Kota Lama Kanan.
There was another detachment of British troops (numbering about 1,500 men) coming upstream from the Perak River mouth at about the same time, but had arrived too late to engage (to perform a ‘pincer’ movement with the detachment from Taiping to trap the rebels) in battle at Kota Lama Kanan.
This incident happened because the local Malays, under the leadership of its ‘Penghulu’ (meaning village headman in Malay), had resisted and fought gallantly against the British Sepoys’ (soldiers of Indian origin) attempt to pursue and capture the then ‘fugitive’, Dato’ Maharaja Lela, and his followers during the uprising known as the Perak War (1876-1877).
However Dato Maharaja Lela and his followers managed to escape and retreated to Hulu Kinta (where the city of Ipoh is located) in this instance, with the remaining British forces in hot pursuit of the rebels and thereafter turning this campaign into a manhunt.

War Memorial
Fifteen British officers and men (their remains are buried in the Bukit Chandan War Memorial in Kuala Kangsar till this day), including numerous British Sepoys and local Malay villagers, were killed in this incident at Kota Lama Kanan with many more seriously wounded on both sides.

Village Mosque
Some traces of the defensive earthen ramparts and ditches from this historic event could still be made out in the vicinity of the village of Kota lama Kanan till this day.
Tombstone of Sultan Mansor Shah I
However the village mosque (which has the tombstone [above] of the second sultan of Perak sited within its prayer hall, near the ‘mihrab’) has been completely rebuilt at its original site in 1916 with concrete.

His peculiar name, Pandak Ahmad, indicates that Dr. Pandak Ahmad was probably the fifth or sixth sibling. His immediate relatives and close friends called him ‘Pak Andak’ or ‘Pandak’.
Dr. Pandak Ahmad was also well known simply as ‘Haji Ahmad’ or ‘Dr. Ahmad’ by others.
*Note- ‘Pandak’ refers to a title of a particular order of birth among the Malays from the state of Perak, just as the word ‘Sulong’ or ‘Long’ refers to the eldest sibling, ‘Tengah’ or ‘Ngah’ refers to the second, ‘Alang’ or ‘Lang’ refers to the third, ‘Panjang’ or ‘Anjang’ refers to the fourth, ‘Muda’ or ‘Uda’ refers to the fifth, ‘Pandak’ or ‘Andak’ refers to the sixth, ‘Puteh’ or ‘Teh’ refers to the seventh, ‘Hitam’ or ‘Tam’ refers to the eighth, ‘Kecik’ or ‘Cik’ refers to the ninth and ‘Bongsu’ or ‘Chu’ refers to the tenth or the youngest.

Early Education
Dr. Pandak Ahmad did his early schooling at the Malay School in Kota Lama Kanan from Primary 1 through Primary 2.

Budak Suruhan’ (Boy-Servant)
Dr. Pandak Ahmad then went on to live with his aunt and uncle (Raja Ngah Mohamad Noh) in the town of Kuala Kangsar where he became their ‘budak suruhan’ (meaning boy-servant in Malay), a custom very common in those feudalistic days for children from poor Malay families; whereby the boy would have to fetch water, collect firewood, be punished if his aunt’s children misbehaved, tending to his uncle’s livestock, etc., to earn his upkeep.

‘Sekolah Jalan Hogan’
Luckily his aunt and uncle allowed him to continue with his schooling and Dr. Pandak Ahmad then attended a Malay School (Sekolah Jalan Hogan) in Kuala Kangsar from Standard 1 through Standard 5.
Nonetheless Dr. Pandak Ahmad would find time to study very hard in between his mandatory chores at home and his school time, and would eventually do well in his studies.

Secondary Education
Although Dr. Pandak Ahmad was a commoner (not of Royal or Noble lineage), he then attended the prestigious Malay Residential School in Kuala Kangsar, or now better known as the Malay College (MCKK), from Standard 6 through Standard 9 until he completed his Senior Cambridge examinations.

Malay College
His enrollment into the MCKK was made possible by way of his uncle, the ‘Datuk Indera Lela’ – Raja Ngah Mohamad Noh (who was related by marriage to his maternal aunt), who was then a minor ‘Pembesar Negeri’ (meaning chieftain or nobility in Malay) of Perak state.
This was because during those early days, only offspring from the Royalty & Nobility of the Malay States in British Malaya could attend the MCKK (which was established on the 12th of January, 1905).
*Note- The territory known as ‘British Malaya’ in 1910 consisted of 1) the Crown Colony of the ‘Straits Settlements’ of Penang, Dindings [this territory was handed back to Perak in 1935], Malacca & Singapore, 2) the Protectorate Territory of the ‘Federated Malay States’ of Perak, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan & Pahang and 3) the Protectorate Territory of the ‘Unfederated Malay States’ of Perlis, Kedah, Kelantan, Trengganu & Johore.

Undergraduate Medical Education
It can be safely assumed that Dr. Pandak Ahmad had enrolled into the prestigious King Edwards VII’s Medical School (whose name was later changed to King Edwards VII’s College of Medicine), Raffles College, Singapore in either June, 1909 or 1910.
However it can ascertain that based on recorded documents, Dr. Pandak Ahmad, together with Dr. H.S. Moonshi in the same batch then graduated from the medical school with M.B.B.S. in the Class of March 1916.

It is assumed that most probably Dr. Pandak Ahmad did his housemanship (or compulsory internship) at the government hospital (the General Hospital then but now known as Hospital Taiping) in Taiping, Perak where it was recorded that he had reported for duty on the 1st of April 1916.

Post World War I
Government Service

Dr. Pandak Ahmad was transferred to, and had reported for duty at, the District Hospital, Kuala Kangsar (now known as Hospital Kuala Kangsar) on the 3rd of March 1917, and it is assumed that this is when he was officially confirmed and entered into the government service.
It was recorded that on the 19th of February 1919, Dr. Pandak Ahmad was then transferred back to Taiping.

Batu Gajah and Seremban
On the 27th of September 1919, Dr. Pandak Ahmad was transferred from Taiping to the General Hospital (now known as Hospital Batu Gajah) in the town of Batu Gajah, Kinta, Perak until August 1921 when he was then transferred to the General Hospital (now known as Hospital Seremban) in the town of Seremban, Negeri Sembilan.
Nevertheless in December 1922 he was transferred back to Kuala Kangsar where he stayed for nearly seven years.

Dr. Pandak Ahmad was then transferred from Kuala Kangsar to the District Hospital (later known as Hospital Mentakab but now downgraded to a ‘health centre’ with the opening of the new Temerloh Hospital recently) in the town of Mentakab, in the district of Temerloh, Pahang in October 1929.

Later in December 1931, he was transferred to the District Hospital (now known as Hospital Pekan) in the royal town of Pekan, Pahang (where the reigning Sultan of Pahang resides) and stayed until December 1932.
During his stay in Pahang, Dr. Pandak Ahmad had to serve the villages and towns located along the length of the Pahang River (the longest river in Malaya at about 480km in length) from the town of Pekan, right up to Chenor, Temerloh, Jerantut till Kuala Lipis (which was then the capital of Pahang state from 1890 to 1955).

‘Anak Angkat’ (Adopted Son)
It was while working in Pekan that Dr. Pandak Ahmad had befriended the father (who was one of the ‘Pembesar Negeri’ of Pahang state, but a poor one) and family of the late Tun Haji Abdul Razak bin Hussein.
Dr. Pandak Ahmad had in fact made Tun Haji Abdul Razak his ‘anak angkat’ (meaning adopted son in Malay) and had partly financed (by providing for Tun Abdul Razak’s school uniforms, school books, pocket money, etc.) his early education.

Kuala Kangsar
Dr. Pandak Ahmad was later transferred back again to the District Hospital in Kuala Kangsar, Perak in January 1933 where he eventually ‘retired’ from government service.
During his stay in Kuala Kangsar, Dr. Pandak Ahmad also had to serve the various settlements (from the town of Grik in the north to the town of Teluk Anson in the south) located along the greater part of the Perak river.

It was here in Kuala Kangsar, towards the end of his lengthy career with the colonial government and after he came back from his first hajj, that Dr. Pandak Ahmad had a few major disagreements with his British superiors (about the disparity of salary and benefits between local and British doctors, amongst others), after which he decided to resign (and thus ‘retire’) from the service at the age of thirty-eight years old.
*Note - The official retirement age for all local civil servants is 55 years old (and still is till today) and therefore Dr. Pandak Ahmad’s due retirement should only have occurred in 1945.
However, the British administrators hurriedly expunged Dr. Pandak Ahmad’s excellent record of service and had denied him his due pension payment after his early ‘retirement’ in 1938.
It was only later, in the 1980’s, that the Malaysian Government (as successor to the colonial government) reinstated Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad’s pension to his surviving wife (Hajah Aishah), for the rest of her life, in recognition of his contributions to this country.

Both in Perak and Pahang, Dr. Pandak Ahmad’s main concern, and preoccupation, was the eradication of the dreaded skin disease known in Malay as ‘puru’ (yaws). This disease, which is virtually non-existent now, was widespread among the rural people back then.

River Doctor
Both among the older generations of people along the Perak and Pahang rivers, Dr. Pandak Ahmad was well-known as the ‘Doktor Sungai’ (meaning River Doctor in Malay) as he would come by their riverine villages in sampans or motorised boats.
This was due to the fact that there were no proper roads to connect the major settlements within both states (Perak and Pahang) in those days, thus a large portion of the rivers became the major route for access, and these journeys would takes days (and sometimes even weeks) to complete.

When Dr. Pandak Ahmad went to Mecca (Makkah), via Jeddah, in 1937 in a steamship to perform his first obligatory pilgrimage (the Hajj), he brought along his wife (Aishah), two of his children (Mohammad Ali and Khadijah) and his younger half-brother (Muhammad Said).
*Note- In those days, a complete journey to and from the Holy Lands (Mecca and Medina) in Saudi Arabia would take at least five or six months in a large passenger steamship.
However Muhammad Said was left behind in Jeddah, to pursue his studies and eventually settled down there, after they successfully completed their first pilgrimage and returned home to Malaya.
Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad went to Mecca again in 1948 to perform his second hajj pilgrimage and to visit his half-brother (Muhammad Said) whom he had not met for nearly ten years, and this time he only brought along his wife (Hajjah Aishah) and two of his children (Sarah and Rahmah).

Japanese Occupation
During the Japanese Occupation of Malaya (1942-1945), Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad grudgingly co-operated by being a medical officer again with the occupiers as he had a large family to feed, clothes and protect.
Once he was caught with a radio receiver (banned by the Japanese authorities) in his house, however Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad escaped punishment by the Japanese because one of his nephews had admitted to being the owner of that particular item and was thus severely punished.

Private Practice
After Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad’s so-called retirement in late-1938 (just prior to World War II), he opened a private clinic in the town of Kuala Kangsar, but this clinic lasted for only a few months.
First Private Malay Rural Doctor
After closing his clinic in the town of Kuala Kangsar in early 1939, Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad then opened a private clinic at the ground level of his house (a typical Malay high timber house on stilts) in the village of Kota Lama Kanan to serve the local population.
With the opening of this clinic within a rural setting, Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad thus probably became one of the first ‘private’ Malay doctors to practice and serve the rural areas.

Getting paid for services rendered was always a problem because his patients were mostly poor rural Malays and whenever there was any payment, much of it was ‘in kind’ - that is with paddy (beras or padi), chickens (ayam), bananas (pisang), rubber (getah), etc.
This led to the other problem of stocking enough medicines or drugs required in the clinic to dispense to his patients as the medical suppliers had to be paid in cash, but Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad would improvised by utilising all the available free drug samples that would be provided to him, every now and then, by the suppliers.
But survived he did in spite of the difficulties he had to endure, and Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad even had a dirt road (about 5 km in length) constructed from the Iskandar Bridge (a bridge built by the British in 1931 spanning across the Perak river to carry vehicular traffic) to his clinic (house) with his own money for the benefit of local people.

First Motorcar
This had led to Dr. Pandak Ahmad becoming the first person in the village of Kota Lama Kanan to own a motorised vehicle (a motorcar), and to hire a driver to drive him around.
Dr. Pandak Ahmad also became the first person to own a generator in the village for use at his clinic, which was in use until the whole village was supplied with electricity by a private company known as the Kinta Electrical Distribution Ltd. (KED) in August 1965.

Rural Clinic
Much of his clinic, which was made entirely of timber in 1939, had been destroyed by two ‘banjir besar’ (meaning major floods in Malay) that hit his house in 1967 and 1972, and only a room with some derelict furniture still remains of his clinic today.

Post World War II
Political Involvement

Though Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad completed his education through the British-imposed educational system, he disliked and despised the British colonial policies and treatment towards the local population, especially with the notion burning inside his heart that his village and people had suffered directly under the British.
This important factor would shape Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad’s political views towards the British authorities and administrators as he would end up serving under them directly.

Although he had a disdain attitude towards the British, Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad had agreed to serve the colonial government because, besides it being mandatory upon him, he saw that he could be involved directly in the eradication of several common & widespread diseases prevalent among the rural people then.

Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad had ‘respected’ the Japanese for their willingness to stand up against, and then sometimes defeating, the Western Powers but abhors their policy of colonising and subjugating other Asian nations, especially when they came to be in control of ‘Tanah Melayu’ (Malaya).

Kesatuan Melayu Perak
Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad was very concerned about the plight of the rural Malays, and their predicament, under the colonial government whereby their political rights were denied in their own land, and hence was determined to find a way to resolve this.
Therefore when the movement known as Kesatuan Melayu Perak (KMP) was formed by local Malay nationalists in Perak during the late-1930’s Dr. Hj. Pandak Ahmad immediately became its member and had fought together with others for Malay political rights.

Independence Movement
It is noted that Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad’s involvement in local politics was only at personal level.
Although he never held any position in any political parties other than being an ordinary member, nonetheless Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad was indirectly involved in the independence movement.
This was by virtue of the formation of the political party known as U.M.N.O. (United Malays National Organisation) in May 1946 by KMP and other Malay organisations throughout Malaya, and through its religious wing known as the Majlis Ulama, of which he was also a member.

PAS (Partai Islam SeMalaya)
However, when the Majlis Ulama withdrew from UMNO and formed P.A.S. (Persatuan Islam SeMalaya but now officially named as Partai Islam SeMalaysia) during the early 1950’s Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad followed them and became a life-long member, and staunch supporter, of PAS.
It was said that during Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad’s lifetime no one from his immediate family would openly dare to be involve with UMNO.

Tun Haji Abdul Razak
Thereafter, it was said that Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad and the late Tun Abdul Razak had not met each other because of the different political views each held, until the day he died when Tun Abdul Razak turned up at his funeral.
*Note- It was recalled by Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad’s family members that Tun Abdul Razak had tried to meet him several times since, through emissaries and mutual friends, but he refused because he strongly felt that Tun Abdul Razak had betrayed him.
However Tun Abdul Razak was kept informed of Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad’s well-being throughout his life by his friends.

Throughout his life, Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad remained true to his ideals and was considered a patriot, and a genuine nationalist who had fought for and had served his people diligently, by his colleagues and friends though he was not involved with nor supported the ruling party.

Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad was said by his peers, friends, former patients and close relatives to be a man of principle, deeply religious, very trustworthy, well disciplined, highly innovative and righteous.
Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad was well-respected, honoured and loved by his close relatives and all the people that knew him, and especially by people he had served from the surrounding villages.

Loving Father
Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad was also a very strict but loving father to all his children. Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad was very particular about his children’s education, and he made sure that the boys go to English schools and the girls to Islamic religious schools (Sekolah Agama in Malay).

Fourth Malay Doctor
Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad came from a poor Malay family and then had to become a boy-servant initially during his younger days.
Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad then rose against overwhelming odds to become the fourth Malay doctor (and most probably the second Malay doctor from the Federated Malay States) to graduate from the King Edward VII’s Medical School, Singapore.

‘Datuk Seri Lela Paduka’
Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad was summoned to the palace and offered the title of ‘Datuk Seri Lela Paduka – Orang Besar Enambelas’ (one of the minor 16 chieftains of Perak state) by the then reigning Sultan of Perak (Sultan Yussuff Izzuddin Shah, reign 1948-1963) several times during the 1950’s.
*Note- Interestingly Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad was also offered the post of medical officer by some nearby big private companies (and also by some of the surrounding estates’ management) during the 1950’s to look after the health of their workers.
However he refused all of these offers at every instance because that would entail him to spend more time with the palace, or elsewhere, and Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad would rather spend his precious time serving his people who desperately needed his knowledge and expertise.

Dewan Haji Ahmad (Haji Ahmad Hall)
Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad has a village community hall (called Dewan Haji Ahmad in Malay), a structure built by the state government, named after him in Kampung Kledang, Kota Lama Kanan, Perak.

Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad was well verse with the English and Malay language. His English was impeccable because he had studied in the English medium, was taught by British teachers in MCKK and the KE VII’s Medical School and that most of his references (books, journals, etc.) were in English.
It was recalled by one of his daughter-in-law (Puan Hajah Ruba’ayah) that Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad would always write to her, and her husband (Tuan Haji Mohammad Ali), in good English and vice-versa, and that he also wrote his diary in English.
Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad could write the Malay language very well in both the ‘romanised’ (Roman alphabet) and ‘jawi’ (Arabic alphabet) script. He would write in Malay to his brother in Saudi Arabia and older relatives in ‘jawi’, whilst to his children and younger relatives locally he would write in Malay using the ‘romanised’ form.

According to one of his surviving sons, former school teacher Tuan Haji Salleh, Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad had kept a diary (which was written in English) throughout his life, meticulously recording all the important events that had affected his life.
However that too was destroyed by floods, along with many of his medical books and journals, which swept the lower part of his house (clinic) and hence much of his memories, thoughts and opinions were lost forever.

Most of Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad’s close relatives (sisters, uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews, nieces, etc.) reside within the ‘mukim’ (meaning Parish in Malay) of Kota Lama Kanan which consists of many traditional villages, such as Kledang, Batang Kulim, Kandang, etc.

Previous Marriages
According to his surviving close relatives, it was recalled that Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad had married a few times earlier on but had divorced all of his previous wives because they had bore him no children.

Surviving Wife
Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad’s last and surviving marriage was to Puan Hajah Aishah binti Haji Ahmad, who was from Kampung Ribu, Kota Lama Kiri, Kuala Kangsar, Perak. She was in fact one of his cousin’s daughter and was much younger (about 15 to 20 years younger) than him.
Puan Hajah Aishah was a full-time housewife. She passed away peacefully in the family house of old age in May 1997. They have nine children — 1) Habsah, 2) Ahmad Mahiyudin, 3) Rokiah, 4) Sarah, 5) Mohammad Ali, 6) Khadijah, 7) Salleh, 8) Othman and 9) Rahmah.
However three of Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad’s children (Tuan Haji Ahmad Mahiyuddin, Tuan Haji Mohammad Ali and Rokiah) are now deceased.
His Children
1. His eldest child and daughter, Puan Hajah Habsah (born in 1925), formerly a religious school teacher, was married to the late Haji Sheikh Harun bin Abdul Rauf Al-Marbawi (brother of the late Sheikh Idris Al-Marbawi, a renowned Islamic jurist and author). They have ten children - 1) Lotfi (deceased), 2) Halimah, 3) Yang Asmah, 4) Sa’odah, 5) Ayob, 6) Sallehah, 7) Mohamad, 8) Shukri, 9) Latifah and 10) Khuzaimah.
2. His eldest son, Tuan Haji Ahmad Mahiyuddin (born in 1927), formerly a postmaster and then a senior personnel at the Post Office in Penang, passed away peacefully of old age in November, 2006. The late Haji Ahmad Mahiyuddin was married to Hajah Che’ Uteh binti Haji Muhamad Ali. They have four children - 1) Salmiah, 2) Mohamed Yusof (one of the general managers of MAS), 3) Sharifah and 4) Abdul Ghani.
3. His daughter, Rokiah (born in 1929), had died in Kota Lama Kanan of high fever while still young.
4. Puan Hajah Sarah (born in 1930), formerly self-employed, was married to the late Encik Ibrahim bin Haji Baki and they have a daughter (Dr. Jama’iyah binti Ibrahim of the Faculty of Medicine, University Malaya).
5. Tuan Haji Mohammad Ali (born in 1932), formerly the Pengarah, Jabatan Pembangunan Koperasi Perak, passed away peacefully in his house of old age in September, 2002. The late Haji Mohammad Ali was married to Puan Hajah Ruba’ayah binti Mohd. Noor @ Wahi Anuar (formerly a Dental Matron). They have three sons — 1) Ahmad Tajuddin (an architect based in Penang), 2) Ahmad Najlan and 3) Ahmad Azhan.
6. Puan Khadijah (born in 1934), a housewife and is still staying in the family house in Kota Lama Kanan, was married to the late Major (Retired) Zulkifli bin Razali (brother of Datuk Rahim Razali, a Malaysian TV personality) and they have no children, but they have an adopted daughter (Nihad binti Zulkifli). However she has a son from a previous marriage (Abdul Malek bin Mohamad Said, an engineer based in Kuala Lumpur).
7. Tuan Haji Salleh (born in 1938), formerly a school teacher, is married to Puan Hajah Rafidah binti Abdul Malek, formerly also a school teacher. They have two daughters — 1) Salida (a lawyer and stays with the family) and 2) Dr. Rohani (a lecturer with Universiti Teknology Petronas [UTP] in Sri Iskandar, Perak).
8. Encik Othman (born in 1940), formerly a security guard, is married to ‘Dah’, a housewife, from Kampung Beluru, Kota Lama Kiri and they have no children.
9. Puan Hajah Rahmah (born in 1943), a housewife, is married to Encik Abdul Aziz bin Mor, formerly a businessman. They have seven children - 1) Khairul Azlan, 2) Zur’aina, 3) Azura, 4) Akmal, 5) Hazim, 6) Shamsul Hazri and 7) Mohammad Sohaimi.
Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad bin Haji Alang Sidin passed away peacefully in his house on the 4th of May 1965 at the age of seventy-five (75) years old.

It was recalled by his surviving family members that Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad had a few prevailing ailments during his latter years, such as hypertension, asthma and hernia (of which he was operated upon).
However Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad had suffered a suspected severe asthmatic attack (and was warded) and he had returned home to his house, after feeling well again, a few days before his untimely death.

Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad was fated to be buried next to his mother’s grave in the Muslim Cemetery at Kota Lama Kanan’s Mosque, Kuala Kangsar, Perak. His wife (Puan Hajah Aishah), who passed away much later in May 1997, is also buried nearby to his grave.
‘Solat Jenazah’
It was said that so many people had come to pay their last respect at Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad’s funeral that his ‘jenazah’ prayers (solat jenazah) had to be conducted at least six or seven times inside the village mosque so that all who came could be accommodated.

Funeral Crowd
Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad’s surviving family members recalled that the family’s timber house nearly collapsed because so many people had entered the house at the same time to view his remains before burial, and in fact all the roads leading to his house were choked with people and vehicular traffic for miles around on the day of his funeral.
It was also said that a lot more people from settlements further away from the village of Kota Lama Kanan were saddened and disappointed that they could not attend Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad’s funeral because news of it had come too late by several days, some even weeks.
Even with their hectic schedule, the late Tun Haji Abdul Razak bin Hussein (who was the Deputy Prime Minister at the time) and his entourage had made time to attend Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad’s funeral.

Medical Equipments
Some of Dr. Haji Pandak Ahmad’s medical equipments, supplies and books were later donated away by his wife, after his death, to a few private doctor friends who would come by to visit and whom she believed would have made better use of them, rather than sitting idly in the clinic.

Further Information
Son—Tuan Haji Salleh bin Haji Ahmad & his wife, Puan Hajah Rafidah binti Abdul Malek of Kuala Kangsar, Perak. Tel.: 05-7761914
Grandson—Ar. Hj. Ahmad Tajuddin bin Hj. Mohammad Ali of Arkitek ATMA. e-mail:
Wan Zaharizan bin Hj. Wan Zan @ ‘Tot’, cousin of Ar. Hj. Ahmad Tajuddin. e-mail:
Grandson - Mohamed Yusof bin Hj. Ahmad Mahiyuddin of Malaysia Airlines. e-mail:
5. Author
**Note-The first ten (10) sultans of the Perak Sultanate:-
1) Sultan Muzaffar Shah I (1528-1549)
2) Sultan Mansor Shah I (1549-1577)
3) Sultan Ahmad Tajuddin Shah (1577-1584)
4) Sultan Tajul Ariffin Shah (1584-1594)
5) Sultan Alauddin Shah (1594-1603)
6) Sultan Mukkadam Shah (1603-1619)
7) Sultan Mansor Shah II (1619-1627)
8) Sultan Mahmud Shah I (1627-1630)
9) Sultan Sallehuddin Shah (1630-1636)
10) Sultan Muzaffar Shah II (1636-1653)


Blogger Zecko Bunut said...

Moga orang-orang kampung kita berbangga dengan Pak Pandak!

Teman bangga adanya orang kampung kita yang hebat macam beliau! Moga Allah mencucuri rahmat ke atas rohnya.

Salam dari Kampung Bunut!

10:44 AM  
Blogger Zecko Bunut said...

Moga orang-orang kampung kita berbangga dengan Pak Pandak!

Teman bangga adanya orang kampung kita yang hebat macam beliau! Moga Allah mencucuri rahmat ke atas rohnya.

Salam dari Kampung Bunut!

10:46 AM  
Blogger evision said...

9:47 PM  
Blogger TERATAK said...

Al Fatihah buat seorang anak Melayu yg memberikan segalanya kepada anak bangsa. Moga rohnya ditempatkan bersama orang2 yang beriman....ameeen

1:04 PM  
Blogger Norhanim Zainudin said...

Drpd Allah kita dtg, kpd Allah kita kembali..

7:29 AM  

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