Singapore Bicentennial 2019 – The Johor Connection

Calvin Cheng

A cheeky thought – one group of people who should be celebrating 1819 are the current Johor Royal Family.

It was these few days, between 31 January and 6th February 1819 that the ancestor of the current Johor Royals sealed the deal of the century that eventually led them to become the new Sultans of Johor.

When the British arrived in Singapore, it was Temenggung Abdul Rahman, the de facto chief of Singapore, that greeted them.

To me, Temenggung Abdul Rahman was the first master deal maker of Singapore.

The Sultan of Johor when the British arrived was Sultan Abdul Rahman, descended from the old Sultans of Melaka. He was crowned over his older half-brother, Tengku Hussein when their father died.

Tengku Hussein, after having lost his throne, went into exile on Bintan.

When Raffles arrived, Temenggung Abdul Rahman sensed an opportunity and told the British that they had a chance to obtain Singapore, and outdo the Dutch, if they backed Tengku Hussein for the throne.

This draft agreement was signed between Temenggung Abdul Rahman and the British on 31 January 1819.

From February 1st, Temenggung sent men to Bintan to retrieve Tengku Hussein and inform him of the deal, and brought him back to Singapore.

This resulted in the Treaty of Singapore on February 6th 1819, when Tengku Hussein was crowned Sultan of Johor-Riau.

Furious, the Dutch took Sultan Abdul Rahman, the half-brother, to Bintan and crowned him Sultan of Lingga-Riau.

From this point forward, the Sultanate of Johor-Riau was split in two, between a British-backed Sultan of Johor and a Dutch-backed Sultan of Lingga-Riau.

But the real winner was Temenggung Abdul Rahman.

Having been the deal-maker, he became the British-backed de facto leader of Johor, and Sultan Hussein was merely a puppet king.

Eventually, his grandson Abu Bakar, would be crowned Sultan of Modern Johor, and the old line of Johor Sultans, descended from the royal house of Melaka were exiled to Istana Kampong Glam in Singapore, where their descendants remained, until LKY kicked them out in the early 1990s.

The descendants of Temenggung Abdul Rahman continue to rule Johor to this day, as one of the richest, most powerful royal houses in Malaysia.

The current royal family of Johor is thus intimately linked to 1819, the Treaty of Singapore, and Singapore.

Temenggung Abdul Rahman was the chieftain of Singapore and ruled from Istana Lama in Telok Blangah. Today, it is the Temenggung Mausoleum where Abdul Rahman and his son Daing Ibrahim are buried.

The father of modern Johor, Abdul Rahman’s grandson Sultan Abu Bakar (and the first Sultan of Johor of his line), was also born there in Telok Blangah. The current Royal Family still visit their ancestors’ mausoleum frequently.

That is why I think Singapore, will always have special place in the hearts of the current Johor royals, for this is the place in 1819, where their ancestor, the ruler of Singapore, did a masterful deal, traded Singapore with the British, and eventually became the rulers of all of Johor, and arguably the strongest royal family in modern Malaysia.

And it all began in 1819 in these few days 200 years ago on these shores.

 

* Facebook post by Calvin Cheng.

 

 

 

 

 

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15 Responses to “Singapore Bicentennial 2019 – The Johor Connection”

  • opposition dude:

    It may have been that way 200 years ago but alas Singapore and Malaysia are 2 different countries now. Other than nostalgia the Johor family has no ownership of the country.

    And besides, none of the current Johor family was even born back then. So even if they were to say their great ancestor made a deal with the Brits, so what?

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  • LIONS:

    So,the Temengong family kicked out the former sultanate n started a new one.

    So,what is the lessin for sgs?
    KICK OUT USELE$$ PAPigs n start a NEW GOVT THAT CARES FOR SGS.

    Then following the same,sgs,like Johor,will again prosper.

    Calvin Cheng,is your big mouth smelly from all the bootlicking?

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  • Great Asia:

    Sealed the deal?!!!

    This twisted Banana is like Lee Kuan Yew and his d**honourable son, they are angmoh worshipping monkeys!

    These monkeys have nothing except for a piece of Chinese skin.

    In order to have such a twisted view of colonial history, Calvin Cheng must have a twisted soul.

    I think he has.

    Ha ha ha!

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  • Great Asia:

    Colonialism is the greatest crime against humanity in the history of mankind.

    Only animals will commemorate colonialism.

    Ha ha ha!

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  • Great Asia:

    Anglophile Lee Kuan Yew and his son should commemorate the arrival of colonial invaders to America. If those colonials invaders didn’t invade North America and wiped out the native Indians, a superpower that is called The United States of America would not be created.

    Singapore won’t be able to become what it is today without the post-WWII world order that is set up by the USA and its allies. Also, we won’t be able to thrive without the security provided by the mighty US armed forces.

    So, all Singaporeans should celebrate the slaughtering of the indigenous people by the colonial invaders.

    Hey, PAP twisted souls, am I right?

    Ha ha ha!

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  • Great Asia:

    “Traded Singapore with the British?!!!

    The British don’t trade! They take!

    Hong Kong just been returned to China by the UK in 1997. Why?

    So the Qing emperor of China traded Hong Kong to the British more than a century ago?

    Can the Qing emperor say NO to the mighty British empire back then?

    What is the size of a Malay kingdom as compared to the Qing empire?

    Such a small and weak Malay kingdom can negotiate with the mighty Royal Navy of the British Empire?!!!

    The souls of all the PAP fat cats are so twisted!

    Ha ha ha!

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  • Great Asia:

    This animal has failed to realise that all the States of Malaysia were colonies before.

    All the Sultans also traded with the British to make their lands to be under the rule of the Queen as well?

    Ha ha ha!

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  • HarderTruths:

    If we follow this logic then let’s also celebrate the Japanese slaughter of people in $G & Malaysia, as without this happening $G would never have been free of the British and Malayan rulers.

    What a stupid piece.

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  • Bapak:

    Be careful & learn how to read body language especially one’s dressing. The above photo character add a moustache is a total replica of Adolf Hitler. He will stab you from behind type.

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  • MarBowling:

    Bapak:
    February 4, 2019 at 4:55 am (Quote)
    Be careful & learn how to read body language especially one’s dressing. The above photo character add a moustache is a total replica of Adolf Hitler. He will stab you from behind type.

    Response: totally agree. Add a moustache and a Centre-parting hairstyle, this MF looks EXACTLY like that ars*Hole Adolf Hitler!

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  • MarBowling:

    Great Asia,

    Miss your GREAT comments for quite a LOONG Time.

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  • Great Asia:

    There are two interesting articles in The Straits Times, one on the first by that man with a twisted soul and the other is by George Yeo on the Opinion page.

    I hope that some of you here are sophisticated thinkers but not shallow monkeys.

    Ha ha ha!

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  • We got it already!:

    How many times are they going to ramp the Singapore Story down our throats?
    Every day repeats on cna…
    Now showing the days under the brits!
    We aint so great come to think of it..

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  • Sperm:

    How can they not remain in power given that peasants will ensure status quo thanks to threats from Malaysia and the goodies of merdeka generation. Most Singaporeans perceive that democracy or multiparty parliament must become a Taiwan or USA.
    Actually Europe democracy is better.

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  • I'm Halimah fakey president:

    What’s this PAPIGS ass licker trying to say ??? Trying to curry favour with the Johor royalty ??

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