Thursday, February 23, 2006

Taking the road to Penang again

I will be taking the road again to Penang this Friday with wife Aishah and son Firdaus.

On Friday we will be attending the engagement of cousin Syed Omar bin Ali Aidid's daughter at Kampung Syed, Burma Road after the Friday prayers. Syed Omar is the grandson of Syed Abdullah bin Mohamad bin Zain bin Mohamad (Puteh) Alhabshee.

Syed Abdullah was responsible for "saving" the Kampung Syed wakaf (endowment) land from being sold by his elder brother Syed Noh. Syed Mohamad (Puteh) Alhabshee was also the father of Syed Noh a.k.a. Habib Noh, popularly referred to as the saint of Singapore (Wali Keramat). PLEASE NOTE: Syed Noh or Habib Noh, the saint of Singapore, was the grand uncle of Syed Noh (same name), the elder brother of Syed Abdullah, who wanted to sell the wakaf land.

Syed Abdullah decided to hand over the administration of the property to the then Muslim and Hindu Endowments Board (now known as Islamic Religious Council while a separate entity looks after Hindu-owned endowment assets) after consulting and on the advice of Penang-born Kedah magistrate Syed Mohamad Idid.

Syed Abdullah was the last officially appointed trustee as stated in a written trust deed of Ku Pahmah binti Ku Zainal Abidin, widow of Syed Mohamad (Puteh) Alhabshee. A month before his demise in 1950, when he left for Johor to attend to family matters, he appointed his cousins Syed Abbas bin Abdul Rahman Alhabshee and Syed Salleh bin Hashim Alsagoff as trustees.

On Saturday we will be attending the wedding reception of Isa Adam Yee, son of Datuk Dr Adam Yee Abdullah and Datin Dr Sharifah Mariam binti Syed Hassan Aidid at the Tabung Haji complex, Bayan Lepas. Isa is the grandson of the late Tan Sri Syed Hassan Aidid of Ayer Itam, Penang.

After the reception, we will hit the road back to KL with my elder brother Faiz and his wife Maznah. On sunday we are scheduled to attend the "akekah" ceremony of Faiz's grand-daughter Jannah at Kelana Jaya. Jannah's parents are Syed Ahmad Fazli bin Syed Faiz and Kharisah, both working with Petronas, the national oil corporation.

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