Bugis Temasek

Bugis Temasek

Friday, 27 October 2017


Sirri na Pesse, yang bermaksud 'rasa malu dan rasa bangga' dalam bahasa Bugis, tema pameran Pesta Budaya Melayu Taman Warisan Melayu (TWM) tahun ini. Pameran itu, sebahagian daripada siri Se-Nusantara anjuran TWM yang memaparkan kepelbagaian warisan dan budaya Masyarakat Melayu Singapura, memperkenal pelbagai aspek kehidupan masyarakat Bugis. Menerusi perkongsian oleh tiga anggota masyarakat Bugis, SITI AISYAH NORDIN (naisyah@sph.com.sg) meneroka cara mereka menyerlahkan jati diri dalam konteks masyarakat moden hari ini.














Istana Lama (Old Istana)

It was earlier claimed that Istana Lama was built in 1824 and later replaced with a mosque in 1890. A 1931 map shows an octagonal mosque and an Istana Lama approximately 100 metres to the left. An 1823 map of Telok Blangah also showed an octagonal structure at the same spot. This octagonal building served as a Balai-Rong (Balai Orang) for the Temenggong to engage in meet-the-people session. Istana Lama was not structurally-built yet till 1824. Istana Lama was replaced with Harbourlights Condominium
An idea of a Bugis exhibition almost 8 years ago was something deemed impossible. Selected few came together in 2015, brainstormed and proud to share our Bugis heritage to Singaporeans and the world that we are here. The historical personalities of the Bugis can be seen through the artifacts displayed that attempt to rediscover our roots through shared knowledge and questions from visitors. Thank you very much for attending our programs and visiting our Gallery. And you will get to know that Bugis is more than just Bugis Junction

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Sirri na Pesse: Navigating Bugis Identities in Singapore
14 October 2017 – 24 June 2018
Malay Heritage Centre, Gallery 1 & 2
Free Admission

Sirri na Pesse, which loosely translates to 'Honour and Pride' in the Bugis language, features the history and development of the Malay-Bugis community in Singapore, many of whom can trace their roots through seminal historical developments in the Malay world during the 18th to 20th centuries.

Whether of royal descent, or born to seafarers or merchants, the local Malay-Bugis community continues to maintain their distinct cultural heritage whilst establishing modern Bugis identities unique to their Singapore experience.

Sirri na Pesse is the fourth instalment in the Se-Nusantara (Of the Same Archipelago) series of exhibitions that rediscover the rich multi-ethnic heritage and culture of the Malay community in Singapore ~ Malay Heritage Centre
















The Bugis community in Singapore. This is a group photo taken during the launch of MalayCultural Fest in conjunction with the Bugis Exhibition 'Sirri Na Pessi' at the Malay Haritage Centre. 

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Oldest Cave Art in the World - Sulawesi

Ground breaking facts in 2014; the encountering of a cave art in Sulawesi has indicated the minimum age for the stencil of opened palm ‘hand-paintings’ to be 39,900 years old, which classified it currently as the oldest hand stencil in the world. The finds from the Maros cave sites in Sulawesi raised the possibility that such art predates the exodus of modern humans (directly) from Africa 250,000 or more years ago[1].

A comprehensive research made by Dhani Irwanto disclosed a new theory hypothesizes that the lost island and city of Atlantis is located in Java Sea, Indonesia, as written in his book entitled Atlantis: The lost city is in Java Sea, published in April 2015. The latest development of research relating to Sundaland moves forward to the what is called "Out of Sundaland Theory", and exhaustive research conducted by Dhani, despite inconclusive, hypothetically promising[2]


Could Asia behold the secrets of the origins of man and progressively the origins of the Bugis? However It does not address the origin of life, an ongoing debate as theorized via abiogenesis[3]



[1] (National Geographic, Related: "The Human Journey: Migration Routes.")Cave Paintings in Indonesia Redraw Picture of Earliest Art http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/10/141008-cave-art-sulawesi-hand-science/


[2] I communicated with him with regards to his research on Out of Sundaland with many positive reviews from Scholars and Scientists abroad. Dhani is currently Director at PT INDONESIA HYDRO CONSULT, Demographic info Indonesia | Renewables & Environment. He is the author of Atlantis: The lost city is in Java Sea.

[3] Abiogenesis is the natural process of life arising from non-living matter, such as simple organic compounds.] It is thought to have occurred on Earth between 3.8 and 4 billion years ago, and is studied through a combination of laboratory experiments and extrapolation from the genetic information of modern organisms in order to make reasonable conjectures about what pre-life chemical reactions may have given rise to a living system, Source WikiPedia