It is called “songkok” in the Ethnic Malay cultural sphere in the Malay peninsula, Sumatra, and coastal Borneo. However in Java it is called “kopiah” or “kopeah”. In Indonesia it also known nationwide as “peci”. The name “peci” was probably derived from the Dutch word petje means “small hat”. Whatever the name they are all the same shape and style. (read more here)
While we’re on the topic of songkoks, here’s an article of interest.
‘me and my bike’
Ever since the corona virus hit our shores, there’s been a constant need to keep a check on our movements; for our own safety, of course. However, this is not the first instance where movements were monitored. Here’s a sample of a record for movement of persons, from 1956. This record was necessary to control the movement of people because of the Malayan Emergency.
Endowment Fund Receipt
This is a receipt issued by University of Malaya Endowment Fund on 11th October 1949, for the amount $1. The fund was in support of the construction of one of the first buildings in the University of Malaya. Donations were made by “buying” a building brick for the cost of $1. (read more here)
The Junior Technical School
This bulletin called Young Malaysians was published on Wednesday, 23rd November 1949. There are a number of journals and essays in this bulletin and one of them was the “Trade Training for a Career”
read more here
This picture was taken four months after Malaya won the Thomas Cup, in 1949.
This is a tribute to the late HH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh – who is on the extreme left, shaking hands with the badminton heroes Chan Kon Leong, Yeoh Teck Chye and Teoh Seng Khoon.