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The road to Bukittinggi: Aziz Ishak’s rendition in his Mencari Bako

Mohd Noor Merican, Ahmad Murad (2021) The road to Bukittinggi: Aziz Ishak’s rendition in his Mencari Bako. Melaka Hari Ini.

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In his Mencari Bako (Searching for Roots), published in 1983, a memoir of his journey in search of origins and ancestors, Abdul Aziz Ishak tells us the story about his larger family, his encounters with fellow Minangkabaus and community, and the history of the Malays. His ancestors traversed their way to what is now North Sumatra from Pagaruyung, and Payakumbuh. And in the ways of the merantau, finally took residence in what is now Minden and Batu Uban, Pulau Pinang. Aziz (1913 – 1999) former colonial civil servant, journalist and politician was a Minister under Tunku Abdul Rahman’s cabinet. Earlier in his life, Aziz was not impressed with the Minangkabaus. He was not proud to claim his “Minangkabau origins.” In school and his youth, he could not recall “meeting a single Minangkabau boy…among the student population.” His early impressions changed when Utusan Melayu in 1939 took in, as editor, one Haji Abdul Rahim Kajai.

Item Type: Article (Newspaper)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General) > B69 History and systems
D History General and Old World > D History (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM621 Culture
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC)
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2024 10:58
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2024 10:58
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/111461

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