Greetings all... After resting for a week, came the time to make a new pictorial story... This time on an old abandoned palace in Perak. Come! :]
Look at this messy ugly-looking building... Say, if you haven't seen the title of this article above, what building would you think this is?
Itu dia... Satu pandangan daripada dalam...
There.. A look from inside....
Look again inside the house full of growth and foliage... Who would have thought once upon a time it was a palace for royalty!
And the palace didn't belong to just another royalty but the regent, a future Sultan or ruler of the state of Perak!
These pictures were taken during my last visit to Teluk Intan more than 2 months ago. A very dear partner called asking how I was... It happened that a few days before, she read a newspaper article on the Perak regent's palace abandoned at the town and asked me to pay a visit.
Maka pergilah saya pada satu petang 25 Julai 2007. Untuk pengetahuan, saya selalu juga pergi ke Teluk Intan kerana ia adalah bandar kelahiran ayah saya dan tempat keluarganya bertapak turun-temurun! Tetapi itulah kali pertama saya menjejakkan kaki di Istana Raja Muda ini... Kesempatan itupun diambil untuk menggantung poster promosi siri buku "Berpetualang ke Aceh"... Saja, suka-suka...
And so I went there one afternoon 25 Julai 2007. For information, I often visit Teluk Intan as it is the birth-place of my father and his family's place for generations! But it was the first time I set foot in this palace. So I took the opportunity to hang the promotional poster for the "Berpetualang ke Aceh" (literally translated as "The trip to Aceh") book series... That's it, just for fun...
I felt quite sad at the condition of the palace... Once upon a time, the town of Teluk Intan was the official town of residence for Perak's regents. But today's close royalties including the current regent, Raja Nazrin Shah ibni Sultan Azlan Shah seem more comfortable staying in Ipoh, the capital of modern Perak.
I'm not sure how old is this palace... What I do know, it was built when the British still occupies Perak. According to local stories, it was last occupied in the 1940s by Raja Muda (regent) Musa, father to Raja di Hilir (the royal who presides over the lower parts of Perak river) Jaafar.... Raja Muda Musa didn't become a Sultan as he died early. In fact his grandfather who is also known as Raja Muda Musa suffered the same fate! For information, Raja Jaafar is son to Raja Muda Musa who is son of Sultan Abdul Aziz, son of Raja Muda Musa, son of Sultan Jaafar Muazam Shah, the 23rd Sultan of Perak (ruled 1857-1865).
This porch area in fact the palace's overall architecture reflects British influence just like those at many old bungalows in Malaysia which used to be occupied by their high officials.
Itu dia, satu pandangan akhir pada istana tinggal ini... Harap-harap sesuatu dapat dilakukan untuk mengembalikannya kepada keadaan yang lebih elok, sesuai dengan tarafnya sebagai sebuah istana kepada Raja Muda, Insyaallah!
There, one last look at the abandoned palace... Hopefully something could be done to restore it to a better condition, befitting its status as palace for the regent. God willing!
Oh... Saya akan membuat satu posting tentang Teluk Intan di blogspot BERPETUALANG KE ACEH sebentar lagi. Sila lihat ya!
This is a picture of the said palace in the 1920s as shown inside the leaning tower of Teluk Intan. Not bad isn't it? That's all! :]
Oh... I will be posting something on Teluk Intan in the blogspot BERPETUALANG KE ACEH soon. Do have a look ya!
Dalam ruangan komen di bawah saya telah diberitahu bahawa istana ini sebenarnya diduduki orang hingga tahun 1980an, lebih tepat 1983 iaitu tahun Raja Muda Musa meninggal dunia. Kata-kata saya dalam perenggan-perenggan di atas menyebut ia akhir sekali diduduki tahun 40an sebenarnya adalah kesilapan pernyataan maksud kerana Raja Muda Musa ini juga adalah penghuninya ketika itu. Harap maklum...