Royal tombs in terrible condition!

Last Sunday, (2nd May 2010) while I was driving back to KL from Lumut, I decided to follow the Bota Kanan route. My intention was to visit the tombs of past rulers of Perak and of course my ancestor – Megat Terawis.

Right after crossing the Sultan Idris Shah II Bridge in Bota, moving towards Ipoh, the tomb of Almarhum Sultan Muzaffar Shah III could be seen on the left hand side of the road. I stopped the car and took some pictures. I was surprised that bushes are all over the place as if no one bothered to clean the tomb.  The pictures below explains my disappointment.

Tomb of Sultan Muzaffar Shah III, Perak - thick bushes covering the tomb

Tomb of Sultan Muzaffar Shah III, Perak - thick bushes covering the tomb

The newly-built gates can be seen clearly here with a brief write-up about the life of Almaruhum Sultan Muzaffar Shah III of Perak. Proceeding further to the tomb, thick bushes can be seen almost covering the tomb stones of this Sultan. Then I said to myself, this is a Sultan’s tomb situated right next to the main road connecting Bota and Ipoh. I wonder what would be the condition of the tombs of other Sultans of which I know that those tombs are situated far from the main road.

I took a U-Turn and then head to Bota Kanan town. I remember that there are two Sultans intered there and the tombs are situated right in the town centre (behind the shop houses on the left hand side of the road towards Teluk Intan. The signage showing the direction to the tomb is clearly visible.

Signage showing the direction to the tomb

Signage showing the direction to the tomb

Moving towards the tomb...

Moving towards the tomb...

Surprisingly, I can’t find the tomb! MashaAllah, the tombs were covered by thick bushes – thicker than the ones we have seen earlier. The worse part is, not only the tombs are covered by bushes, the entrance too is not visible. The path to the tomb is now a rubbish disposal point. How humiliating.  People of Bota town, do you really know that the tomb existed!? To the Penghulu of Mukim Bota, your office is just next to the tomb. Have you done anything to remedy the situation?

Is this the tomb of the Sultan of Perak?

Is this the tomb of the Sultan of Perak?

Rubbish disposed at the entrance to the tomb!?

Rubbish disposed at the entrance to the tomb!?

What's left of the so-called entrance to the tomb...

What's left of the so-called entrance to the tomb...

Thick bushes covering the tomb...

Thick bushes covering the tomb...

That’s the fate of the tombs of two Sultans of Perak – Sultan Alauddin Shah and Sultan Ahmaddin Shah. I was so angry and drove directly to Pulau Tiga where the tomb of Megat Terawis is situated. Nearby, there were tombs of Sultan Ahmad Tajuddin Shah, Sultan Mahmud Iskandar Shah and his younger brother, Yang Dipertuan Muda Mansur Shah.

Signage - Do we have a Sultan of Perak with the name Sultan Muhammad Iskandar Shah? It should be Sultan Mahmud Iskandar Shah. I wonder which dumb government officer was in charge of proof-reading the signage

Driving further towards the direction of the tomb, I realised that I was driving too far as the tomb was less than 500m from the signage. Then, I saw the tomb of Sultan Mahmud Iskandar Shah right next to the path. With no signage or write-up, one wouldn’t know whose tomb was it. The pictures below explains itself.

Tomb of Sultan Mahmud Iskandar Shah, Perak

At least the tomb is visible...unlike the one in Bota

And now to my disappointment, I reached the tomb of my ancestor – Megat Terawis. The condition is almost similar to the Sultans of Perak. Covered with bushes. Something must be done by respective family members because we definitely cannot rely on the authorities. They are just civil servants who happen to be attached to departments. If they were not told to act by their superiors, nothing will be done. The pictures I have displayed here shows that the authorities are not doing their job! As family members, we should act NOW!

Entrance to the Tomb of Megat Terawis

The Tomb of Megat Terawis


About Megat Iskandar At-Terawis

Born 18 February 1979. Received primary education at King Edward VII School, Taiping, Perak and continued his secondary education at Sekolah Tuanku Abdul Rahman (STAR), Ipoh, Perak (1992-1996). He was awarded a scholarship by the Public Service Department to further his studies in the United Kingdom. Completed his A-Levels at Brooke House College, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, United Kindom in 1999 and gained entry to the University of Kent at Canterbury, United Kingdom. Graduated with a Joint Honours Degree in Computing and Accounting & Finance in 2002. He later pursued his post-graduate studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in 2003 specialising in Malay Aristocratic Genealogy. Former Chairman of the United Kingdom Executive Council for Malaysian Students (UKEC) from 2001-2003. He was a banker by profession – specialising in Cash Management & Islamic Finance. He is now heading the corporate affairs of a technology company based in Putrajaya. An appointed member of the Community Representative Council for Putrajaya (MPPWP Sub-Zone H) by the Minister of Federal Territories. He is also an elected member of the Executive Committee for Persatuan Darul Ridzuan, heading its Heritage Bureau. He is also the founder and currently serving as Secretary of the Persatuan Keturunan Megat Terawis Malaysia (The Megat Terawis Clan Association of Malaysia). A Grade 8 holder in Pianoforte, he is an active musician, composer and arranger. He married his 3rd cousin – Puteri Nuur Khadijah Binti Megat Ramli in 2004 and was blessed with two children – Megat Idris Naquiyuddin and Puteri Mariam Sophia.
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3 Responses to Royal tombs in terrible condition!

  1. kamal says:

    Assalammualaikum, the royal mausoleum was previously under the jurisdiction of the
    Department of Museum and Antiquity but now the department is known as the
    Department of Museum Malaysia. There is a new department – Jabatan
    Warisan Negara. I think this department should take the initiative to maintain and
    safeguard the history and heritage of the Perak royal mausoleum and the tomb of all the Perak chieftains.

    • Megat Iskandar At-Terawis says:

      Thank you for your comments Sdr Kamal.

      Personally, I have doubts that the officers at Jabatan Warisan are capable of initiating such efforts. Let’s do a test. I think my blog is not that popular. So, the officers at Jabatan Warisan may not have visited my blog. What I will do (after CNY holidays of course!), on Monday 7th February 2011, I will email the url to this particular article to key officers at the Ministry. Let’s see how fast their response are. I will publish the email communications between myself and the officers from the Ministry. Let’s wait how their responses are.

      So, stay tuned…..

  2. Raja Adley Paris Ishkandar Shah bin Raja Baharudin says:

    Assalammualaikum En. Megat Iskandar.

    Beberapa tahun yang lalu, saya bersama-sama saudara pupu saya, YM Raja Ali Raja Amran bersama YM Raja Azmir bin Raja Amin telah menziarahi dua buah makam Almarhum Sultan Ali al-Mukammal Inayat Shah di Gedung Siam (Sayong) dan Almarhum Sultan Yusuf Sharifuddin Muzaffar Shah (juga di Sayong). Apa saya lihat dengan jelas keadaan kedua-dua buah makam ini amatlah menyedihkan. Makam kedua-dua orang Sultan ini berada dalam keadaan yg cukup daif dan ditumbuhi semak-samun. Persoalannya, siapakah yg bertanggungjawab ke atas penyelenggaraan makam-makam Sultan ini? Dan pernah juga disiarkan dlm akhbar METRO, melaporkan isu yg sama berkaitan nasib makam-makam Sultan di Bota…Diharapkan pihak-pihak yang berwajib mengambil tindakan segera kerana ia melibatkan imej Paduka Seri Sultan Perak Darul Ridzuan serta imej Kerajaan Negeri Perak itu sendiri.

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