Query on the ancestry of Penghulu Mat Taha of Layang2

Recently, I received a query from a reader who is a descendant of one Penghulu Mat Taha of Layang2, Perak. In his query, he would like me to provide an evidence showing that Penghulu Mat Taha is a son of Maharaja Dewa Panjang Ugek. Below is the actual query sent to me:

 

” Mengenai Panjang Ogek, anaknya yang bernama Taha dikenali dengan nama Penghulu Mat Taha. Saya cicit Mat Taha atau nama sebenar Mat Taha bin Mohamad, beliau adalah Penghulu Layang-Layang Kanan, Parit sekitar tahun 1920an – 1940an (betul rumahnya diguna dalam filem anna & the king). Setelah meleliti salasilah Panjang Ogek dalam Geni, nama Mat Taha tidak terdapat dalam keturunan Panjang Ogek bin UdA Katab bin Toh Adab (Toh dewa Seri Mahajara). Jika suadara ada cacatan mengenai salasilah keluarga Mat Taha bin Mohamad, saya ingin dapatkan maklumat tersebut kerana kami sedang mencari maklumat. ”

As mentioned in my earlier posting on Maharaja Lambor genealogy, the Penghulu mentioned above is a member of that aristocratic house of Lambor. The manuscript that shows this lineage of his is MS 40332 Misc. Papers which is kept at SOAS, London. And yes, I do have a copy of the manuscript. The snapshot below illustrates the relationship between Penghulu Mat Taha and the Maharaja Dewa Panjang Ugek.

Manuscript showing the Penghulu Mat Taha is indeed a son of the Maharaja Dewa Panjang Ugek

 

According to the reader, there’s no mention about this Penghulu Mat Taha as a son of Maharaja Dewa Panjang Ugek in Geni.Com. Well, obviously, the person who updates the ancestry in Geni.Com has no information or has unreliable information. Honestly, I am one of the few who are against Geni.Com.

 

I personally boycott the website because the users of the application can simply add their own version of ancestry and it would be hassle for the administrators of ancestries to correct the family tree. Some times, users only heard rumours about their family and they simply key-in to the Geni.Com family tree. As a result, others who are seeking the truth are misled by the incorrect information displayed on Geni.Com.

 

So to Sdr Shamadzhar, this is the evidence showing that Penghulu Mat Taha is indeed a son of Maharaja Dewa Panjang Ugek.

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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4 Responses to Query on the ancestry of Penghulu Mat Taha of Layang2

  1. Shamadzhar says:

    Sdr Megat Iskandar,

    Thanks for your valuable information of my great grandfather ‘Mat Taha’ or actual name according to the manuscript Muhammad Taha bin Panjang Ugek bin Uda Katab bin Toh Adab.
    l got blinck with the latest information, what our family have describe that Penghulu Mat Taha father is Mohamad married to Zainab and Mat Taha sibling are Che Ah, Ahmad Zakaria, Mahyeddin, Arpah, Yaacob and Karim. How do we trace back our ancestor’s authentic documents and can you confirm that Mat Taha bin Panjang Ugek family tree is linkage to Maharaja Lambor or with any of the Perak Aristocracy by marriage.

    Thanks again, Saalam Ramadham Al Mubarak

    • Megat Iskandar At-Terawis says:

      Are you saying that the Maharaja Dewa Panjang Ugek has another name – Muhammad?

      In my personal opinion, it may be possible as ‘Ugek’ is an unusual Malay / Muslim name. Perhaps his real name is Muhammad and people call him ‘Ugek’ and since he is ‘Panjang’ (which means a rank lower than those of Long, Ngah, Alang), people call him Panjang Ugek.

      Alternatively, there is a possibility of Muhammad being the name of Mat Taha’s step-father. Maybe after the death of Maharaja Dewa Panjang Ugek, Mat Taha’s mother married another man with name Mohamad. As you can see in the manuscript, there’s no mention about the name of Mat Taha’s mother. However, Mat Taha had a step-mother by the name of Tipah and had issue several children. Maybe the manuscript was written before the death of Panjang Ugek.

      All these unfortunately are just my assumptions.

  2. Jabbar says:

    Salam Ramadhan Sdr Megat Iskandar dan Sdr Shamadzhar,

    Hari ini terpanggil saya untuk membuka laman web orangduabelas tanpa disangka-sangka. Alhamdulillah, mungkin saya boleh menambah sedikit sebanyak apa yang ada daripada catatan dalam simpanan saya.

    Pandak Taha @ Muhammad Taha @ Pandah Kahar Bin Panjang Ukik /Panjang Ogek adalah anak ke-5 daripada isteri pertama Panjang Ogek iaitu Long Sharifah binti Tok Nara Pandak Manan.

    Catatan menyebut bahawa Pandak Taha mempunyai 4 orang anak, iaitu:
    1. Teh Sariah bt Pandak Taha X Hj Ngah Abdul Rani @ Ngah Derani (Ada rekod memberi Fatimah Teh Sam bt. Muhammad Taha)
    2. Som @ Samsiah bt. Muhammad Taha – Meninggal muda
    3. Kulop Nordin b. Muhammad Taha X Tisah (Kuala Dipang – Kedua-dua meninggal di Mekah Tahun 1969)
    4. Yahya b. Pandak Taha

    Namun begitu, dalam catatan yang lain pula ada menyebut bahawa di antara Som dan Kulop Nordin ada 5 orang anak lain tapi tiada maklumat lanjut sekadar nama, iaitu:
    Hindun binti Muhammad Taha
    Hussin bin Muhammad Taha
    Ahmad bin Muhammad Taha
    Amnah ??? binti Muhammad Taha
    Nurhan bin Muhammad Taha

    Catitan dibuat mengikut rekod Haji Mohd Yaakob b Abbas dan pemberi maklumatnya, seorang waris bernama Abdul Razak Hussain iaitu:
    – anak Mohd Hussain b. Hj Derani
    – cucu Shamsiah bt Hj Ngah Abdul Rani @ Ngah Derani
    – cicit Teh Sariah bt Pandak Taha
    – piat Pandak Taha @ Muhammad Taha @ Pandah Kahar Bin Panjang Ukik

    Berkenaan maklumat daripada Geni.com, waris-waris Panjang Ogek memang sudah memulakan usaha di situ tapi mungkin maklumat tidak lengkap lagi kerana banyak nama hendak dimasukkan. Kalau ikut catatan pada saya ada lebih 1600 row MSExcel, jumlah maksimum kena kali 2 (suami+isteri).

    Wallahualam..

  3. sembangkuala says:

    “I personally boycott the website because the users of the application can simply add their own version of ancestry and it would be hassle for the administrators of ancestries to correct the family tree. Some times, users only heard rumours about their family and they simply key-in to the Geni.Com family tree. As a result, others who are seeking the truth are misled by the incorrect information displayed on Geni.Com.”

    Gosh, and I thought I was the only one who felt that way. It took me ages to build my site and some guy dari mana ntah start adding stuff which resulted having my dad having TWO wives of the SAME name – thus my late mom was both mom and stepmom. To add insult to injury my brother was both brother and step-brother. I think I am my own stepbrother as well.

    Rasa nak padam je account tapi rasa sayang pulak pasal dah invest so much time and effort. I have even written to the offending person and haram tak nak buat apa2, but had the cheek to reply by asking me to accept his request to co-manage. AAAAAARGH.

    /rant over.

    I LOVE your site.

    -R Mahariz Muzaffar

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