30 Mar '18, 7am

Black-&-white bungalows along Temenggong Road opposite VivoCity are like 100 years old

Black-&-white bungalows along Temenggong Road opposite VivoCity are like 100 years old

Long before your time, Stamford Raffles signed an agreement with the Sultan of Johor to gain the right to build a British settlement in Singapore. However, the role of the Temenggong is often overlooked. Advertisement Who is the Temenggong? In 1819, there were only around 1,000 inhabitants in Singapore, one of which was the Temenggong Abdul Rahman. The Temenggong was an old Malay title of nobility, bestowed with the responsibility of maintaining law and order. The small settlement then was nominally ruled by the Sultan of Johor, Tengku Abdul Rahman, but controlled by the Dutch and the Bugis, who would never agree to a British base in Singapore. The Temenggong suggested inviting the exiled Tengku Hussein, who is Tengku Abdul Rahman’s elder brother, to legitimise the British agreement. Image via Sneaky Later, with the help of the Temenggong, Tengku Hussein was successfully s...

Full article: https://mothership.sg/2018/03/temenggong-road-telok-blang...

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