Saturday, May 15, 2010

KETURUNAN DATUK BALAI TRENGGANU


Muhammad Bin Ibrahim Bin Datuk Balai Umat. Perkahwinan Datuk Balai Umat dan Wan Kalsom (keturunan Wan Bukit Bayas) mempunyai 2 anak lelaki iaitu Salim dan Ibrahim. Gelar Datuk Balai diwarisi oleh Salim selaku anak lelaki sulung dalam keluarga.

 Terpanggil meletak kan wajah arwah datuk (ayah kepada ibu ) yang aku panggil 'Bak' di blog ini. Setelah membaca coretan Awang Goneng di blog nya http://kecek-kecek.blogspot.com berkenaan Datuk Balai ( Friday-June 17,2005 'Burying the Past', Monday-Sept 19,2005 'Man with The Pom Pom Hat' and Thursday-August 17,2006 'Flower of Trengganu' : Sultan Zain al Abidin refused to recognise the Bangkok Agreement, rejected a British ‘adviser’ but grudgingly accepted a British agent. The gesture did not save him from the stranglehold of this western colonial power, but it saved him until his death in 1919 from having to scrape his state coffers for three more orders to his goldsmiths for the troublesome Bunga Mas.

One morning, when I was up in time to walk with father to the White Mosque (the Masjid Zain al Abidin, as it happened) for the dawn prayer, we met the man in our slow walk home, and father urged me to shake his hand. Father knew the man well as he had a jovial friend who signed himself Awang bin Datuk Balai, and the pompon hatted nonagenarian who was slowly emerging from the haze of the Kuala Trengganu morn was the Datuk Balai himself, the man who hobnobbed with and probably shook the hands of panjandrums in the imperial court and probably caught a glimpse of the Siamese king himself as he peeked through his royal curtains to look with satisfaction at yet another consignment of Trengganu gold.

Datuk Balai in his heyday served in the Royal House of Trengganu, father said, and was part of Sultan Zain al Abidin’s Bunga Mas mission. I was too clueless than to be capable of any intelligent conversation with the Datuk, but I remember him for his gleeful take on life as he saw it, and father, I remember, was always taking home some gleeful anecdotes about the man. He once told father that the head of jet black hair under his woolen hat was largely attributed to his diligent watering of the roots from within, with glasses of milk from local cows. I remember the words that father quoted from him, sirang dalang (standardspeak, siram dalam, watering from within). And then once, father said, he simply disappeared from sight, only to be found in the darat (hinterland), merrily watering a gaggle of ducks, a business idea that soon floundered but which brought him back to the White Mosque of his former master Zain al Abidin.

Once when father asked the venerable Datuk Balai about his trips to Siam with the Bunga Mas he made great comedy of how Siamese men and women in the street made a show of throwing themselves to the ground in prostration on seeing the arrival of this precious gift. Such was their veneration for their king).

........terasa kehilangan yang amat sangat kepada Arwoh Bak.



Buku Awang Goneng

Bak ialah seorang yang jarang melenting dan suka 'nngayor' dengan cucu-cucu nya. Pernah dikenali 'Che Mat Pintas' dikalangan kawan-kawan nya semasa muda. Meski pun ayah nya Ibrahim bin Umat ' Che Heng' seorang panglima Silat yang bersama-sama abang nya Salim Bin Umat ' Datuk Balai' membawa Bunga Mas ke Siam, darah persilatan tiada didalam tubuh arwoh Bak. Masih teringat Arwoh Bak memberitahu, Che Heng amat rapat dengan Habib Bucu (Syed Abdul Rahman Bin Alwi Al Haddad) yang dikatakan Wali yang betapa di Bukit Bucu,Batu Rakit. Ilham petapaan itu diajar kepada adik nya Syed Abdul Hamid, maka lahir lah persilatan yang dikenali sekarang Gayong Syed Hamid. Gayongan ini dikembangkan oleh Ayohsu Mezoh di Ladang dan Tok Lebai Awang di sekitar Jeram.

Salim Bin Umat dianugerahkan gelaran Datuk Balai oleh Sultan Sulaiman Badrul Alam Shah pada tahun 1924 iaitu 2 tahun sebelum bah merah dan 4 tahun selepas baginda tuanku naik takhta. Pada majlis yang sama Tengku Long (Raja terakhir Besut) yang juga digelar Ku Long Ddekar atau Ku Long Gagoh turut dikurniakan gelaran Tengku Seri Indera Segera . Gelaran Datuk Balai dianugerahkan khusus bagi amanah mewakili kerajaan dalam misi penghantaran bunga emas ke Siam. Kemungkinan Salim Bin Umat hidup dalam pemerintahan 3 orang Sultan, bermula Sultan Zainal Abidin 3, Sultan Muhammad 2 dan Sultan Sulaiman. Sejak zaman Sultan Mansur 1 lagi jawatan Datuk Balai ini ujud.

Arwoh Bak mempunyai hati yang sangat baik. Ilmu 'Penunduk' yang ada pada nya tiada lain ada lah mulut nya yang sentiasa tersenyum. Hingga sekarang, kepada generasi-generasi lama di Kuala Trengganu ..keturunan ini dikenali 'Keturunan' Datuk Balai.

Aku yakin dan percaya, dengan ilmu 'rahsia diri' yang Bak pegang..nikmat dan rahmat yang dirasa.

AL-FATIHAH UNTUK ARWOH BAK
MUHAMMAD BIN IBRAHIM
1912-9 NOV 1988

***Gelaran Che dikatakan berasal dari Champa. Gelaran Che bermakna Sri.***