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Splashing time at Portuguese settlement


Community celebrates annual traditional water festival of Intrudo
llolding tight to mummy:
By PERCY D CRUZ Photos by A.MALEX YAHAYA

Even a baby was not spared the drenching

&T HAs not bben raining in Malacca for a long spll but residents and F visitors to the Portuguese Settlement at Ujong Pasir were soaked to the skin recently when the community celebrated its annual traditional water fes-

tival of lntrudo.
The event saw a dousing time at the village with pails of water and even garden hoses used to wet fellow residents, visitors and passers-by, who were caught out on the villages main street.

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Cristao language

Poftuguese dialect still spoken at the sttlement) is celebrated on the Sunday preceding Ash Wednesday on February

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start of Lent under the Roman Catholic season of fasting and penance leading to Easter Sunday on April 12, traced its roots to the coming of the Portuguese in 1511 and its 130-year rule over
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werc lrmed' with water pistols of all shaps and sizes, the adults relied on water hoses, pails of water with ice cubes as'weapons'. Some even used water-filled balloons to get the drinching done. Even those who stayed within their respective home compounds watching the 'water blessings" were not spared ofbeing doused.

while the children and

teenagers

We got you : Tourists caught in the 'water cross fire'

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Young ones, teenagers and adults having a real water

splashing time.
ing more," he added. Peter said that the ritual was once held by families as a community event

joined in the fun. He also noted that outsiders and the uninitiated who were'hit' in the'cross ftre'were given a drink ofwine after the unexpcted'water experience'.

tourists from Singapore sportingly

According to Regedor (settlement headman) Peter Comes visitors and

but has since grown into a tourists


attraction over the last few years. "We still view it as a traditioDal event Iinked to our religion but visitors and tourists are welcome to witness it provided they are willing to get wet," he
quipped. The event was held after the Sunday Eucharistic Celebration :t the commu-

nity hall presided by Rev. Fr Moses Lui. The day's programme also included fancy dress football match at the settlement ground between bachelors and married couples in the

'This is done to indicate that the splashing were done for fun and noth-

evening. A branyo (similar to ronggeng) session and a live band performance and songs by locals talents took the stage at the Portuguese Square in the late evening with proceedings winding up at midnight.

ru Traditions intact at St Petefs


By PERCY O'CRUZ

Devotions round the Passion of Christ were brought by Augustinian missionaries


r IOLY Wek celebations intsoduced bv lilthe Pomsese durinq thetr tenure l; I lma*cr *vrn lsi .nd 1641 have

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depicting the lace of Christ.

beeo ldrg orenchd and sEadfstly ob*Md till roday wirh all faceb and aspect of otoals, ptcedurcs, vesments. dvotional prayers and hym6 still very much inu& fmiliar l,lotalte of the H,oly Wck to th lfial popula.e de D.tok Bkul Bilak (J6s d Pelm Sund.y) ob$ry.d on Carrying dE Ap.il I this yerr:nd 'Datok Miti' (De.d lord or C@d Fdday) which fall5 on Aphl 6.

of what we undertake and follow up during Holy Week


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To thrs day, both Nents commemorrted in th tiDl wek of Lent which olmin.tes with E sterSuday on April8,are unique in Malaysia and still continu. to be laced with heritate and tr.ditions and only okeru.d feryently .t st Pet?rt Church here.

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A large followrng including outstaiion Catholic and non-Chnsdans from :ll over MalaFiiand Singapore as well as tourists fmm overseas ruke it a point to converge at St Pete/s to wihess and panake in the prceedAccording ro the b@k Survivol lhrouSft Human Vdu8 wnhen by th late Father MJ. Pinbdo, a fomer parish priesl ofst Pdcr"s, the raditions and dvotions revolving arcund the Passion of Ch.ist were brought by rhe
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Augustinian missioeries and praci*d by laa! Catholis during the Portuglese tenurc of the sratebetwen l5l1 aod 1641. The missiomries amved in Mahcca in 1587. Ttray blilt the Augustinian Mon.stery and allcd it drc convent of our tldv ot cr.(e. The
of ttus monastery

next to ihe Dutch (emetery alonS Fod Road, fomr Mala(ca Club 8rcund. On Palm Sundry, following a late evning Elcheristic se*ice, the 'lrmaos de lgreja (Brorhe6 of the Church in the Cdsbo dialftt) which is the oldgt suryiving church triety in the soulh-East AsEn relptr led by Mo senior membetr caryin8 the bannert of the Holy Euch:rist and Mater Doloaosa (Mother of sorrcws), witnessed a dndle-lit procession mrhng its way arcund the chulch compound. . larye wooden s(aN6 depicing Chnsr carry. int the cross :nd Jndher one fashionrng Mother Mary were add around the comoound wilh devotss and chuach membe6 ;oining rn th. prqession holding lighted candles and in revercoce.
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H.lpftrl hdd: A young church menbr lighting his sister's candle before lhe stad of the Foc6aion.
Ac(ording to lmaos de lgreje group leader lvichael Lazar@, the G@d Fridey prccessrcn rmrdst a mssive candleftght pt(elslon ha5 a rignrficant chilge wheft the statue of the Dead l-ord placed on a wooden bier F introduced. Algo mekng an appernnce ere rhree young boys playing the rcle of Tres lvlanas(Tbree Marys) whowill rend.ra mou.nful brindirge. Said bard: 'Most of what we undeftake and follow up dlring Holy Wek arc traditreill f,Ml5 aDd prEcdures lEssed down by our ance$orc. They sifeguilded the Catholic fajth egaingt persecutron when Mrlacca was undet Durrh rule. "As for me, the prGessions and other rcl.ted riteand rhual prtredureJwete rmpres*d upon rnd taught to me by my father I have ben i0volved with this church goup for well over

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St Anthony, the ruins of which standt todry

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bibliol char.ctea played by a young

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thirtyyeas now' This group wrs established by a Dominican missimary Pedre Caspar da Ctuz to un{ lell Catholi.s panicularly from the Ponutueseocdpation ofMalacca

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Eurasian communitydudng ihe 154year D!t(h brS,nnrng in late 1641.

with lighted candles parlicipating in By PERCY O'CRUZ Photoa by A. MALEX YAHAYA


OOD Friday celebrations at Malrysia s oldest Catholic edifice of St Peter's Church (built in 1710) in Malacca spells an occasion for witnessing age-old traditions and rituals, while offering personal prayers and vows and taking part ir a massive candlelight procession. For menllers of the loc.rl PortugueseEurasian communrty. who marnly reside at the Portuguese Settlenrent in UJong Pasir or work outstation, Cood Friday and Easter (eiebratiors are ar opportunity tor lanily reunions Jnd catching up with close relatives and childhood friends.

Being theE op cloge: Devotees venerating the statle ofthe dead Lord

the oldest-surviving Catholic organrsation in


South-East Asid. From early morning on Cood Friday. both the faithful and crowds comprising nonChristians thronged the church compound to pay homage at the Statue of the Dead Lord resting in a wooden bier, which is on public display only on this special day. The prlgrims frorlr Maldysia and Srngapore paid tribute while undertaking veneration at the statue lying under a canopy. For Stephen De Costa and wife Dorothy. [ormer re5idents of the Portuguese Settlement who r)igrated to Brjsbane in 1989, their visit is an annual affair. ''l can recall that way bdck in the fiftir's and early sixties. the ertrre proceedings af Gmd Fridav, Palm Sunday and Easter was conducted in latiD. excepl for an English sermon. "This is something that has been done away with, except for some porrions of the ceremonies conducted to mark Palm Sunday and Cood Friday. The use of latin certainly
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with each passingyear, with curious foreign tourists dropping in to witness the proceedlngs.

De5pite heavy afternoon showers, thousands congregated at St Peter's church ro p:rticipate in a late evening candlelight procession irr the wake of a dramatic re-enactment of Chrisfs death. All this was undertaken by the use of larger-than-life statues borne by the all-ntale member: of the lrmaoes de lgreja lBrothers of the Church in old Portuguese), said to be

hght procession. said he first attended the ceremonv in 1991 when he joined a church group
tour to see what the celebra-

Porluguese Settlement.. Bachelor Linr WeDg Kai, 48, from lpoh, has always held a special personal devotion,j for Ccod Friday celebrations. !-!m. rrho took part i,t the (andle-

the local multi-raciel culture. D Costa nored that coutirg bdck to Mdlac(a gave his wtfe and hinrself the opportunity to carch up with relatives and old frieflds. pirticularly those in the

ln regard to the numerous non-Christians in attendance. he said this lent credence to the fact that such religious traditions and ceremonies had become part and pdrcel of

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added grandeur and religiosity." said
Costa. He sJid the crowd had been

growing bigger

tion5 were about. "l was told that Good Fdday ceremonies and traditions were unique and nothing like ir was conducted anywhere else in the

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Gontrecdng wlilr lhc dlvlnc; A nonCaiholic pilgrim in lervent prayer.

Porbuguese commumW

light candles to herald Festa San Juan

ll totetlrcr! Resident Marina Danker taking part in the procession to mark the Feast of St. John at Portuguese Settlement in Uiong Pasir
By PERCY D'CRUZ Photos by A. MALEX YAHAYA

MALACCA: Every year during the latter pan ofjune, the PorlugueseErrasian homes at the Portuguese

de lgreja (Brothers of the Church) lighted their wicker torches. They then walked to all homes in the settlement lighting up little white candles sct on fences ind gates at sun-

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The ritual of using lighted candles to obserye lhe least of St John is a lradition dating back io rhe Malacca Portuguese Era in lhe l6rh Century. Former long-time Praya Une resident Anthony Fernandez, 67, recalled that in the old days a mini food fiir and the performance ofthe popular'Branyo'(atraditional Porfugues

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Settlemenr, Praya Laneand Kampung Banda Hilir have little white candles

on !'erdndas, ba,conies and atop pictct feffs as twilight sers in. These numerous mini flames herald the Festa San luJn iteist of St John the &lptist) which falls on June
'[his year's [ea:t celebratioD whiLh is pan and pircel of the week-long Festa San Pedro (Feast of St Peter, the patron saint of fishermen). was launched by Ronald Can. assistant chairman of the Banda Hilir constituency development comminee at the Medan Ponugis sited rvithin the 80-yearoid Ponuguese Settlement in Ujong l'asir. Following an Eucharistic religious service at the settlement communiry

According to the settlernent's regedor(headman) Peter Comes. the ritual of using lighted candles to obseNe the feast was adopted from the Ponuguese when they occupied
from l5l1 to 1641. "5t John the Eaptist is desrribed ns the forerunner evangelist prior to the coming of Christ. llence. lhe llghted candles signify this saint who led the way during the time of pagan communities," he
Malacca

set.

still adhered to until tod.ry is the


making of Kanjee Munggu, a sweet delicacy made from mung beans. This sweets is only made o[ the feast day and i5 crten in PortugueseEurasian households at tea time.

song-dance routine similar to Malay ronggeng) were the main


highlights.

Notes from the book Sun'il'al


Melacca

"However,

Ok-to-pl.y-wlth-tlre d.y;
Children are especially excited

t'xplained.

during lhe tesl.


dressed in similar coloured clothing.

and 1960s. when Praya Lane and Kimpung


1950s

ln the early

hall. a small bonfire was lit at the square and members of the lrmaos

Hilirwtnessed a large number Portuguese-Eurasian families moving to the area and with flshisg es a dominant livelihood. the residents wore green pyjamas on the night of the feast day while during

of

Bailda

the day their children were

It is said that green represented the community's innocence. purity and rejuvenation. lt is also believed that when St John was beheaded, children who visited his tomb were dressed in green and caried liShted
candles in homage.

Portuguese-Eurasian Catholic residents moving out of Praya Lane and Kampung B:nda Hilir from the early 1970s onwards, the felst day celebration is emewhat diluted. 'Later, the Ponuguese Settlement tmk over orgenising th festival and combined rt with the San Pedro festival. which eventually got listed on the state tourism calendar." said Fernandez. who now lives in Banda

with many of

the

who seryed and lived in

Ihrough limes, authored by the late Portuguese cleric Fr MJ. Pintado

from the late 1950s. state: "At the

height of the Portuguese occupation of the state, rhe feasr of st John rhe Baptist was observed in grand feshion. A prayer seruice was then held

at the chapel atop St John's l{ill.

and the

located nridway betwen Praya Lane

where hundreds would gather to


pray and feast in picnic-like atmosphere until the late hours of the night."

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Hilir. Another practice of the feasl day

Portuguese Settlement comes alive with week-long celehrations of hvo festivals


By PERCY D'CRUZ sti!;il{{"r ,: l}1a::l: . . t:..,,\ ;, .j Photos BY A. MALEX YAHAYA MALACCA; Despite thc sc.rled,do;t n festivities coupled with nro<lest sponsorships dile to the pievaiiiilg economi{ gloo$, tir recent wer.k-long celetlrations of f'esta san Juang .ind Festa San Pedro at the Porttrguese Settlement here stili had plenty to
cheer about. The trddttrot)itl villagc Ir trond i'Jiir was a hive ofacti.rities beginningJune 23 thaf marked St. John's Feast or S.trl Juang and lasted through to Junp 29 for the climax olSt. Peter's Fe"1sI ofSdfl
Pedro.

Tradition lives on
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by thousands of MalaysiJns and toLlrist5, who thronged the villdge to catch a glimpse of rhe solenn ceremonies as well as traditional Porrugues sL\rgs and dances,

Sonl 2,t)00 residents were loin.ri

jhonras Contes said the festivitir.s brc .rnlong sevrral traditiolal cerernonies still celebrated by the c0rn$u, niq/ here wilh nrucir gusto and pas-

1illhting ol r.rldier to rrdrk the rtart of fasrd San Juang .tnd tile commn[ity's 40-odd llshemten seeking blessing of 5t Peter, the p:rtron $aint of ftshermer, on his feast dny a \4,eek later It was d!drg tlte oights that the village tnrlv canrc alivc. wilh a host of talenf shows, live band perfbrmances, Iidruoke contests and cuitural performJnces- Several stalls were also scf up offering trinkets, souvenirs and local dclicacies. Village regrdor ihdadmaD) Perer

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higlrlights were thc

those livir)g in Priryd

t:neand Kanlpung

tlillr. oflJrlnn Bandr Hilir "Between the 1930s and nrid-1960s. practically three'qunner of lhe adult

in th fishing

populacr' in these areas were involved

trade dilectly or indi-

rectly," Gomes said.

llowever, hc said rnary lishernren


began looking lbr alternative wolk followirlg rnpid deveiopment of the sfate aild loss oi mu{h of the (oastline t0 reclantation. "0ur fishelmen Portuguese Looking good: A gally d*orated fishing boat vying for the best decorated
boat title.

It was a ljfile krr fanily rernion:,


too for the Irofiugilesc-Eurasjan c.intmunity, with friends and families f ronr
Kuala Ltrnrpur. Singaporc, P('nang and even Australia gathrring to join in fhe

llc n('r,d lhJt lcstd Sail l)edru, Il p.irlirular, had grcwn !o beconre a wcll-kr$wn tcurist atttartion ov.l tlis y''crrs *nd was eurrently listed a "r5 lour isl cllendat ?vrnt by the "l'0ilri!l'].1
illjnistry. ''l'he festiyal dite! back tr: the d.:ys whc0 fishing *,as the m:in iiveliho6d of the settlerlent rcsidents as rvell .rs

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dying breed. Howevei, wr'will alrvays be connected to lhe sea and tbere will be a few die-lrard llshermen who will corr tinue to ply the tracle with others fish, ing in their free time," he sajd. On the future oi the festivities, Comes adn.)ilted that what was beit']g w,tilessed nOw wns a s0mewhat

setllenrelrt reprusent the last of

in

'satercd dowu vrt\ion uI ll)r gl')li-

" llut I am glad that rhe y0unger gelerations are e]]thusiasiically preserving .rnd practising thi'ir n;ditkxls
and heritage," he s:id.

ous festivals of 30 or 40 ynrs ago.

Good luck: Yang DiPertua Negeri bin Yaakob meeting the young dancere priorto their performance

By PERCY DCAUZ.

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old Mrurj{e Sd Madr. a long hme rcsjdenl oith PoftuguereSslemni ro Chdsnrur b obs.tued rd.ilebr.red with much Ssb ard fetrour hre than in anyotberp:.cern Mrlaysia. Hrs stnteilent 6 a testimony to

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Ujong

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a full crescendo at the Portuguese Settlement in Ujong Pasir

Merry making rises to

Christmas like no other

why rhe tudug{ese villrse. con-

pdsing over 120 Poftuguese-Eurasians f:milies. had been sel(ted to

ho$ the nironal ,evel Ch0srrus


ment

celrbrailon onDec2Z The ahrosphere at the Jetle''Residents oi the communily rewl inthe fe{idtesas ifchn*mas wis madeju5t ior $em,'Mauice

rs$mply!pntaneut.

sid.

He $'d the te*ivity Friod wis xtr: spsial for fimilies rs it was time for reunion and prayer for Celebrating Ch*tma! is like a homoming w[h famjly membe6, relativs and ftierds retuming
big

Zealand, h s.id. He idded th.t for

hm ouFtaron and frcm abbad lik SinFFre, Au$rala and New


sedementl sons and daughE6

runy of

the

hive mjgrated. the holidays t time to catch !p or hapFnings it home .nd nkindle lheir lies wth former neighbours and childh@d fnends. tor the residenb, most ofwhom arc fufian Citholirs. Chnstmas is nol r one &y iffa; as the .elebradons bqin fr ththe onr! of klent on Dsl.

do
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fte mery

Lightlng up the streets: Jalan Tereira within the confines of


the settlement adorned with overhead twinkle lights.

down and drews

kast oi the Epiphany which

making theo winds b a .lose on the


is

ne fstive at

is felt ftom early

kembr wkh familis sprucing up their homes with Chr*imas rimings aod dsorations tlut
has moulded

railvr rriphernal., Sanra Clausel oiall shrpl:s ;nd eze!. Flls. Chnrmas wrei$s, sjlver.nd gold rnmpaft and par.el olthe Chrbtmar orakeup that nveloper the serlement. The most imporbnt pi{c oflhe ddo is the Nativiry scene - ihe br nh ollesss Chnst ihrr rs deprded wrth hgunnes rnd lhe must hnvc mings

lhedllage

as a

tour*t

are.ll

destinadonsite,

There is no limir b exx$es duilng Chfistmas a9 sooe homes


have no! one, bul

Debil and lhe lesser knowD but qmlly deli.ious fen& a spiry combination of finely diced prk otral and a ki preFrition calld gmur Mrd December herald$ in rhe Amed w{h muskal instruments, carcllers dre55d as Sanh Clauses

Gn imagjne the anrount sFnt on prety hubl5


trees, so one and the
those

Chri$ms rfts in thekcompound. D{oBtions irea moston Chris!

&o oraen lhre

crih

With mulrlroloured miniitu.e iighs and bulbs ;ld other f.nci-

ll(kedog

el$ic,ly

bill consideri,rg

lighrs I

.rjoll ger bury prefrin8

BAides rhe dccontions. chrisl ma! igalgoa timewhen the rcmthe

.nd snbdn.s go lrcm home to hone spreadrng cheer wjlh aenditions of pDular camh in [nglish rnd cdsbo (: Ponlpese creole *ill rpken lday by eldeF it rhe A{endhg njdnight Mass on Chr*ma!eveat thef partsh church ts a nost ibrtheentie fimilya kadkion stllinpridi* coupled wth lhe consuinplion of fruit cake and wine upon rurnlog home, Fif,:lly tbe iun aflair eDds on a swrel note with the receiving and opening of tbe much aw.td Chrbtmas fesents. to the delight

Even tft' pted plants. bnei 5hrubs. hlconies. fens. wills, mfs and the gardens are jncluded in the efoft to illuminaie rtu v'llag. brge plestic toys. rnovrng d(o-

ful ligbting if,side and outside the homes. the *ftlement invirjably tumt intoi lerge lairyland.

delicaoesrnd0rrydtshe! AnDng the raditioml much l@ked foruard to f@d are bol!koku - a cake f,ide wrd coronut

vrirous ryps of Po(u$e5e cales.

scraptrUs ind qor-dpr tuoiher seasonrl cale is bllder - i heevily spiced buter and frout

Also sn the menu


luncbs

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lbr reunron djnnars are the Curry

One is not enough: A home with more than two Chriostmas trees nicely decorated and lit up.

settlement

Seufas Qinang
YA.B. I(ETUA MENTERI MELAKA
Salam Sejahtera dan Salam 7 Malaysia Salam Melaka Maju Negeriku Sayang, Negeri Bandar Teknologi Hijau

Saya merakaml<an setinggi-tinggi tahniah di atas kejayaan Persatuan Portugis-Eurasian Melal<a (Malacca Portuguese-Eurasian Association (M PEA) kerana berjaya menganjurl<an Perayaan Sambutan Ulang Tahun l<e 500 tahun Sejarah dan l(ebudayaan Masyaral<at Portuguese-Eurasian di Malaysia ini.
Perayaan yang bertemal<an "0UR R00TS...0UR HERITAGE...0UR H0ME" ini telah membuktikan wujudnya sebuah masyaral<at Portugis-Eurasian yang unil< yang sudah lama bertapal< dan berakar umbi di bumi Melaka ini. Jelas, perayaan initelah menarik perhatian ramai bul<an sahaja masyarakat Portugis-Eurasian di Melaka khasnya dan diseluruh Negara amnyat tetapi juga oleh seluruh ral<yat berbilang l<aum di Malaysia yang hadir dengan semangat perpaduan selari dengan Gagasan lMalaysia. Saya juga merasa bangga dengan Persatuan Portugis-Eurasian Melaka kerana melalui perayaan ini telah berjaya menaril< ramai pelancong datang ke negeri Melal<a. Merel<a bul<an sahaja datang untul< menyal<sil<an perayaan, malah turut sama mengambil bahagian dalam aktiviti-al<tiviti sepanjang sambutan perayaan ini. Saya berharap masyarakat Portugis-Eurasian akan terus berusaha bersamasama membantu l<erajaan negeri untuk memajul<an Negeri Melal<a demi faedah dan l<esejahteraan bersama.

Setinggi-tinggi terima l<asih diucapl<an l<epada Persatuan Portugis-Eurasian Melal<a (MPEA), dan semua pihak yang terlibat dalam menjayakan perayaan ini. Semoga hasrat kita untuk memajukan Negeri Melal<a Bandaraya Warisan Dunia sebagai destinasi Pelancongan 'Top 5' dalam dunia al<an tercapai. Selamat Maju Jaya.

''MELAWAT MELAKA BERSEJARAH BERERTI MELAWAT MALAYSIA" ''MELAKA BANDARAYA WARISAN DU NIA, U NESCO" ''MELAKA AJU NEGERIKU SAYANG, NEGERI BANDAR TEKNOLOGI HIJAU"
Sel<ian, Terima kasih

MOHD RUSTAM)

Ketua Menteri Melaka.

Qresif,ent's fuIessage
Dear friends and Fellow Cristangs,
Bong Chegadu, Bong Vindo com Bong Anniversario. (Wishing You a pleasant Arrival, Warm Welcome and
Happy Anniversary.

Celebrating a 500yr. Anniversary, is a rare experience as it happens once in every L7 or 18 generations. So for us, the present Portuguese-Eurasian diaspora, this event is one that carries great pride, nostalgia and an honor to behold.

It is indeed a grand feeling to be part of something profound, colorful and unique, that has stood the passage of time, the ffuidity of fortunes and the rigors of fate.
Here we are coming together, from near and far, hearts warmed by the breath of 'Saudade, and minds seeking familiarities at the place where we began, and where our LEGACY stands proudly.
honored to welcome each and every one of you for being here to join us in our celebrations.
To

0n behalf of my worl<ing committee and the Malacca Portuguese-Eurasian Association (MPEA), I am all who have come from overseas, thanl< you for bringing in an international audience and to all fellow Malaysians from the various communities.Thank you for putting the touch of 1 Malaysia into this event.

We are also honored to welcome our cousins from Portugal, among whom The TUNAS CULTURAL TROUPE who have come all the way to perform here at this momentous occasion.
And to all from in Diaspora who have come here across state borders, over land and sea, to join us home growns in a grand convergence to celebrate this 500yr Anniversary Commemoration, I bid you a warm welcome..... Home. I hope the ties that bind the kinship we share and the Legacy we have inherited will find new meaning here.....let us build on it.

We have now graced the 500yr milestone in our History, so let us together grace the many many more that may come.
Bong Sincu Centu Anos Anniversario cung tudu nossa genti-genti decimento de Portuges. Saude! Saude! Saude! Deus Bensoar!

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MALACCA PORTUG UESE.EURASIAN ASSOCIATIO

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MICHAEL G. SINGHO
PRESIDENT

MANAGEMENT & ORGANISING COMMITTEE

LAWRENCE STEPHEN (V. PRESIDENT)

REGINA STA MARIA (V. PRESIDENT)

PHILOMENA SINGHO (SECRETARY)

JACKIEVAN HUIZEN
(TREASURER)

ANN NONIS
(ASSISTANT SEC.)

I(EVIN SAVAGE
(YOUTH CHAIRMAN)

AGUSTA DE COSTA COM. MEMBERS

JASMIE VANAJA
COM. MEMBERS

SARAH STA MARIA COM. MEMBERS

JOSEPH DE SOUZA COM. MEMBERS

CHRISTOPHER

DE MELLO
COM. MEMBERS

MARGARET DE MELLO COM. MEMBERS

PAUL THESEIRA COM. MEMBERS

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
WETHE PRESIDENT &WORI(ING COMMITTEE OFTHE
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RASIAN ASSOCIATION WIS APPRECIATION TO:

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YAB DATUK SERI HJ.MOHD

AU BIN MOHD RUSTAM

FOR COMING TO OFFICIATE THE OFFICIAL OPENING ON THE 28TH OCTOBER 2011.

YB DATO'SRI DR. NG YEl{ YEN & THE MI}IISTRY OF TOURISM FOR TH EIR SU PPORT AND CONTRIBUTIONS

HIS EXCELLENCY JORGE PEREIRA THE AMBASSADOR OF PORTUGAL TO THAILAND FOR GRACING USWITH HIS PRESENCE
REGEDOR tt'IR. PERTER GOMES FOR HIS SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE

DATO'CHUA GHEE LYE MALACGA GHIEF POLICE OFFICER & THE POLICE FORCE FORTHEIR HELP AND ASSISTANCE
DATO BANDARY. BAHAGIA ENCIK ZAINAL BIN ABU FOR TH EIR CONTRIBUTIONS Y.BHG DATUK

& MBMB

LIM CHOW BENG

DATUK GAN TIAN LOO


MR. RONALD GAN SELANGOR AND FEDERAL TERRITORY EURASIAN ASSOCIATION (SAFTEA) PRESIDENT MS. SHEILA de GOSTA Thank You for your solidarity and support

EURASIAN ASSOCIATION OF SINGAPORE PRESIDENT MR.WILLIA M JANSEN Thank You for your solidarity and support. PENANG EURASIAN ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT MR. ALOYSIUS GASPER Thank You for your solidarity and support

AUSTRALIA EURASIAN ASSOCIATION WESTERN AUSTRALIA (AEAWA) PRESIDENT MS. GENEVIEVE de S0UZA
Thank You for your solidarity and support

SARAWAK EURASIAN ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT MS. DONNA WEE Thank You for your solidarity and support KEDAH EURASIAN ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT MR. LWEIS FLEGTHER Thank You for your solidarity and support PERAK EU RASIAN-ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT MR. COLIN d OLIVERO Thank You for your solidarity and support

: THE TREZ AMIGOS CATEGORY : OUTSTANDINGACHIEVEMENT


RECEIPEINT

MPEA AWARD OF MERIT

MUSIC : FOLI(ANDC0NTEMP0RARY

TREZ AMIG0S....the legend lives on.


Trez Amigos formed in 1949 when Horace Sta Maria, Ernest Rodriguese and Andrew Carvalho joined up and and competed in the first Radio Malaya Talentime. They won the first prize and were invited by l(ingsley Morando to Singapore to record a programme of eight songs. Since then they never looked back.

Unfortunately in its infant stage the Trez Amogos lost Andrew Carvalho when he tool< a job in
Singapore.

After a short absence Horace managed to recruit Camilo Gomez. With this combination the Trez Amigos had a contract to record malay songs with HMV (His MastersVoice).The highlight of the
success of the Trez Amigos was when they were invited to sing in the palace of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on the night of Merdel<a when there was a banquet for the heads of the Commonwealth Nations. After that they sang at the Lake Gardens before a crowd oI20-30 thousand. It was at that time that Horace wrote the song "Tengku Abdul Rahman Calypso" which was sung in both the Palace and the Lal<e Gardens.

In 1954 the Malayan Film Unit made a documentary of the Trez Amigos which was screened in
cinemas throughout the country. Besides the regular radio programmes in Malacca and l(L the Trez Amigos continued to record with H MV and EMI.

In their career they recorded a total of about 60 songs in Portuguese, Malay and English.This included 2 LP's,2EP's and the rest on 7B's vinyl records.

Arthur Sta Maria, his brother successfully took his place in the group/ when Camilo Gomez had to leave, transferred to l(elantan. Soon after Ernest Rodriguese was transferred to JB and Emile Moissinac very successfully filled the spot. He too had to leave the group when he commenced a job with Radio Malaya.This allowed Horace to recruit his younger brother, l(enneth Sta Maria.This became the last combination.
The three brothers made their last recording with Radia Malaysia Australia in that same year.

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Horace Sta Maria, Arthur Sta Maria and Emile Moissinac have now come together as the Trez Amigos for a grand finale.

The legend lives on...

At the Awards Presentation we honour the TREZ AMIG0S for 0utstanding Achievement in Music - Foll< and Contemporary
SAU DE!

MPEA AWARD OF MERIT


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SEN HORA ROSALIND DE COSTA (AUNTY ROZILLE)

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CULTURE AND ARTS

SENHORA ROSALIND DE GOSTA ..THE QUEEN OF MATA CANTIGAS''


Rosalind de Costa, or better l<nown as Aunty Rozelle was born in 1900, in Bandar Hilir Malacca. From an early age, like most from the community she had an affinity with music and the ARTS, She found the joy of performance and singing at an early age and through her growing years, began to establish herself as one of the community's most favoured female folk singers.

Her forte was in the "Mata Cantigas" and gained the reputation of being the Queen of "Mata Cantigas" At almost all weddings, get-together and community functions she was there resplendent in her sarong and kabaia compridu (long Kebaya) sparring with the men
in their light banter of "l<illing each other's "verses" of the Branyo. She reigned supreme during the 60's and 70's and the BO's, with her unmistakable husky voice quite uncharacteristic of the usually high pitched delivery of the female Branyo singers.

She was also well l<nown among the Dondang Sayang fraternity of the Malays, Baba-Nyonyas and the Chitty Melakas. She was married to Senhor Peter de Costa and together they are fondly remembered with their rendition of the song "Hong l(ong".
She passed on in 1988, at the grand old age of 88, and with her died the last grand female singer of the Mata Cantiges. The void is yet to be filled to this day. Today at this Award Presentation we honor the Late "Aunty Rozille" with a Posthumous Award of Merit, on her contributions toward the Culture and Arts of the Portuguese-Eurasian Community.

SAUDE!

MPEA AWARD OF MERIT (POSTHUMOUS) : MR JIMMY BOYLE COSTA REC EI P EI NT : OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT MUSIC CAT EG RY : CONTEM PORARY MALAYSIANIA MUSIC
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Jimmy Boyle was born iln Penang in L922. Placed among the "GREATS 0F PENANG'in which list includes,Tan Sri P. Ramlee, Joe Rozells and Larry Rodrigues, he was an outstanding Malaysia
Jazz musician who developed his own distinctive style.

He was also a highly acclaimed composer and an accomoplished piano player. He has played throughout the world and won the hearts of top jazz crilics lil<e .Jerry Muchigan and Internalional Jazz
musicians lil<e Charles Llyod and Jacl<Teagarden.
He stands as a Legend among the Eurasians, not only in Penang, but also among the community at large in Malaysia, Singapore and

Australia.
played at Jimmy composed the first Malaysian Jamboree Song "l(emegahan Negara l(u" which was midnight on the birth of lV]alaysia in1963-

Mesra" Among his noteble compositions were: "Putera Puteri","lngat, Ingal","Jauh Jauh","Rayuan

or,'Melody of Love", "Api dan Air", "Bunga Negara", "l(e-Hulu l(e Hilir", "Pantun Melayu",
"Gemaran Bula," and'*Sungai Pahang."

Jimmy Boyle had always been proud of being a Malaysian and through his music he had hoped to perpetuate the soul and spirit of his country and its people.
The late Jimmy Boyle has made a huge contribution to the music scene of Malaysia. Nothing seems more fitting than to give a tribute to one of the Eurasian community's musical 9ems.

At the Awards Presentation we honour the late Jimmy Boyle for 0utstanding Achievement in Music - Contemporary Malaysiania SAUDE!

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MR. FELIX DANKER (re3o - 1e38)

Setllemenl's Second Regedor


(1938 -'.|941 & 1i4s - 1947)
MR. FABIANO NONIS

Setllemeni's Third Regedor


MR. JAMES VINCENT SHEPHERSON (1941 - 1945)

Setllemenl's Fourth Regedot


MR. SYLVESTER NUNIS (1947 - 1953)

Sefilement's Fitlh Regedor


MR. PAUL DE SILVA ('1953 - 1974)

Settlemenl's Sixlh Regedor


MR. MICHAEL YOUNG

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MR. PETER GOMES (r e98'201 I )
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he idea lbr the establishment of the Portuguese Settlement was mooted as early as 1,926, but it took alnost eight years later toreahze this noble idea initiated by the relentless efforts of rwo Catholic priests Rev. Fr. Alvaro Manuel Coraodo and Rev Fr. Jules Pierre Francois.

his is why the Portuguese settlement is also known among the community as Padrv's Sa Chang meanirg Prfust l-and. It was they who had suggested to the British government to help cre^te a Villag;e for the poorer generation of the community so that its cultural heritap could be preserved for future generations. The mfonty membets of the community were then living at Tranquerah, J(ubu, Bunga Raya, Banda Hilir and PnyaLane.

It -rs not until L934 *nt the proposed Portuguese Settlemerit was rcahzed. A document dated 17th August 1,934, relates the minutes of the first meeting of the Portuguese Settlement committee. At that historic meeting the names of the roads at the Portuguese Settlement were decided. The proposal to name the newly established Portuguese Seulement as St. John Village was made by Fr. Jules Pierre Ftancois.

-U)y 1935,the Settlement had its first 10 houses, all built along Texeira Road and among the first families to move into the Settlement was Mr. Joseph Lowe, then followed by Mr. Peter

Pereira and then Mrs. Lucy De Costa.

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Fr. Alvaro Martin cotoado

R". Fr. Alvaro Martin coroado, was pethaps the most iflteresting priest who had served St. Peter's Church, Melaka. He was born at Vilarendelo, Portuga\ on29thJune 1879, the feast day of Saint Peter, the Patron Saint for the fisherman, and had served for 36 years as a padsh priest. He did not serve any other parish, except for a short period of one year, while acting on two occasions as Vicat General and Superior of the Mission in Singapore.
r. Coroado arrived in Malacca on 22naApril 1909. He succeeded the Yicar of St. Peter's Church, Fr. Rufino De E,spirito Santo. Fr. Coroado wotked as padsh priest of St Peter's Church, Melaka for a period of 36 years. On 21., October 1,942, he was arrested by Japanese Army (WoddWar II) for fabricated charges and sent to Peads Hill pdson in Outram Road, Singapore. He was tortured and died on Stn March 1944 at the detention center.

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with him were his assistant, Fr. Francisco Massano and several other community leaders serving the British Army, and they were Capt Roy de Vries, Capt. Andrew Pinto, C-apr E. A. Roddgues and Coqporal Allen Sta Maria. A11 of them were taken along with Ft Coraodo to the Pead Hill prison in Singapore.

Capt Andrew Pinto and Coqporal Allen Sta l\[aria returned home from the Singapore Ot, prison andlater related the atrocities inflicted on them which had cause of the premature death of theit ftiends and their priests. Fr. Coraodo and his assistant, Fr. Massarro were buried in Singapore dudng the Japanese occupation.

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appeal from the Ponuguese commuoity from Melaka at the close of the war requesting the exhumation of his remains fot burial in Nleiaka was grven permission by the authorities. In order to exhume the casket the Imao de Genja'wete sent to Singapore. The rcmains of Fr, Coraodo were thus retumed to Malacca and butied at the Bukit Serindit Gtholic Cemetery.

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irr.id.rrt.hich the community often telates rcfets to the casket being accidentally broken while the gu.ve was being dug As a result of that accideng one of Fr Coraodo's legs wx

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exposed. Those who saw it must have told that the exposed leg rr;as incomrpt.

he incidenc however did not end there. It was said that attempts were made to break open the entire casket, but were prevented from doing so by the Vicar Genetal, who while preventing the removal of the lid from the casket had remarked,

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he were to be a saint, he will be one day."

francois. from rhe French missionarl wa. an exemplary pfiest who was highly rcspected by the padshionen. He served as the parish priest of St Francis, MelaLa from 19L5-1929 and. had an excellent wotking relationship with Fr Caroado, the patish ptiest
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og"rh", vrith Rev. Fr. Coraodo, Ft. Francois set up the Portuguese settlemenl Being an extremely knowledgeable man rvho was well versed with the local history and having being the Ptesident of the Malacca Historical Society for several ,years, he knev the importance of setting up a Portuguese Setdement for the Melal<a Portuguese commuoit)'. It was he who had 6tst suggested to call the proposed Potuguese Settlement as Sr John Village at a meeting held in 1934.
' r. Fraocois also initiated the first celebtation of the St Francis Xavier feast in 1922 at the St Paul Hill. He sought out the approval from the then British Residerrt, Nfr. W. Laugham Carter. Since then Mass was offered annually at the StPaul Hill on the Feast of St. Francis Xavier. Ft. Ftancois died on 19tr December 1955 in Ipoh, Perak.

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2nd l\4ay 1511, Alfonso D'Albuquerque set sail from Calcutta India with 18 ships,9O0 Portuguese men and 300 more men of Indian (mostly G0AN ) origin, on a trip to Malacca.
The Captain of the l8 ships, were proven sea farers but most importantly ones that were loyal to him.They were Gomes,Texeira, Bastiao de l\4;randa, Arrias Perelra, Jorge Nunis, Dinid Fernandes de l\4ello, Jooa de Lima, Pernao de Andrede, Jasper de Pira, Pero d'Alpoim, Antonio de Abern, Nunoves de Castelo, Branco, Simao de Andrede, Duarte de Silva, Simao de Martins, Alphonso Pessoa
and Jorge Dopelhe.

The feet let by Albuquerue's Flor de la lMar, dropped anchor near Pulau Jawa on 1st July 1511.

There he embarked on his negotiations to free the remaining Portuguese Alfonso De Albuquerque prisoners (captured earlier in 1509 when they came on a trading mission under Lopes de Sequeira) and also to seek compensation. He managed to secure the release of the prisoners but unfortunately the dlscussions with Sultan lMahmud on compensations broke down.
This fesulted in 30 days of intense and fiefce fighting when the first salvo was fired on the 25th of Jult 1511 the feast of st. James Patron Saint of Portugal. Both side fought biavely and suffefed heavy casualties.
On the

24th August 1511, l\4alacca, the greatesi entreport in the world fell to the Portuguese.

Thus began this Legacy... Our Legac, when our ancestors set foot on this beautiful land, fell in love with it and made it their trome. itrey were captivated with the cultured and articulate dlsposition of the lvlalays, and described the men as the bravest, the women, the most alluring and the language; the most beautiful they have

heard. They were smittened by the Local women and in a short time ffany of the conquistadores took them as their (as in wives from which unio; came the birth of the European-Asian tribe called l\4esticos, Casados or Topazes (light brown).They were however free {rom any (racial) prejudices" the color ofthier skin, between yellow and as Portuguese as such unions; were encouraged and their offsprings were endorsed bythe Portuguese monarchs grew in numbers and began to occupy the various strata of the Portuguese in status.These Mesticos gradually Administrations oI Malacca.
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ofthe more notable among them was Dom l\4anuel Godinho de Eredia (born in l\4alacca on 16th July 1553), the son of a Portuguese nobleman and a Macassar princess. He wrote several books, one of which was'Description of Malacc4 Cathay and Mesidonial, India'. He was also a renowned cosmographer who drew 97 geographic maps, 38 sketches of ground plans of the Portuguese fortress, 667 code of arms of Portuguese families and 37 drawings of plants of the ffora of Gates, Goa and lvlalacca. In 1594, he as appointed by King Phillip ll of Spain to lead an expedition in South Indies (Australia).Throuqh 130 years of Portuguese administration, Portuguese became the lingua franca and the
anguage of commerce in the Far East.

Malacca lell to the Dutch on the l4th of January 1641, after 130 yeats oI Portuguese rule. After 8 months of intense bloody battles the Portuquese Governor, D.l\4anuel de Souza requested and was granted an honourable surrender. A few o{ficials who had free passage, left for Batavia, while some prominent families and refugees were sent to

Manuel Gordinha de Etedia

Goa. Many were sent to lvlacassar (but later fled to l(edah), while others who were classified as prisoners of war were sentto Siam, Kedah and on later assignnents, many more were sent to Batavla as slaves.lt was lrom these, mostly Malacca Portuguese, who were overwhelmed with the sentiments of "saudade" (a feeling of

missing home and community) that the melancholic music genre of "l(eronchong" (a derivation oI the word 'corasang' which means'heart') was created,

The majority of the Portuguese decendents stayed behind, mostly outside the Fortress, some into the hinterland to escape the episodic persecution of the Protestants and from some of the colour conscious Dutch Administration. However, with all these, not withstanding the restrictions to discourage intermarriages with the half breeds and natives, the Dutch could not resist the allure and enticing features of the
local Portuguese women.
Portuguese galleon being attacked by Malay ships

Within six months of Dutch rule, the first inter- marriage was solemnized between Donna Isabella de lvloura and Jan Janse lvlenie the Dutch Shah Bandar (Harbour l\4aster) on Sundat 2nd June 164l.This was the first of the many marriages between the sons of Holland and the l\4alacca Portuguese women through the 160 years of Dutch Rule.
Due to their maternal inffuences and the more dominant Portuguese socio-cultural dynamics, the majority of their descerdants assimilated into the Malacca Portuguese communitt speaklng its language and acceptlng lts culture and religion. Surnames like Danker, overee, Marsh, Savage, l(lassen, Jansen, Van Huizen, Spykeman, Van Dort, Koek, Minjoot, Thomasius, Beins, Derrick, Westerhout, De Wltt, Collar, Bouchar, Astrob, Hendroft Forbrogo, de Vries, Fredericks, Kessler became part of the Portuguese Iold.

0ne of the major factors that contributed to this assimilation process was their strong adherence to their Roman Catholic faith. The harder the repression, the stronger the resistance became. In the center of this resistance and the main organizer and facilitator of religious matters was the Irmao de Igreja' (Conlraternity of the Holy Rosary), the oldest Catholic / Christian organization in Asia. This society made mostly of fishermen, still organisers the Holy Week Celebrations at St. Peterl Church, to this day.

Clementde Silva and the firc(Malacca Pottuguese

Portuguese being the lingua franca of the reqion/ left variations and traces of it in Goa/ Cochin, Pegu, Sri Lank4 Diu and Damao (lndia) Macao'Timor, Flores and other parts of the l\4alay Archlpelago. Here in l\4alaysia, besides being spoken/ by a considerable section of the l\4alaysian Portuguese-Eurasian communit, it has also contributed around seven hundred wo/ds to Bahasa lvlalaysia, our national language. There is also stronq Portuquese influence in the dance forms of the Joget, Ronggeng and their accompanyinq music including Serampang Laut, l<eron-chong and dondang
Sayang.

The Portuguese also introduced into the region musical intruments like the violin, accordion, rabana, mandoline,
harp, guitar, harmonica etc.

The influence expands further into the cullnary and confectionary spread of the lMalays, Baba and Chetty
communities, not forgetting of course, the glorious belacan and the cincalok.

Along with the'conquistadors', came their botanists, agriculturists and scientist, who studied, recorded and experimented with {auna and ffora oI the places they visited.

They introduced into the country (and the region), the inimitable chili, the cashew nut, anona, pineapple, the sweet potato/ banana and many other plant species from the Americas.

The Dutch rule stretched 150 years from 1641 to 1824 with a short intermission (1795-1818) when Britain became the caretaker government (during the Napoleonic Wars). lvlarked with intermittent periods of erratic persecution against the Catholic Portuguese, interspaced with longer periods of tolerance and co-habitation, the Dutch presence portrayed a general sense of aloofness, more concerned with their nut megs, cloves an pepper and their balance sheets rather than anything else.

Still it was in 1710, during the first half of their colonization, towards the tail-end of Dutch persecution, that St. Peter's Church, the oldest church in Malaysia, was built.
Besides leaving behind their distinct architecture (Stadhuys, Christ Church, houses in Tranquerah, Heeran and Jonker Street) a few words have

managed

Calcoen (turkey), bolsak (mattress), olozik (watch), blau (indigo), artapel (potato). But their most endearing remembrance is found within and

to find their way into the lvlalacca Portuguese language eg.

among the fold/ enriching and strengthening the kinship and genetic composition of the l\4alaysian Portuguese-Eurasian community. The next wave of genetic input into the colourful saga of this European-Asian entity came with the arrival of the English. In 1786, Sir Francis Liqht founded Penang and later in 1819, Sinqapore was brought under British rule by Sir Stamford Raffres. lMalacca experienced and early phase of British rule from 1795 to 1818. The Portuguese community in Penang and lvlalacca experienced contrastinq fates during the early years of British

administration. When Francis Light founded Penang, there were already Portuguese families in Phuket (Junk Ceylon) and l(uala Kedah. Some of them were Portuguese Siamese originally from Ayuthia and the other l\4alacca Portuguese who ffed from Dutch persecution, or those exiled from lvlacassar and Malacca. With instructions from Francis Light, these families from Kuala l(edah were brought to Penang on the 15th of August 1786. Some of thelr daughters married the recently arrived Englishmen, thus initiating a new wave of further enriching the genetic composition of the lvlalacca Portuguese. 0ne of them was lvlartina Rozells who married Sir Francis Liqht, and whose offspring went on to discover Adelaide, Australia. John Pasqual of Portuguese Siamese parentage arrived from Phuket in 1809 accompanied by five nephews, a niece and a few parish members. They settled in Pulau Tiku where they built the church of the lmmaculate Conception Pulau Tikus. With the church as the nucleus, came the growth and establishfient of hte Portuquese-Eurasian community (both the IVlalacca and Siamese strains), in Penang.

Later Rev.

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lvlalacca, however, had the taste of English or more speclfically Farguhar debauchery when in 1807 Captain Farguhar ordered the destruction of the lvlalacca Fortelezza (Fortress). Fortunatel, a more noble Stamford Raffles arrived in time to at least save the Porta Santiago (A FARIMoSA) and avoid a total annihilation of the pride of Portuguese l\4alacca. Following that, the British adrnlnistration tried to get the Portuguese community to re-settle in Penang leave Malacca deserted when it was returned to the Dutch in 1818. But the was thwarted throught the stoic resistance and opposition ofthe'lrmao de

and , ' ' plan \.r tgreja'. ?

By the Anglo-Dutch treat, lvlalacca was returned to British rule in exchanqe for Batavla, By this tirne the majority of the Dutch descendants had already been assimilated into the l\4alacca Portuguese community, while a few well-off Dutch

Burghersstillremainedaloofanddetached.AsinPenang,intermatriagewiththe English added to the multiple composiiton of the l\4alacca Pottuguese Community, thouqh not as broad in the assimilation as the Dutch-Portuguese.
Model statue afa conquistador

Many ot these English-Eurasians kept to themselves and stayed close to the English culture and mannerisms,
even though they were considered halp-castes by their European cousins. Sill surnames like Scully, Shepherdson, Smith, Young, Gregory, Frankford, Biggs/ Hollowa, Ashness, among others, were assimilated into the portuguese

realm.

In a rather 5maller scale the same was happening


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Singapore with the migrant Portuguese community from

The British administration was not too comtortable with this new development and treated this new legion of mixed breed with disdain and hardly accepted/ even those first generatlon ones, into their social circles and clubs. This prompted them to look lor a suitable term for this English mesticos,like whattheydid in India (Anglolndian) Burma
(Malay couple at leltand Javanesel right)

(Anglo-Burmese) and Sri Lanka (Ceylon Burghers), to differentiate them from the half breeds.

The new word to classify this growing legion of Portuguese-Dutch-English mesticos was EURASIAN. The renowned Eurasian poet and author Cedric Dover wrote in his paper "Anglolndians-Eurasians,,. A few years previous to the adoption of the name\East India', the Marquese of Hastings, introduced the term Eurasians into his official dispatches, but it was not commonly employed till 1874 when Lord Lytton used it in his celebrated minutes on the education of poor Europeans and Eurasians.
Simultaneously during that time, a new word began to evolve with the progressively, assimilating Portuguese communitt a new terminology to accomodate the multiple composition of the community and based on its Christo-centric cum European civilization.That all encompassing word was Crlstao' (Cristang / kristang)/ Jenti Christang was to describe their Community, Papia Cristang their languange and Religiao' Cristao', their religion.

for the communityl. This word found great acceptance among the lvlalay speaking community in Penang, where masses were held quite regularly in lvlalay, before English took stronger roots in the community. 0ut-miqration from Malacca to the other Straits Settlement of Penang and Singapore increased after the middle of the 19th century/ and later to the Federated l\4alay States oI Selangor/ Perak/ Negeri Sembilan and Pahang.
These series of mlgratlon was prompted,

By the same vein the word Serani (short for Nazrani? which means Christian) evolved into the lvlalay word

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government and missionary schools.

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Due to the shorter distance and a less hazardous journe, Singapore with her commercial appeal attracted greater migration than Penang. Restricted by low to middle level oI education, rnany found jobs as clerks, police personnel/ labourers, mechanlcs, drivers, part-time nusicians and other low paying jobs, earning an average ol Rlvl200 a month. Most ofthem lived in kampungs and squatter-like conditions similar to those in l\4alacca. They remained in the lower level of society lor quite awhile.

The European society there, as they were in l\4alacca, Penang and elsewhere, encased in their snobbery and prejudices looked down on them and kept them at bay. Here as well as in the other states a considerable section, gravitating towards the ruling class, began to embrace the new terminology, Eurasian, exclusively, to distance themselves from their Malacca counsins and accentuating their Singapore origins. However/ there were still many more, who accepted being Eurasian but still remained true to their lvlalacca Portuguese roots.
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MICHELLE &TRISTAN0
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As the inffuence of the British grew, in Malaya,.so did the migration of Malacca Portuguese increase to assist the British in establishing an efficient, reliable administration. Sir Hugh Clifford during his speech in Seremban (Ist August L927) said, "lt had always seem to me that the wheels of administration had formed by the Eurasians who crowded in such numbers in the clerical services in the early days of the Federated Malay State". B.A.Skelchy wrote in notes of Eurasians in the Federation of Malaya,"Most likely pioneers among the Malacca Portuguese Eurasians, who got themselves transferred to Selangor were, Robert Goonting, Tertullian Sl<elchy, his brother Martin Skelchy, Christian de Silva, his brother Maximillion de Silva, F.L. de Rozario, after whom Rozario Street in l(L is named, George Sta. Maria,Valenti Monteiro,John Lowe, Eppi Nonis, Fabiano Nunis, Condy Lazaroo,Charlie de Costa, Man Gomes, Laurie Danker,and manyothersthatfollowed".The next inffux of Malacca Portuguese into Selangor and the other states began again in 1910.

Majority of the Parishioners of St. John's Cathedral in l(L were descendants of those Portuguese Eurasians who migrated to Selangor in the early days. Bernard Sta. Maria in his book "My People My Country" wrote "British intervention into the Malay states, compelled them to reply on the Malacca Portuguese community for services as subordinates officers. Everywhere that the British got themselves involved in the Federated and Un-federated Malay States, the administrative pioneers that accompanied the British came from the descendants of the Malacca Portuguese - pgl22".
In a tribute to the Eurasian roles in education, Director of Education H.R. Cheesemen, had this to say "There is a community that is not large in numbers but to which education of girls in Malacca owes a great deal. It is the Eurasian Community. It would have been impossible to maintain the girls school thirty years ago without the Eurasians teachers as the bacl< bone of the staff".
James F.Augustine, in his bool<"Bygone Eurasia"said,"As the Federated Malay States were opened by British Colonials, the Eurasians were recruited to start schools in collaboration wiht missionary institutions.This gave rise to St.John's Institution (KL), St. Paul's Institution (Seremban) in 1883, Clifford's School (l(uala l(angsar) in 1890, St. Michael's (lpoh)." English education, though having an early start in Malacca (1795-1818), did not reach the masses of the Portuguese community. 0nly a few enjoyed the opportunity.When the British returned inL824, education was again accessible to only a few from the community. To be fair, many were either poor, and could not afford the fees, or they were too proud of their own language, or were not keen to study in a non-catholic environment. 0nly with the arrival of the La Salle brothers, and the Connosian sisters (1860 - 1900) were the Malacca Portuguese able to attain proper English education, However, this situation put them almost a generation behind their kin in other states.The few who did have an earlier start in education left for other states, as mentioned earlier.This brain drain and transfer of skills left a void that contributed to the slow progress of the community in education and the proficiency in English.

RASIAN'though spawned out to the desire to separate the pure from the half-breeds, did go down well with the community in general, especially with those who were English educated.The Malacca Portuguese were largely indifferent with the term and felt it was just another word to complement the colloquial'Serani' and their own'Cristao'.
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it brought the community a status closer to their colonial masters (as compared to other ethnic groups), it also created a subtle yet widening rift within the community, where the tendency by some to distance themselves from the poor, the lesser educated, mostly coastal-dependent Malacca folk, were unwittingly provided with the necessary.
Though overall the term was favoured as

Intra - communal prejudices and status consciousness began to appear, but not acute enough to dismantle socia-cultural weaving as blood ties were strong and the sense of kinship and the unspoken'saudade'spirit prevailed. This was when terms like'upper tends','Europeano chelop', 'Highty Fighty'began to make the rounds. But a degree of humour was always present and cynicism instead of biting malice ruled the senses.

Through the years, with whatever level of education they had achieved, in whatever profession they were in, and in whatever financial situation they faced, the Malacca Portuguese Eurasians kept and nourised the culture, the language, the customs and traditions, the pride and dignity of their Heritage and provided the distinct racial identity among the various races in the country.They were identifiable, whether they were called Portuguese, Eurasian, Cristao', or Serani.

0ne of the factors instrumental to this continuancy of the

Malaysian

Portuguese entity was the formation of the Portuguese Settlement founded by Fr. Pierre Fracois and Fr.A.M. Coradoin1926, with the hope that is such a concentration, the Portuguese community will continue to exist as a distinct racial entity, He was right, spot on, and the Portuguese Settlement, gallantly continues its roll as the cultural core of our society and the'Mecca'for the Diaspora near and far. Bernard Sta Maria in his book,'My People My Country' wrote, "however, the Portuguese decendants continue to remain the dominant segment of the Eurasian whole, not only in numbers but also in its cultural and

spiritual content".

It was the very existence of the Portuguese Settlement Heritage was kept alive, nurtured and nourised by the mostly poor, academically challenged and simple folk, that the ASN / ASB scheme was awarded to the Malaysian Fr. Corado Portugues-Eurasian community. Acl<nowledging the contribution of around 750 Portuguese words into the Malay language, the influence and contribution into its art form, the absorption of local, especially Malay elements into its culture, and the similarity in the habits in some of its customs and attire as well as in its nabberisms,the Malaysian Government on the proposal of the then, Prime MinisterTun Dr. Mahathir awarded the scheme to the community in 1984.This was not only the golden opportunity for the community but was also a golden bridge that brought the driffting segments to rediscover their Portuguese roots and revitalise their frail sense of kinship.
But in a quirky twist, it was these generally better endowed legion of drifters, whose perception of being Eurasian, do not usually include a reference to the Portuguese enjoy the best and maximum advantage from this scheme, as compared to the Malaccan, especially the fisher folk who despite their commitment, scarifice and toil in keeping and nourishing their cultural Heritage, is financially too weak to enjoy the best of the harvest. Such irony.... still,Tun Dr. Mahathir should go down in history as one of the greatest benefactors to the Malaysian
Portuguese- Eurasian comm unity.

With the steady growth of Eurasian communities in Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore, there also grew a need for community interaction. The churches were the favourite for such meetings and get-togethers and from here the ideas, plans and interest to form clubs and associations were hatched and discussed.
The first to form the Eurasian Association was Singapore. Penang was next, when the inaugural meeting was held on the Ist November 1919.Then a month later on the 14th of December I9I9, the Selangor Eurasian Association held its inaugural meeting at the old l(uala Lumpur'Mart'The Negeri Sembilan, l(edah & Perak Eurasian Associations followed suit.The Malacca Eurasian Association was formed only in 1934, when the inaugural meeting was held at the Eurasian Volunteers Club at Jonker Street.
These Associations became proud institutions of community interactions, sporting activities and social get-togethers, with many a nostalgic moment to cherish.The established and illustrious of the lot that stood the test

of time are the Singapore Eurasian Association. The Selangor & Federal Territory Eurasian Association
(SAFTEA) and the Penang Eurasian Association.The rest including the Malacca Eurasian Association became defunct in later years/ but re-emerged in the second wave of Association formation. However, these associations only served the communities on state levels, and matters of national interest, required a more broadly connected National Body.This led to the formation of the Eurasian Union of Malaya.
When Malaya achieved independence inL957 , the serving president Datuk G. Shelley was nominated in Malaya. For whatever reason, perhaps due to the malfunction and eventual disintegration of this Eurasian Union, a senator to represent the Eurasians, ended with the completion of Datuk Shelley's term.

Nothing much, was registered, in terms of beneffiting the Eurasian community, during his term as senator. Incidentally his son Rex Shelley, wrote a novel, with a rather derogatory and insulting title, "The Shrimp People" in the late '90's. Writing with a purposely projected image of being from the outside, patronizingly disconnected from the subject of his story, he unwrittingly revealed a certain mentalities, we have to go without.

The Eurasian through the course of time have registered


proud imprints in the fields of sports, music and defence and security of our beloved country, besides the earlier mentioned contributions. Among the notable names are, the Augustine's (l(edah) and Sheperdson's in cricket, the de Souza's in sports and hockey, the Gregory's in hocl<ey and Mathew Danl<er, the consummate sportsman (Selangor), the Fidelis', Sta Maria's and Van Huezen's in hockey (Negeri Sembilan), the Carvalho's in rugby, Christie Sheperdson in football and Paul Lopez in hockey (Malacca).

In music from Malacca we have,'TresAmigos',0s Pombos, Dos Combrados, Royston Sta Maria,Tony Franco de osta and the up and coming'Blister', Noel Felix and Papa Joe Lazaroo, icons of Malacca Portuguese cultural & foll< songs. From Penang we have, the Baum Brothers & l(athleen Rodrigues, Brian Jeremiah and Ernie Freeman. Michael Magness & Jimmy 0livero - Strollers, Eddie Francis "Elvis of Malaysia"Andy Peterson, Gary Gideon,The Falcons, were all from the state of Selangor & the FederalTerritory and many more.
In the literary field we have, Bernard Sta Maria (My People My Country),Joan & Celine Marbecl< (Books on Malacca Portuguese language, culture & cuisine), Patricl< De Silva (Malacca Portuguese'Cristang'dictionary) and Datul< James Augustine (Bygone Eurasia).

The Eurasians played a courages and decorated role in the defense of the country during the Second World War and the Emergency period. Serving in the Volunteer Corp, they fought hard and bravely against the Japanese and later the communists. Many were imprisoned, tortured, and some of them rendered the ultimate sacrifice in defending the country, with their lives. We honour their memory.
Though, the smallest of minorities, we are endowed with two officers of the highest order in the Armed Forces. They are

Admiral (Rtd) Datuk Nick Peterson (Navy) and Brig. Gen. (Rtd) Dato Richard Robblers (Air Force), both past presidents of SAFTEA. In the business arena we have Tan Sri Eugenio Campas, leading the growing legion of Eurasian.
businessmen.

The late Bernard Sta Maria, holds his own in the field of politics by being the only elected representative (3 terms) to sit in any Legislative Assembly.Tun Jean Abdullah, served as the country's First Lady, during the tenure of her husband'sTun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's premiership.Tan Sri Clifford Herbert in the civil service, Datul< Dr. Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria, who is the present Deputy Se*etary General (Trade) in the Ministry of InternationalTrade and Industry. Finally, in Tourism, the Portuguese Settlement plays an active and vibrant role in the industry. The new wave of Association formation, to represent the community emerged in the late 1990's, when the Malacca Portuguese-Eurasian Association (MPEA -L997), Negeri Sembilan Portuguese-Eurasian (NSPEA) and Peral< Portuguese-Eurasian Association (PPEA) were formed through the workings of SPEMA (secretariat of Portuguese / Eurasian Malaysian Associations). That was when the term Portugues-Eurasian (notice the hyphen) came into being, after a series of brainstorming sessions, discussions and arguments even/ en route to the recognition and acceptance of this terminology.

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After the formation of state associations, the leaders of the community of the various association began another series of discussions and meetings to form the national organization to represent the community, ln 2006 a pro-tem committee of the "Federation of Malaysian Portuguese-Eurasian Association" was form comprising. SAFTEA, Penang Eurasian Association, Malacca Portuguese-Eurasian Association and the Portuguese Settlement Regedor's Panel, l(edah Portuguese-Eurasian Association, Peral< Portuguese-Eurasian Association and Negeri Sembilan Protuguese-Eurasian Association with the late Datul< Joseph Menezes as the Pro-tem President,the other office bearers being Dato'Richard Robless (V. President), Michael Singho (V. President) and Joseph'Bonnie'de Souze (Seretary). Later a draft memorandum was presented to the participating Associtions for their approval and signatures. Due to some technicalities, the process is taking a longer time than expected.
Unfortunatelty with the sad and untimely demise, of Datuk Joseph Menezes recently, the pro-tem committee plans to hold a meeting to elect the new pro-tem President, and continue with the endeavour of getting the "Federation of Malaysian Portuguese-Eurasian Associations" approved by the Register of Societies.With that achieved, then the national interest of our community will be better presented and this proud legacy we all share, will be further nourised, vitalized and expanded to inspire, enlighten and embrace the Malaysian Portuguese-Eurasian community towards the aspirations, challenges and success of the future.
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