Monday, August 25, 2008


On this date in 1511, Alfonso de Albuquerque finally sealed their victory in Melaka after a month of severe struggle to capture it.

The death of Bendahara Tun Mutahir a year earlier, had opened up old wounds and divided the people of Melaka into several factions. His execution was in haste. All his family members were condemned to death as the result of a malicious and wicked political tactic. Only his daughter, Tun Fatimah, was spared.

After the initial battle was won by the Melaka army led by Sultan Ahmad and Laksamana Khoja Hassan, Portuguese reinforcements from Goa had helped pushed the Malay warriors out from the city.

From then onwards, for the next 446 years, this land had been the breeding ground of wars and political conflicts that had bloodied the region with suffering and strifes.
51 years on, this land is still marred with a power struggle by opposing factions whose ultimate aim is only greed for power and political dominance.

One week from now, Selamat Menyambut Hari Kemerdekaan 2008, Malaysia.

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