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Prof. Jan Peter Balkenende, Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 2002 to 2010, with the author.
Launch of the book
History of the Dutch in Malaysia
was held at the National Library of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur on 18th December 2007.
Officiating the event was En. Raslin Abu Bakar, Deputy Director-general of the National Library of Malaysia
H.E. Lody Embrechts, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Malaysia.
History of the
Dutch in Malaysia - Editor's Choice in Heritage Asia Magazine
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History of the
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Extract of letter received from the Malaysian Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage, dated 7th January 2008:
"This is an effort that should be commended which I do in earnestness.
Reading this book is an enjoyment especially for those who love the history of Melaka and its ties with the period 1511 and beyond. Your depiction of the various Dutch legacies in the Peninsula, in particular in Melaka, is both scholarly and informative."
Y.B. Datuk Seri Utama Dr. Rais Yatim
Extract of letter received from the Chief Minister of Malacca, dated 8th January 2008:
"I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your publication in conjunction with Malaysia's 50th Merdeka and 50 years of cordial diplomatic ties with the Netherlands.
I found the book highly informative and a window to our country's past. It shows the historical influences of the Dutch in our country, in particular Melaka. Also unique is over 400 years of Dutch heritage that continues to survive through their descendants.
I assure you that your book will be made used by me as a reference guide for things Dutch in Malaysia."
Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam
Extract of letter received from the Malaysian Minister of Tourism dated 14th February 2008:
"I am sure the information and history written will help people, local and tourist alike to understand the Dutch lineage in Malaysia in depth."
Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Bin Tengku Mansor
Prof. Dr. J. Leonard Blussé van Oud-Alblas
Department of History
CNWS / IGEER
NST - Life & Times
There are virtually authors out there who remain unknown. The reason being, most times, they don’t have a huge marketing machinery and neither do they get their books placed on the shelves of major bookstores, much less on the eye level shelves. These authors then resort to direct sell their books or place them in avant-grade stores. A situation that reduces their availability a tad. Which then results in low sales figures and even lower recognition and readership count. Then there is the question of just how interesting the contents of these books actually? Well, there’s a new historical book written by a fifth generation Dutch Eurasian, Dennis De Witt, called History of the Dutch in Malaysia and published by Nutmeg Publishing. Pretty much a first effort for De Witt, its title is self-explanatory. Did you know that it is most probably the only book on the subject matter written locally? Its contents include records of commercial ties between the Dutch and the Malays from the 1600s, of architectural and cultural legacies they left behind in Malacca and of bloodlines from the mixed marriages that happened. One might think this one is a little too specialised to appeal to all. But knowing more about another race can do no harm. Truly.
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History of the Dutch in Malaysia was published to commemorate Malaysia's 50 years as an independent nation and over four centuries of friendship and diplomatic ties between Malaysia and the Netherlands.
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Foreword by H.E. Lody Embrechts, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Malaysia.
1. HUMBLE BEGINNINGS
Revolution and Reprisal
The Spanish Inquisition, William I of Orange, Trade Boycott by Spain, The Dutch Republic
Into Unchartered Waters
A Spy in Their Midst, Into Unknown Waters
The First Shipping to Asia
2. THE VOC
The Route to the Far East
Mapping the World, Fabled Passages, The Mandatory Sea Route
From the Zuiderzee to the Far East
Factories and Colonies
The Trade Zone, The Spice Islands, Cape Town, Ceylon, Japan, Formosa, China
Holland in Asia, Jan Pieterszoon Coen
Going West: The WIC
New Netherland, New Amsterdam
It’s Weight in Gold
The Holy Trinity of Spices, Porcelain
Demise of a Giant
How the Dutch Lost Their Spice Monopoly, Napoleon Bonaparte, The State Takes-Over, Congress of Vienna
3. FRIENDSHIP TIES AND CONQUEST
Political and Religious Liberty
First Malay Trading Settlement
Early Alliances with Johor
The First Friendship Alliance, The Second Visit, Johor’s Unwavering Friendship
The First Attack on Malacca
A Supplemental Agreement, Missed Opportunity, First Dutch Factory in Johor, Cornelis Matelief de Jonge Strikes Again
The Second Attempt on Malacca
First Open House Invitation
The Capture of Malacca
A Significant Victory, Taking Stock of the Spoils
4. DUTCH MALAKKA
A Melting Pot
Structure of Administration, Trade and Commerce
Reformism versus Catholicism
Dawn of a New Era
The Bugis and Malacca
The Bugis in Johor, The Wrath of Daeng Kemboja, Raja Haji and Malacca, Lure of the Betsy, Second Bugis Siege, Subjugation of Selangor and Riau
Decline and Transition
Capture by the British, Back in Dutch Hands, Saving the Malay Heritage, A Permanent British Colony, Anglo-Dutch Treaty
The Fortress of Malacca
The Intended Destruction, Secret Tunnels, The Past Resurfaces
Fort Delft and Tranquerah Gate
Malacca’s Source of Water
Fort on St. John’s Hill
The Fort on Dinding Island
Batu Bersurat, Curious Village Names
6. ECHOES OF MALACCA’S PAST
The Red Stadthuys, Dutch Bakery, Officers’ Homes
Foreign Flagstones, The Two Dutchmen of Malacca, Church Silver
Buildings at Fort Road
Architecture Museum, Antiquities Department Building, Stamp Museum, The Real Westerhout House
Other False Claims
The Malacca Governor’s Museum
The Neighbourhood, Stone Buildings
The Atlas Ice Building
The Former Malacca Police Co-op building
8 Heeren Street
No. 111 Heeren Street
Long and Narrow homes, Wall-Anchors, Consoles, Dutch Bricks, Roof Tiles, Floor Tiles, Staircases, China in Malacca
Edifices from the Dutch Era
The Princess Well, Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, St. Peter’s Church, Chapel of the Holy Rosary, Kampung Hulu Mosque, Kampung Kling Mosque, Tranquerah Mosque, Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple
7. TALES FROM THE GRAVE
The Ruins of St. Paul’s Church
Mrs. van Riebeeck, Imported Stones, Skull and Crossed Bones
St. Paul’s Hill
Anna Maria Velge, Within the Residency’s Compound
Dutch Cemetery at Fort Terrace
The Church Down the Hill
Bukit Serindit Cemetery
Malacca’s Lost Cemeteries
8. OTHER REMNANTS OF THE PAST
The Sri Rambai, The Broken Cannon, The Fort Altingsburg Cannon, The legend of Si Jagur, Impostors in Malacca
From Under the Sea
Arkib Negara Malaysia, The R/9 Records, Nationaal Archief, The van Beuningen van Helsdingen Collection, The Jacob van Kal Papers, Central Bureau of Genealogy
9. CHILDREN OF THE VOC
Exodus of a Million Europeans
A Glimpse into the Life of the Dutch in Malacca
Traditional Food, Festivals, Language, Uncles and Aunties, A Unique Malacca Naming Tradition
Descendants from the VOC
Afrikaners, Ceylon Dutch Burghers, The Indos
Malaysian Dutch descendants
Malacca Dutch-Eurasians, Ceylon Dutch Burghers, Other Dutch Descendants
Contributions to Malaysian History
10. THE REAWAKENING
A Shrinking Community
Malaysian Dutch Descendants Project
Reconnecting Through Their Roots
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History of the Dutch in Malaysia