Early history of bugis settlement in Selangor

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The Bugis have already forged trading relationship with the government of Melaka since the 15th century. At the end of the 17th century, they started to establish new settlements along the coast of the Malacca Strait. As a foreign power, their intervention in the politics of Malaya especially at the end of the 17th century and the beginning of 18th century could be seen obviously without any doubt. Their existence has shaped the history of Malaya in particular, and the Malay Archipelago in general. Majority of the Bugis could be traced in two states in the Malay Peninsula, namely, Johor and Selangor. In fact, both these states are said to be ruled by the rulers who had descended from the Bugis. The presence of the Bugis community in Johor can still be traced in several settlements which remain until today. Since their arrival in Johor, the Bugis community has managed to put their names in the local history to the extent that this particular community was said to be more pronounced than the other ethnic groups in the state. This situation is different from the state of Selangor, despite the fact that the Bugis community arrived there much earlier. Based on the Dutch's record, the Bugis settlements in Selangor (Sungai Selangor and Sungai Klang) were established by 1681. In 1700, Tuk Engku Klang, the relative of Sultan Abdul Jalil Riayat Shah of Johor, gave a power seal to Yamtuan Bugis to move freely in Selangor (Kuala Selangor). The gift marked the beginning of the Bugis influence in Selangor. In fact, the Dutch was worried to see the increasing number of Bugis in Selangor. However, a recent study shows that the number of Bugis in Selangor is relatively low in comparison with other Malay groups. Thus, this paper is an attempt to discuss the dissipation of the Bugis community in Selangor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)917-930
Number of pages14
JournalPertanika Journal of Social Science and Humanities
Volume20
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012

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Early history of bugis settlement in Selangor. / Omar, Rahilah; Bungo, N.; Hussin, Nordin; Bidin, Aishah.

In: Pertanika Journal of Social Science and Humanities, Vol. 20, No. 3, 09.2012, p. 917-930.

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