Datuk Syahbandar

The Descendants of Datuk Syahbandar, exiled after being implicated in the killing of the1st British Resident in Perak, JWW Birch have given up the search for his grave.

Let Datuk Syahbandar rest in peace, wherever he is now, said his great great grandson Datuk Seri Mohd Zulkifili Mohd Kushairi. Further attempts to find the grave of his exiled great great grandfather were fruitless. My family & relatives have spent a lot of time looking for my ancestor but we returned empty handed because we could not locate his grave in Singapore said the Orang Besar Jajahan of Kerian. asked if the effort to locate his ancestors grave ought to be continued by the National Heritage Department, Orang Besar Jajahan said the matter should be laid to rest.

Datuk Seri Mohd Zulkifli, 73 year old who also inherited the title of Orang Kaya-Kaya Shahbandar Paduka Indera is one of eight territorial chiefs of Perak.

He said the news of the return of the remains of Tengku Menteri Ngah Ibrahim & Laksamana Mohd Amin Alang Duakap had saddened him as his great-great grandfathers grave had yet to be found. Im sad that my ancestor will never return to his birthplace, but wherever he is, i pray he is resting in peace. My family has given up the search for the grave.

Datuk Syahbandar, Sultan Abdullah, Tengku Menteri Ngah Ibrahim & Laksamana Mohd Amin Alang Duakap were implicated in JWW Birch Murder in 1875. The 4 of them were banished to the Seychelles Island in 1876. Sultan Abdullah remained there for 16 years before being allowed to return to Perak in 1892. 29 years later he died and was buried in the Royal Mausoleum at Bukit Chandan, Kuala Kangsar in 1922.

Datuk Syahbandar, Tengku Menteri Ngah Ibrahim & Laksamana Mohd Amin Alang Duakap however were banished for life and were first sent to Sarawak before being exiled to Singapore.

Tengku Menteri Ngah Ibrahim died and buried in Makam Al-Junied 1895 & Laksamana Mohd Amin Alang Duakap was buried in Jurong Muslim Cemetery 1908. When Singapore developed Jurong, Laksamana Mohd Amin Alang Duakap remains were relocated to Pusara Aman.

Details about Datuk Syahbandar's death are sketchy although historians believe that he was also buried in the Jurong Muslim Cemetery then later to Pusara Aman but yet still unsolved for the last return of Pahlawan Perak.