THE STORY BEHIND THE NAMES

sometimes mmg rasa curious betul macamana la satu2 tempat tu dapat namanyakan...salah satu yg aku ingat cite org tua2 kat bayan lepas pulau pinang tu sbb burung bayan terlepas masa diorang sampai kat situ sbb tu nama bayan lepas...yg lain2 tempat aku tak sure plak..mcm ampang, gombak etc hehe

Many of the place names in Malaysia remain the same since time immemorial while some have been changed or modified to suit with times. Yet the stories behind many of the names baffle both believers in myths and linguistics.

The story how Temerloh in Pahang got its name is a good example. In old Malay `merloh’ means sleep and the prefix `ter’ denotes `unintentional’, hence `termerloh’ means fall asleep unintentionally. According to folklore there was a big durian orchard there belonging to a Malay man who employed an aborigine to collect the durians. One day the aborigine dozed off and the durians were stolen. When the owner asked for an explanation, the aborigine replied `termerloh tuan’. The orchard that slowly evolved into a settlement was named Temerloh.

Then there is this interesting folklore of a giant with a toothache striding along the Baling district. He is said to have seized the offending tooth in Kuala Pegang (seize), twisted it savagely at Pulai (local accent for the word pulas), pulled it out and hurled the tooth away in a great circle at Baling. The name of the place where the tooth landed, which should surely come into the story is not known. Did it go too far?

Do you know how Kajang got its name? The book relates that in those days people traveled up and down along the Sungai Langat and used to stop at a point to buy or mend their kajang-kajang (water-proof matting used on boats). It’s probable this is how the town of Kajang got its name.

When the railway department asked the Port Dickson district officer what should be the name for the new station eventually called Sirusa, he replied “Perhentian Siput”. It only dawned on the railway authorities much later that they have christened their station as “ the stopping place of the snail”!

Fraser’s Hill, formerly part of Ulu Tras, is named after the late L.J. Fraser who pioneered mining in the area. Gambang in Pahang is a mining village and the name refers to Javanese xylophone, the gambang gangsa and gambang kayu.

According to the book, Chukai in Terengganu is where the crocodiles in a river there reputed to take a toll (cukai) of one fisherman a year.

We may be familiar with how Ipoh got is name but early references to this place points as Epu. According to one account the present day city inherited the name from the giant Ipoh tree that existed in the vicinity of the present central market and Laxamana road. However, F.W Douglas in his writings has mentioned that another name for Ipoh as Paloh (pools).

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7 comments:

zariel said...

waaa...ye tak ye gak...kalau Kangar tu dari mana datangnye lak? :)

zamz said...

emm kangar ek..tak sure la pulak takleh nak pikir hehe

Superb GURU BaniHassim said...

tiap name musti ade cerita atau history di sebaliknya...

tp, ada apa dengan nama??

shaxx said...

whoa... baru saya tau la...

zamz said...

superb guru banihassim..panjangnya nama nih hehehe

zamz said...

shaxx..kekadang je terpikir camana satu2 tempat tu dpt nama tapi selalunya takde jawapan

Myza said...

Mmg ada tempat2 yg namanya sempena sesuatu peristiwa atau nama seseorang. Mcm Melaka, namanya diambil bersempena nama pokok di mana salah seorang Sultan Melaka berteduh di bawahnya. Nama Sultan tu, lupa la pulak! Tapi kalau tak silap rasanya Parameswara yg dtg ke Melaka dr Majapahitutk membuka negeri baru pada masa itu.

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