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Hidden Hands and Divided LandscapesA Penal History of Singapore's Plural Society$

Anoma Pieris

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832216

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832216.001.0001

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Appendix M: Boria Verses

Appendix M: Boria Verses

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Hidden Hands and Divided Landscapes
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Anoma Pieris

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University of Hawai'i Press

Hamilton, A. W., “The Boria,” JSBRAS 82 (1920): 139–144 (translated with assistance from G. Paranthaman and Rozita Bte Ahmad) (*Hamilton’s translation).

Hutton Lane (toward Kedah Road)

  • Laila Majnun orang yang muda
  • Bersama adzab bersama sangsara
  • Panji Sumerang ubah cherita
  • Di- Jalan Hatin Kampong Melaka

Mc Alistar Road (Jalan Bahru)

  • Kita Arab bangsa Maghrabi
  • Di-dalam goa terkejut mimpi
  • Dengar musoh di-dalam negeri
  • Jalan Baharu sedia menanti
  • Troop Albania jajahan Itali
  • Ibarat rimau mati berdiri
  • Alatan dunia ta’ambil peduli
  • Jalan Baharu sedia menanti

(p.246) Kedah Road (Kg Malacca) and Burmah Road (Tarek Ayer)

  • Kami Sehir orang yang muda,
  • Anak murid mahiran tua;
  • Pulau Pinang datang mengembara
  • Di-Tarek Ayer Kampong Melaka

Kimberley Street (Padang Garam)

  • Askar Yunan Kuantong sama,
  • Sudah ‘resign’ daripada China;
  • Keluar menchari som, komkoma,
  • Anak padang selamat sempurna

Dato Kermat Road beside the Jail (Kebun Nyior) (Nyuir = coconut?)

  • Melayu penyamun tanah Inggelis
  • Pantalon hitam baju puteh;
  • Sa-barang kerja Melayuh buleh
  • Di-kebun Nyior Seri Majlis
  • The story of Laila Majnun the young man
  • and the trials he encountered.
  • The previous year’s story was Panji Sumerang.
  • The troupe come from Huttons Lane (Kg Melaka)*
  • Arabs we from stock of Morocco,
  • Startled from dreams in the depth of a grotto.
  • Hearing the foes within the gate,
  • At Jalan Baharu we wait *
  • Albanian troops under Italy,
  • As brave as tigers, die standing.
  • They don’t care about the ways of the world.
  • They are ready and waiting at Jalan Bahru
  • We are the young people of Sehir
  • Students of an old expert
  • Come traveling to Penang
  • At Tarek Ayer in Kampong Melaka
  • (p.247) The (triads) from Yunan and Kuan Tong are the same
  • They left China
  • Came out to find riches (make a living)
  • This is a safe and perfect place for them
  • Malay thieves on English land
  • Wearing black trousers and white shirts
  • The Malays can do any work
  • They can make this nyior (coconut) orchard beautiful (p.248)