The First Print: Stories and Legends of Early Singapore

23 January – 1 April 2019
Level 11, Lee Kong Chian Reference Library, National Library Building

3 April – 30 April 2019
Central Public Library

2 May – 30 June 2019
Jurong Regional Library

1 July – 31 August 2019
Tampines Regional Library

1 September – 31 October 2019
Woodlands Regional Library

We all grew up with the story of Sang Nila Utama and how he founded Singapura, the “lion city”. This tale from the 13th century is included in one of the oldest and most important Malay texts, Sulalat al-Salatin, which was actually composed four centuries later, around the 17th century.

Sulalat-al-Salatin, or more commonly known as Sejarah Melayu (Malay Annals), contains tales that not only underline Singapore’s significance as one of the capital cities of Malay kings since the 13th century; it is also one of the few surviving materials that describe the early history of Singapore.

With many tales such as the strong man Badang and the attack of the garfish, Sejarah Melayu continues to enchant writers and readers everywhere. Discover these timeless stories and how one man managed to bring this ancient manuscript to the masses, thereby ensuring that its legacy live on through the ages.

Symposium | TEMASEK AND SINGAPURA: Marvels, Metaphors and Meanings from Sejarah Melayu

23 February 2019
2.00pm – 5.00pm
Level 16, The POD, National Library Building

Conducted in English. (Event has ended, registration is closed.)

 Sejarah Melayu is considered one of the most important and finest literary works of the Malay world. Essentially a court text that recorded the dynastic and feudal glories of Palembang-Singapura-Melaka and Johore from the 13th to 16th centuries, this text has piqued the interests of historians, academics as well as politicians in the era of nationalism and post-independence.

This symposium aims to highlight Sejarah Melayu and its effects on the cultural and literary history of Singapore and beyond.



2.00pm – 3.00pm Ceritera Singapura: Narrating Singapore

Dr Sa’eda Bte Buang, Assistant Head of the Asian Languages and Cultures Department, National Institute of Education Singapore

3.00pm – 3.15pm Performance by Aqmal N, Singer, Musician, Composer and Producer
3.15pm – 5.00pm When History becomes a Boon and a Bane: Sejarah Melayu in Retrospection

Dr Sa’eda Bte Buang, Assistant Head of the Asian Languages and Cultures Department, National Institute of Education Singapore

Faisal Tehrani, Author and Playwright

Idris Rashid Khan Surattee, Freelance Researcher and Writer


Dr Azhar Ibrahim, Lecturer and Deputy Head at the Department of Malay Studies, National University of Singapore


Chetakan Pertama | Kisah-Kisah Abadi: Nilai, Bahasa dan Wanita dalam Kesusasteraan Melayu Tradisional

16 March 2019
10:30am – 12:30pm
Level 5, Possibility Room

(Event has ended, registration is closed.)

Dalam sesi ini, Dr Kartini Anwar dan Annaliza Bakri akan mengetengahkan beberapa tema, nilai dan idealogi dalam kesusasteraan Melayu awal yang kekal dari generasi ke generasi. Ketahui bagaimana kisah-kisah tersebut telah meninggalkan kesan yang mendalam terhadap masyarakat dan juga dunia kesusasteraan Melayu hingga ke hari ini.

Ahli Panel:

  • Dr Kartini Anwar, Pensyarah, NIE dan NTU
  • Annaliza Bakri, Pendidik dan Penterjemah


  • Juffri Supa’at, Pustakawan Kanan, NLB