Mr Ahmad Ibrahim, former Minister for Health and Labour

Mr Ahmad Ibrahim, former Minister for Health and Labour
Mr Ahmad Ibrahim, former Minister for Health and Labour. Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim, Masjid Ahmad Ibrahim, Ahmad Ibrahim Primary School, Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School were named after him

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When I first look at the photos of Ahmad Ibrahim (ex-Minister) on page 54 of the book "The Last Kampung Mosque in Singapore - The Extraordinary Story and Legacy of Sembawang", I knew it was wrong. I wrote to the book writer to inform her of the mistake. The book writer, Dr Hadijah claimed that the photos are correct based on the verification from people like Hj Suppien and Kassim Selamat. I 'closed' the case and don't want to pursue the matter. Then, Ahmad Ibrahim's eldest son, Mr Mudzlan Bin Ahmad came and visited me. I showed him the photos and Mr Mudzlan claimed that the photos are NOT of his father. When I write again to Dr Hadijah, she insist the photos are correct. Since the book writer nor the book publisher don't want to acknowledge the mistake, I specially created this blog for the purpose of informing the public of the mistake found in the book "The Last Kampung Mosque in Singapore - The Extraordinary Story and Legacy of Sembawang".

The Book with mistaken identity of Ahmad Ibrahim

Thursday, September 12, 2013

A TV programme telecast on Okto Channel on 11 Sept 2013 entitled 'My Grandfather's Road' depicting the legacy of late Ahmad Ibrahim. Episode shows family members of late Ahmad Ibrahim. Che Teh (Ahmad Ibrahim's wife), Marzukhi Ahmad (Ahmad Ibrahim's son), Azanizam Ahmad (Ahmad Ibrahim's grandson and Tan Sri Dato' Seri Dr Haji Yahaya Ibrahim (Ahmad Ibrahim's brother). Programme also shows myself in later stage. Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim, Ahmad Ibrahim Mosque, Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School and Ahmad Ibrahim Primary School were named after late Ahmad Ibrahim.

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Late Ahmad Ibrahim together with my other uncle, Md Lidi Bin Ali were exhumed and interred from Bidadari Cemetery to Pusara Abadi Chua Chu Kang Muslim Cemetery on 7 August 2003

 My mum, aunty and brother during exhumation process at Bidadari Cemetery.

 My brother watching over interment of late Ahmad Ibrahim at Pusara Abadi.

Closing of concrete slab over the new grave at Pusara Abadi.

Bidadari Cemetery where late Ahmad Ibrahim was first buried. Pictures taken on 28 May 2002 and 4 August 2003.

 Ahmad Ibrahim's tomb being lifted up before exhumation begins. Date: 4th August 2003.

 Ahmad Ibrahim's tomb being lifted up. (4 Aug 2003).

 Ahmad Ibrahim's tomb being lifted and transport onto a lorry. (4 Aug 2003).

 The original tomb of Ahmad Ibrahim is being removed and said to be preserved by NHB. (4 Aug 2003).

Picture dated 28 May 2002.

Picture dated 28 May 2002.

 Late Ahmad Ibrahim died on 21st Aug and buried on 22nd Aug 2013. Picture dated 28 May 2002.

Picture dated 28 May 2002.

Picture dated 28 May 2002.

Picture dated 28 May 2002.

 Bidadari Mosque can be seen as I walked deep into Bidadari cemetery. (28 May 2002).

Picture dated 28 May 2002.
The first burial at Bidadari Cemetery happened on 15 December 1907. By the time the last burial was carried out in 1972, the cemetery was filled to capacity with approximately 147,000 graves.
Before it was Bidadari Cemetery, the site belonged to one of the wives of Sultan Abu Bakar of Johor. Her palace, Istana Bidadari, sat on the land before the Municipal Government acquired it in 1904 to turn the site into a municipal cemetery. In 1905, the government acquired an additional 35 acres for a proposed Muslim burial ground in Bidadari. The compound was categorised into sections for Christians, Muslims, Hindus and the Singhalese.

Picture dated 28 May 2002. Part of my other uncle's grave can be seen on right. Uncle Md Lidi Bin Ali,

Picture dated 28 May 2002.

 Bidadari Mosque before it is being demolished. Picture taken on 28 May 2002. Bidadari Mosque probably built in 1910 and torn down in 2008 to make way for development of a road interchange at the junction of Bartley Road and Braddell Road, and for the construction of the Woodleigh MRT Station situated along the North-East MRT Line. If I remember correctly, the Bidadari Mosque was situated near to current Woodleigh MRT Station.

Bidadari Mosque before it is being demolished. Picture taken on 28 May 2002.

Saturday, September 07, 2013

The Straits Times dated 5th Sept 2013 - Bidadari estate to retain pioneers' tombstones

Picture shows the original tombstone of late Ahmad Ibrahim tomb placed at Bidadari Garden

The Bidadari Memorial Garden was developed by the National Heritage Board in 2004 to commemorate the history of Bidadari Cemetery.

Story as featured in The Straits Times dated 5th Sept 2013.

SINGAPORE - JOGGERS in the future Bidadari housing estate's new park will be running on sacred ground and be reminded of the contributions of Singapore's pioneers.
Tombstones of 20 notable Singaporeans once buried in the former Bidadari cemetery will be preserved in the 10ha park, the National Heritage Board (NHB) announced on Wednesday.
These include Dr Lim Boon Keng, a 1900s philanthropist and social reformer after whom Boon Keng Road is named, former labour minister Ahmad Ibrahim, and first Speaker of the Legislative Assembly George Edward Noel Oehlers.
NHB is partnering the Housing Board to assimilate Bidadari's rich heritage into the estate, which will see its first flats ready in 2015. This is the first time that a new estate will include these considerations from the initial design stage.
The tombstones will be relocated from the Bidadari Memorial Garden, which will make way for the estate. One of the original gates to the former cemetery will also be placed in the new park.
All graves in the former cemetery were exhumed by 2006.
NHB is also planning a pedestrianised Heritage Walk to replace the present Upper Aljunied Road.
Residents strolling along the tree-lined boulevard in future will learn through photographs and boards about old landmarks once found nearby, such as the 19th century Bidadari House once owned by a sultan of Johor.
A landmark there that has been lost through time will also be resurrected - in name.
The new Alkaff Lake within the park will be inspired by Alkaff Lake Gardens, a Japanese-themed leisure spot popular in the 1930s till it was redeveloped after World War II. Back then, families would flock there to have picnics and take boat trips on the lake.
NHB is also in discussions with HDB to preserve some of the area's signature undulating green landscape.
For now, NHB is not involved in plans for the two other upcoming housing estates in Punggol and Tampines.
But it hopes to be.
Said NHB group director for policy Alvin Tan: "We hope that such (heritage) considerations will continue to be factored into future housing estates so as to better promote place identity and strengthen a sense of belonging for residents."
Heritage supporter and All Things Bukit Brown co-founder Catherine Lim was encouraged by the plans.
"Bidadari estate rests on hallowed ground. The tombstones will be a reminder. In doing this, people will never forget that the estate was once a cemetery."
She added: "Bidadari was the first public cemetery here to embrace all races. I think it's quite appropriate that it is being memorialised within an HDB estate."

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Monday, August 19, 2013

 Jan 1961

 Dec 1961

 Aug 1962

 Aug 1962

Mar 1955

Friday, July 12, 2013

'My Grandfather's Road' - Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim

Photo of 'Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim' taken from Pakcik (Tan Sri) Yahaya Ibrahim collection.

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

State funeral of Inche Ahmad Ibrahim. He passed away on 21st August 1962. Photos provided by Ahmad Ibrahim's brother, Tan Sri Dato' Seri Dr Hj Yahaya Ibrahim

 Ahmad Ibrahim's tomb at Bidadari Cemetery. It has since shifted to Choa Chu Kang Muslim Cemetery.

Among the VIPs were Lee Kuan Yew, Goh Keng Swee and Toh Chin Chye.

 Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Mr Goh Keng Swee and Mr S. Rajaratnam among the VIPs following the procession..

Then PM Lee Kuan Yew placing flowers on Ahmad Ibrahim's tomb.