Alliance of Bendera Putih and Ghee Hin

𝗗𝗶𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘀𝗲 𝘁𝘄𝗼 𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗶𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝗯𝘂𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀 𝘁𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝗮 𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝘁𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗕𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗮 𝗣𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗵 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗚𝗵𝗲𝗲 𝗛𝗶𝗻 𝗱𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗣𝗲𝗻𝗮𝗻𝗴 𝗥𝗶𝗼𝘁 𝟭𝟴𝟲𝟳?

𝘞𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘸𝘢𝘭𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘙𝘰𝘱𝘦 𝘞𝘢𝘭𝘬, 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘴𝘦𝘦 𝘢 𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘲𝘶𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢 𝘵𝘦𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦, 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦-𝘣𝘺-𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦. 𝘛𝘰 𝘶𝘯𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘶𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘦𝘺𝘦𝘴, 𝘪𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘤𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘢 𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘲𝘶𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢 𝘵𝘦𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘣𝘶𝘪𝘭𝘵 in such proximity. 𝘋𝘰𝘯'𝘵 𝘣𝘦 𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘦𝘥 to know that 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘦𝘱𝘪𝘤𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘉𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘢 𝘗𝘶𝘵𝘪𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘎𝘩𝘦𝘦 𝘏𝘪𝘯 𝘤𝘰𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯.

𝗠𝗮𝘀𝗷𝗶𝗱 𝗣𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝗧𝗮𝗹𝗶 was the base of the Malay secret society called the 𝘉𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘢 𝘗𝘶𝘵𝘪𝘩, or White Flag, in the 19th century. Tuan Chee was 𝘉𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘢 𝘗𝘶𝘵𝘪𝘩's leader. Its members were the Malays, Indian Muslims, and Jawi Peranakans. The 𝘉𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘢 𝘗𝘶𝘵𝘪𝘩 secret society affiliated themselves to the Ghee Hin Secret Society, which had its base at 𝗠𝗲𝗻𝗴 𝗘𝗻𝗴 𝗖𝗵𝗼𝗼 temple.

These two societies formed a coalition to fight against another coalition called 𝘉𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘢 𝘔𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘩 and Hai san.

The tension between the two factions resulted in the infamous Penang Riot of 1867.

𝗕𝗼𝗻𝘂𝘀: The son-in-law of Tengku Syed Hussain founded masjid Pintal Tali. Ironically, Tengku Syed Hussain was the founder of the Acheen Street Mosque located in the 𝘉𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘢 𝘔𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘩 territory .

See our previous post on Penang Riot:

See our previous post on Tengku Syed Hussain:

Reference: Image Credit: Penang Hidden Gems

A tale of alliance between two unassuming mosque and temple.

Masjid Pintal Tali used to be the base of Bendera Putih Malay secret society.

Meng Eng Choo temple, base of Ghee Hin secret society.

An infography of the two colliding fraction that resulted in the Penang Riot of 1867. Thanks

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