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Launch of the book

History of the Dutch in Malaysia
was held at the National Library of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur on 18th December 2007.
Officiating the event was En. Raslin Abu Bakar, Deputy Director-general of the National Library of Malaysia
together with
H.E. Lody Embrechts, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Malaysia.


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Extract of letter received from the Malaysian Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage, dated 7th January 2008:

"This is an effort that should be commended which I do in earnestness.

Reading this book is an enjoyment especially for those who love the history of Melaka and its ties with the period 1511 and beyond. Your depiction of the various Dutch legacies in the Peninsula, in particular in Melaka, is both scholarly and informative."

Sincerely yours,
Y.B. Datuk Seri Utama Dr. Rais Yatim

Extract of letter received from the Chief Minister of Malacca, dated 8th January 2008:

"I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your publication in conjunction with Malaysia's 50th Merdeka and 50 years of cordial diplomatic ties with the Netherlands.

I found the book highly informative and a window to our country's past. It shows the historical influences of the Dutch in our country, in particular Melaka. Also unique is over 400 years of Dutch heritage that continues to survive through their descendants.

I assure you that your book will be made used by me as a reference guide for things Dutch in Malaysia."

Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam

Extract of letter received from the Malaysian Minister of Tourism dated 14th February 2008:

"I am sure the information and history written will help people, local and tourist alike to understand the Dutch lineage in Malaysia in depth."

Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Bin Tengku Mansor

Prof. Dr. J. Leonard Blussé van Oud-Alblas
Leiden University
Department of History

Book Review
New Straits Times

NST - Life & Times
6th March 2008

Su Aziz came across some hidden gems among works by unknown local authors.

There are virtually authors out there who remain unknown. The reason being, most times, they don’t have a huge marketing machinery and neither do they get their books placed on the shelves of major bookstores, much less on the eye level shelves. These authors then resort to direct sell their books or place them in avant-grade stores. A situation that reduces their availability a tad. Which then results in low sales figures and even lower recognition and readership count. Then there is the question of just how interesting the contents of these books actually? Well, there’s a new historical book written by a fifth generation Dutch Eurasian, Dennis De Witt, called History of the Dutch in Malaysia and published by Nutmeg Publishing. Pretty much a first effort for De Witt, its title is self-explanatory. Did you know that it is most probably the only book on the subject matter written locally? Its contents include records of commercial ties between the Dutch and the Malays from the 1600s, of architectural and cultural legacies they left behind in Malacca and of bloodlines from the mixed marriages that happened. One might think this one is a little too specialised to appeal to all. But knowing more about another race can do no harm. Truly.

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Dutch Descendants

Vereniging Nederland-Maleisie, Den Haag






of the Nederlandse Aanmoedigingsprijs voor Genealogie (Dutch incentive prize for Genealogy) for the year 2006-20
07, the only annually given prize for Dutch genealogy in the Netherlands.

Due to overwhelming demand for this book and because all previous editions were sold out, we have released a Hardcover Limited Edition of this publication. Please Contact Us now to order your copy of this fast selling book.

History of the Dutch in Malaysia was published to commemorate Malaysia's 50 years as an independent nation and over four centuries of friendship and diplomatic ties between Malaysia and the Netherlands.

Holland 's first sea journey to the Malay Archipelago to locate the source of spices was a result of necessity and chanced circumstances. It began as a mere private venture but was no less a remarkable feat. Their defiance of Spain, the most powerful European country at that time, and the great seafaring nation of Portugal, was not only an epitome of their bravery and determination but it resulted in the formation of the VOC (Dutch East India Company), the world's largest multinational corporation which brought the golden age to the Netherlands.

The first Dutch contact in Malaysia began in 1602, when a Dutch fleet visited the Sultan of Johor. Thereafter, both nations carried on a lasting relationship that was based on commerce, diplomacy and friendship.

In 1641, the joint forces of the VOC and Johor wrested Malacca from the Portuguese and the Dutch occupied the town for the next 160 years. Instead of plunging the Malay world into social and economic decline, regional trade flourished and ties of friendship with surrounding Malay states were generally maintained.

This book divides the Dutch historical influences in Malaysia into four different eras. Each era is analysed and represented in relation to its respective social environment and political developments.

Included are the historical contributions of individuals, such as the Dutch Admirals who attempted to capture Malacca, the Dutch Governors and their administrative ranks who governed the town and the contributions of the Malacca Burghers in shaping Malaysia's history.

Although Dutch-descended communities such as the Afrikaners of South Africa, the Ceylon Burghers of Sri Lanka and the Indo-Dutch Eurasians from Indonesia are known to exist, few are aware of the existence of the Malaysian Dutch descendants.

Categorised in a broad sense as Eurasians, they exist as a minority within a minority in Malaysia. This book recounts their history, relates their ancestor's contributions towards Malaysian history and describes the development of this hidden and forgotten minority ethnic group.

Writen in the perspective of a Malaysian Dutch descendant, it provides a basic but comprehensive understanding on the History of the Dutch in Malaysia.


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Over 260 pp, over 300 pictures & illustrations.

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First Release Date :

18 December 2007

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Award ceremony for the Nederlandse Aanmoedigingsprijs voor Genealogie (Dutch incentive prize for Genealogy) held at The Hague on 23rd April 2009

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  How much do you know about the Dutch influence in Malaysia's history?

»The arrival of the Dutch in Asia was due to a necessity rather than for glory.
»The first Dutch contact in Malaysia was with Johor and it occurred in 1602.
»To secure the Dutch-Malay alliance, the Sultan of Johor sent a Malay goodwill mission to Holland.
»Malacca was suppose to be the centre of the VOC in Asia before Batavia was founded.
»In 1608, Dutch sailors celebrated Hari Raya with their Malay friends in Johor.
»Batavia was initially named New Hoorn
»Why did the Bugis attack Malacca?
»The Old Gateway in Malacca is Dutch and not Portuguese.
»The newly rediscoverred fort bastion at the tower construction site was built by the Dutch.
»Fort Altingsburg and Fort Utrecht in Kuala Selangor are not Dutch forts.
»Is there any truth to Malacca's legend of secret tunnels in St. Paul's hill?
»Why was the Stadthuys painted red?
»Christ Church in Malacca was not completed until 1755, and not 1753 as stated on its facade.
»Where is Kampung Belanda in Malacca?
»Not all the red buildings in Malacca are old Dutch builings.
»The Dutch cannons at Malacca's Old Gateway are fakes.
»Who are the Malaysian Dutch descendants?

Learn more about all these topics and find the answers to the above questions in the book - History of the Dutch in Malaysia.

Malacca's Dutch Land Gate


The white Stadthuys


Daughter of Governor
Jan van Riebeeck


Dutch East Indiaman

... the present and the future are inseparable from the past; they are extensions of the same time and space continuum. Without a knowledge of the evolution of events through the vast expenses of the past we can adopt no right conduct for the present, we can form no intelligible plan for the future. History, which never repeats itself, yet illuminates the untrod labyrinth of experience with the radial beams of probability.

Victor Purcell
March 1941


Foreword by H.E. Lody Embrechts, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Malaysia.

The Provinces
Revolution and Reprisal
The Spanish Inquisition, William I of Orange, Trade Boycott by Spain, The Dutch Republic
Into Unchartered Waters
A Spy in Their Midst, Into Unknown Waters
The First Shipping to Asia

Its Founding
The Route to the Far East
Mapping the World, Fabled Passages, The Mandatory Sea Route
The Ships
From the Zuiderzee to the Far East
Factories and Colonies
The Trade Zone, The Spice Islands, Cape Town, Ceylon, Japan, Formosa, China
Holland in Asia, Jan Pieterszoon Coen
Going West: The WIC
New Netherland, New Amsterdam
It’s Weight in Gold
The Holy Trinity of Spices, Porcelain
Demise of a Giant
How the Dutch Lost Their Spice Monopoly, Napoleon Bonaparte, The State Takes-Over, Congress of Vienna

Political and Religious Liberty
First Malay Trading Settlement
Early Alliances with Johor
The First Friendship Alliance, The Second Visit, Johor’s Unwavering Friendship
The First Attack on Malacca
A Supplemental Agreement, Missed Opportunity, First Dutch Factory in Johor, Cornelis Matelief de Jonge Strikes Again
The Second Attempt on Malacca
First Open House Invitation
The Capture of Malacca
A Significant Victory, Taking Stock of the Spoils

A Melting Pot
Structure of Administration, Trade and Commerce
Reformism versus Catholicism
Dawn of a New Era
The Bugis and Malacca
The Bugis in Johor, The Wrath of Daeng Kemboja, Raja Haji and Malacca, Lure of the Betsy, Second Bugis Siege, Subjugation of Selangor and Riau
Decline and Transition
Capture by the British, Back in Dutch Hands, Saving the Malay Heritage, A Permanent British Colony, Anglo-Dutch Treaty

The Fortress of Malacca
The Intended Destruction, Secret Tunnels, The Past Resurfaces
Bort’s Gateway
Fort Delft and Tranquerah Gate
Bukit Cina
Malacca’s Source of Water
Fort on St. John’s Hill
Fort Philippina
The Fort on Dinding Island
Batu Bersurat, Curious Village Names
Fort Altingsburg
Fort Utrecht

The Stadthuys
The Red Stadthuys, Dutch Bakery, Officers’ Homes
Christ Church
Foreign Flagstones, The Two Dutchmen of Malacca, Church Silver
Buildings at Fort Road
Architecture Museum, Antiquities Department Building, Stamp Museum, The Real Westerhout House
Other False Claims
The Malacca Governor’s Museum
Kampung Belanda
The Neighbourhood, Stone Buildings
The Atlas Ice Building
The Former Malacca Police Co-op building
8 Heeren Street
No. 111 Heeren Street
Hotel Puri
Chee Mansion
Architectural Influences
Long and Narrow homes, Wall-Anchors, Consoles, Dutch Bricks, Roof Tiles, Floor Tiles, Staircases, China in Malacca
Edifices from the Dutch Era
The Princess Well, Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, St. Peter’s Church, Chapel of the Holy Rosary, Kampung Hulu Mosque, Kampung Kling Mosque, Tranquerah Mosque, Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple

The Ruins of St. Paul’s Church
Mrs. van Riebeeck, Imported Stones, Skull and Crossed Bones
St. Paul’s Hill
Anna Maria Velge, Within the Residency’s Compound
Dutch Cemetery at Fort Terrace
The Church Down the Hill
Bukit Serindit Cemetery
Malacca’s Lost Cemeteries
Recycled Tombs

Unloaded Cannons
The Sri Rambai, The Broken Cannon, The Fort Altingsburg Cannon, The legend of Si Jagur, Impostors in Malacca
From Under the Sea
Language Legacy
Archival Sources
Arkib Negara Malaysia, The R/9 Records, Nationaal Archief, The van Beuningen van Helsdingen Collection, The Jacob van Kal Papers, Central Bureau of Genealogy

Exodus of a Million Europeans
Free Burghers
A Glimpse into the Life of the Dutch in Malacca
Dutch Culture
Traditional Food, Festivals, Language, Uncles and Aunties, A Unique Malacca Naming Tradition
Descendants from the VOC
Afrikaners, Ceylon Dutch Burghers, The Indos
Malaysian Dutch descendants
Malacca Dutch-Eurasians, Ceylon Dutch Burghers, Other Dutch Descendants
Contributions to Malaysian History
Eurasian Nation

A Shrinking Community
Family Reunions
Neubronner, Westerhout
Malaysian Dutch Descendants Project
Reconnecting Through Their Roots

History of the Dutch in Malaysia

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