Wednesday, October 19, 2011
MALAYS OF COCOS (KEELING) ISLANDS
Temperature ranges between 23-27C and rainfall 2000mm/year. Coconuts are a dominant feature and hence its name Cocos.
Alexander Hare, British entreprenuer-adventurer had dealings with the sultans in Banjarmasin and Java. He left for Cape Town after business-misadventures. Later from C. Town he sailed and landed on Cocos-Keeling in 1826 along with 100 of his workers.
In 1947 ie. after the war there 1814 inhabitants and life was desperate and food was rationed. It was made worse when Mdm Clunies-Ross and her son John Cecil (the father once managed part of Cocos and its economy) demanded repatriation for the losses during the war. Hundreds left to settle in Sabah, Singapore and to Christmas Islands.
Fishing is one of their livelihoods.
Harvesting coconut sap from flower stalk to make syrup and sugar.
Basket weaving for own use or tourist market (R).
Quran reading and khenduri Hari Raya.
Reference: Kepulauan Cocos (Keeling): Masyarakat Melayu di Australia. Padilah Ali (penterjemah), 1993, DBP