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Friday, December 27, 2013

DEATH OF POLICE COMMISSIONER BY SELADANG


A herd of seladang or gaur, they very much resemble buffaloes. Gaurs are wild and fierce jungle animals. To protect the herd especially their young the leader of the herd will attack the enemy when it sense danger.



Harry Charles Syers, Commissioner of Police of the Federated Malay States was a game hunter. July 14 1897 was a very sad day indeed for Syers was to die by the sharp horns of a seladang in the deep jungle of Pahang.



H.C. Syers in uniform with Hugh Clifford at Raub Gold Mine stockade, May 1892.


The killer seladang was later hunted and killed by R.S. Meikle. The head of the seladang was made into a trophy in memory of Syers.


Inscription at the bottom of the trophy.


Syers two-storied house (left) and police barracks (right) on the hill, now called Bukit Aman, above the Selangor Club, Kuala Lumpur, 1882.
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n.b. Seladang are known to interbreed with (escaped) cows to produce big size offsprings termed selembu which are unfortunately sterile.

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