Sejarah Melayu in English available at library, online

We thank Mr Chin Kee Thou for his feedback (Precious insight into Singapore history; Feb 7).

The Sejarah Melayu is currently on display in The First Print: Stories And Legends Of Early Singapore exhibition at level 11 of the National Library Building until March 24.

Subsequently, a digital form of the rare book and selected items from the exhibition will be displayed at four public libraries:

• Central Public Library - March 25 to April 28

• Jurong Public Library - April 29 to June 30

• Tampines Regional Library - July 1 to Sept 1

• Woodlands Regional Library - Sept 1 to Oct 31

Members of the public can also access the earliest English translation of the Malay Annals by John Leyden in 1821 and a 1953 translation by Charles Cuthbert Brown in our Singapore and South-east Asian collection.

These can be accessed at the National Library and via our online resources such as BookSG at and the NLB Mobile app.

As Singapore marks the bicentennial, we hope that these materials will promote a greater appreciation and awareness of Singapore's rich literary history.

We encourage everyone to use the resources in our wide collection of historical materials on Singapore and the South-east Asian region.

Tan Huism


National Library

National Library Board

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 13, 2019, with the headline 'Sejarah Melayu in English available at library, online'. Print Edition | Subscribe