The tragedy in Padang makes me think how the three of them brothers left their Minangkabau base in search for a better place in Tanah Melayu.
The three were the father and uncles of my late grandfather, father side.
The three of them, Hj Ali included (my great grandfather, so I was told) crossed the Straits of Malacca by using the bare minimum of a boat with a batik sail!
Their epic journey was worth writing as a novel. I'm seriously thinking of doing just that soon.
One landed in Bagan Datuk, Perak where he married a local girl and started a great family there growing coconut.
The second one landed in Rembau giving rise to my family and was a member of Suku Mungkah (I have to check the spelling).
The third one went further south and stopped at Serkam, Melaka.
I was told that the three brothers did not lose contact despite the long distance separating them.
I guess it is on my shoulder to track them before my time is up.