Adriaan Koek: Malacca's Unsung Dutch Burgher
By Dennis de Witt
Journal of Malaysian Biographies
Towards the end of Dutch rule of Malacca, one prominent Dutch Burgher family there was the Koek family. Historians who study this period of Dutch-Malaysian history from archival records and history books are not able to miss the family name. From this family, a man named Adriaan Koek appears to dominate the records as he would probably have dominated much of what happened in Malacca then. Some notable primary sources, which attest to the prominence and importance of Adriaan Koek in the development of Malacca's history include the historically-acclaimed Hikayat Abdullah. Another is the Tuhfat al-Nafis 0 the history of Johor, Riau and Lingga.

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