Pengkalang Kempas

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This historical Negeri Sembilan complex is called the Fort Kempas Historical Complex and has three main attractions.

There is a tomb containing Sheikh Ahmad Majnun who was a Muslim theologian and missionary. He is believed to have been killed in a battle against Sultan Mansor Shah of Malacca in 1476. This tomb alone makes Fort Kempas a destination for history buffs as it is possibly one of the oldest in Malaysia.

Beside the tomb are a collection of ancient stones or megaliths, dating back to the second or third century AD.

Megaliths are known as ‘Living Stones’. Believers swear that they grow taller by one or two inches every year.
The most well known megaliths are nicknamed the rudder, spoon and sword due to their distinctive, similar shapes.

Perhaps the most interesting stone though is the one covered in Arabic or Jawi calligraphy with a hole bored through it.

This stone is said to function as a lie detector and was used by authorities in the past to interrogate criminals. The accused would be told to insert his arm in the hole during interrogation. If he/she told a lie, the hole would tighten like a vice around the suspect’s arm.

Entry to the Pengkalan Kempas Historical Complex is free and and appears to be open all day.

Across the road from the historic Pengkalan Kempas Complex there is also a Chinese Methodist Church that looks interesting due to its aged look but the gate was closed when I arrived there so perhaps it opens on Sundays.

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