This historical Negeri Sembilan complex, called the Fort Kempas Historical Complex and Keramat Sungai Udang, has three main attractions.
Firstly, there is a tomb containing Sheikh Ahmad Majnun who was a Muslim theologian and missionary, believed to have been killed in a battle against Sultan Mansor Shah of Malacca in 1476. This tomb alone makes it a destination fo history buffs as it is possibly one of the oldest tombs in Malaysia.
Beside the tomb are a collection of ancient stones or megaliths, perhaps dating back to the second or third century AD. Megaliths are known as ‘Living Stones’ and 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 that is covered in Arabic or Jawi calligraphy and has a hole bored through it.
The stone is purported to function as a lie detector which was used by authorities to interrogate would be criminals. The accused would be told to insert his arm in the hole during interrogation and the historical story goes that 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 as there is no sign to indicate opening hours, anytime during daylight hours should be fine.
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.