Who is Mat Kilau?

Who is Mat Kilau?
Mat Kilau is a legendary Malay warrior during colonial era in Malay Peninsular in late 1880. He was the son of local Malay Chief Imam Perang Rasu (or sometimes called Tok Gajah). He is one of the Malay warriors who rebelled between the 1880s and 1890s when the colonial masters extended their rule to Pahang. Mat Kilau was born in 1847 in Kampong Pulau Tawar, Jerantut, Pahang. He learnt the Malay art of self-defense from his own father after his marriage. Mat Kilau started the rebellion against the British imperialism when he was 44 years old. This was happened after British attacked at Kampong Budu on the Lipis River.

Mat Kilau name are etched in the nation’s history as those responsible for the Lubuk Terua war where they attacked a police post set up by British. Mat Kilau ambushed and killed five British soldiers at the security post. A few more soldiers were hired but received the same fate. Following this incident, Sir Hugh Clifford, labeled him as a rebel and ordered his captured. . Then Mat Kilau had to flee to Kelantan and Terengganu. He went to change his names several times like Mat Siam, Mat Dahan and Mat Dadu. Mat Kilau died on Aug 1970, at his home Kampong Batu 5. He died at the age of 122 years old.
Who is Mat Kilau?
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