Keramat Kubor Lansam

Two sets of Muslim graves can be found off Upper East Coast Road, in the field near the end of Jalan Sempadan. They are collectively known as the “Keramat Kubor Lansam”. The 1954 Singapore Street Directory gave a description of the Keramat: “A small cemetery said to include the grave of a Malay named Lasam from Riau or sourthern Borneo, who arrived on Singapore Island with his followers during the time of Sultan Husain Mohammed Shah, and founded a settlement at this spot. The story seems rather too reminiscent of the more authentic accounts of the Bugis leader buried at Telok Belanga. Nonetheless there has certainly been a village here since before 1840, and the presence of the graves cannot be doubted.”

The village mentioned in the account is most probably Kampong Siglap. These are the only two sets of graves still remaining of the Keramat.

The pair of graves in the distant background is believed to belong to Tok Lasam (the village chief) and his wife, while the grave on the right in the photograph belongs to one of Tok Lasam’s loyal commander (panglima).

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