Istana Kampong Glam or Kampong Glam Palace (IKG) was built by order of Sultan Hussain who was the newly instated Sultan of Johor. Singapore then was ruled by tripartite rule – the East India Company, the Sultan and the Temenggong.
Sultan Hussain passed away and his eldest son, Tengku Ali became heir to the throne. He was known as Sultan Ali.
Even though Singapore never had a Bendahara (Prime Minister), a mansion to house a Bendahara (Rumah Bendahara or House of the Prime Minister) was built for Tengku Mahmud, the younger son of Sultan Ali. Tengku Mahmud named the mansion Gedung Kuning (the Yellow Mansion) after its yellow walls.
Gedung Kuning’s land area: 13,254 square feet.
Royal family dispute ensued and the Court of Appeal held that no one could claim the property and land of Kampong Glam.
[The case of Tengku Mahmud vs. Tengku Ali, Straits Settlements Laws Report 1897 (Vol. 5)]
Straits Settlements Statutory Land Grant No. 18322
Gedung Kuning was mortgaged by Tengku Mohamed Bin Sultan Ali to R.M.P.S Annamalay Chitty.*
Haji Yusoff bin Haji Mohamed Noor (also known as Hadjee Eusope Bin Hadjee Mohamed Noor) bought Gedung Kuning from R.M.P.C Mootiah Chitty.*
Haji Yusoff sold Gedung Kuning to Choo Sow San.*
Haji Yusoff bought Gedung Kuning back from Oei Tjong Swan and Ho Kien Hwa Neo.*
Haji Yusoff’s family stayed in Gedung Kuning.
Government announced plans to convert the Istana Kampong Glam and Gedung Kuning into a Malay Heritage Centre (MHC). Istana Kampung Gelam will be turned into a museum whereas Gedung Kuning will be turned into a gallery cafe.
Gedung Kuning was acquired under the Land Acquisition Act and now belonged to the Singapore Government. Haji Yusoff’s estate lawyers advised the family that it would be tough to fight the acquisition, one that the family would not have won. Haji Yusoff’s descendants who were staying in Gedung Kuning had no other choice but to leave the mansion.
Gedung Kuning underwent restoration.
Tepak Sireh Restoran at Gedung Kuning was officially opened by Associate Professor Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister in-charge of Muslim Affairs.
The MHC came under the charge of the National Heritage Board (NHB).
The MHC closed for extensive renovation and is scheduled to open in June 2012.
Tepak Sireh Restoran closed down. The NHB evaluated tenders for new business at Gedung Kuning.
It was announced in Berita Harian that the Expansion Group Pte Ltd that runs the restaurant chain Fig & Olive has been awarded the tender to operate food business (restaurant called Mamanda) at Gedung Kuning.
*Information taken from Statutory Land Grant No: 16944