*73 Sultan Gate, Singapura 7

Gedung Kuning (the Yellow Mansion) is synonymous with Haji Yusoff ‘Tali Pinggang’. This is because Haji Yusoff was the owner of the mansion from 1912 until it was acquired by the Singapore government in 1999. Haji Yusoff had preserved the mansion and redecorated it with artefacts bought from the Malay Archipelago, Asia, Europe and Africa.

Gedung Kuning is indeed as regal as its name. It stood strong during the Japanese Occupation from 1942-1945. It has witnessed the births, deaths, graduations and weddings of three generations of Haji Yusoff’s family. It shared the joys and sadness of the family. Its garden hosted flowering plants and trees like rambutan, papaya and mango whose delicious fruits were shared with friends and neighbours. Its mighty hall reverberated with pride to Quranic verses read during religious ceremonies. Its gate welcomed the poor who came to ask for alms. Gedung Kuning is testimony of a family legacy. 

Even to the very last day when Haji Yusoff’s family moved out, Gedung Kuning stood proud befitting its royal colour and stature.

GEDUNGKU

Kuning warna tersergam indah
Dipagar, dijaga si helang batu
Dulu dibina untuk Bendahara
Didiami oleh keluarga diraja

Gedung Kuning nama diberi
Terletak di sisi istana Melayu
Kampong Glam, Dalam dan Kaji
Tempat berdagang orang dahulu

Haji Yusoff peniaga berjaya
Gedung Kuning menjadi miliknya
Anak Singapura keturunan Jawa
Berwawasan dan berhati mulia

Gedungku anggun warisan bangsa
Lambang Melayu kemajuan nusa
Generasiku kan tahu budaya mereka
Takkan Melayu hilang di dunia

Hidayah Amin

Translation of Gedungku (My Home):
Gedung Kuning with its regal yellow walls and stone eagles is a mansion originally built for the Prime Minister. It stands next to the Malay palace and is located in the hub of historical Malay trading places. Haji Yusoff, the visionary and successful Malay businessman purchased Gedung Kuning which remains to this day, a symbol of Malay heritage and culture.

*Gedung Kuning’s address written in Jawi (a type of Arabic script used to write the Malay language)