Following our first quandary here, we would like some help from our kind readers (especially those from Bukit Chandan) to help us with this photo. You may enlarge the photo by clicking on it.
The photo is of Almarhum Sultan Iskandar with the Raja-Raja Bergelar (all seated at the front), the Sultan’s ADC and CWC Parr, the British Resident of Perak who was then retiring. We feel that this photo was taken in 1927 on the occasion of CWC Parr’s retirement as resident, as if you look at the photo below in front of Istana Merchu, Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, the Raja-Raja Bergelar, Mr Parr and the ADC are wearing the exact clothes they wore in the larger photo.
The puzzling thing is that the main photo of the Istana was labelled as ‘Istana KUNING’.
Interestingly it looks like Istana Lembah, and the reasons why we do not think it is Istana Lembah are as follows:
1. this Istana looks ‘bigger’
2. the front portion of this Istana has opened up serambi (verandahs)
3. the wings of this Istana is longer, and Istana Lembah does not
4. more importantly, if this was 1927, the construction of Istana Lembah by Tukang Sofian and his sons was not finished yet! (it was completed in 1931)
As for point , Istana Lembah had been renovated in the 1960s under instruction from the then PM, Almarhum Tunku Abdul Rahman, but we find it hard to believe that they would demolish the serambi. We do know that there is also a likelihood that the year 1927 may be wrong, as some records do say Parr retired in 1925. Nevertheless, it still wouldn’t make sense as Istana Lembah was completed in 1931.
There was an Istana Kuning which is now no more, hence this new quandary. So, if you can help, we look forward to read your comments. No prizes, unfortunately!