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  • n. A local chief or governor in some Malaysian states.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Badan Warisan arranged a performance by a group from Kedah and it was held in the space underneath the "rumah penghulu": the beautifully restored Malay house.

    Shakespeare in the Shadows

  • In Sarawak, the post of Temenggong is the highest ranked community leader in the local administration system, followed by pemanca, penghulu and tribal leader.


  • Awang Haji Muhammad Suffian bin Hj Bungsu, the Acting Tutong District Officer in another speech stressed to all the penghulu mukims and village heads to pass on the message of saving energy to villagers to support the cause.

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  • The president also proved to be an eager learner when he joined the penghulu mukim in a Malay dance.

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  • President Rahmon stopped by at the home of Pengarah Hj Mokti Md Salleh, the penghulu of Mukim Tamoi (Tamoi subdistrict head).

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  • President Rahmon said that he found it interesting when the penghulu shared that he had 11 children and 44 grandchildren.

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  • Kampung Chuang Rasa penghulu Lim Kem Seng, whom the PR government had appointed to the Village Development and Security committee, was also quick to admit that no PKR candidate would stand a chance against a Mat Taib candidacy.

    SARA - Southeast Asian RSS Aggregator

  • Kampung Chuang Rasa penghulu Lim Kem Seng says that no candidate from PKR could beat Mat Taib in the election.

    SARA - Southeast Asian RSS Aggregator

  • The district officer also presented the national flags to penghulu mukim and village leaders in the district, while Assistant Belait District Officer Hj Abdul Hamid Dato Paduka Hj Abdullah handed over the flag to the head of the "Youth Love The Country" programme.

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  • Whether you like it or not, we in TJ look upon you as not only the speaker but also as judge, or penghulu, and seldom does anyone really question your rulings.

    Aisehman – Twitterjaya Speaker


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  • Can also be a religious leader in Malay/Indonesia. As VO notes, more commonly used to refer to the (elected) head of a village.

    February 1, 2009

  • Ha ha! Old H.P. and his giant albino penguins...

    February 1, 2009

  • In early drafts of At the Mountains of Madness, Lovecraft planned...

    Okay, it's actually a word for chief from Malaysia and Indonesia.

    February 1, 2009