NAINA CHETU ( saudagar India) MEMBANTU PORTUGUESE MENAWAN MELAKA
“…….Some of the Indian merchants were also useful to the Portuguese. The first to help them was a man called Naina Chetu by the Portuguese. He succoured the Portuguese prisoner who were kept at Malacca between 1509 and 1511. After the conquest of Malacca his services were rewarded by the grant of the office of Bendahara – still a high office, though it no longer had the same siginificance under the Portuguese rule that it had during the Malay Sultanate.
In the next three years he helped the Portuguese to open up trade with the surrounding area, though it was insinuated that he took a very good care of his own interest at the same time. In theory, he was supposed to hold office for life and to pass it on to his descendants. But by the time royal confirmation of this grant arrived, Naina Chateu had been deposed and had, it is said, committed suicide. Othe India merchants assisted the Portuguese, in business matters, and loaned them their slaves in time of war and, sometimes money as well”
Dipetik dari, I.A. Macgregor, “ Notes on the Portuguese in Malaya” dalam JMBRAS, XXVIII, 2, 1955, 5-41)
20 Februari 2015