Date: 03-18-10 02:51
In Bangka Island 邦加岛, Hakka 客家 is a majority people beside melayu 馬來 (Malay). In 1920 population, Hakka 客家 is 44,6% from the total 154,141. Most of Hakka 客家 in Bangka 邦加 come from Guangdong , Moiyan 梅縣 ( Pinyin : Méixiàn ) , and Hainan 海南 (Pinyin : Hǎinán ). Besides, Hakka from He Yuan, Dong Guan, Hui Zhou, Lei Zhou, Xin Ning also come together.
In the early time, most of the Hakka 客家 come to Bangka are miners. They are contracted miners in the tin 錫 mining 采矿 areas in Bangka Island 邦加岛, then move to Belitung Island 邦加岛 and Singkep Island. Formerly they work for Sultan Palembang, then British and Dutch. The miners are coordinated by a palleet theuw (Indonesia : Kepala Parit), a hakka’s word for chief of the tin mining 錫 采矿area. The palleet theuw also a hakka 客家..see story click here http://bukjam.wordpress.com/2009/09/22/hakka-khek-bangka-1/