Ol Said or in full Dato' Abdul Said was a 19th-century Malay leader of an area called Naning, which was then part of Malacca on the Malay Peninsula. He opposed taxation by the British's taxation policy in the area and refused to pay it. This was a direct cause of a conflict known as the Naning War.
Dol Said's defiance led the British to send 150 soldiers led by
Captain Wyllie to capture Naning in early August 1831. Naning however
successfully defended itself-guerrilla style- with aid from other Malay
allies, which includes Seri Menanti, Rembau, Sungai Ujong, Johol and Muar.
The British realised that Naning could not be easily attacked and
requested reinforcement from the Yamtuan Muda Raja Ali in Rembau. Raja
Ali agreed to send 600 troops to assist British on the attack of
Naning.Later in March 1832, British sent a larger force, consisted of
1200 troops, to defeat Dol Said's force. Colonel Herbert led in this
assault against Naning. In the second attack, Naning failed to receive
military aids from its neighbours. Such failure along with the presence
of a huge British expedition forced Dol Said to retreat to Sri Menanti
before surrendering himself, effectively ending the war. British then
combined Malacca and Naning. Dol Said was given a home in Malacca. Till
today, Dol Said is still known as a hero in Malaysia.
The story about the Naning Wars has not been glorified although the
Malays had won the First Naning War and the British were the de facto
World Power then.The present leader is called DATO' NANING.[