Hang Tuah. Do We Need Him?

I was going through some of Big Sis school work, and she has a Social Studies textbook where it highlights some of Indonesian history. In fact, she even taught me some of the legendary Indonesian stories like Tangkuban Perahu, Ken Arok and Ken Dedes. She tells me the story with such vigor, excitement, the virtue of good versus evil,…. I just loved the enthusiatic spirit in her at that time.

Then, she asked me…”How about legendary stories from Malaysia daddy?”

Without hesitation, I said “Hang Tuah!”

“Who is Hang Tuah?” she asked again.

“Hang Tuah is a legendary brave malay warrior who fought for loyalty, rights, honor for the Sultan of Melaka, with the mighty Taming Sari kris.”

I continued to explain how he fought his brother in arms, Hang Jebat, who he himself fought for what he believed in… which is to only serve a righteous king. (It brought flashbacks on our trip to Melaka back in 2005.)…… cue in P Ramlee.

(sorry folks…PG13. No violence vids until timing is right)

Anyway, the reason why I brought this up is because to my dismay, this topic has been taken out from the school history curriculum. I know there are various reason, political and otherwise,… but come on…. this has to included in Malaysian school history textbooks.

Apart from the Hang Tuah story arc, I do not find any other rich malaysian history that resembles close to what Hang Tuah has to offer…… the virtues, the dilemmas, the sacrifice, the friendship, the regrets, the self realization….

I mean, if we do not appreciate who we are, and where we come from…… where do we go from there?

Another reason for this post is that, yes granted, there’s a lot of question about the origins of Hang Tuah. But these 2 articles have explained in easy layman terms.

Hang Tuah History and Hang Tuah Origins.

(the other is for me to leave breadcrumbs when I need to refer to Hang Tuah again)

This still gets me excited, just like when I went further research for Logans Wolverine origins and the Inhumans origins.

I know they are not the same, but I look forward to seeing in Big Sis the same gusto have when talking about legendary heroes,.. especially when it shapes who you are today,… or who you will be in the future.

So do we need Hang Tuah? Do I need Hang Tuah?

answer is …… Yes.