i’ve just finished watching Hang Tuah, a classical malay film about the legendary Malacca warrior..this story or legend or ‘hikayat’ was set during the reign of the Sultanate of Malacca, where there was a single structure and meaning based on a fundamental conception in Medieval Malay culture – of loyalty towards the ruler..he was described as a ferocious fighter who devoted his life to serve for the ruler together with four other friends (sworn brothers)..the conflict of this hikayat was when hang tuah was slandered for committing adultery with the sultan’s ‘stewardess’ and the sultan sentenced him to death without any trial..his best friend, Hang Jebat thought the sultan was being irrational and therefore he ran amuk around the castle and threatened to kill the sultan as a revenge for killing his innocent brother..when Bendahara Melaka told the sultan he didnot actually kill Hang Tuah, the sultan immediately ordered the Bendahara to bring Hang Tuah to him so he could ask Him to kill the wildly amuk Hang Jebat..as a loyal laksmana, he followed the sultan’s order, fought with Hang Jebat and eventually killed a friend who’s actually revenging for him..
i should be studying the language that was being used in this story but eventually i grew emotional with this story..if this hikayat was true, it showed nothing but ‘ignorance and irrationality’ of the Malays..it’s true, that one should be loyal and faithful to the ruler but as a human, it’s nature to be able to negotiate and compromise..and why didn’t they use all that..?
true, Jebat was at fault too, because he ran amuk and killed some innocent people to show his anger towards the sultan, but he did that to mock the sultan’s irrelevant decision of killing his brother..*to me there’s no different between the ‘irrelevant’ sultan and Jebat now, they were both irrational..but Jebat was seeking for justice! and why Tuah followed the sultan who had been cruel and injusticed to him..?urgh! what’s with Malay hikayat..?couldn’t they be more clever..?if anyone is to be the hero in this legendary myth it should be Jebat for he’s the only one who’s sensible enough to fight against injustice and wise enough not to follow a stupid ruler blindly..oh! my malays..