"Hang Jebat's Mausoleum" Melaka Things to Do Tip by Willettsworld

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Hang Jebat is remembered as the champion of justice who died a tragic death, in the hands of a friend he supported. That, was according to one popular version of the Malay Annals (Sejarah Melayu). He was one of the five great warriors during the time of the Malacca Sultanate, particularly during the reign of Sultan Mansur Shah (1456-1477), the other four being Hang Tuah, Hang Kasturi, Hang Lekiu and Hang Lekir.

When they were young boys they learned the martial arts of silat. The sultan was so impressed with their skills that he offered them positions in his court. Their lives took a turn when they saved the life of the Bendahara (equivalent to today's Prime Minister) of Malacca, Tun Perak. Hang Tuah was the Sultan's favourite, and he bestowed him many gifts. One of them was the keris Taming Sari, said to possess supernatural powers.

The sultan's favouritism incurred the jealousy of courtiers, and they plotted his downfall. When Hang Tuah's four warrior friends were not in court, they hatched a rumour that Hang Tuah had seduced the Sultan's favourite consort. When the rumour reached the Sultan, he was so angry that he ordered Hang Tuah to be executed on sight.

The wise Bendahara Tun Perak knew that Hang Tuah had been framed, and he quickly took Hang Tuah into hiding. The Sultan was then told that Hang Tuah had been executed. When the four friends returned, they were grievous over the sad news.

Hang Jebat was so beside himself over the injustice that he ran amok in the palace, killing everyone in his path. He was determined to hunt down the Sultan and kill him. Fearing for his life, the sultan sought his warriors to put down Hang Jebat, but none of them could defeat him. Then the sultan learned the truth, that Hang Tuah was actually still alive. When Hang Tuah was brought to the Sultan, he quickly issued a pardon, and beseeched him to kill Jebat.

Hang Tuah was torn between his love for his friend and his loyalty to his sultan. However, he was also ingrained with the belief that the sultan deserves absolute loyalty. Hang Tuah tried to make Hang Jebat surrender, but Jebat was beyond reasoning and wanted nothing but the death of the Sultan. So in the ensuing duel, Hang Tuah dealt a fatal blow on his friend with the Taming Sari.

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  • Written Aug 22, 2010
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