So, the legendary Hang Tuah is just a myth. The whole history book about him, Hang Jebat, Hang Lekir, Hang Kasturi and Hang Lekiu was just a fiction, and hence should be burnt to ashes!
Its a shame, especially to Melaka. After all the effort undertaken by the state government to woo tourists to 'Perigi Hang Li Po' and 'Makam Hang Tuah', the upshot to it is nothing but a historic disgrace.
It also means that there were no personalities like Tun Teja, Hang Li Po, Kitol and Puteri Gunung Ledang as depicted in many history books. I learnt about it since my primary school, proud that my state was very historical.
So, if the mausoleum in Tanjong Keling is not that of Hang Tuah, who could it belong to? Hang Bodoh?
Prof Khoo Kay Kim could be right and wrong. Nobody could come forward with any tangible evidence that Hang Tuah & Gang and Hang Li Po really had existed. It was narrated from a generation to the next generation by people whom we call 'believers'. But are we blaming them should the facts are just mere fabrications?
And what about Kublai Khan and Genghiz Khan of whom we also learnt in school? Their existence was not verbatim as of today where camera and video are the legitimate tools of proof. Is it okay to say that I only recognise Zaman Khan because I used to shake hands with him?
What about the history of Hong Kong and Kowloon which was named after 'kau-lung' or the nine dragons? Is it a myth too as no dragon has yet to be traced in that territory? Or is it true that Neil Armstrong step foot on the moon hoisting the US flag since many parties were already questioning the logic, while some said it was photoed in a studio.
Are Marco Polo and Alexander The Great really had existed? Is Loch Ness Monster a true story or a myth?
I don't have any answer for all this but historians are people who should take care of the fact and figure. There shouldn't be any exaggeration to what has taken place.
However, it is usual for history data to be manipulated and twisted in favor of the story-teller or those in power. The Americans never recognise the fact that it was the black people who built the White House, and not them!
Another question is, did Mahsuri really exist?
As a 'orang Melaka', I feel embarrassed and cheated with Khoo's remarks but he has every rights to his own viewpoint. The only thing is the unbearable humiliation Ali Rustam has to face over the issue. The people of Melaka too will be frustrated.
So, what is true about Melaka history when there were no Hang Tuah, Hang Li Po, Laksamana Tun Perak, Datuk Bentara, Sultan Muzaffar Shah, Dang Anum and others? Was Parameswara really the man from Palembang who founded Melaka? Any proof of his existence?
What is true is only the Portuguese attacks on the kingdom in 1511, right? But still, why must they come up with such a story?