Legitimacy of Hang Jebat as a hero: Let the Hikayat tell the real story

Mohamed Anwar Omar Din, Zulayti Zakaria, Wan Ahmad Fauzi Wan Hashim, Nazir Ibrahim, Junaidi Abu Bakar

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The dissemination of Hang Jebat as a Malay hero is quite rampant. This paper investigates the legitimacy of celebrating Hang Jebat as a Malay hero by unfolding the Hikayat Hang Tuah, the authentic source on Hang Tuah and Hang Jebat, as its main reference. This paper undertaken an eagle eye explore on some of those published discussions that celebrated Hang Jebat as a Malay hero, and raise the question in what part of the Hikayat Hang Tuah that shows, or at least could be interpreted, as Hang Jebat is a hero? Although the inquiry of this paper might be seemed as a simple and straight forward mode of 'question and answer,' it reveals the fact that those who celebrating Hang Jebat as a hero - including the general public, the critics, reviewers, writers, entertainment directors, educators, politicians, even high ranking scholars - do not aware their arguments do not based on authentic source, instead, they are on what they have watched from the films (cinema) or plays of Hang Tuah and Hang Jebat mostly created in the 1950s-1960s. We display the statements in the Hikayat itself as evidence that the notion of Hang Jebat as a hero is totally does not based on authentic source, the Hikayat. Furthermore, we argue that the resurgent of Hang Jebat as a hero is not by virtue of he is a true hero, instead, it is an ideologically blinkered and wishful thinking manipulations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5337-5356
Number of pages20
JournalMan in India
Volume96
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Din, M. A. O., Zakaria, Z., Hashim, W. A. F. W., Ibrahim, N., & Abu Bakar, J. (2016). Legitimacy of Hang Jebat as a hero: Let the Hikayat tell the real story. Man in India, 96(12), 5337-5356.

Legitimacy of Hang Jebat as a hero : Let the Hikayat tell the real story. / Din, Mohamed Anwar Omar; Zakaria, Zulayti; Hashim, Wan Ahmad Fauzi Wan; Ibrahim, Nazir; Abu Bakar, Junaidi.

In: Man in India, Vol. 96, No. 12, 2016, p. 5337-5356.

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Din, MAO, Zakaria, Z, Hashim, WAFW, Ibrahim, N & Abu Bakar, J 2016, 'Legitimacy of Hang Jebat as a hero: Let the Hikayat tell the real story', Man in India, vol. 96, no. 12, pp. 5337-5356.
Din MAO, Zakaria Z, Hashim WAFW, Ibrahim N, Abu Bakar J. Legitimacy of Hang Jebat as a hero: Let the Hikayat tell the real story. Man in India. 2016;96(12):5337-5356.
Din, Mohamed Anwar Omar ; Zakaria, Zulayti ; Hashim, Wan Ahmad Fauzi Wan ; Ibrahim, Nazir ; Abu Bakar, Junaidi. / Legitimacy of Hang Jebat as a hero : Let the Hikayat tell the real story. In: Man in India. 2016 ; Vol. 96, No. 12. pp. 5337-5356.
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