This weekend is slated for laziness! Yeay! There is no school commitment; I just slept the whole day on the Friday. Initially, I planned to go back to Jitra, Kedah; apart from to experience the adventure of driving alone back to upnorth, I also would want to send cloth to my favourite tailor (“Kedai Singapora Tailor”) at Jitra, whose hand-sewn clothes are really good and comfortable! But anyway, I was feeling so lethargic and sleepy that I decided to revert to my Plan B; that is to go to Putrajaya and then sending the cloth to a tailor in Bangi (which Kakak already guaranteed that she knew one).
Courtesy of Google Image : I didn’t bring my camera so this is NOT my picture – a disclaimer in case if there’s anyone wants to stir things out of proportions claiming this picture is his/hers.
I went to Putrajaya on Saturday and arrived at Putrajaya around noon. So happened that Kakak went to her driving school. Around 2.30 P.M., Abang Zam, Rifqi and I went to METRO Academy to fetch Kakak and then off we went for an Indonesian cuisine restaurant called “Wong Solo” at Bandar Baru Bangi (where else? The place has become my domain; Oh, wait! I did live there for 9 months during my early banking tenure!). Too bad I didn’t bring my camera to snap the pictures! It was sumptuous delicacies (or maybe because I was too hungry, I don’t know!); either way, it was finger-licking good.
Illustration of Tun Kudu.
Anyway, I was watching “XX Ray 2” in Tv3 (one of Malaysian first science fiction flicks) that I suddenly feel curious about the famous Malay women in Malay Archipelago’s history. I always hear their names; but to really find about them has never really occurred to my mind. Therefore, I decided to Google about them and I would like to share some of the facts in this blog. The women are the 3 Tuns; Tun Kudu, Tun Fatimah & Tun Teja. I am history freak, I know!
Famous Old Malay primadonna, Maria Menado as Tun Fatimah.
Tun Kudu was the daughter of Bendahara Seri Wak Raja (II) who killed himself by drinking poison because he thought the Sultan was angry at him. The Sultan then felt remorse and wedded Tun Kudu who happened to be the sister of famous Bendahara Tun Perak, the man who catapulted Malacca into a world-renowned entrepot trading centre. Tun Ali, the existing Bendahara was an old widower and a prominent man for the Tamil-Moslem community of that time. He was besotted with Tun Kudu’s beauty who at that time happened to be the consort of Sultan Muzaffar Syah. His influence was so ever great that Sultan was worried that the clash between Tamil-Moslem and Malay community would get worsen. Since Tun Perak was a prominent figure to the Malays and was the brother of Tun Kudu, Sultan decided to divorced Tun Kudu, his consort to be wedded with the old Tun Ali. Tun Kudu agreed and the solemnization of the marriage managed to seal peace amongst the Malaccan community!
Old Malay actress, Zaiton portraying Tun Teja.
Sofea Jane as Tun Teja in the 2004 high-budget “Puteri Gunung Ledang”.
Illustration of Tun Teja, as depicted by an artist.
Tun Fatimah was one of the most famous heroine in Malay Archipelago history. She was Tun Kudu’s granddaughter from her son Tun Mutahir. Her family was executed by Sultan (again? yeah, I know. It’s like “What?” right? Huh!) – Sultan Mahmud Syah (the last Malaccan Sultan) due to lies and slanders. Tun Fatimah who happened to be a beautiful Tamil-Moslem woman was already a married woman to Tun Ali when Sultan Mahmud Syah first saw her face and fell in love with her. Fuelled by his passion towards Tun Fatimah as well as slanders by hearsays, Sultan Mahmud executed Tun Fatimah’s husband and all her brothers! The Sultan then wedded her; at first she refused but then a brilliant woman she was; she used her new supreme status to revenge against the slanderers (Si Kitul & Raja Mendeliar) and even to Sultan by persuading Sultan to kill his own son Raja Ahmad on the token of that Raja Ahmad was planning a rebellion against Sultan Mahmud Syah! Tun Fatimah then asked her own son, Raden Puteh (later renamed Sultan Alauddin Riayat Syah; the founder of Johore-Riau Sultanate) to be named heir to the throne. According to a website I read in Internet, Tun Fatimah NEVER smiled; she aborted her pregnancy 3 times and only agreed to pregnant Sultan’s child when she was promised that Sultan would bestow sovereignty to her child. Wow, talked about revenge of a woman!
Tun Teja Ratna Benggala was also one of the most famous women in Malaccan history. She was the daughter of Pahang Bendahara (Prime Minister); kidnapped by Hang Tuah for Sultan Mahmud Syah. Tun Teja who was a beautiful damsel was betrothed to Megat Panji Alam, a prince from Terengganu. She was given some enchanted sweets and thus, followed Hang Tuah to Malacca. Sultan Mahmud Syah (again!) wedded Tun Teja and she lived with him until Portuguese attacked Malacca in 1511. They moved from Malacca and it was said that Tun Teja fell sick and died at Merlimau where her mausoleum still laid rest to these days.
Malacca, during ancient days.
History always fascinates me. I always treasure the genealogical tapestries because those are the initial points of what we are now, aite? (,”)