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The Dilemma

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Everytime ancient Melaka is being mentioned, the two things that come to my mind is:

1. The founding of Melaka under the Melaka Tree;
2. The "Malay dilemma" of Hang Tuah and Hang Jebat.

Point 1, is obviously something of a legend. Come on, where got kancil so powerful one? I am pretty sure the mousedeer in our zoo would be eaten by the wolves should they be kept in the same compound.

Point 2 however, is something worth thinking. I always believe that different cultures produce different sets of values that they embrace. Those interested in the Hang Tuah-Hang Jebat Battle please read this post that I wrote eons ago.



Before Hang Jebat died, he said, "Raja adil raja disembah, raja zalim raja disanggah". In simple terms, if the ruler is a wise and noble one, he would be respected with loyalty. If he is an asshole, however, he should be overthrown and rebelled against.

Sadly, Hang Tuah felt that as a Malay, he should not betray his ruler no matter what happens, "Takkan…