5th TNTT editorial - Alkisah Hang Nadim si kecil yang pintar cerdas

Jangan sesekali kita terlupa kisah Hang Nadim dan bagaimana dia dibunuh kerana dia seorang anak pintar cerdas oleh sebilangan orang Melayu, kaumnya sendiri yang kuat berdengki laknat sesama sendiri. Agak aneh juga bila difikirkan, lagenda Hang Tuah yang gagah perkasa namun tidak dapat berfikir untuk dirinya sendiri hingga dia sanggup menerima arahan untuk membunuh saudaranya Hang Jebat (yang pada dasarnya menuntut keadilan bagi dirinya) - sering dijadikan hikayat kebanggaan, namun Hang Nadim seakan-akan sudah hilang dari memori rumpun Melayu di rantau sebelah sini.

Beberapa persoalan terbuka tentang hikayat Hang Nadim yang perlu kita fikir-fikirkan:

Tentang Melayu dan Kemelayuan...

Adakah lumrah orang Melayu untuk berdengki khianat terutama sekali kepada saudara seagamanya WALAUPUN yang dikhianat itu hanya seorang anak kecil yang baru melepasi usia praformal?

Tentang usia serta kematangan...

Mungkinkah umur lanjut menjadikan kita semakin keras, kepala, sombong dan lupa daratan hingga kita tidak mampu menerima idea dan teguran dari mereka yang lebih muda WALAUPUN mungkin mereka di pihak yang benar?

Tentang baka kepintar-cerdasan...

Dapatkah kita bayangkan jika Hang Nadim diperlakukan begitu sadis, bagaimana pula dengan kanak-kanak pintar cerdas Malaysia hari ini seperti Adi Putra serta Chan Yaoban yang dipinggirkan?

Original source en Wikipedia, further edited by the Teech:

In Sejarah Melayu, Hang Nadim was a Malay boy of great wisdom who saved Temasek, now called Singapore, from attack by shoals of swordfish, attacks which cost many indigenous Malays their lives. It is mentioned in the traditional accounts that the attack was a curse because the reigning Sri Maharaja had ordered the death of a pious man called Tun Jana Khatib. The name Khatib Camp off Sembawang Road, Singapore is derived from this name. It is said that Khatib Camp is where the execution of Tun Jana Khatib took place. To fend off the attacks, Hang Nadim advised the ruler of Temasek, the Sri Maharaja to build a wall of banana stems along the shores of Temasek. The effort was successful as the swordfishes' snouts were trapped by the barricade of banana stems.

According to legend, the place Tanjong Pagar in modern day Singapore takes its name from the barricade. In the Malay language, tanjong pagar or tanjung pagar means "cape of stakes". The boy's contribution earned him great respect as well as envy in the royal court. This made several individuals in the royal court fear the possibility that Hang Nadim might threaten their influence. In the end, they convinced the local ruler to execute the boy, and he was thrown ALIVE into the sea. He was only seven years old at the time of death. Today, the Hang Nadim International Airport in Batam, Indonesia is named after the boy.


Al-Fatihah to Hang Nadim, and may we never ever again let such a horrific and terrible episode be repeated in our lifetime - Ed.

3 comments:

Shaiful said...

Do you think Hang Nadim exist? I thought that was just a legend ...

but anyway someone did tell me this - when a history is forgotten, it will turn into legend; and when a legend is forgotten, it'll turn into myth.

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm... He exist or not is not important, what's important is the messages came along with this story... COME ON MALAYS!! STOP OUR BACK-STABBING ALREADY!!

lufkin said...

'prodigy' or 'genius' - a concept that can be called a gift , but can also be a curse ..

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