The story of Hang Tuah fascinates me. But to the question of whether he existed or not, I do not have an answer. However, that does not at all affect my interest in Hang Tuah.
Did the monkey Hanuman in Ramayana or the monkey Sun Wu Kong in Xi You Ji exist? Well, even if they are mere fiction, these stories have lessons and values already etched into our communal psyche.
In his foreword to Hikayat Hang Tuah, Dr Kassim Ahmad wrote:
“These questions of whether Hang Tuah and Hang Jebat really existed, whether these stories actually took place and so on, are the wrong questions to ask.
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