In an interview with the New Straits Times, Professor Khoo Kay Kim explains the reasons why he thinks figures such as Hang Tuah and Hang Li Po identified in the Malay Annals were probably mythical.
Prof Khoo Kay Kim, New Straits Times 20120129
Don’t ignore real heroes of history
New Straits Times, 29 April 2012
Besides the “startling” news about the origins of the human race, another stir over the history of Malaysia was raised last week when eminent Malaysian historian Professor Khoo Kay Khim declared that some of the characters and stories in Malaysia’s national historical narrative were probably mythical or did not actually exist. Among those figures was the warrior Hang Tuah and the Chinese princess Hang Li Po.
Sculpture of Hang Tuah at the Malaysian National History Museum, wikicommons image