via the Greek Reporter, 04 February 2024: Singapore’s foundation story, as recounted in the Malay Annals, links the Sumatran prince Sang Nila Utama as a descendant of Alexander the Great (Iskandar Shah). This is likely a political myth to create an illustrious lineage for the rulers of Melaka.
Amongst several generations of descendants of Alexander, King Suran (reign 1014 – 1044) emerged as the greatest. King Suran wanted to subdue China, and marched his huge force from India, through today’s Myanmar and Malaya til he arrived in Temasek (Singapore).
Hearing that China was very far away, Raja Suran abandoned his plans to invade China. Turning his interests now to the undersea world, Raja Suran lowered himself into the sea in a glass chest (diving bell). Under the water, Raja Suran met Raja Maktab-al-Arz. There Raja Suran married the undersea king’s daughter Putri Maktab-al-Bakri and they had three sons.
After some years, Raja Suran decided to return to the world above the sea as he did not want to break the bloodline of Alexander the Great. Raja Suran returned to his own realm on a winged sea horse, and retired in his homeland of India.