On 23 June 2011, together with 2 friends, we joined Othman Ayeb (Rimbawi) for what we now termed as 'Mat Chincang and Mat Raya Trail'. Our aim was to track the places associated with the legendary saga of Mat Chincang and Mat Raya, and understand how these places got their names as a result of the feud between these two great warriors. Starting our trail at Kuah, we moved to Kisap, then Belanga Pecah, onto Ayer Hangat Masin, then to Pasir Hitam, then Gunung Raya, Bukit Sawak and Gunung MatChincang (missed Tanjung Cincin dan Pulau Beras Basah) . At each place, our imagination went into active mode with Othman narrating the particular episode associated with the place name. All these episodes came together at our final destination, that is, Othman's own home. To our great benefit, Othman had already organised a drama team with his own children as actors playing each of the characters in the Mat Chincang and Mat Raya saga. The eldest son played Mat Chincang, the second son was Mat Raya, the third son was Mat Sawak. The daughter who played Sang Gedembai was in school, so a stand-in in the form of a much younger son was asked to dress up as Sang Gedembai. However, at the last moment, he must have stage fright and Othman himself became the Sang Gedembai. The fighting between Mat Raya and Mat Chincang looked 'real' as both the actors were qualified junior silat masters! There were also props with pails to hold them up, portraying the names of the places associated with the fight between the two warriors.
Othman as Sang Gedembai cursed them all to become stones and hence, we have the three giants at their respective stations: Gunung MatChincang, Bukit Sawak and Gunung Raya. Othman ended the drama with the moral of the story
Terima kasih daun keladi to Othman, Rahayu and especially to Adam, Ikram and Amal, our budding actors, for giving us a memorable experience tracking legacy of place names associated with the Mat Chincang and Mat Raya saga.
Ong Puay Liu
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