Traditional Children's Folk-Tales
(26 June 2007)
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Sang Kancil and the Crocodile
Sang Kancil is known as the smartest animal in the
jungle and this is the story about how he tricked the crocodiles.
Eager to taste the fruits in the orchard on the other side of the
river, he informed the crocodiles that Raja Sulaiman had ordered
Sang Kancil to do a head count as he wanted to give them a gift.
Sang Kancil ordered them to form a queue stretching until the other
end of the shore. Deftly, he jumped on them until he crossed the
river. Upon reaching the shore, he happily told the crocodiles that
he had tricked them and there were no gifts forthcoming from Raja
Sulaiman The crocodiles became angry and until today bear a grudge.
Sang Kancil Helps Kerbau
This tale is about an ungrateful crocodile called
Sang Bedal. Trapped under a tree, Sang Bedal's cries for help were
heard by Sang Kerbau. Using his horns, Sang Kerbau freed the
crocodile. The wily crocodile decided to make a meal of Sang Kerbau
and swiftly captured the latter's leg. During the scuffle comes Sang
Kancil, who cleverly devised a way to help Sang Kerbau. Feigning
disbelief, he asks Sang Kerbau to demonstrate how he removed the
tree off Sang Bedal. His leg freed from the crocodile, Sang Kerbau
upon Sang Kancil's instructions dropped the tree back on the
crocodile. The ungrateful Sang Bedal, who does not appreciate a good
deed was trapped under the tree again.
Bawang Putih Bawang Merah
Once upon a time there was a girl named Bawang Merah
who lived with her stepmother and stepsister named Bawang Putih who
always abused her. One day, she heard the call of a carp fish from
the well who wanted to help her. Unfortunately, her stepmother and
stepsister found out. They caught the fish and cooked it. Bawang
Merah's mother appeared in her dreams and told her about the fish.
She told Bawang Merah to bury the fish bones. Bawang Merah buried
them and amazingly, a tree attached with a golden swing grew before
her eyes. One day while happily swinging on her golden swing her
melodious voice attracted the attention of a prince who eventually
married her and they lived happily ever after.
Once there was a young man called Badang who
discovered he was not able to catch any fish from the rivulet for
the past three days. Realizing that someone was stealing his fish,
he decided to keep watch. At midnight, he saw a strange form with
red shinning eyes and beard that reached to its stomach emerge and
it quickly devoured his fish. Badang grew angry and rushed at the
creature to kill it. Pleading for its life, it promised to make
Badang strong by eating the fish he threw up and ran way. Still
angry, Badang grabbed a huge branch and to his surprise, broke it
easily. Eventually, Badang found he had great strength and used it
to help the people. The King found out and appointed Badang as his
This is a story about Mat Jenin who loved to
daydream. After he picked fifty coconuts, and while resting
comfortably on a coconut palm leaf, Mat Jenin starts to daydream.
The money from selling the coconuts will be used to buy twenty
chicken eggs, once hatched to be sold for goats and later sell the
goats for some cows and a horse. While riding on the horse he met
with a princess and they ride the horse together. While galloping,
the horse suddenly stumbles. Mat Jenin opens his eyes and found
himself floating in the air on the palm leaf. He makes a safe
landing and a neighbor who witnessed the incident said, "Only hard
works pays. daydreaming only brings disaster".
This story is about an ungrateful son called Si
Tanggang and the consequences of his disloyalty to his parents. One
day, Si Tanggang was captured and put to work on a ship. The Captain
grew fond of him and eventually made him his son-in-law as well as
the ship's Captain. One day, caught in a storm, Captain Tanggang was
forced to moor his ship in the village his parents lived. When they
came to meet Si Tanggang, he was embarrassed they looked so old and
refused to acknowledge them. Saddened by her son's behavior, his
mother cried out to the heavens. Suddenly lightning, strong wind and
waves tore the ship to pieces. Captain Tanggang, his wife and crew
turned into stone.
|Date of Issue
||26 June 2007
||50 sen x 4
||40mm x 30mm
||RM5.00 (Silver Hot Stamping)
||100mm x 70mm
|Stamp Size in
||50mm x 40mm