Traditional children’s folk tales form an integral part of traditional literature which should be known and enjoyed by all children. Aside from their entertainment value, these traditional folk tales will enrich their lives with the many moral values that form a big part of these stories. Through these stories, children today have the opportunity to experience the past as well as gain knowledge on the lives, beliefs and the important values of the people of the ancient times. These traditional stories which contain good motivating elements and usually illustrate a principle or value children can relate to and learn, will inspire as well as inculcate moral values that will remain with them through adulthood.

Mat Jenin
This is a story about Mat Jenin, a daydreamer. After he picked 50 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, they will be sold for goats and later the goats for some cow and a horse. While riding on the horse, he met 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 neighbour who witnessed the incident said “Only hard work pays, daydreaming only brings disaster.”

Sang Kancil Helps Kerbau
This tale is about an ungrateful crocodile called Sang Bedal. Trapped under a fallen tree, Sang Bedal’s cries for help were heard by Sang Kerbau. Using his horns, Sang Kerbau freed the crocodile. The wily crocodile then decided to make a meal of Sang Kerbau and swiftly captured the latter’s legs. During the scuffle, Sang Kancil happens to walk by and devised a way to help Sang Kerbau. Feigning disbelief, he asked Sang Kerbau to demonstrate how he removed the fallen tree off Sang Bedal. His leg freed from the crocodile, Sang Kerbau upon Sang Kancil’s instruction dropped the tree back on the crocodile. The ungrateful Sang Bedal, who does not appreciate a good deed, was trapped under the tree again.

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.

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 to her in her dreams and told her about the fish. She told her Bawang Merah to bury the fish bones. Bawang Merah buried them and amazingly a tree 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 was passing by and who eventually married her and they lived happily ever after.

Badang
Once there was a young man called Badang who discovered he was not able to catch any fish from the rivers for the past three days. Realising 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 away. Still angry, Badang grabbed a huge branch and to his amazement 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 warrior.

Sang Kancil Helps Kerbau
This tale is about an ungrateful crocodile called Sang Bedal. Trapped under a fallen tree, Sang Bedal’s cries for help were heard by Sang Kerbau. Using his horns, Sang Kerbau freed the crocodile. The wily crocodile then decided to make a meal of Sang Kerbau and swiftly captured the latter’s legs. During the scuffle, Sang Kancil happens to walk by and devised a way to help Sang Kerbau. Feigning disbelief, he asked Sang Kerbau to demonstrate how he removed the fallen tree off Sang Bedal. His leg freed from the crocodile, Sang Kerbau upon Sang Kancil’s instruction dropped the tree back on the crocodile. The ungrateful Sang Bedal, who does not appreciate a good deed, was trapped under the tree again.

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.

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 to her in her dreams and told her about the fish. She told her Bawang Merah to bury the fish bones. Bawang Merah buried them and amazingly a tree 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 was passing by and who eventually married her and they lived happily ever after.

Si Tanggang
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 embarassed they looked so old and refused to acknowledge them. Saddened by her son’s behaviour, 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.

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