Kuala Sedili is located in Johor, South of Malaysia in the district of Kota Tinggi. It was entrusted by the late founder of Silat Seni Gayong to visit this historical place of Gayong. According to the history of Gayong which was told by the late Dato Meor Abdul Rahman,Kuala Sedili is the end of Gayong ( penghujung Gayong).Why it was said to be the end of Gayong is still ponder in the mind.
After the deceased of the founder, I took a chance to visit this historical place in mid nineties. Because to fulfilling the entrusted, without any clue just heading straight to the destination. When reached at Tanjong Sedili, sitting at the sea shore thinking what I should do here as per the founder entrusted and trying to unveil the mystery. After doing some thinking I went to the village coffee shop and asked the customer there where most of them are local. What I got is that Kuala Sedili is opposite Tanjong Sedili and to go there we have to take a boat which the fare is fifty cents. At least I had some clue and the journey continued.
|A view from Kuala Sedili To Tanjong Sedili|
Kuala Sedili is a village and located in the shore of east of Malaysia, near the Island of Tioman and was told in the old days we can have a glance the Island of Sudong from here .The village, with a straight row of shops, a scattered boat, a Malay house, a grave yard which are told as the grave of a noble sheikh who spread Islam and totally a cosy village. In arrival at the shore of Kuala Sedili one more time I was lost, where to start from .What I do is to go to the chieftain house and start from there. My planned and guess were right and it happened that the chieftain is the son of the oldest man in Kuala Sedili. Unfortunately I have forgotten his name I remembered I wrote it in a diary but I have misplace it.
|It was told this is the grave of Dang Anum ... under the roof|
Anyway this old man, at the age of 90 at that time is still strong and the only problem that he had is only the hearing. We need to speak loud or shout in order for him to hear what we are saying. Before he started bringing me for a tour he told a little bit about himself. According to him, he is the great, great grandson of the legendary Laksamana Bentan. Wow! That’s great at least I am meeting with the descendant of the legendary Malay warrior. He told me that although his great, great grandfather is a warrior but he was prohibited from learning silat because it was afraid that if it would embarrass the descent if been challenge by an opponent since that they are from the great warrior line. A story that was not accepted by me and from my view he is just trying to be humble.
|Kuala Sedili pier|
After a coffee I was taken for a tour, I was shown the grave of Dang Anum , a wife of Laksamana Bentan, a cape with a mystical story, and was told a story of the Kuala itself and many historical story about Kuala Sedili. When asked about silat, any person practise silat, and was told it was none. But according to him long time ago yes they trained at the rubber plantation with real machete and was like in a real fight. And Kuala Sedili was a based for the Malay Warrior to meet and planned for an attack against the colonialist.
|The new Kuala Sedili mosque, the old mosque are made from board|
A mystical things that happened at the cape every time in the month of Muharam , an old coin appeared from the sea to the shore and in the middle there is a big stone which was been tried by an appointed contractor to blast it but failed. From the story there are too many mystery surrounding Kuala Sedili and from my assessments the place are meeting place for all the warrior of the Malay or is this what was called “satu masa kembali berteguh” in the poem of Silat Seni Gayong. Let us unveil the secret together.
Kuala Sedili Tempat Sejarah,
Tempat hulubalang Bertemu Sua,
Rahsia Tersimpan Dalam Khazanah,
Semoga Menjadi Pegangan Semua