Some 20km south-east of the town of Segamat, still within the Segamat district though lies a village called Kampung Tenang. Now don't mistake this with a place of similar name Tenang which lies on the route from Segamat to Labis. To reach the Kampung Tenang in question, one have to go to Labis and then take the small road east heading for the mountains.
Here lies a Muslim cemetery with the tomb of the said deceased person. Known simply as Tok Tenang, the building above the tomb should signify that he must be a person of some importance.
Razman obviously have such high regards for Tok Tenang... So much so that he talked about the person with a certain tone aimed to impress, he probably missed the fact that I've travelled, visited, in fact in some places slept at tombs of persons much more acclaimed and well-known. Never mind that... I'm here not to compare the status of such persons. It's just I have high respect for those believed to have achieved saintly status and Tok Tenang is said to be one such person.
Razman kept telling how miracles happened around the place because of the karamah (saintly miracles) of Tok Tenang. He said Tok Tenang is related to the Perlis royal family.
If I remember correctly, Razman told how once the King of Perlis (used to be the Yang di Pertuan Agong) came all the way to visit Kampung Tenang and see the descendants of Tok Tenang. But the King was scolded because he forgot to take off his shoes when entering the house. That to Razman shows the high status of Tok Tenang and his family.
I don't doubt it as I know many cases of members of some old royal families, king's to be, some even former kings who left their throne to start a new life elsewhere. Whatever their reason, they tend to go somewhere far and hid their true identity, only to live a life like a common peasant. But then there's always people who knew their true status. That's why some of this so-called "unknown in the wilderness" are given respect like royals by those who knew...
Now, I don't really know who is Tok Tenang. Suffice to say this plaque at the tomb shows his name as Tuan Sheikh (as in the venerable holy teacher) Ariffin bin... (sorry I can't make out the father, have a look yourself) who died in the year 1274 Hijriah.
The plaque also said he opened Kampung Tenang on the 22 Ramadhan of 1221 Hijriah. That is equivalent to the year 1806 AD. Although the Hijriah lunar year is shorter than the Gregorian year by about 10 days or so, the year in question is still equivalent to more than 200 years ago... So you could say Tok Tenang lived from 18th till 19th century AD.
Came the time to leave the cemetery... Khairul at the car...
Not far but still a few kilometres away and going inside the jungle. At one point, we had to leave the car and walk as the bridge had collapsed and was under repair. Luckily we had to walk less than 1km before arriving at this point.
Khairul insisted we went here as he liked to show me what's there. Soon enough I got a glimpse of what's available...
Oh, forgot to tell... To get to Kampung Tenang, you have to pass the comboy town of Pekan Air Panas, literally translated as the village of hot water. Why is it called that? The picture below should give a clue...
True enough, there are hot water geyzers here, now turned into proper pools for tourism. So without the need for much persuasion (or any actually!) I went there and of course took a dip. After the rather cold water at Taka Melor, what better way to get my body going than to have a dip in the hot waters of Ayer Panas? No need to be a rocket scientist to figure that out!
Soon enought, it's time to leave the district of Segamat... The junction in the picture, on the Segamat to Yong Peng road, is headed for Muar through Bukit Kepong. The story will be continued in the blogspot CATATAN SI MERAH SILU
To get a better idea of where we are, have a look at the map below nicked from some government website, hehe!... See what I meant when I said don't mistake Kampung Tenang for another place called Tenang on the Segamat to Labis route? Too bad this map don't show the location of Kampung Tenang.. It should be somewhere on the east of Pekan Ayer Panas towards the Pahang border while the junction shown above is right at the southern end of Labis town heading towards Muar as could be seen in the map. Cheers! :]