In a fishing village on the coast of Sumatra, there lived a poor widow and her son whose name was Malin Kundang. The widow loved her son so much and tried giving him her best. With her love, Malin grew up into a hardworking boy who helped earn money for his mother. However, they were always still poor. One day, Malin says he wants to leave the village, not wanting to spend his life in poverty. His mother was upset about his decision but she let him go. So in the morning, Malin went down to the harbor and found a trading ship that he was able to join. His mother came to say goodbye and after embracing him, she told him not to forget her.
He promised he wouldn’t and that he would come back to bring money. Months pass by and Malin Kundang’s mother prayed every day for her son as she had not heard anything from him. Months turn into years, and she continued to pray every day for him. Each morning she would go down to the harbour hoping to see a ship that would bring her son back. One day, a big ship arrives and the widow sees a handsome young man step off the boat. The man was dressed in very expensive clothes, a beautiful girl on his arm and behind them were many servants and bodyguards. The widow immediately recognized her son and ran up to him throwing her arms around him, excited to see her beloved child again. However, the wealthy merchant was embarrassed at the sight of his old mother dressed in rags, and was afraid of what his servants and bodyguards would think.
He glared at the woman in front of him, denied she was his mother, yelled at her, and pushed her away. The woman shocked at her son’s actions, sobbed. Malin Kundang ordered his guards to take her away. He ignored her pleas and went back to the ship.The widow who was hurt and angered fell upon her knees and prayed that a curse would cover over her son. So, Malin Kundang ship ran into a storm.
His ship was taken away by the strong waves, leaving him shipwrecked. Malin Kundang struggled but eventually got to a beach. The woman’s prayer was heard so as Malin stepped on the land, he fell forwards, turning into rock.