colony soon grew up here, and in a few years had spread to Mount Ophir (Gunong Ledang). A marshy place was used by the new settlers for yam-culture, and thence called Paya Kladi. Not far off stood a large orchard (a Dusun Besar a), whose fruit, which was in full bearing, had been planted by the Sakai a few years before.1
When Hang Tuah saw that the country was too small to contain the Sakai, he went southwards one day to Johor to have a look at the land there. The Benua had spread southwards along the river Muar, which debouches a little south of Malacca. Hang Tuah here looked round for a little, and then made a great clearing near the place where the town of Muar now stands, and called it Benua Dalam, and a smaller one on the sea-coast, a few miles south of the large one, the smaller receiving the name of Benua Laut Jagun.2
Many of the forest-dwelling Sakai went to Benua Dalam, but the Benua (Benar-Benar) spread themselves partly in the forest-clad country and partly on the coast. One day a Malay prahu was proceeding up the coast from Kedah. They were looking for new land, and when they saw the clearing at Pengkalan Tampoi they landed and begged for water and vegetables. They were well received by the Batin in his house, and when they departed one of them asked the Batin to tell him the name of the colony. As the question was asked both were standing near a large tree. The Batin thought he was being asked for the name of the tree, and answered a Kayu Lakaa8 (or a Laka Tree a), giving the name by which the tree in question was known to the Sakai.
A Vaughan-Stevens, ii. 85, 86. 3 A popular derivation of a Malacca. a
There is a Pengkalan Tampoi near
2 Or a Jagong.a Ibid. Jugra (Selangor).2 Or a Jagong.a Ibid. Jugra (Selangor).