At one time, there lived a family of fishermen in the coastal area of Sumatra. The family consists of father, mother and a son named Malin Kundang. Because the family’s financial situation is alarming, the father decided to make a living in the country by wading across the wide ocean. So Malin and his mother lived in their huts. A week, two weeks, a month, two months even a year over the length, Malin’s father also did not return to his hometown. So that his mother had to replace Malin’s father to make a living.
Malin including a smart kid but a bit naughty. He often chasing chickens and hit him with a broom. One day, when Malin was chasing chickens, she tripped over a rock and injured his right arm hit by stones. The wound became etched dilengannya and can not be lost.
After growing up, Malin Kundang feel sorry for her mother who worked hard for a living to raise themselves. He thought to make a living in the country side in hopes of later on when returning home, she was already a wealthy man. Malin interested in the invitation of a merchant ship captain who was once poor now become a wealthy man. Malin Kundang expressed intention to her mother.
His mother was originally less agrees with the intent Malin Kundang, but due to hold urgent Malin, Malin Kundang mother finally agreed though with a heavy heart. After preparing the supplies and equipment to taste, Malin head over to the dock with escorted by her mother. “My son, if you have succeeded and become affluent, do not you forget about your mother and halamannu this village, son,” said Ms. Malin Kundang while in tears. Malin ridden ships that increasingly distant, accompanied by Ms. Malin Kundang wave. During their stay in the boat, Malin Kundang lot to learn about seamanship on the crew that have been experienced. Along the way, suddenly climbed Malin Kundang ships were attacked by pirates. All the commodities traders who were on the ship seized by pirates. Even most of the crew and people on the ship were killed by the pirates.
Malin Kundang very lucky he was not killed by the pirates, because when it happened, Malin immediately hid in a small space enclosed by the timber. Malin Kundang adrift amid the sea, until finally the ship was stranded on a beach. With the remaining power available, Malin Kundang walked to the nearest village from the coast. Arriving in the village, Malin Kundang helped by people in the village after previously telling what happened to him. Malin village where stranding is a very fertile village. With tenacity and perseverance in work, Malin gradually managed to become a wealthy man. It has a lot of merchant ships with men of more than 100 people.
After becoming rich, Malin Kundang marry a girl to be his wife. News Malin Kundang who have become wealthy and married to the mother also Malin Kundang. Mother Malin Kundang feel grateful and very happy his son had succeeded. Since then, the mother of Malin Kundang every day go to the dock, waiting for her son might return to his hometown. After a long marriage, Malin and his wife set sail with a large and beautiful ship with crew and a lot of bodyguards.
Malin Kundang mothers who stayed with his son every day, saw a very beautiful ship, into the harbor. He saw two people standing on the deck. He believes that standing was his son and his wife Malin Kundang. Malin Kundang came down from the ship. He was greeted by his mother. Once close enough, his mother saw right dilengan dozen injured people, the more convinced his mother that he was approached Malin Kundang. “Malin Kundang, my son, why did you go so long without sending any news?”, She said, hugging Malin Kundang. But what happens then? Malin Kundang immediately release her mother’s arms and pushed it down. “Women do not know myself, as my mother’s only air admitted,” said Malin Kundang to her mother. Malin Kundang pretended not to recognize her mother, embarrassed by her mother who is old and wearing tattered clothes. “She’s your mother?”, Malin Kundang wife Tanya. “No, he was just a beggar who pretended to be claimed as the mother in order to get my property,” Malin said to his wife.
Hearing statement and treated unjustly by his son, Malin Kundang mother very angry. He is not expected her to be a rebellious child. Because of mounting anger, Malin’s mother tipped his hand saying “Oh God, if he my son, I sumpahi he became a rock”. Not long after the winds roared loud and violent storm destroys the ship came Malin Kundang. After that Malin Kundang body slowly becomes stiff and eventually finally shaped into a rock.