Pitung was born in Pengumben, a slum in Rawabelong, near Palmerah Station today. The fourth son of Bang Piung and Mbak Pinah was originally named Salihoen. According to the oral history, Pitung’s name comes from the pitulung pitulung phrase in Javanese, which means a group of seven people hand in hand. As a child, Salihoen studied at Hadji Naipin’s pesantren. In addition to studying the Koran, he also practiced Pencak Silat and trained himself to always be wary of the situation around him.
Basically there are three versions spread in the community about the Pitung version of Indonesia, the Netherlands, and China. Each version of the story has a different version of the story of the Pitung itself. Is Pitung a hero based on the Indonesian version of the story, and as a villain when viewed from the Dutch version.
The story of Pitung is spoken by the people of Indonesia to date and become part of legends and cultural heritage of Betawi in particular and Indonesia generally. The story of the legend of Si Pitung is sometimes spoken to be lantern (a kind of ballad), poetry, or Lenong story. In the Koesasi (1992) version, Si Pitung was identified with a grounded Betawi figure, a pious Muslim, and became an example of a social justice