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Malaysian traditional game :: Pulling palm fronds (Tarik upeh in Malay)

By NKKhoo

Photo courtesy of Unesco.

Photo courtesy of Unesco.

This game is more popular in the Malay villages because of abundance of palm or coconut fronds. Pinang tree frond is more suitable than coconut tree frond if you can find them in your place.

I played this traditional game too when I was a child in the new village.

A team is consist of two players, usually the stronger player pulls the frond. The rule is simple, the teams who drag their partner who is sitting on a palm frond, the first one crossing the finish line will be the winner.

The playground must be dry, no rocky and flat.

Children learn the teamwork and improve their muscle strength and balancing coordination from the game.

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