In Malaysia, traditional games can be found in abundance. They include congkak, batu seremban or five stones, konda-kondi and galah panjang among many others. These traditional games are not only enjoyable, they a/so instill the spirit of teamwork and cooperation and enhance creativity, hence strengthening the bonds of relationships. But sadly, in today's time of rising technology, traditional games are a/most forgotten. Wow, Upin & Ipin along with their friends are featured in postage stamps themed with these traditional games in hopes of introducing them to the current generation as well as bringing back nostalgic memories for adults all over.
Batu Seremban or five stones is a traditional game usually played by girls at the verandah, inside the house or any surface area that is flat and clean for the players to sit and play. The game requires five stones or any five small objects known as 'buah' to play with. Besides the common five 'buah', players can also choose to play with seven or nine 'buah', depending on what type of game they are playing .
The player will be sitting on the floor and 'buah' will be scattered on the floor. Then, one player will is to throw the ' buah' into the air one at a time and sweeping other 'buah' from the floor, catching the one that has been thrown before it reaches the ground using only one hand. This game starts with sweeping only one stone at a time, gradually adding the number of stones to sweep until completing the five / seven / nine' buah' as the game gets more complicated. The first person to complete every level of the game wins.
Mei mei and Devi are having fun playing 'Batu Seremban' or five stones at Opah's house. Mei mei is a cute, good-mannered girl who enjoys being nice to others and studies hard in school. She often acts as the voice of reason among her peers. She seems to foe a patient girl, but there are times when she can get bossy when her friends don't cooperate. Meanwhile Devi is Mei Mei's best friend. She is quick to smile and loves to play cooking. While Mei Mei is louder and more outgoing, Devi is soft-spoken, quite the opposite of Mei Mei.
Another game usually played by young girls is called congkak. Most of them love to play this game because of its fun and easy game-play. Marbles / saga seeds / small stones are used as tokens to be filled in every hole (also known as 'kampung') of the congkak board. The main goal is to collect as many tokens as they can to be filled into the 'houses' (also known as the 'ibu') located at each end of the board. Players will be seated directly opposite each other facing the board. Players will start playing simultaneously by taking the tokens out of one of the holes and putting one into each consecutive holes starting from right to let until they reach the 'kampung' of their opponent. They will continue to do so until they run out of tokens that are collected at their respective 'ibu'. The player who has collected the most tokens in their 'house' wins the game.
Opah and Kak Ros are playing 'congkak'. The maternal grandmother of Upin, Ipin and Ros, whom they affectionately call "Opah." She is kind and gentle-hearted, and tends to spoil the twins. Opah is also a fountain of worldly and religious wisdom. Meanwhile Kak Ros is Upin and Ipin's teenage sister, "Kak Ros." and while she has a reputation of being fierce she is actually loving and gentle. She loves to tease her brothers when the opportunity arises.
Galah Panjang is not an individual traditional game, It requires two separate teams of attackers and defenders. Each team usually consists of not less than four players, thus the game is played by about ten players. Every player is required to run past all defending lines, from the first line to the last and run back towards the first line without any physical contact with the opposing team. If any member of the opposing team manages to touch any player, the player is considered 'dead' and out of the game. This game is played not only by children, but also by adults as this game often brings back cheerful nostalgic memories for them.
Upin, Dzul and Mei mei are playing 'galah panjang'. Upin is the elder twin brother of Ipin by only 5 minutes. He is the more outspoken one and usually, he is the mastermind behind the cheeky antics the twins do. You can tell him apart from his twin brother by ihe tiny lock of hair on his head and the big letter "U" on his yellow t- shirt. Meanwhile Dzul is another one of the twins' classmates, Dzul is also Ijat 's best friend and they often hang out together. Dzul likes to tell stories and is a/ways very exerted to share his knowledge with his friends. He constantly begins his sentences with the words "My grandmother says...".
Konda-kondi is one of the favourite traditional games of Malaysian children. The game usually consists of two teams competing against each other to get the highest points. Each group consist of 4 to 10 members. The game required sticks, a short one of about 15 cm in length, and a longer one about 30 cm in length. Both sticks are cylindrical and has a diameter of 2cm. A hole about 2. inches deep and 2 inches wide needs to be dug out from the ground. The first player starts the game by placing the smaller stick across the hole, while the longer stick is used to strike the smaller stick flying to the air. Players from the opposing team are required to catch the smaller stick before it reaches the ground. If they succeed, the players of-the first team are considered 'dead', and the opposing team will take its turn. If they fail to catch the small stick, one of the team members need to toss the smaller stick into the hole from a certain distance. If the stick doesn't land inside the hole, points will be given according to the distance between the hole and the stick.
Ipin ,Jarjit and Susanti are playing 'konda-kondi1. Ipin is the younger brother of Upin and is the more cheerful one. Although more soft spoken, he is actually smarter than Upin especially in Mathematics. He has a habit of agreeing with statements by saying "Betul betul betul" or any other word. Ipin is obsessed with fried chicken. Meanwhile Jarjit is another classmate of Upin & Ipin. He is of the same age as the rest of the class but has a booming adult-like voice. Jarjit enjoys reciting funny 'pantun' and jokes. He always tries to join the games that the other children play, but somehow something always happens that makes h/m get left out. He is a Sikh, as he wears his patka to cover his uncut hair. Susanti who is a new addition to the group is from Jakarta, Indonesia. Susanti is a friendly girl who loves sports. Her happy- go -lucky attitude sits well with all of her classmates. Although she is from another country, she made friends with Upin, Ipin and the others easily.
Mock War is a game that is usually played by boys. Often, they make their own weapons like wooden guns and slingshots, using cherries and tiny eggplants as bullets. There are some who use cardboard boxes as forts. Two teams are needed to play this game - the more the merrier.
Each team will decide on their own strategies against the opposing team. Whoever gets hit by a 'bullet' is considered 'dead' and out of the game. The team who is able to withstand the 'war' wins the game.
Upi'n, Ipin and Ehsan are playing war. Ehsan is the class representative of the gang and tends to be quite bossy. He also loves to be the judge in their games and wears a little red bow tie to prove it. One weakness Ehsan has is a big love for food. He is an only child and therefore a little spoilt which makes him quite a miser and does not let anyone borrow his toys.
Tin can telephones are traditional toys that are almost forgotten. Using two empty tin cans connected by a long wire at the bottom, a telephone is made. There are a/so other versions that use paper cups connected by a raffia string. Each player will hold a can and straighten the wire by putting some distance between them. The caller will speak into the can and the receiver will listen by holding the can up to their ear. The caller's voice can be heard through the receiver's can. The game is a fun way to send messages and secret information to friends.
Fizi and Mail are playing tin can telephones. Fizi is Ehsan's best friend and follows him wherever he goes. He is usually bossed around by Ehsan and tends to be the victim of the whole group. Fizi does however have a habit of teasing Ehsan by calling him "Intan Payung", which annoys him every time. Meanwhile Mail is a business—minded boy who loves to try and sell anything he can with his "Dua seringgit" trademark deal. Compared to everyone else in the group, Mail is usually more laidback and loves to tease the other kids.