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Alhamdulillah, on 6th of June 2009 ago, Sports & Culture Secretariat of SRC 2009/2010 had successfully organized the Traditional Games Carnival 2009 (TGC’09) at Saidina Hamzah Male Sports Complex. Congratulations to Br. Mohamad Kamarul Helmi bin Mohamad Nawawi, Chairperson of Sports & Culture Secretariat for your successfulness in organizing the first programme under your secretariat for this tenure.
This programme was run by 58 committee members from different kulliyyahs. The Programme Manager was Br. Mahmud Husni Abdul Hadi, third year student of Material Engineering. Thank you and congratulations to him and his committees for their good and excellent job.
TGC ’09 was joined by Cultural Based Societies and Kulliyyah Based Societies such as BEDSA, HISTFORIUM, Dikir Club, Ang Klung Club, Gamelan Club, Cak Lempong Club, ENGINIUS, LAWSOC, KAED, and also one team from SRC itself which represented by Br. Fahmi, Br. Mukhlis, Br. Hairulza’im, Br. Firwan, Br. Kamarul himself, Sr. Mashitah, Sr. Ummu, Sr. Noraini, Sr. Zatil Arifah and Sr. Amiratul Awatif.
This pioneer project by Sports & Culture Secretariat was organized so as to combine all Cultural Based Societies under one programme so that they have a time to know each other and learned from each other because sometimes they have to perform together in one event or show. However, to make it grander, we also invited one team each from every kulliyyah in this Gombak Campus. They gave a very good cooperation and participation even though this programme was held during short semester where most students are doing practical and there are also some students who are not taking short semester.
The main objectives of this Traditional Games Carnival 2009 are to introduce Malaysian traditional games to international students as well as to remind Malaysian students to their heritage. Unfortunately, the objectives of this programme were not fully achieved because we have received small participation from international students. Hopefully, for our next programme, we will be focusing more on the publicity and promotion part especially to promote our programme to international students.
During the event, although they have made the preparation the day before, all of the committees arrived as early as 6.45 o’clock to double check the final preparation to make sure all of the technical aspects are ready for the programme to be run smoothly. Participants started to arrive at 7.30 a.m. and after they had registered, buns and mineral waters were given for breakfast.
To make it more traditional, committees have prepared small clothes with the names of Malay warriors for them to wear instead of using names of their societies. Every team have their own names such as Tok Janggut, Hang Nadim, Tun Perak, Hang Tuah, Hang Kasturi, Hang Lekir, Hang Lekiu, Hang Nadim, Hang Jebat and etcetera.
In general, this programme started at 9 a.m. with the first game which was marble game for male participants and batu seremban game for female participants. Each team had sent one representative to compete in this game. All participants enjoyed their first game. The interesting part in the marble game was, an international student named Tarik from ENGINIUS won that game. It seems that he had more talent in this game compared to Malaysian students =)
Afterwards, after finishing marble game and batu seremban game, each team sent five male representatives to play susun tin game. This game was very interesting because we need to discuss and plan our strategy to make sure we can rebuild again the tin pyramid while the other team which is our enemy will try to ‘kill’ us with the hand made ball. Lots of energies required to run and to avoid from being hit by the ball and in the same time, the players had to rebuild the pyramid tin again to win the game.
While male participants enjoying the susun tin game, female participants competed in galah panjang game. They looked very excited while playing this game because their voices can be heard from long distance. This showed that the female participants enjoyed their game.
After male and female participants finished both susun tin and galah panjang games, they continued to play sepak raga and tutup botol game. Most of the male teams got full marks in sepak raga game because the rule said that if the team can ‘timbang bola’ more than 20 times, they got full marks. Although tutup botol game normally played by male, it is not a weird thing if this game was played by female. The truth is that, during that game, most of the female participants played this game well and got high marks.
After that, male participants proceed to galah panjang game. Galah panjang game was one of the most popular traditional games in Malaysia and it can be said that there are no Malaysian people grow without playing this game. Normally, this game was played by male, but the interesting part of all traditional games was anyone can play the games regardless of their gender.
‘Cari cucu’ game was played by female participants. In this game, representative from each group needs to find her team-mates with her eye closed where her team-mates cannot make any sounds. What make this game more interesting is that, her team-mates were combined with other groups and this gave the representative quite a challenge to find her team-mates.
While female participants were enjoying the ‘Cari Cucu’ game, male participants played the ‘Teng-teng’ game.
The last game for male participants was ‘Konda-kondi’ game. This game was also a popular game where the other group act as enemy need to catch the timber thrown by the players.
Female participants finished this traditional games carnival by competed in ‘Jan jan jala’ and ‘Congkak’ games. Congkak game was very synonymy with them as it was very popular among female Malaysian.
Closing and prize giving ceremony
Mdm. Norliza binti Che Hassan
Cultural and Arts Unit
Student Development Division
Alhamdulillah, we received good respond from her and she also congratulate the Sports & Culture Secretariat and also the organizing committees for being able to organize this interesting and inspiring programme. Moreover, in her speech before she launched the closing ceremony of Traditional Games Carnival 2009, she suggested to the committees to make this programme annually and for the next time, try to include traditional games from other countries. We would like to extend our gratitude to Mdm. Norliza for spending her time to be with us in this event although she had to attend other event at CAC on the same day.
Below are the winners in this TGC ’09:
Champion : HANG KASTURI = 412
First runner up : TUN PERAK = 273
Second runner up : HANG NADIM = 247
Fourth place : TOK JANGGUT = 182
Fifth place : HANG JEBAT = 174
Sixth place : HANG LEKIU = 161
Seventh place :HANG TUAH = 129
Eighth place :HANG LEKIR = 114
Ninth place :TUN FATIMAH = 117
Tenth place :RENTAP =98
After the closing ceremony, most participants took pictures as a memorial to this memorable event. After distributing hampers and souvenirs among themselves, they dispersed at about 2 o’clock.
Congratulations to all the winners, hopefully, all of you will join this programme again next time. Unfortunately, SRC team just got the fourth place. It’s ok guys, we will try harder next time.. hehe..
By: Mashitah Abdul Mutalib, Vice President 3, Students' Representative Council 08/09, IIUM
AS a means of upgrading the standard of English among students, the suggestion to make English a compulsory subject to pass in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia examination is a very good idea.