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Poison Ball / Bola Beracun

Urban Malay, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

A popular team game, in which players have to avoid being hit by a ‘poison’ ball that is thrown by their opponents.

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Cari Cucu / Search for Grandchild or Grandmother

Rural Malay communities, Titi Teras, Balik Pulau, Penang, Malaysia

In the game, a blind ‘Grandmother’ has to catch a “Grandchild” and use all of their senses to correctly guess the identity of this mystery opponent.

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Hamburger

Ethnic Chinese community, (Kheng Tean National-type Elementary School), Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

Children have to chant, “Hamburger” and make symbols with their hands, the same symbols that are used in a traditional game of Scissors, Cloth and Stone. Losers have to then place their hands on top of each other to form a ‘Hambuger’ stack. At the end of the game, the winner ‘butters the burger’ and slaps the stack!

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Iceman / Ice water

Urban Indian, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

A simple game of "Catch". The aim of the game is to for the ‘Iceman’ to catch all the ‘Water’ players and freeze them to the spot! Once all ‘Water’ has been turned to ice, the Iceman wins the game.

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Kabbadi

Urban Malay and Indian community of inner-city George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Kabaddi is a fast paced, high energy team game that involves lots of contact between players and is similar in some ways to the sport of rugby. In the game, players must score points by entering enemy territory and fending off opponents to make it back to their own territory safely.

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Konda Kondi

Rural Malay communities, Titi Teras, Balik Pulau, Penang, Malaysia

In the game, players take turns to flick or hit a short stick with a long stick. The more skilled the players are at hitting the stick, the more points they can win. A game of hand-eye coordination and team work, Konda Kondi is best played in an open space that is free from nearby buildings and bystanders that could be accidentally hit during play.

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Lao Hu Sian Sheng Ji Dian Zhong / What is the Time, Mr. Tiger?

Urban Chinese Community of Suburban George Town, Penang, Malaysia

A simple game of catch where one player plays the role of the ferocious ‘Mr. Tiger’ while the others are his ‘human’ prey.

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Lian Hua Ji Shi Kai Hua / Lotus Flower, When Will You Bloom?

Rural Malay community, Titi Teras, Balik Pulau, Penang, Malaysia

In the game, players have to hold hands and from a circle around the ‘Lotus Flower’. To ‘blossom’, the Lotus Flower must use all their strength to break apart the ring of hands and if they successfully complete this challenge, they win the game.

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Mulut Itik / Duck's Beak

Rural Malay community, Titi Teras, Balik Pulau, Penang, Malaysia

Children construct a Mulut Itik - an intricately folded piece of paper that is shaped like a duck's beak and contains a series of numbers and colours written on each folded flap. Players must pick a colour and number, which at the end of the game reveals their ‘true’ personality type.

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Omega

Ethnic Chinese community, (Kheng Tean National-type Elementary School), Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

Children have to chant a series of words which are accompanied by a sequence of hand movements and actions. At the end of the chant, each player must produce a hand sign (similar to Rock, Paper and Scissors) to determine the winners. Winners then punish the losers by tickling them.

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Pepsi Cola

Rural Malay Community of Titi Teras Village, Balik Pulau, Penang, Malaysia

The game tests the player’s footwork skills as they try to eliminate their opponents by swiping or stamping on their feet.

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Punctuation

Ethnic Chinese community, Kheng Tean National-type Elementary (Vernacular Chinese) School, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

Children chant a series of words which are accompanied by a sequence of hand movements and actions. At the end of the chant, each player must produce a hand sign (similar to Rock, Paper and Scissors) to determine the winners. The winner then ‘punishes’ the loser by pretending to slap them. 

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She Ye Zi / Leaf Shooting

Balik Pulau, Penang, Malaysia 

A favourite game for boys. Players have to shoot arrows made from palm leaves at an enemy team. Three direct hits eliminates an opponent from the game; the first team to eliminate all of their opponents, wins!

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Tarik Upeh / Pulling the Palm Fronds

Rural Malay community, Titi Teras, Balik Pulau, Penang, Malaysia

The aim of the game is for a player to drag their partner who is sitting on a palm frond, across the game area in the fastest time. The first team to cross the finish line, wins the game!

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Tu / Tag

Balik Pulau, Penang, Malaysia

A fast paced team game in which players have to enter their opponent’s territory, catch another player and make it back to their own territory safely, while continuously making a “Tu” noise. The “Tu” sound that the players make while they are ‘attacking’ their opponents is from where the game finds its name.

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Tudung Tin / Bottle Caps

Rural Malay communities, Titi Teras, Balik Pulau, Penang

The game tests a player’s bottle cap shooting skills. In it, players have to shoot a number of bottle caps and also successfully throw them up and catch them again to win points. The player to reach the target number of points first, wins the game.

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Tuju Tin / Aiming at Tins

Urban Malay, George Town, Penang, Malaysia 

In the game, players take turns to try to hit a target of stacked tins with a ball. If they manage to demolish more than four tins, then the team must race over and rebuild the target before being hit by their opponents with the ball. If they complete their task, they win the round.

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Zero Point

Urban Indian, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

The game requires players to complete a sequence of jumps over a long rope made of rubber bands, which is held by their opponents. Each jump in the sequence is more challenging than the last and only the most agile win.

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