The Traditional Games Family Picnic on 25 August 2013 (Sunday) at the Kuching Amphitheatre organised by Yayasan Perpaduan Sarawak (YPS – Sarawak Unity Foundation) and Sarawak Development Institute in collaboration with Kuching North City Hall (DBKU) and Ministry of Social Development will start at 3 pm to give a greater opportunity to the public to play the traditional games. The traditional games that will be featured are ‘batak lampong’, ‘tating lawi’, ‘sumpit’ and coconut bowling.

Batak lampong is an Iban traditional game where two persons will test their strength by pulling a piece of wood to unbalance each other. This game is only open to male participants and is an individual game. The other three games, namely tating lawi, sumpit and coconut bowling will be conducted in groups where the team which accumulates the highest points will win the games.

Tating lawi, originated from China, is a game where a soft feathered ball is kicked around as many times as possible to prevent it from falling to the ground.

Sumpit or blow pipe is a well known traditional game in Sarawak where players use the blowpipe to hit targets from a certain distance. Coconut bowling is played imitating the bowling game where an old coconut is used as the ball and plastic bottles as pins. This is often played by those who have no access to the real ball and pins.

Besides these games, the picnic will also be showcasing other games such as rope skipping with stunts, stick walking and the Chinese yo-yo. The aim of the picnic is to raise awareness and involvement in our traditional cultural games.

It is also to provide an opportunity for families and members of the public to interact and have fun whilst learning about local culture as well as to foster and enhance good relations among the community, which is a prerequisite for social harmony and unity in the state.

YAB Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mabmud, Chief Minister of Sarawak and Chairman, Board of Trustees, Yayasan Perpaduan Sarawak will be launching the picnic at 4 pm.

The games are open for public participation. Family members and friends are encouraged to sign up early to participate at the games. Onsite registration will start at 2 pm. For those who do not wish to participate in the games, they are encouraged to come to the picnic with their own mats and food and to watch and learn more about the games.

Attractive prizes from hampers to accommodation vouchers at the local hotels would be up for grabs. Among the sponsors are Hotel 56, Grand Margherita Hotel, Riverside Majestic Hotel, Lee Fah Mee Sdn. Bhd., Syarikat A-Visual, Syarikat Danao, C-Medic Sales & Services, Harwood Timber Sdn. Bhd., Sarawak Cultural Village, Nam Ho Travel Service Sdn. Bhd and Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC). Free Milo drinks, courtesy of Nestle Products Sdn. Bhd will be available for the public too. To register for the picnic and games and to find out more about the picnic, please contact Ms. Evelette Robin or Ms. Arinahani of SDI at 082-415484/416484 or visit www.sdi.com.my/www.yps.org.my.