Top-spinning is a favourite traditional game of the Malays of Perak. Many, however, prefer to relate top-making and top-spinning to the East Coast states of Kelantan and Terengganu. But this is a time-honoured cliché confined to the tourism brochures of yore. The game has a huge following in Kuala Kangsar, as it is a pastime enjoyed by the royal household of Perak. A top-spinning festival was held in Kuala Kangsar in May with very encouraging results. Besides top-spinning other traditional games such as congkak, sepak raga and localised telematches were held over the two-day period.
The contributions of Commonwealth veterans to Malaysia were duly recognised when the Perak state government hosted the “Veterans’ Night” at Syuen Hotel, Ipoh recently. These former soldiers who hail from Australia, Great Britain, New Zealand and other Commonwealth countries come to Ipoh annually for the numerous memorial services on the card.
Most are members of the National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association of Incorporated Australian States. The association chairman, Mr David Kent was in attendance. David was glad that their presence was cherished by the people of Perak.