Sepak Takraw, the Malay Heritage Sport, is Alive and Kicking


ONE FINE AFTERNOON back in the mid-15th century Tun Besar, the son of Tun Perak, a prominent palace official at the Malacca Sultanate, was playing sepak takraw with a few friends when the rattan ball accidentally struck Raja Muhammad, the heir apparent of Sultan Mansur Shah, causing his royal headgear to be knocked off his head. A heated argument ensued and an infuriated Raja Muhammad swiftly drew his keris and stabbed Tun Besar to death. Angered, Tun Besar’s fellow kinsmen sought retaliation against Raja Muhammad, but the conflict was peacefully diffused when Tun Perak, a wise man known for his unwavering ...

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