ABOUT 400 youths and adults got the chance to relive their childhood through a series of games played at the D.R. Seenivasagam Park in Ipoh recently.
Jointly organised by the Perak Nam Hoi Association and Perak Chinese Assembly Hall for the first time, the participants were divided into 60 groups and played 12 simple but thrilling games during the “My Childhood Games” event.
This included hide-and-seek, marble games, seven stones, blowing elastic bubble plastic balloons, kicking the jianzi (a traditional shuttlecock made of feathers with a flat base).
There were children who took part as well, and were excited to be introduced to the games for the first time.
Each game was based at different stations throughout the park, and the groups had to stop at each station to complete all the games.
Perak Chinese Assembly Hall chairman Chai Voi Keong said the event was to encourage youths to lead an active lifestyle by playing games.
“Nowadays, youngsters are mostly glued to their digital devices and video games where it does not require players to meet face-to-face.
“Thus, this event is also meant to encourage youths to take part in social activities, thus improving their social skills and enable them to make friends,” he said in his speech during the opening of the event at the park on Sunday.
Chai also expressed hope that the associations will make this event an annual affair.
Perak Non-Islamic Affairs Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon, who was present to officiate the event, lauded the organisers for reminding those present of the beauty of their childhood.
“Recently, I have been exposed to a new Malaysian game called jombola, a game that combines the features of table tennis, badminton and tennis.
“I hope that in future, this game can be on the list of games for the event,” he said.