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Giant top spinning is a game popular in the northern part of the State, especially in the district of Besut. These tops, flat and round and shaped like a discus, are made of wood and weigh about 5kg. They are played by adults and are taken seriously as a game that requires strength, agility and precision. Players are pitted against each other to see who can make a top spin the longest. It has been shown that the tops can spin for two hours and sometimes more. Each player tightly winds the circumference of his top with a long piece of rope and then in a quick jerking motion throws the top to the ground spinning it at great speed. The tops are then scooped up using a special tool and placed in a row on a wooden display rack. The spinning of each top is then timed to see which spins the longest.