Watch the Zapin, a traditonal Malay dance. In 'Merdeka' Sergeant Hisyam and his men dance the Zapin as part of their independence celebrations. They dance it in a jungle village by a fire. The clip below shows the same dance being performed by boys from St Joseph's Institute in Johor, Malaysia. It is a lovely dance........ The Zapin first came to the Malay archipelago in the 13th Century, introduced by Muslim traders. Read more of its history here.