The names Upin and Ipin are not foreign to Malaysians and Indonesians. This animated series has quickly gained its fanbase in both countries when it was first released in 2007. Almost everyone loves following the twins’ daily mischievous adventures.
However, a picture of two graves has recently gained the internet’s attention due to the names written on the tombstones, Upin and Ipin. Netizens have been asking the billion dollar question: “Is the animated series based on (a) true story?”
Recently, the question was finally answered by a relative of the deceased themselves. Limiyadin, the aunt of the real life Upin and Ipin, has come forward to explain the situation regarding the grave of her nephews in Kota Palu, Indonesia. The first rumour that was debunked by Limiyadin was that the deceased weren’t twins, but rather brothers. Both of them passed away on different years (1995 & 1996) but suffered from the same mysterious illness.
Limiyadin also stated that these two children have no direct relations with the animated series at all. When they renovated the grave, the parents had no idea what to write on the tombstones, as the children had yet to be named when they passed away. She also told a reporter of Batam News that recommended names, Upin and Ipin, came from another relative of theirs.
The news of the graves has even reached the director of Les Copaque Production Sdn Bhd. Haji Burhan Radzi was surprised to hear the news of Upin and Ipin’s death; again, the second rumour to be debunked. He stated that both Upin and Ipin are healthy and alive, and that the animated series is not affiliated with any parties either living, or passed and is simply fiction. And even better news, according to Les Copaque, Upin and Ipin will be back in the upcoming season with better adventures and better animation standards!
Have you ever stumbled upon a famous figure’s grave?