Bullock Cart is a traditional transport that is a symbol of the glory of the state of Melaka. It was introduced by Indian merchants during the Melaka Sultanate in the 15th century and consisted of four parts, namely the body, wheels, axles, and awnings.
The sturdiest parts of a bullock cart are the wheels where there are seven wooden spokes to support each wheel. The wheels are divided into several parts, namely the spokes, trunk, tapah, cupai, and simpai. The spokes are easily broken when tapped, so it should be handled with care.
The Bullock cart tires often had 14 spokes when patriotically designed, representing the 14 states in Malaysia. In between both tires, there is usually either wooden support or a trunk. One could say that the 14 spokes represent the 14 states of Malaysia and the wooden support or trunk represents the Malaysian capital that relies on each other to function fluidly.
On the body of the bullock cart there are six pillars and beneath it is a solid wood that supports the six pillars. The six pillars are usually associated with the six warriors of Melaka who served its leaders. They are Hang Tuah, Hang Jebat, Hang Kasturi, Hang Lekir, and Hang Lekiu. The sixth is their master named Adi Putra.
The type of cow used to pull the load should also not be arbitrary. The cows have to be a bull that is tame, trained, and different sizes. The cow on one side has to be bigger than the other side.
In the past, bullock carts were used as transportation for the rich people of Melaka. The one feature that distinguishes the Melaka bullock cart from others is its roof that is shaped like a horn.