Sharing Bubur Lambuk to celebrate the Ramadan season
By Danielle Sendou Ringgit
DESPITE THE BLAZING AND almost unbearable heat, a group of dedicated good Samaritans were distributing packages of bubur lambuk to drivers at the traffic light near Emart, Batu Kawa, Kuching on June 28th.
Although some appeared wary about this sudden act of generosity and politely declined, others seemed grateful, quickly rolling down their car windows to accept the sumptuous treats with appreciative smiles.
“Our intention for doing this during the Ramadan season is to – besides helping the orphans – also distribute it to tourists on the roadside to get them familiar with and appreciate bubur lambuk because not many people know what bubur lambuk is all about,” said Kelab Motard Kuching (KMK) vice president Iwan Dasri.
He added KMK was also raising donations for orphanages as well as old folk’s homes during this Ramadan season.
“As of now, we are raising donations for Rumah Kanak Kanak Kuching 12th Mile, Rumah Seri Kenangan at Kota Samarahan, and Penduduk Fakir Miskin Kampung Sejijak,” said Iwan.
So far KMK has also prepared bubur lambuk for the orphans and have observed breaking the fast with them.
“We also distribute some bubur lambuk to the policemen at nearby police stations. During the breaking of fast, some of them will be working and just in case they don’t have enough time to go out and buy food, we thought why not also give them some bubur lambuk?” said Iwan.
Bubur lambuk is a Malaysian rice porridge dish often eaten during iftar and has become an iconic dish for the Ramadan season. KMK did not limit the distribution to those fasting, but to all races of different backgrounds gaining appreciation and surprised reactions from the recipients.
KMK is a club consisting of scramblers and has about 120 registered members in Sarawak and approximately 70 active members in Kuching. The club is registered under Pesuruhjaya Sukan Malaysia.
According to Iwan, the club members would meet up during the weekend for group activities.
“Our charity days are usually during the weekends. We plan where we want to go and do,” said Iwan. “We do some charity work like helping out the orphans, at the old folks’ homes and kindergartens. We also do wedding rides, which is ushering wedding couples to the churches, mosques or any venue.”
This is the first year they began distributing bubur lambuk.
Iwan and his group members as well as those from Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia (AIM) started preparing the ingredients and cooking the bubur lambuk from 10am before packaging it at Masjid Darul Hikmah, Kampong Sejijak.
“The best part about the whole thing is that those from AIM were actually not Muslim. That is the beauty of living in Sarawak where even though we may come from different backgrounds, we still manage to help each other,” said Iwan.
“It was really hot in the morning and even hotter in the afternoon and I was very grateful that they were willing to participate,” said Iwan gratefully.
They managed to prepare and package about 600 packages of bubur lambuk and had them all distributed successfully just within an hour on that hot afternoon.
According to Iwan, KMK started distributing bubur lambuk last week at Jalan Ong Kee Hui. This week however, KMK was joined by Kelab Mira Avy Sarawak.
“We are very thankful for having them join us this week. Next week we will be collaborating with Suruhjaya Perumahan Batu Kawa to distribute bubur lambuk, probably in the Satok area,” said Iwan.
Iwan said that the club had asked permission from JPJ and other organisations involved to execute their activities.
“They said that it was alright to do it at the traffic lights as when the light turns red, we can walk and start distributing the bubuk lambuk without harassing traffic,” said Iwan.
As of now, KMK is focus on getting more people and any organisations interested in getting involved with their activity as well as raising donations for the orphanages and the old folk’s homes.
Those who are interested may contact Iwan at 012-8572467 or KMK secretary Heikal Firdaus at 014-6919142.