Keeping a Ramadan tradition alive
By Jude Toyat
SOME 500 CONTAINERS OF Bubur Lambuk were distributed to members of the public here to celebrate the month of Ramadan and the opening of the ‘Eh’yar Ramadan 2015’ programme at the Old Courthouse compound on July 4.
The ‘Eh’yar Ramadan 2015’ programme organised by The National Department for Culture and Arts (JKKN) Sarawak under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia (MOTAC) aims to promote community activities and conservation of heritage among Sarawakians.
According to JKKN Sarawak director Zaifri Husin, the Bubur Lambuk distribution is the department’s effort to give back to the community while maintaining a tradition passed down from generation to generation.
“The cooking and distributing of Bubur Lambuk is gaining popularity now among organisations including government agencies, non-governmental organisations, private and public sectors.
“Such activities can strengthen the relationship and cooperation between employees and management in the ministry to help the less fortunate,” he said when met at the event.
The distribution of Bubur Lambuk has become an annual event since they first started last year and will continue every Ramadan season.
In the evening, the organisers continued their social mission through the ‘Ziarah Sahur’ programme where they visited people at Kampung Bako, Kampung Muara Tebas, Kampung Senari, and Kampung Tabuan to hand over donations to them.
JKKN Sarawak is made up of a group of theatre activists, historians, preachers, singers, actors, dancers, and other art activists.
“The most important thing is this ‘Ziarah Sahur’ programme can be seen as our effort to preserve local cultural heritage encompassing art, religion, history and other aspects of daily life,” Zaifri explained.
On July 7, JKKN Sarawak will be holding ‘Apresiasi Seni’ in honour of local artiste Ramli Ali at his residence located in Kampung Sungai Batu, Santubong.
The programme is held to appreciate notable artistes in Sarawak who have contributed their expertise and towards the country’s artistic development.
“For 2015, the committee has chosen Ramli Ali, an artiste active in dance choreography, silat, hadrah, cycling, boat race and creation of nasyid songs as a prominent local art figure.”