Wednesday, August 25, 2010

OPKIM at Kampung Tunku 3

Last Saturday, my friend and I have joined OPKIM organized by JPK Sector C. OPKIM is a community services program. Usually, OPKIM have done at the village or rural area. There are objective of this program, to build a cooperation spirit among the student and villagers, to strengthen ties between the student and villagers and to introduce this village to all UITM student. “Kampung Tungku 3” is a one of the village in a rural area, before we reach at the village we went through “Sekolah kebangsaan Kampung Tengah”, Sungai Kapeh bridge, Kampung Baru, water lodge, chinese tomb and Serian field. After half hour, we arrive at “Kampung Tunku 3” and we were friendly welcome by the villagers. My friend and I were very excited. This is a first time we joined program like this. Next, we were hear the speech from president of UMNO Kampung Tungku 3, president of Gerakan Daya Wawasan Kampung tunku 3, president of Platun Rela 0033 and village head of kampong tunku 3. All of them were welcome we and very thanks because opt Kampung Tunku 3.

After that,we go to our adopted family home, Nurul Fashiehah, Siti Nuraisyah and I get a same adopted family. Our mothers always smile and welcome us. Our mother introduces their children one by one. Then, we are wanted to assemble and our JPK have divided us, for four groups to do their own task by group. I was in a first group and our group gets a lemang as our task. We are very happy get a lemang as our task, because before that we just buy lemang at street. The process of making traditional lemang can keep one’s hand full, as it is not easy to make a good lemang. First, we must put a “daun lerek” into a bamboo that has been cut to a length considered reasonable by the cook. At the same time mak Yah try to explain more about lemang. She said, beside “daun lerek” we also use banana leaf, but banana leaf is to thin, so it uneasy to put it into a bamboo. After that, we put an amount of uncooked glutinous rice will be measured and filled in the bamboo stick along with a cup of diluted coconut milk and salt.

According to mak Yah, the process of choosing and cleaning the bamboo as well as filling the bamboo with uncooked glutinous rice as well as coconut milk and salt is actually the easy part in the whole process of lemang making. The hard part is actually cooking the lemang to perfection. After filling in the bamboo with necessary ingredients, the lemang will then be sent to a large open fire that is set up earlier by using loads of coals and firewood. To avoid the lemang from being burnt, one would need to constantly take care of the fire and constantly rotate the lemang so that it will be evenly cooked. After two hour, our lemang is ready to serve for fast break.

Another, three group have get their own task. Second group get help the villager to jelly, third group make a “tumpi rempeyek” and the forth group make a dishes and bubur lambuk for fast break. Have a few dishes that have made by them such as curry meat, banana stew and salted fish.The entire dishes make by them was very delicious.

After fast break we pray “magrib” and “terawih” together. We finished pray at nine and half hour. At the same time, I feel very sad because it is the end of our program. Before go back to UITM, we great to our adopted family and snap a picture for make a memories.

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