Fam­i­lies light up Raya kerosene lamps

The Borneo Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Jane Moh re­porters@the­bor­neo­post.com

SIBU: Five fam­i­lies in Kam­pung Hilir here on Wed­nes­day night lighted up 120 tra­di­tional Raya oil lamps made from alu­minium cans and dis­played on a struc­ture they had con­structed through joint ef­fort.

Suhardi Lak­man from one of the five fam­i­lies said it took them three days to build the struc­ture on a small open space in the neigh­bour­hood.

“We’d wanted to light up the kerosene lamps on Tues­day night, but it rained,” he re­called.

“The project was led by Suhaili Si­tam as­sisted by about 10 oth­ers.

“We worked un­til about 11pm each night,” said Suhardi adding Kam­pung Hilir folk had never built such a struc­ture be­fore.

“In­di­vid­u­ally, yes, we do dis­play lamps in front of our houses, but never on a struc­ture like this,” he said.

We’d wanted to light up the kerosene lamps on Tues­day night, but it rained. Suhardi Lak­man, vil­lager

He said Kam­pung Datu folk did come up with sim­i­lar struc­ture ev­ery Hari Raya un­til the vil­lage was de­stroyed by fire.

“We want to re- live those happy times. It height­ens the fes­tive mood. We want our folk here, our kids and so on to feel the joy of Hari Raya,” he added.

Mean­while, Mohd Sai­ful Hamdin, 25, who was one of those in­volved in build­ing the struc­ture, said it was a dream come true for him.

He said he had wanted to build such a struc­ture af­ter the fire at Kam­pung Datu.

“Last time, Kam­pung Datu folk would come and ask for do­na­tion to build the struc­ture and we would give. But, since that fire, we had not had one any­more. We miss it,” he said.

Sev­eral of the vil­lagers in­volved in the project pose near the struc­ture.

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