SARIKEI: Residents of Kampung Seberang Sarikei here, is reviving the beduk (beating the barrel drum) sahur activity, to serve as a wake up call during the month of Ramadan.
Resident representative Allif Omar Yunus, however said this time around, it would be a bit different, with a march around the village while beating a barrel, so that the cultural heritage is preserved and not disappear into oblivion.
"The advent of modern gadgets such as the mobile phone which are used as an alarm clock, has resulted in many young people forgetting the centuries-old beduk activity to encourage Muslims to wake up.
"So, this Ramadan, we want to revive the tradition, which can also serve to foster closer ties between fellow residents," he said when met, here, today.
Elaborating, Allif said the villagers are using the barrel, because it was difficult to get the actual beduk (large barrel drum) these days.
“In addition. we are also using kompang and gendang to liven up the atmosphere to get Muslims to wake up and have their sahur (pre-dawn meal). There is a blessing in it, "he added.
Aliff said the voluntary programme was a cooperation between young entrepreneurs of Sarikei and committee members of the Ar-Rahmah Mosque.
"The beats of barrel, kompang and gendang, will shatter the silence from 3am every morning this Ramadan," he added.