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When Taman Melawati folk come out to play


Some of the players in the sarong football match

Some of the players in the sarong football match

SATAY, a bouncy castle, as well as a saxophonist playing Kenny G numbers added to the atmosphere at a family day event organised by Zones A, B and C of the Taman Melawati Crime Prevention and Safety Society (PKCJ Taman Melawati).

Held in the school field of a secondary school in Jalan Taman Melawati, the event attracted at least 1,000 residents who turned up in the spirit of neighbourliness.

In addition to the 35 stalls selling food, drinks and consumer products, there were also stalls featuring games such as an orange eating contest and a game of football played in sarong.

Making a special appearance were volunteers from the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) who set up an Earth Day-themed booth showcasing terrariums, bins, games and decorative items made from plastic bottles, made in collaboration with CRC, a non-governmental recycling body.

Residents also set up a stall selling pre-loved items at the event.

Residents also set up a stall selling pre-loved items at the event.

MPAJ secretary and deputy president Hasrolnizam Shari also came to show his support.

He urged residents to practice the 3Rs – recycle, reuse and reduce – in their daily lives.

One highly anticipated event was the sarong football match which had spectators in titters.

Players showed their ingenuity when it came to bending the rules which stated participants had to wear a sarong.

But without any specific instruction that it had to be worn at the waist, some took to hanging the sarong around their necks!

The oldest player on field was Wong Hin Jee, 74, a former national rugby captain.

“Frankly, I didn’t touch the ball,” admitted Wong when asked if he enjoyed the game.

Some of the players in the sarong football match.

Some of the players in the sarong football match.

At this juncture, resident Sudhenaren Nair, 50, quipped this was because everyone was protecting Wong.

Sudhenaren was the sole casualty for the entire day having scraped his knee when he slipped trying to score a goal.

Society chairman Razman Hakimi Abdullah, 42, said this was the first time residents had gathered together on such a big scale since the township was built in 1978.

Estimating a population of about 35,000 for the residential areas, the next target will be to gather residents from Zones A to P for next year’s family day.

Committee member Leong Poh Sun, 62, who coordinated the games said the whole event was entirely carried out by volunteers.

“I was taken by surprise with the amount of help from residents, “ said Leong, who also expressed his gratefulness to sponsors.

Sudhenaren scraped his knee during the games but stayed on for the prize giving presentation.

Sudhenaren scraped his knee during the games but stayed on for the prize giving presentation.

Making a stand on the recycling issue were eight stalls dedicated to pre-loved items whereby visitors could buy everything from used juicers to garments and sofas.

Razman said half of the proceeds from the pre-loved stalls would go to charity.

The society has identified a list of single mothers with school-going children for this purpose.

The event ended around 3pm with Zone B being declared overall winner of the games. On hand to receive the grand trophy for the Taman Melawati Neighbourhood Cup was Rizan Che Lah, 44, the Zone B chief.

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