Bugis traditional food for visitors to museum

Andik Husni showing the traditional clothing called baju tokko worn during a wedding by the bride and groom.

PONTIAN: Plans are afoot to set up a food and beverage outlet specialising in Bugis traditional food at the Bugis Museum in Taman Rekreasi Sungai Rambah here.

Museum curator Andik Husni Andik Abdul Latif, 60, said she took over the job of managing the museum after her husband, Abdullah Ahmad, 76, passed away in November last year.

She manages the premises with help from her five children who live nearby in Teluk Kerang.

“We want to set up an outlet offering authentic Bugis food.

“This way, visitors not only get to experience Bugis culture, artefacts, pictures but its food as well.

“Bugis food is popular in Johor as some people here share the same heritage and culture but these days, the food is only available during festive seasons, ” said Andik Husni, adding some of these included dishes such as burasak, ayam liku, dange, pulut kuning (turmeric rice) and lempeng-lempeng.She said more people were now visiting the museum that reopened on July 10.

The premises set up over four decades ago was closed when the movement control order was imposed on March 18.

A traditional dais used for Bugis wedding ceremonies on show at the museum. — FilepicA traditional dais used for Bugis wedding ceremonies on show at the museum. — Filepic

“Visitors included students doing research on Bugis culture and heritage.

“We have about 4,000 Bugis historical and cultural artefacts at the museum.

“Most were collected by my late husband and me in our younger days, ” she said.

Andik Husni said she moved to Johor from Indonesia in 2011 to help her husband manage the museum.

“Visitors get to see Bugis traditional clothing like the baju tokko on display and marriage ceremony here.

The museum is under the care of Pontian District Office.

It has been working closely with the National Museum and the Johor Heritage Foundation (YWJ) to offer a place of interest to the public.

Admission to the Bugis Museum is free. It is open daily from 9.30am to 5pm, except on Hari Raya Haji and Hari Raya Puasa.

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