FOR the third year in a row, owners of the century-old Ais Tingkap (window sherbet) stall have been wearing Merdeka- themed T-shirts during this period.
This year, they have added more designs to the T-shirts that come with an important message.
Besides the Jalur Gemilang, each T-shirt also features frontliners like a doctor, nurse, fireman, policeman, soldier, postman, cleaner and food delivery worker.
Mohd Taufique Seeni Mohamed, 36, said they wanted to pay tribute to the frontliners fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We started out three years ago by wearing something colourful and meaningful for National Day, ” he said when met at his stall in Tamil Street near Chowrasta Market in George Town, Penang.
“This year, besides celebrating the important day, we also want to show our appreciation towards those who have put their lives on the line to fight Covid-19.
“Doctors and nurses have done so much for society as well as the army and police.
“We also want to thank others who have helped us during this period like postmen, cleaners and food delivery workers, ” he added.
The stall celebrated its centenary last year.
Way back in 1919, the vendor used to sell a special drink from a shop window. Thus the name Ais Tingkap or window iced drink was born.
While the days of the ‘window counter’ may be long over – a proper hawker stall now stands near the window – the name remains.
Mohd Taufique is the fourth generation to run the family business. He said they had been selling the T-shirts as well.
“We have people dropping by just to buy them.
“We usually wear the T-shirts on the weekends as there is a bigger crowd then, ” he said.
The ‘legendary’ drink, which is a thirst-quenching concoction of iced coconut water and sirap selasih (syrup with basil seeds), is a favourite with locals.
The recipe was brought all the way from India, and the ingredients used are still shipped from India.
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