Tribute to rooster bowls of the past at Pandamaran new village

The rooster bowl mounted on a concrete pedestal in Kampung Baru Pandamaran in Port Klang. — KK SHAM/The Star

KAMPUNG Baru Pandamaran, Port Klang, has a new attraction — an illustration of a blacktailed red rooster on a rice bowl built on a pedestal at the intersection of Jalan Chan Ah Choo and Jalan Pendamar.

Pandamaran assemblyman Tony Leong Tuck Chee said he wanted the rice bowl to bring a sense of nostalgia.

“Chinese immigrants who came to Malaysia used rooster bowls. Even now some homes still have them. The bowls now are not hand-painted like in the 1900s.

“However, they evoke fond memories of eating together as a family or with relatives during celebrations, ” he said.

Leong added that to him the rooster bowl symbolised putting “family first”.

Selangor local government, public transport and new village development committee chairman Ng Sze Han contributed RM20,000 and Leong gave RM15,000 to have it built.

The sculpture is 3.68m high, 2.43m wide and weighs 200kg.

Leong hopes the sculpture would help rejuvenate the area.

“I believe it will usher in good fortune for the people of Pandamaran this Chinese New Year, ” he said.

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