GEORGE TOWN: A group on motorcycles has been going around neighbourhoods in Teluk Bahang beating the kompang in the wee hours of the morning.
No, they are not being a nuisance.
In fact, these 60 males, aged between 17 and 40, are notifying Muslims that it is time for sahur (pre-dawn meal).
“Sahur! Sahur!” they shouted while the pillion riders beat the kompang and 30cm bamboo stumps, creating loud sounds to wake the villagers from their slumber.
Calling themselves “Geng Gerak Sahur Teluk Bahang”, they would gather at a hardware shop in Jalan Teluk Awak, Teluk Bahang, to start their daily rounds at 4am before finishing by 4.45am.
Group leader Afzainizam Abdullah, 40, fondly known as Pak Long among his friends, said: “We would distribute the kompang and bamboo stumps among our members and break into smaller groups riding on a total of 25 motorcycles.
“Our main areas of coverage are the houses in Jalan Teluk Bahang, Jalan Kampung Nelayan, Lengkok Teluk Bahang and Jalan Teluk Awak.
“It is a simple gesture to remind the 2,500-odd residents here to not miss having their first meal before starting to fast for the day.
“Some of us tend to sleep through and skip sahur, so we just want to give them a friendly call to have sahur to sustain them throughout the day.”
Afzainizam said they started the initiative last year, noting that it was a great opportunity for the youths to foster better ties especially with the older residents as they interact with them during their rounds.
“Some of the residents would invite us to have sahur with them.
“They often share with us food like fried noodles or kuih with a cup of coffee or tea,” he said.
Most of the members are from the Teluk Awak Umno Youth branch and the local silat lincah martial arts group, Afzainizam said.
Nasi lemak seller Shazawani Md Nayan, 30, who is from Jalan Teluk Awak, said the gesture by the group was heart-warming.
“I think it is truly nice of them to provide us with this wake-up call.
“It also gets everyone in the mood for the day so that we will get up early to have our sahur before performing the morning prayers around 5.30am,” she said.
Another resident, Haslina Yaakob, 41, said she and her children looked forward to the sahur call.
“It is a good practice among Muslim youths in our kampung to engage in this meaningful activity and set a good example for the younger ones,” said the housewife.