Monday, August 29, 2011

Melaka to hold open house on first day of Aidilfitri

Sunday, August 28th, 2011 12:21:00
MELAKA: The Melaka government will hold an Aidilfitri and Independence Day open house at the Melaka International Trade Centre in Ayer Keroh on the first day of Aidilfitri.
The event scheduled from 10am to 4pm will be graced by Melaka Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob and Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, said the Chief Minister Office in a statement today.
Meanwhile, Melaka State Assembly Speaker Datuk Wira Othman Muhamad will hold an open house at No 9378, Taman Ayer Moleh here on the second day of Hari Raya Puasa.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop's open house will be held at Mile 19, Paya Rumput, Masjid Tanah on the third day of Aidilfitri.

On other news:

Bamboo Fireworks Fill The Hari Raya Air In Melaka

August 23, 2011 16:32 PM
Bamboo Fireworks Fill The Hari Raya Air In Melaka
By Mohamad Bakri Darus
ALOR GAJAH, Aug 23 (Bernama) — Traditional bamboo fireworks which used to light up the festive air in the past, are still very much in demand, especially in Melaka.
Although factory-made fireworks have virtually monopolised the market, bamboo fireworks maker Ismail Jantan is still doing roaring business with endless orders, especially from Melaka, where bamboo fireworks are widely played at wedding ceremonies.
“In Melaka, it is a must to display bamboo fireworks at a Malay wedding,” said Ismail, who inherited the skills of producing bamboo fireworks from his late father.
The 38-year-old, who was speaking to Bernama at his house in Kampung Air Hitam Pantai, Tanjung Bidara near here, said the materials used were bamboo, sulphur, charcoal, potassium nitrate powder, iron fillings and clay.
After the bamboo was cut, according to its segment at 16cm each, the open end was fortified so that it would not break during compacting, he said.
“At the joint, a hole, the size of a 20-sen coin, is made to lay the fuse. The other end would be compacted with clay as the base.
“After the fireworks mixture is filled into the bamboo, the hole is closed with more clay with just the fuse jutting out to fire it,” he said.
Ismail said the power and height of the sparks would depend on the process of compacting the ingredients inside the bamboo, adding that the tighter the compaction, the higher the sparks would fly.
“Although it lasts only a few seconds, the sparks could reach, half the height of a coconut tree.” His bamboo fireworks are sold at RM15 a piece.
Ismail said the largest order he had ever received was for 1,000 pieces in connection with an automobile company car launch.
He said the ‘shelf-life’ of bamboo fireworks was three days as after that period, it would not be effective. Firing a bamboo fireworks, three days later, would only produce smoke.
Meanwhile, state public works and facilities committee chairman Datuk Ab Karim Sulaiman said traditional products should be preserved as state heritage, adding that the government was prepared to assist the operators.
He said the display of bamboo fireworks at entertainment events and festive celebrations could be used to delight tourists visiting Melaka.
He said the products proved villagers were just as creative and innovative with ideas.

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