Adila Parman and Mohd Fadhly Roslei
MCS Excursion to Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman, Jalan Stonor (Abu Seman Chief’s House)
On 4 November 2019, all Year 4 students went to the Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman which is located in the middle of Kuala Lumpur city at Jalan Stonor. The house is one of the oldest surviving traditional Malay houses. Built in stages between 1910 and the early 1930s, it was owned by the local headman of Mukim Bagan Samak, Bandar Baharu, Kedah. Originally located in Kampung Sungai Kechil, a small village in the northern part of Peninsula Malaysia, it was rescued, relocated and restored (1996-1997) by Badan Warisan Malaysia.
This excursion involved Malaysian Cultural Studies activities. Our objectives, in line with our aim to teach the children about Malaysian architecture and culture, were to introduce Malay traditional housing, wedding ceremony traditions, Malaysian kitchen and dining, and traditional games. They also learnt some of the basic greetings in Malay language and the etiquette of communication and also had an opportunity to cook one of the famous dessert, which is Ondeh-Ondeh Buah Melaka. During the excursion they were such wonderful visible learners; see, think as wonder as they were amazed by the beauty of cultural surroundings.
Mah Meri Cultural Village, Kampung Orang Asli Sg. Bumbum, Pulau Carey
On 7 November 2019, all Year 5 students went to the Mah Meri Cultural Village, the aboriginal settlement which is located at Sungai Bumbum, Carey Island. The story of how the Cultural Learning Center at Mah Meri Cultural Village came to serve the community of Carey Island in the district of Kuala Langat, Selangor is a story of many people whose collective vision made it what it is today. It’s the story of young men and women who wanted to bring their Mah Meri cultural heritage back to life. It is also the story of community elders, community partners, who wanted to pass along their knowledge to the young, especially those in need of guidance.
This place gave a great opportunity to all Year 5 students to explore about the aborigines’ culture such as their language, lifestyle, customs, traditional costumes, traditional games and also their wedding ceremony that highlighted the Malaysian Cultural Studies objectives. These are in line with our aim to teach the children about Malaysian culture and heritage and together enhance their knowledge about other people's lifestyles and beliefs. During the excursion, they showed the RECIPE values to the community and they were mesmerized by the artistic beauty of the Mah Meri’s culture.