|I was brought up in Kampung Tanjung Irau, a fishing
village in Sembawang (somewhere in the northern part of Singapore). The
kampung has long since been demolished to make way for new govt projects.
Tanjung Irau is really a beautiful kampung and
if you've watched the movie Singapura Dilanggar Todak you'd have seen my
kampung .. the movie was filmed there. Quite a number of malay dramas and
entertainment programmes were shot in my kampung. I could still recall
watching Allahyarham Sudirman Hj Arshad singing Dari Jauh ku Pohon Maaf
while rowing a boat just off the shore of Tg Irau.
Pity my nephew and nieces they never have the
chance to see what it's like to live in a kampung. Gee .. they probably
have never even seen how a chicken looks like and definitely have never
fed chickens before. Hari Raya celebration to me was so much more special
and enjoyable then coz my siblings and I would decorate our house and compound
with tanglongs and oil lamps apart from lampu lap lip. We even would compete
with our next door neighbour to see whose house is more brightfully decorated.
Another aspect of kampung life which I miss most is the kampung spirit,
semangat gotong-royong, which I believe is no longer upheld once people
moves to living in towns and housing board estates.
Well this page is just a short tribute to my lovely
kampung ... just a reminder that once upon a time in Singapore there was
a small village called Kampung Tanjung Irau.