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Miss out this kind of neighborhood spirit for decades

Making dodol is not just limited to Malay, Chinese in new village during the old days also practised such “gotong-royong” dodol making activity before the Chinese New Year.

United over ‘dodol’

MALACCA: A decade-old tradition of making dodol continued when more than 100 villagers gathered to make the local sweet coconut toffee.

The villagers from Kampung Panchur and Masjid Tanah got together yesterday for the day-long event that is held during Ramadan every year.

Sweet treat: Over 100 villagers from Kampung Panchur in Masjid Tanah, Melaka, took part in a gotong-royong yesterday to help make dodol, a local coconut toffee treat usually served during Hari Raya festivities.

Village head Baharuddin Abu Bakar, 40, said dodol is a must for the Hari Raya festivities.

“It takes a lot of efforts to make dodol and nowadays most people choose to buy ready-made ones instead.

“So we started the event here 10 years ago to help preserve the tradition of making dodol among the younger generation,” he said.

About RM7,000 was collected to buy over 300 grated coconuts, 80kg of flour, 70kg of gula Melaka (brown coconut sugar) and 30kg of sugar to make over 200kg of dodol.

“It is a laborious and time consuming effort but the hard work is made easier if done collectively,” he added.

He said the dodol would be shared among the neighbours and this fostered unity, especially in the fasting month.

Baharuddin said he was happy that the tradition was being kept alive at his village, adding that most youths nowadays have forgotten the significance of the gotong-royong as a means of helping one another.

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