Yesterday evening I paid a visit to the Pondok in Lekir. For those who
don't know, a Pondok is a religious school. Besides enrolling students
and adults for lessons, this particular Pondok also houses orphans,
destitute children and old folks.
It was dinner time when I arrived and I could see the boys waiting for
their turns to take their servings. Most of them had gone on a fast that
day and so they would look forward to the food served.
The main menu for the day was Ayam Masak Merah.
The tables and chairs and the dining hall were a new addition.
According to one of the caretakers, the furniture was once part of the
hawker centre at the Medan Gopeng Bus Terminal. Since it has ceased
operations, the people there decided to donate it to the Pondok.
Another pleasant surprise I got when I was there was a mini recreation
park being built. I did remember Ustaz Syed telling me that this was a
project done by well-wishers. Unfortunately I can't remember which
organisation it was that volunteered.