Fostering the Spirit of Ramadan with the Community


Regency Specialist hospital’s ‘Jom Masak Bubur Lambuk’ event a hit with the Seri Alam community

Regency Specialist Hospital (RSH), Johor, cooked up to 5,000 bowls of bubur lambuk (a rice porridge dish popular during Ramadan) for the Seri Alam community during its Jom Masak Bubur Lambuk community event, made possible by hospital management and staff as well as participating partners.

This is the fifth time RSH has organised this event that first started in 2012 with the hospital catering the bubuk lambuk and eventually cooking it themselves since 2015. This event became a hit with the local community with the number of bubur lambuk cauldrons increasing from 15 when it first started to 20 this year.

Ku Chee Chien ( 2nd from right ) placing the bubur into different bowls

Serena Yong, Chief Executive Officer of Regency Specialist Hospital, in her welcome speech said, “We first started this community event back in 2012 where we only distributed 2,000 bowls of bubur lambuk. I am also pleased to share that more partners are reaching out to join us in this event, which goes to show just how far the community spirit extends in Seri Alam. Without a doubt, this event will continue to strengthen ties and promote unity despite it being a simple act of cooking and distributing this popular Ramadan speciality.”
200 participants involved in the preparation and cooking gathered at Green Gravity, Seri Alam to begin the day’s activity with the ingredients and spices sponsored by Regency Specialist Hospital.

RSH CEO Serena Yong together with volunteers stirring the dodol

In addition to bubur lambuk, there was also dodol (a traditional festive sweet toffee) in the making led by the Head of Community of Seri Alam. This saw participants helping one another in a lively atmosphere.

The event was later graced by councillor Ku Chee Chien where a total of 1,000 bowls were distributed to the public in areas such as Stulang Laut Ferry Terminal, Today’s Market Seri Alam, Tesco Seri Alam and Senai International Airport while 2,500 bowls were gifted to hospital staff and partners involved. “The community at Seri Alam would benefit from efforts such as today. Not only were they gifted with the traditional bubur lambuk but also the freshly made dodol that will complete the sweet taste and memories of Ramadan provided by all who were involved in the organizing and preparation of the event”, said Ku.

Volunteers distributing the bubur in Today’s Market Seri Alam

The event also saw certificates of appreciation being presented to participants who then carried on with the cooking and packing of the bubur lambuk while some were preparing to distribute them for free to the public to be enjoyed at the break of fast for the day. Joining the fun of cooking and distributing the goodies, Yong also commented, “This is a great community event to promote and preserve tradition and culture. The cooking brings togetherness that can help build the spirit of respect and understanding amongst local community.”

Like all previous Jom Masak Bubur Lambuk community event, this year’s affair will further strengthen ties between Regency Specialist Hospital and the people it serves in the Seri Alam community.