1,008 in Labuan enter record book with Ambuyat dish
Published on: Tuesday, June 25, 2019
By: Iffah Dilaney
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LABUAN:   Some 1,008 people here came together to enter the Malaysia Book of Records (MBR) through the Labuan National Unity and Integration Department’s Cross Cultural programme held in conjunction with Labuan Unity Week at Dewan Arena Bukit Kuda here, Sunday.

Members of the community including villagers, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), neighbourhood watch members, and many more joined in to prepare the Kedayan Brunei local dish of ‘Ambuyat’ for its official record setting at 9pm of ‘Menumpah Ambuyat (Pouring the Ambuyat)’.

The record achieved was for the Most Number of Participants In an Ambuyat Making Event, participated 1,008 people simultaneously.

Ambuyat is a dish derived from the interior trunk of the sago palm which is a starchy bland substance, similar to tapioca starch.

It the local dish of Kedayan and Brunei in Labuan, Sipitang, Beaufort, Kuala Penyu in Sabah, Lawas, Miri and Limbang in Sarawak could be eaten with a bamboo fork referred as chandas by rolling the starch around the prongs, then dipping into the sauce, of which there are many varieties.

Labuan MP Datuk Rozman Isli and National Unity and Integration Department Director-General Datuk Baharin Idris (representing Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Senator P Waytha Moorthy) also joined the group to set the record.

Its director Mimie Duasa Selvakumar said the new record was an added success to the department after its last record set in May this year with 1,000 local dancers performed 60 traditional dances non-stop for two hours and 36 minutes in the Unity Dance event.

“We have organised a number of events with only one important objective to unite the multiracial people on this island,” she said last night.

Mimie said the event attracted more than a thousand people from all walks of life which reflected that Labuan was among the state with zero racial tension and conflict.


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