I spent a weird but wonderful Hari Raya with the Burmese Muslim community in KL. It started with me visiting my Rohingya friend Hameed for Eid.
Unfortunately, he wasn’t home when I went calling. His housemate suggested I take a walk in the neighborhood, and I should find him.
So off I went walking and ran into this old cock by the kerb. When I asked whose chicken is this, people became nervous, agitated, turned away or bolted. Strange, right?
Finally, one brave guy whispered from my back: What are you doing???
It turned out to be my friend Hameed. Haha.
Hameed: You are late. We gave your food to the cats.
Me: Is this your cock?
Hameed: No. This is a fighting cock.
Me: Cock fighting is illegal in this country, you do know?
Hameed: Why do you think that guy is cracking his knuckles?
Me: I noticed.
Hameed: I think this cock is retired. So chill, man.
Me: Ok. At least, you guys didn’t eat him.
Hameed: Maybe, we’ll eat only one of its drumsticks later.
Me: Wow. You are appreciative of the cockerel winning a few fights?
Since I am outnumbered, like 1000 to 1 here, I decided not to pursue the matter further.
Abruptly, Hameed said he has a championship game to go to. Before I finished saying the non-abbreviated WTF, he ran off. I followed him. More mind blowing stuff ahead.
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