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Kisah Orang Minyak

Relax! It is safe for you to read this story alone on a dark moonless night.

From the mid-1960s, many homes started replacing traditional wood and charcoal stoves with kerosene-fuelled stoves.

A simple metal handpump was commonly used to siphon kerosene fuel from the big 18-litre tin, into an intermediary bottle, before the final transfer to the “reservoir” on our kerosene stoves.

It was easy to use.  Just had to dip the mainshaft into the liquid, and move that metallic rod in the middle up and down steadily, until the liquid came out from the nozzle.  The motion had to be maintained to keep the flow going.

At home, I was usually assigned this rather boring duty; but I as did my job, the dreamy I imagined myself to be some future Oil Sheikh extracting his liquid gold.

My Old Flame – Earthy & Fiery

The old faithful Kerosene Stove of course.   Earthy, as the fuel she used was called ‘Minyak Tanah’ which meant Earth Oil (“thor ew” in Hokkien) and Fiery, as she could burn and sizzle anything and anyone that got on top of her (literally)

It was in the mid 1960s when we made the Quantum Leap from firewood/charcoal to kerosene as cooking fuel — no more smokey fumes in a soot-coated kitchen.

The most widely used brand of stove was “Butterfly”.  As a matter of fact, I never saw any other brand.

With proper maintenance, the stove produced delightful blue flames that provided many happy hours of culinary excitement in the kitchen.  With the advent of LPG in the early 70s as the new cooking fuel, the old flames had to recede into the remote corners of memory.