IREKA CARES children from Rumah Hope and Rumah Kanak-Kanak Angels visited the Royal Selangor Pewter Factory in Setapak, Selangor for an educational trip on how one of Malaysia’s oldest industries produces pewter goods. The group of 30 children and Ireka volunteers were taken on a tour by an informative guide, Kishen, who explained the workings of the active foundry from its beginnings in 1885 to the present day.
It was interesting to learn about the process of making pewter products. Pewter, a malleable alloy made by combining copper and tin are handcrafted into high quality and memorable products by the 400 staff working on the factory floor. The beautifully designed finished products are sold in their shops throughout Malaysia and internationally in countries including Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, Australia, UK and Hong Kong.
The children got to a chance to try designing pewter products at the “School of Hard Knocks”. As the name suggests, it was hammering time for the participants. The hammering produced one massive deafening sound which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. Each child engraved their name onto the pewter bowl which they got to take home as a lasting memento. To test their listening skills, the kids were quizzed at the end, which included a question about the World’s largest pewter tankard, made in 1985 to commemorate Royal Selangor’s centenary and recognized by the Guinness Book of Records.
Once all the fun of learning and hammering came to an end, it was time for lunch at a nearby KFC outlet that everyone, old and young, enjoyed. It was an inspiring, insightful and exciting experience for everyone.