Back in my kampong, most of the villagers eagerly anticipated the Friday night as that was the only time for us to watch our favourite Malay movies on RTM1. In the 70s, only a few households owned television sets as our village was only supplied with electricity in September 1983. And the houses which had televisions in that era were those located near the primary school.
So, after performing our Maghrib and Isyak prayers at the nearby ‘madrasah’, we headed for one of these houses. My uncle’s house was our favourite port as he also owned a sundry shop, so, before watching the show at 8.30 pm, we could have a bite of the snacks sold in his shop. Besides screening the late P.Ramlee’s films, RTM1 also had Merdeka Studio’s action flicks featuring our local hero Ed Osmera and other famous actors like Hussein Abu Hassan and Jins Shamsuddin. The show usually ended at 10.30 after which all of us went home on foot or by riding bicycles to hit the sack before another promising day started with brighter events. Watching Malay movies was indeed the only form of entertainment for my village folks in those days since it brought the whole village to a standstill.