This was a scenario on one fine evening in the last fasting month. A mother was cooking kuih cara manis while her children were playing in the living room. In the last batch of baking, she left the kuih cara on the stove and attended to her youngest child.
After a while, she called out to her eldest child, “Abang, tolong tutup api jap.”
Her son obediently went and did what his mother asked him to do.
Minutes later, all the noses in that household smelled something burnt. Instinctively, the mother went to the kitchen to check what happened as any people would do.
Suddenly she burst into a big laugh and said, “Abang, abang, Mama suruh mu tutup api dapur gas bukan lampu dapur.” At the same time as she was scooping up her burnt kuih cara.
* Api which literally means fire can also mean lamp.