The purpose of tTarik is to provide an enriching platform for members of the Malay community in Tembusu College to engage themselves actively with Tembusians. It also acts to serve as a support group for its members and get to know about their cultural roots from one another.

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.