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Street artiste living his dream

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WHEN flutist Ayawan Musafir Singgah, 53, told his mother about quitting his engineering job to pursue his dreams as a street artiste in 2007, she called him a fool.

“I told my mother that if I had to choose between wealth and peace, I would choose the latter.

“I had to convince my wife about my decision too and finally she relented. Life has not been easy moving from a stable income job to relying on people’s generosity.

“It has been over a decade since I took the big leap of faith and by God’s grace, I have survived, ” said the father of nine, whose real name is Mohd Shahriznam Sahrie.

Ayawan said he started playing the flute at the age of 17.

“My brother-in-law made a bamboo flute but could not play it, so he gave it to me. I blew into the flute and moved my fingers instinctively, and was surprised by the sounds that came out of it. Playing the flute was very natural for me.

“There was no end to my obsession with playing the flute. I started composing songs and performing on the streets in the evenings when I still had my day job.

“After becoming an artiste full-time, I realised that the money was not good, despite me also playing the guitar, writing songs and poetry, singing and painting on the side.

“People laughed at my determination because even talented buskers performing famous songs were barely surviving, so what more for me who “only” played the flute and that too only my own compositions.

“I opened a karaoke cafe hoping to get more income. I tried it for a few years and struggled to stay afloat, ” he said.

In 2010, the Perak-born self-taught musician who was based in Penang decided to move to Kuala Lumpur in search of more opportunities.

“Back then, people in the kampung believed that if you wanted to be successful, you must go to the capital city.

“It is true for me because I got many job offers here, apart from just busking.

“At present, I play the flute at two hotels in the city. On other days, I perform on crowded streets such as in Brickfields,

Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur Citywalk and outside KLCC LRT station.

“Despite getting gigs at hotels, I am still drawn to performing on the street.

“My music is for the masses and the only way to reach them is by playing on the street for all to enjoy.

“I make between RM200 and RM1,000 in two to three hours of busking.

“I have also worked in movies such as Langsuir (2018) and Lari Hantu Lari (2017).

“I produced my first album in 2017 titled Magic of Life, which features 77 minutes and seven seconds of continuous flute playing with seven types of bamboo flutes.

“My recent achievement was winning the silver medal at the Malaysian Championship of Performing Arts 2019 to qualify for the World Championship Of Performing Arts in California, the United States. However, I did not go because I could not get a sponsor.

“I have also taught many people to play the flute. Many tourists, especially foreigners are eager to learn. I teach the techniques and they pay me a token sum. Some even return for a refresher session.

“Art is God’s gift. I am not the owner of it but merely passing on the knowledge, so I never put a price on my work.

“I am blessed to have people like my wife Nur Farhana George Abdullah, who has always stood by me, as well as talent scout George Fuad, Malaysian Buskers Club president Wadi Hamdan and film director Mamat Khalid who have helped me be where I am today as an artiste.

“My policy in life is simple… be nice, be cool and relax.

“When you hear the soothing sounds of my flute, you are sure to be calmed. That is why I love what I do. It reflects the person that I am… a spiritual nature native artiste, ” he said.

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A heartfelt Facebook post by a man narrating how he found his lost wallet thanks to two students in Penang went massively viral

The Facebook post that was published in a public group last night, 9 October, has garnered over 20,000 reactions with more than 1,600 shares at the time of writing.

In the post, the wallet’s owner, John Tan, wrote that he realised his wallet was not with him while he was dining in Elit Height, Penang yesterday.

When Tan arrived at his car to check for his wallet, he found a note slipped between his car door with a phone number written on it

“You dropped your wallet on the road and I have taken it for safekeeping,” the note read.

According to Tan, the person who wrote the note was thoughtful as they slipped it between his car door rather than placing it on the windscreen.

He then dialled the number given in the note.

The call was answered by a young voice who told him that he was waiting at a Western cuisine restaurant nearby.

“When I arrived at the entrance of the restaurant, I saw two young individuals in their early 20s, who seemed to be college students, sitting at the table closest to the entrance,” Tan wrote in his lengthy Facebook post.

According to Tan, the students had waited for him for 15 minutes beside his car, however, when they saw no one came looking for the wallet, they decided to leave the note.

Tan wrote that he was touched by the youngsters’ good deed and offered to pay the bill of their meal at the restaurant

“However, they were very modest and polite in refusing the offer,” Tan continued. “Of course, I insisted and went to the cashier.”

Tan saw their table was empty, thus he assumed that they were waiting for their food to be served.

It was at the cashier that he discovered that the students had actually finished their meal – they were just sitting there, waiting for his phone call.

The students rushed behind him and tried to stop Tan from paying the bill.

“I did not let them succeed. I had successfully convinced the cashier to take my money instead of theirs, successfully paid their dinner, and successfully expressed my gratitude.”

When making the payment, Tan realised that over RM400 in cash was still in his wallet and all his cards were untouched

“Out of courtesy, I did not check my wallet immediately after I got it back from them,” Tan related.

Tan said the duo constantly thanked them, saying that they felt embarrassed because he paid for their meal.

“They did not have the attitude which expects good karma out of their good deed,” Tan lauded.

Honestly, the person that should have been thanking is me.

“If it weren’t for the two of them, I would have gone hungry for the next few days as I go around town to renew my documents at government departments.

“I would be wasting my time and spirit to correct my mistake. Paying the check of their meal was an easy way out,” Tan confessed.

Tan said writing the post was meant to thank them again, as well as spreading positive energy to the world

“Their good deed should be made known to more people.

“Their attitude that does not expect good karma out of doing a good deed is commendable,” he wrote.

“Their thoughtful and modest values are worth learning. Once again, thank you for restoring faith in humanity in this complicated world.”

Many netizens flooded the comment section to praise the Good Samaritans

“Thank you to these two young people. I believe they were brought up by good parents and have a good moral compass,” one netizen wrote.

Another added, “Yes, we should give the two people a thumbs up. Not many people are like that these days. Wishing the two well and let’s spread more positive energy.”

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By the time she was 17, Mathura Kanan was CEO of a social enterprise she had started with her friends – Harsha Ravindran, Heerraa Ravindran and Sanadthkumar Ganesan. Their business: Empowering teens and youths to uncover their passions and go after their dreams.

The four changemakers had set up Ascendance, an empowerment group that encourages Malaysian youth from all backgrounds across the country to believe in their potential, through motivational talks and peer-to-peer sessions.

“When I was younger, I used to wonder how successful business people were able to chase their dreams, achieve success and happiness,” says Mathura, 23, who is pursuing a professional qualification from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

“How can youngsters like me become as successful? I realised that the only thing stopping me was me myself. Often, we are the reason why we cannot move forward,” she says

Since they founded their group in 2015, the four have been invited to speak at schools, public forums and events around Malaysia. Ascendance has also been appointed by the Education Ministry to conduct their “Ace It Easy” programme at nine secondary schools across the country.

“We’re honoured to receive this award,” says Herraa. “We never expected it in our wildest dreams. It means a lot to know that our work is impacting students and it has inspired us to continue working.”

She adds, “Our target group is those aged 10 to 17. We were once like them, but we were lucky to have been given opportunities. We made full use of them. We believe that if we could do it, other children can too.”

“That’s what we hope to share with students,” says Harsha, 17, Ascendance’s chief marketing officer, who completed her International General Certificate of Secondary Education recently and is on a short break before pursuing a tertiary education. “I suppose it works better when they hear this from someone closer to their age.”

Meanwhile, Harsha’s sister Heerraa and Sanadthkumar are enrolled in a leadership programme with ET Boost, a video production company in Shah Alam, Selangor.

The four girls had met a few years ago at a social business incubator platform, ET Ideas. When they learnt they had similar aspirations, they decided to band together.  They believe no one is too young to achieve their dream and want to encourage other youngsters to go for it.

They also hope to encourage students to be leaders in their communities and help others in turn. “We want them to learn about themselves and discover what they love, and be the best possible version of themselves,” says Sanadthkumar, 19, and COO of Ascendance.

“We look forward to helping these kids establish their careers and even assisting them with any personal challenges they may encounter. We’re here to help them work on their happiness, health, education, as well as their passion,” she adds.

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Determined is probably an apt description of Navi Indran Pillai who beat cancer not once but two times in her life.

The brave and spirited 29-year-old from Shah Alam, Selangor was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 when she was only 22.

Her dreams, one of which was to become a classical indian dancer, had to be put on hold as she underwent aggressive treatments to battle the illness.

She beat the disease in 2014 and left to further her studies in Australia.

In 2018 however, Navi found out that she had metastatic breast cancer that had spread to her liver and backbone and so began another round of treatments that almost broke her. Though the treatments were debilitating, Navi was determined to get better.

Navi is better now – and cancer-free –  but she has to undergo lifelong treatment to stay well. The treatments are costly and so, to ease her family’s financial burden, the gutsy young woman is taking to the stage, with guidance from her guru, Guruvayur Usha Dorai, to dance.

The student of Indian classical dance hopes to raise funds through her performance to help her parents pay for her treatment.

Her dance performance, Dhanvantrim Nruthyam #kissedbycancer, will take place on 12 Oct at the Shantanand Auditorium, Temple of Fine Arts, Kuala Lumpur.

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Seorang kanak-kanak perempuan berusia 9 tahun yang kedua-dua kaki dipotong akibat kecacatan sejak lahir, namun mampu berjalan bak ‘supermodel’ di puncak Menara Eiffel untuk Minggu Fesyen Paris, New York, mendapat pujian ramai.

Daisy-May Demetre dari Birmingham, dianggap sebagai model pertama menggunakan kaki palsu berjalan di acara itu.

Kanak-kanak tersebut dilahirkan dengan ‘hemimelia fibril’ iaitu kekurangan atau pemendekan tulang betis ketika dia berumur 18 bulan.

Ayahnya, Alex berkata, dia terpaku dan turut membuatkan dirinya bangga dengan penampilan anak perempuannya itu.

Dia berkata, walaupun tidak ada peluang untuk berlatih ‘catwalk’ sebelum persembahan tetapi Demetre tetap melakukannya dengan baik.

“Dia keluar dan mempamerkannya dengan baik,” katanya.

Demetre berjalan untuk jenama Lulu et Gigi.

Pengasasnya, Eni Hegedus-Buiron berkata, dia membawa kesedaran kepada dunia.

Alex berkata, mereka sedang meneroka tawaran dan peluang pemodelan lain untuknya.

Sementara itu, sebelum acara itu bermula, dia telah berkongsi sekeping foto di depan Menara Eiffel di laman Instagram (IG).

“Di sini untuk membuat sejarah, itulah yang kita lakukan,” katanya pada akaun IGnya yang menunjukkan gambar dia dan ayahnya Alex di depan Menara Eiffel.

Dia mula menjadi model kira-kira 18 bulan yang lalu dan telah bekerja untuk jenama termasuk Kepulauan River, Matalan dan Nike.

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People oftentimes say that hard work and perseverance are the essences of life; and, this lady in Bangkok proves that one only needs the aforementioned qualities to lead an honest life.

I AM EAT (a Facebook page) shared how Aunt Nid – a 71 years old blind lady – fights through life with a constant smile on her face. The page wrote that whoever listens to Aunt Nid’s life story will surely find the courage to live their own life. 

The post revealed that the hardworking lady is completely blind and she lives on her own because she doesn’t have any family members as well as friends. Apparently, her relatives separated from her right after her mum passed away.

However, she doesn’t let the tragedies in her life hold her down because she has sought a different way to fend for herself. Aunt Nid earns a living by selling bread with intestines fillings in Bangkok.

Since she’s all alone, she picks up the bread from the manufacturer and sells them to her customers all by herself. Her fighting spirit is astonishing!

She opens her shop every morning at 7am whilst most of us are still asleep. Then, by two to four o’clock, her stock will run out because everyone would have bought her bread during that time.

FYI, she charges 50 Bhat (RM6.84) per bread but she only takes 5 Bhat (RM0.68) as profit!

Having said that, her business comes with its own set of challenges because since she’s blind, inconsiderate people have cheated her many times by giving her fake notes and by stealing her bread. It’s not cool that they took advantage of her visual disabilities.    

Nevertheless, Aunt Nid still sells bread with a smile and a glimmer of hope across her face.

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“No pain, no gain, no complaint” is the motto of 11-year-old Sangeeta Retnakumar. That has led the bubbly, pint-sized girl to not only represent Malaysia in several figure skating tournaments in Asia, but also winning first place in many of them.

Sangeeta first started competing professionally four years ago and today, ranks No.8 in Asia in the world of figure skating, according to the Ice Skating Institute Asia (ISIAsia).

“I like figure skating because there is a sense of freedom when I’m gliding around on the ice. It gives me the opportunity to be creative, express myself and also entertain the people who are watching,” she says.

She adds that while it is fun and exciting participating in all the tournaments, it is also “very challenging and difficult”. Hence, it is fulfilling when she is able to successfully perform an element such as a spin, spiral, jump or footwork.

Sangeeta, who began skating at the age of seven, has been trained in technical skill, speed, consistency and artistry on ice. She is also working on improving her figure skating skills under two coaches – Angeline Chan from Malaysia and Michelle Chak from Hong Kong.

The competitive figure skater that Sangeeta admires most is former (Winter) Olympic champion Yuna Kim, 28, from South Korea.

“Her facial expressions are great, and her programme – including her jumps, spins and other elements – are just so powerful. I hope to be like her one day,” she enthuses.

“My goal (currently) is to qualify for the Winter Olympics and win,” Sangeeta adds, the passion in her eyes evident.

She also aims to represent Malaysia in figure skating at the SEA Games and ISU Junior Grand Prix.

Although she still has a few more years to prepare since the youngest age for contestants is 16 for the Winter Olympics and SEA Games, and 13 for the ISU Junior Grand Prix, she admits that it is no easy task.

“There are many talented figure skaters in Malaysia and in the world. And there is only one spot (for figure skating) for Malaysia in the Winter Olympics,” she says.

A factor that Sangeeta and her family agree upon that helps increase a skater’s chances of winning is “more time on the ice”.

“According to Sunway Pyramid Ice’s head coach Harry Janto Leo from Indonesia, who is also ISIAsia’s president, one needs to skate at least 30 hours per week,” says Sangeeta’s father, Retnakumar Annamalai, 41.

“In Russia, a skating student spends six hours on the ice per day because they have a specialised school for skating,” adds Gayateri Hariskrishnan, 39, Sangeeta’s mother.

“That’s why it is easy for skaters from the United States, Canada and Russia to have many gold medallists. They prepare from a very young age.

“Besides having specialised skating schools, in certain regular schools, they also incorporate skating into the physical education curriculum,” Retnakumar says, adding that they hope to eventually send their daughter to Russia to study at the skating school, even though that would involve costs and perhaps uprooting the family.

When asked why she selected skating over other more popular sports in Malaysia such as badminton or squash, Sangeeta replies: “Because I don’t like to ‘fight’ against an opponent to win. I believe that I’m my own best competition and I want to succeed in being the best me.”

She went on to explain that even though there are other contestants in skating tournaments, judging is by a point system so consistency, progress and improvement are important.

Balancing act

So how does Sangeeta juggle school and training for competitions?

“It’s all in the schedule – follow it and it will be okay!” says Sangeeta, who goes to SK Pusat Bandar Puchong 2, Selangor.

Sangeeta, whose favorite subjects are Science and Art, adds that usually she will go for tournaments that take place during the school holidays so that it doesn’t disrupt her studies.

It takes roughly two months for her to prepare for a skating tournament and she usually has practice three to four times a week, usually spending the whole day after school at the rink.

Her skating achievements have been recognised by her school and she was recently awarded the Tokoh Harapan Kokurikulum (Most Promising Student Icon in Co-Curriculum Activities) in 2018.

Currently, Sangeeta is preparing for Skate Hong Kong 2019, which will take place in November.

Besides training hard and spending more time on the ice, Sangeeta believes that having the love and support of parents who believe in her and are willing to sacrifice to help her achieve her goals is instrumental to her success as a professional figure skater.

“It is like Walt Disney’s saying: ‘All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them’,” says Gayateri.

“But it is not always easy and there are many sacrifices involved,” Retnakumar adds.

This includes ferrying Sangeeta around for classes on weekdays and waking up at 4.30am on weekends to bring her for classes that start at 6am, as she has to be there an hour earlier to warm up.

Figure skating is also an expensive sport. As a skater progresses, she has to put in more hours and more costs are involved.

“But it is her passion and we wish to see her succeed,” her parents say in unison.

Sangeeta’s lifelong goal is dependent on her winning in the Winter Olympics.

“I hope to start an ice skating school here in Malaysia, and to eventually coach too,” she says.

Sangeeta with her coach Angeline Chan at Skate Malaysia 2017. – Gayateri Harikrishnan
Sangeeta won first place in the Freestyle event at Skate Malaysia 2018.
Sangeeta wins five gold medals in Skate Malaysia 2019. – Gayateri Harikrishnan
Sangeeta (top right) with her parents and younger siblings. – Gayateri Harikrishnan

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A millennial is putting a snazzy spin on an old-fashioned hobby, writes Aznim Ruhana Md Yusup

CROCHET Commuter was born when Chua Pei Wen was working in Kuala Lumpur city centre. The 28-year-old was travelling daily by LRT from her home in Subang Jaya and whenever she found a seat, she would take out her yarn and hook and crochet away.

“People would look at me strangely. Only one person has ever asked what I was doing,” she says. “Doing crochet was a productive way to pass time and there were times when I even wished my commute was longer!”

The finance executive is working closer to home these days and no longer takes the LRT, but she is still crocheting every spare moment she gets. Her Instagram account @CrochetCommuter is filled with her handiwork, and she has no plans to stop.

“I have always dabbled in arts and crafts such as sewing and embroidery work. I started to crochet last year, which is not very long ago, but I have done many projects since then. I find inspiration online from YouTube or Instagram but I also put my own spin on things using different colors and patterns,” she says.

Chua finds crochet to be calming and time certainly flies when she is doing it. She gets comments that it is an old-fashioned hobby, something only aunties or grandmothers do, but she enjoys seeing the end product, and there are plenty of contemporary styles to get inspired by.

Her favorite crochetmaker is Molla Mills from Finland and her designs epitomises Scandinavian cool with their bold motifs, geometric lines and modern color palette. Designers such as Missoni and Self-Portrait are also known for using crochet in their ready-to-wear collections.

THE CRAFT OF CROCHET

Given the use of yarn for both crochet and knitting, some might think they are the same thing.

But the latter uses two pointed sticks called knitting needles while crochet only uses one, which has a hook at one end. (The name “

crochet” is French in origin and means small hook.) This leads to different stitching methods and opting for one over the other is a matter of personal preference.

“I tried knitting first but it was not for me,” says Chua. “So I moved on to crochet and I find that it is more versatile and I can improvise the techniques to make what I want. You only need one stick but it comes in different sizes, and what you use depends on the yarn and the size of the product you want to make.”

The size of the stick correlates to how close the stitches are to one another. The smaller the stick, the closer the stitches. This results in a product with less stretch, which is ideal for things like purses or coasters.

A bigger crochet hook, on the other hand, will create stitches with bigger gaps. This makes the product more expandable so it is useful for making products that need a bit of give such as scarves or shopping bags.

“It is more difficult using a smaller stick because you need to squeeze through smaller gaps and you tend to have thread that is thicker than the needle. You can use the same yarn with different sized sticks to make the same product, and one will be bigger than the other,” says Chua.

There are different types of stitches used in crochet, resulting in different textures and designs. The action is mostly repetitive and there is a strict instruction on how many stitches are required for a particular design. This adds up to become a crochet pattern, which is crochet’s version of a recipe for making products.

“There is a lot of counting in crochet, otherwise you won’t end up with the pattern that you want. You also need to be consistent in how tight or loose the stitches are because it will look all squiggly if you are not. You cannot pull harder when you start and when you get tired, the stitches get looser. So it is a matter of finding out what you are comfortable with and sticking with that.

“Because of that, I would not say that crochet is something that you can do without thinking but you can certainly do it while something else is going on, like when you are watching TV or riding the train.”

Chua finds her crochet supplies from large stores such as Spotlight as well as individual sellers online. A roll of yarn cost between RM5 and RM30, depending on quality and composition such as acrylic, cotton or wool.

What is important is to gauge how much yarn is needed for a project and buy enough of it, so that the colour is consistent throughout. Different brands can have slightly different shades of the same colour, which can ruin the look of the finished item.

Some yarns have different colours along the same thread, which can be used to suit the crocheter’s creativity. Others are thicker and sturdier for making more durable products. There are also yarns made of organic cotton, lyocell and sustainably-sourced wool to meet consumer demand for eco-friendly materials.

USE AND REUSE

Chua’s favourite project so far is her drawstring bag, which she wears to this interview. It has a black and white geometric pattern and is the perfect weekend bag — fashionable and with enough room to fit all her things.

Some of her products are available for purchase through her Instagram account and at the A Day store in Intermark Mall, Kuala Lumpur. She also makes items to give away, although it does not always work out quite the way she had planned.

“I once made a cardigan for a baby but then my mum told me it was too small and did not fit the infant. It is funny because the cardigan looked fine to me although I admit I did not work out the measurements with an actual baby!” she says with a laugh.

Apart from that, Chua uses crochet to get herself and others to become more environmentally-conscious. One of the items that she sells are reusable face pads. It is RM5 and the same size as regular disposable round cotton pads but with a handle at the back so it can be held firmly in place with two fingers.

“It is made of cotton yarn and it is what I use at home to remove make-up. You clean it by hand using soap after each use or even in the washing machine. The pad also works as a soft facial scrub,” she adds.

She makes shopping bags as well, which are stretchable and has a wide opening to put in various fruits and vegetables. The handle is crocheted with a tighter stitch so it is sturdy but still comfortable.

She adds: “One advantage of crochet is that if the project does not turn out the way you wanted it to, you can take it apart just by pulling the thread. There are no knots and you can reuse the yarn for something else, which is what I did with the too-small baby cardigan.”

This also means a crocheted product can be made bigger or smaller simply by unfastening the end, and then increasing or reducing the number of stitches. This should appeal to people who want to alter their clothes to make them last longer, instead of buying new ones.

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A 42-year-old woman from Batu Gajah works two jobs for a very honourable reason – to make enough money to feed and care for stray animals

Nazirah Abd Rahman commutes 20km via motorcycle every day to an Ipoh shopping complex, where she works as a beauty consultant.

In an interview with Malay Mail, she revealed that she heads back to Ipoh on weekends for her unconventional part-time job.

Otherwise known as ‘Mama Pinky’, Nazirah spends half an hour on weeknights dressing up before heading out to perform as a clown

From 9pm until 11pm, she performs at a cafe called Konda Kondi and makes balloons of various shapes and sizes.

When her shift ends, she then rides around Ipoh until about 12am or 1am to feed stray cats and dogs.

The money earned from Nazirah’s clown gig is not only used to feed the stray animals, but also to pay their medical bills

When she finds wounded animals, she brings them to a veterinarian for treatment.

“The reason why I’m doing this is simple, I really feel sympathy for them. Unlike humans, they can’t tell whether they are hungry or in pain,” the mother of two told Malay Mail in an interview.

Nazirah, who has been taking care of stray animals for more than four years, has about 50 cats at home

She spends about RM400 on a weekly basis to feed and care for the cats at home and the stray animals in Ipoh.

“Previously I only managed to help a small amount of animals. But after starting this part time job I can take care of more, especially the ones with serious injuries like broken legs, big wounds, and so on,” she said.

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KOTA MARUDU – Usia bukan penghalang bagi seorang petani, Mundan Gomosi, 69, melakukan larian solo sejauh 36 kilometer sempena sambutan Hari Kebangsaan tahun ini.

Bapa kepada sembilan anak itu memulakan larian dari Kampung Talantang pada 5 pagi ke Bukit Gana sebelum kembali semula ke Kampung Talantang dengan melengkapkan larian sejauh 36 kilometer dalam tempoh enam jam 35 minit, Sabtu lepas.

“Saya mula serius dengan aktiviti larian sejak 2018 dan tahun ini saya memilih untuk berkolaborasi dengan Jabatan Penerangan Malaysia (JaPen) Sabah untuk memberi sokongan terhadap sambutan Bulan Kebangsaan tahun ini.

“Larian solo ini adalah salah satu cara untuk mengungkapkan semangat kemerdekaan dalam diri saya. Ia juga bagi membuktikan kemampuan saya selaku warga emas yang sering kali dipandang rendah oleh orang luar iaitu tiada keupayaan melakukan apa-apa,” katanya kepada Bernama pada program Bulan Kebangsaan dan Kibar Jalur Gemilang Peringkat Daerah Kota Marudu di sini, hari ini.

Program itu dirasmikan Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri Tandek Datuk Anita Baranting.

Mundan berharap aktiviti seumpama ini menjadi inspirasi kepada masyarakat khususnya sahabat seusianya supaya menjaga kesihatan dengan baik dan seterusnya membuktikan warga emas masih mampu menyumbang kepada negara.

Katanya pada mulanya beliau hanya menjadikan aktiviti larian sebagai penawar rindu kepada mendiang isterinya, Randumi Masangkin yang meninggal dunia pada Oktober 2014.

Namun katanya aktiviti berkenaan akhirnya bertukar menjadi hobi lantas mencetuskan idea kepadanya untuk melakukan larian solo sempena sambutan Bulan Kebangsaan dan Kibar Jalur Gemilang tahun ini.

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