Mask-wearing not so alien now


Nor Hisham walking about with a face mask over his Predator mask to the delight of staff nurses and traders at the food court beside the Penang Hospital. – Photo: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

DRESSED as his favourite movie character ‘The Predator’, Mohd Nor Hisham Awang Nong has been moving around Datuk Keramat in Penang to deliver a message to all Malaysians — wear face mask.

The food stall vendor, who is partially blind in his right eye, hopes to get his message across that wearing face masks in public places is vital to break the chain of Covid-19 infection.

“It’s more like creating awareness about the disease and lifting the public’s spirits.

“The stress level has been unusually high, as everyone has gone through different phases of the movement control order (MCO).

“Time is uncertain and everybody is worried about the economy.

“I wanted to do something to uplift everyone’s spirits, and to bring some entertainment while creating an awareness about mask wearing.

“As my costume is huge and eye-catching, I wanted to put it to good use, ” he said after going around the hawker centre in Jalan Utama and the surroundings of Penang Hospital on Monday.

The Predator is an extraterrestrial species featured in the Predator science-fiction movie franchise.

Nor Hisham, 47, said he started creating the costume out of his own interest, and simply wanted to wear it out.

“Who would have thought that the costume would be so eye-catching that many people started approaching me for photo ops.

“Some even wanted me to make an appearance at events, which I accepted, ” he said.

Nor Hisham said the full-form suit which he was wearing now was donated by a fellow Predator fan based in Johor.

He said the replica looked exactly like the one in the American science fiction movie, costing some RM10,000.

“I am extremely grateful and happy, and want to continue doing this as this is my interest.

“So far, I have used personal funds to give out free masks and free food to the homeless in town.

“As I continue, many kind-hearted people from the public chipped in and gave me money so that I can continue to do this.

“If it makes other people happy, it makes me happy too, ” he added.

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