Ultraman Zero spreading cheer at roadblock

Mohamad Syukur in his Ultraman Zero suit handing over a National Day celebration kit to a motorcyclist. With him is Dr Haniff (blue cap). — ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

MOTORISTS queuing up at the roadblock along Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway heading to Penang Bridge had a pleasant surprise when they received National Day celebration kits from Ultraman Zero.

Mohamad Syukur Mohd Patthi, 27, dressed as the superhero to cheer up motorists and hand over the kits courtesy of the police and Penang Information Department.

“This is a refreshing experience for me,” said Mohamad Syukur.

“I am happy to be here with the police to boost morale as National Day nears.

“To me, frontliners like our police officers are superheroes, working hard to help keep the public safe.”

In the Ultra Series, Ultraman Zero is the son of Ultra Seven and was trained by Ultraman Leo to fight the monstrous forces of evil.

The series began in 1966 and dozens of Ultraman versions have been spawned.

The National Day initiative jointly held by the northeast district police and Penang Information Department saw some 100 kits distributed to motorists at the roadblock.

George Town OCPD Asst Comm Soffian Santong helped to distribute and affix the Jalur Gemilang on some vehicles.

“We wanted to pass the flags to the people to mark National Day this month while we check their documents at the roadblock.

“We are celebrating 64 years of Independence and this year, we are observing the ‘Malaysia Prihatin’ theme.

“This time, we are celebrating our independence by following the standard operating procedures so that all of us can soon be freed of the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

Penang Information Department director Dr Haniff Hassan, who was present, said the National Day celebration kits contained hand sanitiser, face masks and the Jalur Gemilang.

“As we are under restrictions in the pandemic, we are unable to hold events for National Day month.

“However, we wanted to advocate the spirit of it.

“As such, we collaborated with the police to hand out these kits at roadblocks.

“This was a good opportunity to wish the motorists a Happy National Day,” he said.

He said the department had started an on-ground approach at vaccination centres (PPV) in all five districts to instal a National Day-themed backdrop.

“People who received their jabs can take photos with the backdrop to add to our National Day spirit,” he said.

“At all the PPV, we have teams distributing some 200 kits as well,” he added.

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