Compiled by HANIS ZAINAL, TAN SIN CHOW and R. ARAVINTHAN
SINGER Datin Noor Hasliah Abu Hasan, popularly known as Alyah (pic), is hoping that her new single will elevate her name in the music scene again, Kosmo! reported.
Titled Jutaan Purnama, Alyah’s single was written by 32nd Anugerah Juara Lagu winner, singer-songwriter Hael Husaini, and Ezra Kong.
“Looking at the response from my fans, they seem to like it. It was also chosen as the theme song for the series Red Velvet, which aired at the end of last year,” she said.
She hoped the song would do as well as her previous songs, Kisah Hati and Sesal Separuh Nyawa, which topped the charts for weeks.
She said that at first, she was unaware Hael was the composer of her new single.
“I thought it was composed by producer Omar K! But then he told me that Hael was the creative mind behind it,” she said.
Apart from releasing the single, Alyah said she was also chosen to be ambassador for the hijab brand Nuha Scarves in January.
She said she agreed to be the brand’s representative as she saw potential for the industry to grow, seeing that women’s buying power has increased over the years
> Sellers of purported aphrodisiac coffee have turned to social media to promote their products, Harian Metro reported.
The coffee used to be sold openly in coffee shops and traditional medicine shops despite being illegal, the report said.
Health Ministry Forensic Pharmacy Department deputy director Mazlan Ismail said the sellers moved to social media as it was seen as more secure.
“They are tired of their products being confiscated by the Pharmacy Enforcement Unit, so selling online appears to be a safer route,” said Mazlan.
He revealed that the illegal products contained drugs such as sildenafil and taladafil, active ingredients in erectile dysfunction medicine.
He said the transactions were conducted without face-to-face meetings, as the products were mailed to customers.
He said the public should be aware of the dangers of buying such illegal products.
“Sildenafil and taladafil can cause heart attacks, low blood pressure and liver damage if taken without a doctor’s supervision,” he said.
Among the brands declared illegal by the Health Ministry are Bro Ali Coffee, Goji Guarana Extra, Goji Guarana, Kopi Jantan Tradisional, Knight Coffee and King Cappuccino.
> The only roti canai shop in Pulau Ketam recently opened its doors, Sinar Harian reported.
Owner Mohd Adam Abdullah, 40, said he opened the restaurant, which sells roti canai and other Malay and Indian Muslim delicacies, about a month ago after the administration of Tahfiz Mandarin Academy invited him to open a halal shop near their premises.
He and his wife Norhidayah Zaidi, 26, were reluctant to accept the offer at first, he said, fearing the restaurant would not do well.
“My worries were proven baseless, as my roti canai was very well received,” he said, adding it was hard to find roti canai on the island.