Capal alive and kicking, thanks to two brothers






Selling fast: Mohd Arif (third from right) tending to customers at his booth at Dataran Shahbandar, Kuala Terengganu.

Selling fast: Mohd Arif (third from right) tending to customers at his booth at Dataran Shahbandar, Kuala Terengganu.

Compiled by JO TIMBUONG and C.ARUNO 

TWO brothers are bringing back Malay sandals, or capal, in an effort to keep the Malay traditional fashion alive, Sinar Harian reported.

Mohd Arif Kori, 33, and Mohd Ghazali, 30, from Kampung Pulau Manis in Serada, Terengganu, are fans of traditional wear and were all dressed up complete with the tanjak headgear, as they manned their booth at Dataran Shahbandar.

Ghazali said he and his brother started the business about nine years ago after he saw Arif wearing them often.

Since then, they have attracted customers from all age groups and their sandals have proven to be a hit, especially during the festive season.

“This business is also about keeping Malay traditional attire alive so it won’t be forgotten by future generations,” said Ghazali.

> Although Jep, one of social media’s beloved feline celebrities, has died, its owners will keep the Oh My Jep profile running on Facebook and Instagram in his memory, reported Harian Metro.

Jep’s owner Nor Azwana Awang said the cat was killed when a relative accidentally ran over it while reversing a car at home at Felda Jengka 11 in Maran, Pahang.

“Jep managed to run away after the accident but collapsed nearby and died. He was not bleeding so I believe it was an internal injury,” she was quoted as saying.

The American Shorthair was renowned on social media for its relaxed personality, often appearing curious to happenings around it.

The cat’s reactions attracted 125,000 followers on Instagram and 480,000 fans on Facebook.

> Singer Tajul Ariff still gets excited like a child during Hari Raya when there are fireworks, Kosmo! reported.

The Melamar Rindu singer looks forward to setting off fireworks with his younger relatives at his hometown in Seremban during the festive period but makes sure that it is done safely.

“My brothers and sisters also join in the fun but we keep to the safer options. We don’t mean to cause explosions as loud as bamboo cannons,” he said.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.