PRODUCER, director and actress Erma Fatima has defended her decision to pick TV actors Janna Nick (pic) and Syafiq Kyle to play the leads in the stage play Pawana Isabella, Metro Ahad reported.
“People are being nosy and asking why I like using TV actors in theatre productions.
“That is up to me, ” she said.
Erma said that both Janna and Syafiq should be given the opportunity to learn about theatre performance.
Janna described the chance of appearing in a stage play as a “golden opportunity”.
“It is not easy to get the chance to act in theatre. I believe Kak Erma has her reasons for choosing us to play the main roles, ” she added.
Pawana Isabella will be held at Istana Budaya between Aug 21 and 31.
> A 42-year-old man from Pahang has been travelling 150km daily by motorcycle from his home to see his bedridden wife in hospital.
Ibrahim Hassan from Taman Sri Jaya in Jerantut makes the daily trip to Hospital Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah in Temerloh to be with his wife Norkiah Razali, 48, who is suffering from cancer, BH Ahad reported
“After finishing work at the sundry shop at 7pm, I will ride my motorcycle to the hospital.
“I am not well off so I can’t afford to rent a car. Even if I get help from my neighbours, it can’t be on a daily basis, ” he said.
Ibrahim, who works as a shop assistant, said he would spend time with his wife till midnight before making the journey home to be with his seven children, whose ages range from three to 23.
His employer has been understanding and would even give him an advance on his salary so that he could pay for petrol, he added.
> BH Ahad has highlighted several flea markets (pasar karat) in Malaysia, noting that these places are emerging in every state due to its popularity with locals and tourists.The growing interest in flea markets was due to bargain hunters keen on sourcing antiques and vintage items.
Other items on sale at the flea markets include personal accessories, electrical goods, home decor, motorcycle and car parts, and clothes.
Penang Flea Market in Rope Walk along Lorong Kulit is among the well-known flea markets. It is the largest pasar karat in Penang and operates daily between 8am and 3pm.
In Ipoh, buyers would head to Pasar Loken in Jalan Horley. Also known as Gerbang Memory Lane, it operates between 11am and 6pm every Sunday.
Over in Seremban, there is Pasar Warisan in Jalan Utam Singh in Seremban.
And in Batu Pahat, there is Pasar Rengit, which resembles a shop selling metal scrap. But the market offers a variety of goods such as refrigerators, washing machines and TV sets.
The flea market opens on weekends and public holidays between 10am and 6pm.
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