Ustaz title too big for me to shoulder, says XPDC singer


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 14 Dec 2019

Compiled by Sira Habibu, C. Aruno and R. Aravinthan

XPDC vocalist Mohd Ali Ismail is shy at being called “ustaz” although he has started preaching during performances, reported Berita Harian.

Ali said the title was “too big for him to shoulder”, but he would do his best to promote positive elements in line with religious teachings.

Ali said he and his fellow band members were keen on promoting religious messages when meeting fans.

“In our next performance, which will include popular songs from old and new albums, we will also focus on divinity. We will sing songs that carry positive messages, ” he said.

XPDC would be participating in the Rockaway 2020 concert at Bukit Jalil Stadium in March next year, together with other rock bands.

Among others participating are Datuk M. Nasir, Hujan, Kugiran Masdo, Project E.A.R and Toko Kilat.

> A picture of an elderly man wearing a placard to sell chillies at RM4 a packet in Parit Raja, Johor, has gone viral, reported Sinar Harian.

Aiza Othman, who posted the photo, said although the weather was cold because of the rain, the old man stood by his motorcycle at a petrol station, pleading with potential customers.

Malaysians reacted with much compassion. Man Balqis wrote that the old man was working hard to earn an honest living.

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.

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