Singer proud of humble beginnings

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  • Monday, 27 Jan 2020

Roaring success: The SK Jerong lion dance troupe now receives many invitations to perform at events. — Bernama

Compiled by Fatimah Zainal and C. Aruno

New singer Syafiq Amdoi is not ashamed of admitting that he worked as a gravedigger for a living.Berita Harian reported that the 20-year-old from Melaka said he was still taking on odd jobs despite now being a singer.

“I used to repair air conditioners, install wiring, paint houses and even dig graves.

“I did all these with my uncle after I finished high school.

“To be honest, I’m still doing these jobs. There’s no need to be ashamed because I’m trying to make an honest living, ” said the Mahligai Dusta singer.

Syafiq said Mahligai Dusta has received 180,000 views after it was launched on Youtube in November last year.

> Although the lion dance is part of the Chinese culture, the lion dance troupe of SK Jerong in Marang, Terengganu, is made up of Malay performers, reported Sinar Harian.

Their trainer Chai Teck Tee, a trainer from the Terengganu Arts and Culture Association, said that all seven of his pupils aged between 10 and 12 were keen on learning the art.

Chai, 32, said that although he at first faced difficulty in teaching them as they had no basic knowledge of the lion dance, they only took three months to master the basics.

SK Jerong headmistress Salmah Abd Rahman said the idea to form the lion dance troupe came from the association, which suggested setting it up at the school.

“We always think that the lion dance is only for the Chinese community, so why not try something new?”

> A 27-year-old man who was on the way to pick up his wife who had just given birth to their child was nabbed by the police after he tested positive for drugs, reported Harian Metro.The man, who was riding a motorcycle, told the police that he came from his home in Ampang Jaya and wanted to go to his father-in-law’s house to pick up his wife.

“I took methamphetamine four days ago as I was too tired working as a supplier of musical instruments at a private company.

He was one among seven men who were arrested by the police in the Ops Selamat along Jalan Ampang-Lembah Jaya on Jan 24.

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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