Dangdut queen living frugally amid pandemic woes


Compiled by JAROD LIM, C. ARUNO, SIRA HABIBU and R. ARAVINTHAN

ARTISTE Amalina has changed her lifestyle to keep with the economic challenges wrought by the Covid-19 crisis, reported Berita Harian.

As a single mother of six, Amelina said she had to control her finances wisely to avoid suffering in view of an uncertain future.

“We must change our lifestyle from now. It is not easy living under the current circumstances.

“Singing offers are limited. Many offers were cancelled at the 11th hour, ” said the dangdut queen.

Amalina, who regards every job offer as a blessing, had also ventured into acting.

“I am no longer splurging. I have taught myself to scrimp and save, ” she said.



> Herder Mat Puji Abdul Rashid has been living in a makeshift shack made of canvas next to his goat pen in Bagan Serai for 10 years, as he could not afford to build a home on his ancestral land, reported Kosmo!The 56-year-old bachelor had been living alone in such a deplorable state because he did not want to burden his 14 siblings who were also struggling financially.

Abdul Rashid started living next to the pen since he bought his first goat a decade ago.

Rashid ekes out a living by helping pluck oil palm fruits and catching freshwater fish.

He would only sell his goats when he desperately needed money for essential items.

Kampung Matang Jelutong community committee chairman Abu Zek Jehari said the matter was brought to the attention of the elected representative, but has received no response to date.

“Mat Puji needs a home for his safety and comfort, ” he said.

Abu Zek said they have initiated a fund-raising campaign for Mat Puji to build a house.



> When not out at sea, fisherman Nazarul Fazli would go trap nipah crabs to supplement his income, reported Utusan Malaysia.

Nazarul, 31, said he would only return from fishing at sea after four or five days, and would go trap crabs during his free time and during bad weather days when he could not go fishing.

Nazarul, a bachelor, does not like to waste his time doing nothing when free.

The above article is 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 this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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