Retired teacher with a right royal collection


Compiled by JO TIMBUONG, C. ARUNO and R. ARAVINTHAN

SALEHUDIN Mat Rasad has a unique collection of Hari Raya greeting cards, which includes elaborate ones he has received from members of the royalty, Kosmo! reported.

The retired teacher, 60, has accumulated 200 Hari Raya greeting cards he received from Malaysian royal households as well as the Brunei royal family since 2002.

His collection includes cards from the 13th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin, who sent him a card five years in a row as well as from the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the late Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, who responded to his greetings for three consecutive years.

He also received cards from Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei from 2007 to 2018.

“I get very excited when I receive a card back from our Sultans and the Sultan of Brunei because they send beautiful cards with their pictures, ” he said, adding that he has also sent cards out this year and is waiting for replies.

Salehudin said he started sending out cards to state Rulers, prime ministers and deputy prime ministers while he was teaching at SMK Jengka 18 in Maran, Pahang, from 2002 to 2018.

“I used to send one from me personally and another one signed by my students to instil a sense of honour and loyalty to King and country, ” he said.

Salehudin said it’s getting more difficult to find classic greeting cards these days as the new generation prefers to send greetings via social media, but he was lucky to find a bookstore in Temerloh that still sells them.

> They may have entered the world together but conjoined twins Ahmad Rosli and his brother Muhammad, whose story shocked the nation about 20 years ago, prefer to live separate lives, Metro Ahad reported.

The brothers, now 23, were successfully separated at the King Fahd National Guard Hospital in Saudi Arabia in 2002 and are as different as peas and carrots.

Ahmad loves spicy food more and is the quieter one compared to Muhammad who is lively and prefers a little less spice to his food.

The two also don’t like to dress the same and the only similarity they share is their shoe size, 41.

Both brothers have also furthered their studies, with Ahmad taking his diploma in graphic design and Muhammad having pursued a degree in computer science.

Muhammad has since graduated and is working with an IT company but he said Ahmad put his studies on hold because of poor health.

● 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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