Video of whales frolicking in Langkawi goes viral


Compiled by JAROD LIM, FAZLEENA AZIZ and R. ARAVINTHAN

THREE whales were discovered by a group of individuals on a boat between Pulau Payar and Segantang in Langkawi, Harian Metro reported.

A video of the whales, which was uploaded by TikTok user @madylangkawi last Sunday, showed the sea mammals eating.

The clip has since been shared on other social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

As of Sunday evening, the video had garnered some 257,000 views and over 20,700 likes on TikTok alone.

Langkawi district Fisheries officer Azahar Ahmad said: “Yes, these whales do come through Langkawi waters but they come seasonally.”

> Singer Nikki Palikat, 36, has finally confessed to her shocking divorce from Audi Mok, Berita Harian reported.

Nikki, whose full name is Nicolette Louisa Palikat, said during an interview on Melodi on TV3 that she did not want to hide her divorce, but needed some time to accept it.

“Yes, I am divorced. It happened during the pandemic. At the time, we reached a consensus that it was best to separate.

“We will continue to be friends. Right now, our relationship is better than when we were married. But I don’t want to talk about it much as it was quite painful,” she said.

Denying that there was a third party involved, Nikki said she and Mok had known for a long time that they were not compatible.

Nikki also revealed that she suffered from depression and felt like a failure.

She, however, had tried to mend the relationship for the sake of their 12-year-old son, Liam.

“When I finally told my son about the divorce, he accepted it well. I am relieved that he was not ‘destroyed’ by the news,” she added.

Nikki married Mok in 2009.

> Satay Wak Hassim, Puteri Menangis, which has been operating for 30 years, has kept the price of its chicken and beef satay at RM1 per stick, Utusan Malaysia reported.

According to Mohd Lokman Mohd Hassim, 40, who runs his business in front of Assalam Pontian Restaurant in Johor, he and his father Mohd Hassim Kasnon, 84, had decided not to increase their satay price despite the rising cost of essential ingredients such as cooking oil, chicken and beef.

“We are aware that other business operators are selling chicken satay for RM1.20 and mutton satay for RM1.80 per stick to cover their costs,” he said, adding that he only prepares some 400 to 500 sticks of satay per day.

His father, who only sells satay from his motorbike on Wednesdays at Pekan Sanglang, does brisk business with some 3,000 sticks being snapped up each time.

“My father has loyal customers who come to buy ‘Wak Hassim satay’ at the Lambak Sanglang market,” he added.

Mohd Lokman, who is a single father, has been running the satay business for the past three years after returning from working in Singapore.

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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