Baby Shima hits out at critics over Iban attire


Compiled by C.ARUNO, FARIK ZOLKEPLI AND R.ARAVINTAN

SINGER Baby Shima has responded angrily to criticism from netizens about her wearing traditional Iban attire in her recent music video titled Bujang Sarawak, Kosmo! reported.

“Why do you wear non-Islamic clothing?” said one of the comments.

Refusing to keep silent, the 29-year-old singer responded in a video on TikTok, labelling netizens as ‘stupid’.“The netizen is so stupid, and I thought there was only one comment. But there are a few more. Why criticise the culture of others?

“This is the traditional attire of the Iban people, Ngepan Iban,” she said in her video.

Some of her followers, especially those from Sarawak, took the singer’s side. One even suggested that Shima move to Sarawak.

“I’m from Kelantan, and I’m willing to study there (Sarawak) because I love the culture and tradition of the people there,” said another commentator.

Shima also received praise for promoting Sarawakian culture and singing the song Bujang Sarawak in the Iban language.

> The daily also reported that Malaysian artiste Datuk Seri Siti Nurhaliza has advised her niece, Ummi Umaira, not to let fame get to her head.

“This is a new beginning, Umai. The journey is still far and always keep learning,” she reminded the young singer who is also known as Umai.

This was after Umai received lots of praise for her performance with Indonesian singer Cakra Khan in a recent concert in Kuala Lumpur.

“Always respect those who are more senior,” commented Siti on Instagram of Umai’s performance.

Siti also advised Umai to always allow room for improvement and wished for the girl’s success in everything she did.

> Villagers in Perlis and Kedah have lost more than RM1mil in a Thai baht currency exchange scam going on for three years, Utusan Malaysia reported.In Perlis, about 100 victims claimed they lost about RM240,000, while in Kedah, the losses amounted to about RM1.18mil.

Mostly targeting the Siamese community in rural areas, scammers would offer a better exchange rate of RM10 for 83 baht compared with licensed money changers offering RM10 for 75 baht.

However, the victims complained about not getting their money back after passing it to the scammers.

One victim in Pendang, Kedah, lost RM4,000 after handing over the money.

It is believed there are three agents, one in Perlis and the others in Kedah. The mastermind is believed to be based in Thailand.

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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