Drummer Miji down with stage four liver cancer


Compiled by BENJAMIN LEE, C.ARUNO and R.ARAVINTAN

THE former drummer of popular local thrash metal band Cromok, Miji, has been hospitalised after being diagnosed with stage four liver cancer, reported Harian Metro.

The tragic news was shared by Cromok’s guitarist Karl on Facebook yesterday, in which he asked the band’s fans to offer their prayers for Miji’s recovery.

“Let us hope that God heals Miji and gives his family and friends who are always by his side, peace,” he wrote.

Miji, also known by his real name Tarmizi Mokhtar, is a founding member of Cromok, alongside Karl, bassist Sam, and guitarist Din.

Previously, at Cromok’s 30th anniversary concert last October, the band announced Miji’s withdrawal from the band due to health issues.

> A wild crop-destroying elephant that terrorised Kampung Subong in Gua Musang, Kelantan, was caught by the Kelantan Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan), reported Kosmo!.

Kelantan Perhilitan director Mohamad Hafid Rohani said his department received reports of the destructive jumbo from villagers on Feb 25, after which teams were deployed.

Efforts to capture it were finally successful on March 2, after the department’s elephant capture unit spent days tracking and monitoring the animal.

“The operation of transferring and releasing the animal to a more suitable habitat will be carried out in the near future with the help of the staff of the Kuala Gandah National Elephant Conservation Centre,” he said.

However, Mohamad Hafid added his concern that animal-human conflicts would continue due to the close proximity of the village to the nearby Nenggiri Permanent Forest Reserve (HSK) and Sungai Terah HSK, where over 30 elephants call home.

> Berita Harian reported that the recent hot weather has become a blessing in disguise for a strawberry farmer in Sungai Petani, Kedah.

Entrepreneur Nurul Asyikin Noor Rasdi, 30, said the hot weather has caused her strawberry yields to double from 20kg per day to about 50kg a day now.

She said this was due to the unique species of strawberries that her business, Cik Haza’s Strawberry Shop, grows.

“Unlike the common strawberries from Cameron Highlands, my strawberry fruits will spoil if there is heavy rain but will grow rapidly during hot weather.

“Despite this, the taste and size of my strawberries are about the same,” she said.

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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