Malaysian happy to translate for pilgrims in Mecca


Compiled by C. ARUNO, AUSTIN CAMOENS and R. ARAVINTHAN

A MALAYSIAN woman has been working diligently as a translator at the Nabawi Mosque in Mecca for the past year, Harian Metro reported.

Zuraini Mukri, 46, would translate for pilgrims from Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and Thailand.

She would ensure that visitors get the complete information and abide by the instructions when they enter the mosque, Zurani said, adding that it was a five-day work week for her.

She said she had gained much experience over the past one year.

“I always tell myself that there are different types of characters who come here. I need to treat all of them equally,” she said.

Zuraini has been living in Medina with her husband and their eight children for over 10 years.

One of her children, Nur Afrina Noordin, 20, is working with the Nabawi Mosque management as well.

> Berita Harian reported that actress Liza Abdullah has not remarried despite talk that she had done so about two years ago.

Liza, 60, said she did not address such speculation as it was tough enough being a single mother.

Furthermore, she wanted to avoid women who might think that she was out to seduce their husbands, she said.

“At this age, who would want me? And I’m also too weary about starting a relationship,” she said, adding that she would not want to say more as it was all God’s will.

She maintained that she loves her career as an actress.

“So, whoever wants to be my partner must accept my job,” said the mother of four.

Liza said she would seek her children’s approval if she were to remarry.

Her 26-year marriage ended in 2014.

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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