Due to personal health reasons and family commitments, I have not been involving myself with anything pertaining to our local Malay entertainment scene since Pesta Perdana ended, in fact harking back to the end of the Ratu Suria competition. You can safely say that I have been switching myself off from the scene. I had initially planned to attend and post weekly photographs of the current TeRaSeh competition which is currently underway, but the fact is, I have not attended a single weekly episode since its inception some seven weeks ago, no thanks to my schedule and also my reservist, which was during Episodes Two and Three. However, thanks to Mediacorp Suria, I was brought out of my “hibernation” for a memorable trip to Kuala Lumpur recently.
Our kind sponsors for the trip – Orange Coach & Travel Pte. Ltd.
Close to four weekends ago, I was fortunate to be invited by Mediacorp Suria to be a part of the football team that took on Persatuan Seniman Malaysia at Kelab Sultan Sulaiman, which is situated in Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur. Similar to the last Piala Dollah Kassim tournament, the squad that travelled to Kuala Lumpur was more or less the same with Rafaat Hamzah again captaining the side and familiar faces like Shahril Wahid, Sahfuddin Mahfudz, Effandy Idris, Anugerah Skrin 2010 alumnus Md Idris Jamin, Aidil Jufri Jumari, Raja Razie, not forgetting the First XI players Alang, Mohd Helmi and Faliq Sudhir. This team also welcomed a few guest players namely Danial Ashriq, Izzat Yusoff, Hasyf Nasir, Hafiz Nasir, Noe Chicanoe (Opening Act Go Glam fame) and local singer Raja Izzuwin Shah, who also acted as the coordinator of this friendly match, along with his wife Lydia (Shootz 19).
The Kelab Sultan Sulaiman pitch with the stunning backdrop of KLCC Twin Towers…
It was initially advertised that some players from the opposing team were supposed to play, but the only ones I knew who took to the pitch were ex-members of Nico, Shades, KOOL (who are all known as the super group GX-4 by the way) and Kamal Adli. The rest were unknown to me, simply for the fact that I do not watch Malaysian dramas or shows to be kept abreast of who’s who. Acappan and Isma Aliff as well as the President of Persatuan Seniman Malaysia (you-know-who) were initially touted to play, but the former two were not seen and the latter did not change into his gear, but remained a concerned spectator by the sidelines. I was actually looking forward to meeting Isma Aliff, a legend in his own right for the number of comedy films he did back in the late 80s, as well as recording several parody songs which I remember till this day.
Players warming up before the match…
Anyway, the match was a whitewash, played in three halves of half an hour each. I hope I don’t sound too pompous and arrogant when I used the word “whitewash”, but I cannot describe it any other way. It was too one-sided, even if our team had started the first fifteen minutes playing with a lot of jitters and making a number of basic, silly mistakes, myself included. We were tired as we only arrived in Kuala Lumpur two hours prior to the game, but the moment we scored our first goal through Razif Ariff, we began to dictate play and became more confident. Further goals by Raja Izzuwin Shah, Danial Ashriq, yours truly (yes I had a cameo playing upfront in the last ten minutes, scoring with my first touch!!!) and a brace by Alang, made the scoreline a bit too flattering. You can understand why I said a 6-0 scoreline is a bit flattering.
Alang celebrating his first goal and the team’s fourth for the evening…
Much had been said prior to the game by well-wishers online, when they saw who was initially supposed to play in the opposing team (no prizes for guessing who). I know it is easy to get sucked into nationalistic feelings or be aggrieved by the constant sniping by you-know-who with regards to some of our artistes making a name for themselves across the Causeway. But the match was indeed a friendly match born out of goodwill and I was glad that it remained extremely cordial from the start right to the end. For that I am very happy that the players were all playing with smiles on their faces and never put ourselves in situations where things could get complicated. We were ambassadors of our country afterall and it was a great advertisement to show that we were professional, gracious and respectful towards our hosts. Let’s hope that we can return the same favour when the second leg returns in June, this time on our home soil.
Both sets of players in a show of solidarity and friendship after the match ended…
P.S. Special thanks go out to bro Syah Ibrahim and his team from Orange Travel for kindly sponsoring our trip to Kuala Lumpur as well as the the accomodation at Sunway Putra Hotel. The service and hospitality rendered were first class. Thank you also to Mediacorp Suria for again inviting me to join the football team and team manager Ishak Jamid for allowing me to play upfront as a striker for the last ten minutes of the game. I enjoyed the trip very much and brought home memorable moments I could replay in my head from time to time. For the record, Alang was awarded the Top-Scorer trophy whereas Mohd Helmi was awarded the Man-of-the-Match award. Prizes were kindly sponsored by none other than popular radio deejay of ERA.FM and comedian, Johan (Raja Lawak). Last but not least, to the two busloads of supporters who made their way up just to support us, THANK YOU!!!
(All photographs and video clip featured in this entry are courtesy of Mediacorp Suria)
(Graphic poster courtesy of Mediacorp Suria)
Tabung Amal Aidilfitri (TAA) Trust Fund, in collaboration with Mediacorp Suria, aims to raise half a million dollars through the annual charity concert Sinaran Hati, which will be telecast live from MediaCorp TV Theatre on Friday, 13 January 2012 at 8.30pm on Suria. This is the sixth year MediaCorp Suria and Tabung Amal Aidilfitri (TAA) Trust Fund are collaborating, with this year’s theme “Ikhlas Memberi” (Giving Sincerely) calling upon donors to come forward, and donate as much and as sincerely as possible.
The show will see the reunion of the AnugeraHitz.SG hosts Fauzie Laily and Ria 89.7FM radio deejay, Fiza O. The concert promises a diverse fusion of classic, contemporary and ethnic song numbers by the recent Anugerah winners Sarah Aqilah and Rahayu Ridwan, as well as Singapore Idol winners Taufik Batisah and Sezairi Sazali. There will be a unique feature during the two hour long concert, featuring contemporary never-been-done-before Zapin dance segment, choreographed by local celebrity, Marina Yusoff from Sri Warisan and performed by artistes such as Maiya Rahman, Elfee Ismail, Norseha Sani, Shahrin Azhar, Shahril Wahid and Endang Rahayu.
Amni Musfirah (photo courtesy of LittleCreators)
Viewers can also look out for Amni Musfirah, a young and upcoming singer who has performed in ChildAid Asia 2011, in Tokyo, Japan and the opening and closing of Asian Youth Games 2009. What’s more, there will be a heart-warming skit item featuring popular comedians Arif Samsudin, Sahfuddin Mahfudz, Husin Saaban, Alias Kadir and Singapore‘s P.Ramlee look-alike, Shafiie Hamzah. Twenty artistes will be manning the donation lines during the live telecast of the show. In addition, Malaysia‘s Anugerah Juara Lagu 2011 grand winner, Ana Raffali, known across the shores for performing with her guitar and wearing baju kurung as her trademark, will be the guest performer of the night.
Ana Raffali last performed on these shores during last year’s Anugerah Planet Muzik 2011 event…
TAA Trust Fund or Hari Raya Charity Box was founded in 1992 with a mission to help the poor and less fortunate Malay/Muslim community during the holy month of Ramadhan. Since 2006, TAA has disbursed $4.3 million to 24,700 beneficiaries over the years. A total of $473,545 was raised during the telecast of Sinaran Hati last year. Gracing the event is Guest-of-Honour Major General Chan Chun Sing, Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports and Minister of State for Information, Communications and the Arts.
(Graphic poster courtesy of Mediacorp Suria)