SEGAMAT, Sept 15 — Despite their age difference and coming from different social backgrounds, their mutual love for Malaysian war history has kept three friends close and inseparable.
And what’s more interesting, they also collect pictures, videos, as well as memorabilia from the past to the present and will re-enact the historical moments for the benefit of education.
For Rizal Md Misrom, his love for history started back when he was in Form 2.
“When I was a child, I used to love watching a drama series called ‘Combat’ played by Vic Morrow on the television. When my father bought me a toy rifle, I used to play pretend, re-enacting war battle and using many pillows as my fort,” he said with a smile during an interview with Bernama, recently.
Rizal, who at that time was living at a palm oil estate at Batu 25, Kulai, was told by a friend that there was a wreckage of a Japanese war aircraft that was shot down during World War II (WWII).
“So I went there and started collecting bits and pieces that were related to the aircraft for keepsake. That was my first war collections and from then I started to collect anything related to the past,” said the 47-year old man, clad in an Australian army uniform reproduction.
The father of four has until now collected more than 100 items including sets of army uniforms, helmet webbing, parts of original bayonet, parts of Japanese instruction manual on aircraft, British-owned gas masks used during WWII and many others.
For Mohd Shafie Abd Latiff, his interest in history started way back but could only be followed through seriously since last year after retiring from the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF).
While reminiscing, the 43-year old man from Buloh Kasap, here, said he always scored full marks in History but not in other subjects.
“When I joined RMAF, it reinforced my interest in military history. The British bayonet found by my father, Abd Latiff Ali, after the Battle of Buloh Kasap, which had been passed down to me, is also one of my prized possession,” said the father of two, who also owns a reproduction of a Japanese army uniform that cost him quite a fortune.
The youngest among the three, Aisyamuddin Abd Latip said he hoped that more young people would follow his footsteps in having deep interests in the country’s history.
“Rizal taught me a lot of things about history since following him at the age of 20,” said the 25-year old lad, who acted as Bernama tour guide, showing all the historical sites in Segamat.
During the interview, Aisyamuddin who was also clad in Japanese army uniform and Rizal took the time to re-enact some scenes of the Battle of Buloh Kasap, which took place during the WWII.
The three who regard themselves as a war re-enactors group – We are Reenactors (WAR) Malaysian Recruiting Center – on Facebook has so far registered more than 600 members.
All of them bear the same hope that more opportunity is given to reenact historical moments like war for the benefit of future generation.
“War re-enactment is not new in some parts of the world, they even did that to attract visitors or as tourist attraction so that they understand the local history.
“We have a lot of places that have interesting history that can be projected into reenactment, or revive the historical moments so that future generation will know,” said Rizal, who had contributed some scenes for a History channel in 2013.
As for Mohd Syafie, war re-enactments in Malaysia were usually used during Merdeka Parade and important events.
“Re-enactment is not to relive the war, but more for the purpose of education. For example, to know the different kinds of uniform worn by various units and also the weapons used.
“It is not only for the younger generation but also for the public. Sometimes, it’s important to show the right uniform to avoid confusion. When people see a certain uniform, they immediately relate it to communists or it can be politicised, while the truth is that it’s not a communist uniform. That is why a re-enactment with proper sets of uniforms and equipment can educate people,” he added.
Brazilian Teen Allegedly Cries Blood And Doctors Have No Idea Why
Brazil, a 15-year-old girl has baffled doctors after allegedly crying blood from her eyes for over a week. Doctors claim that they can’t understand what is happing with the girl.
Doris started feeling sick on September 12, her mother then decided to take her to the hospital in her home city of Sao Paolo. The girl said that she felt uncomfortable in her abdomen and doctors diagnosed her with kidney stones. The medication was given for the pain and she was sent home.
Unfortunately, on Sunday morning, she was rushed to the emergency room for the second time as blood coming out from one of her eyes. She was examined but doctors couldn’t determine the cause of the blood tears. When she told the doctors there was no discomfort nor pain caused by the blood, she was once again sent home.
The girl’s mother, Juliana Teixeira de Miranda, said, “My daughter did countless tests, but they couldn’t find any problems. The doctors released her and we returned home at dawn on Monday.”
“We are going to do whatever the professionals ask, we want to find out what’s really going on.”
Juliana said that her daughter had blood flowing from both the girl’s eyes, worrying the family even more. Doris, once again, was taken to the hospital, but still, no one had any clues about her condition.
“She underwent a tomography and several other tests, but the doctors found nothing that could justify the blood tears. As there are no answers, the doctors asked her to do some more tests this week to try to find the cause,” Doris’ mother said.
It said that the hospital where she was admitted wanted to do more tests on her in order to determine the exact cause of the bizarre symptom.
Ophthalmologist Rafael Antonio Barbosa Delsin said, “The presence of blood in the tear is called hemolacria, a condition already described in the medical literature. Treatment depends on the cause, but sometimes it disappears as suddenly as it appeared, without treatment and without a conclusive diagnosis,”.
“Most of the time it is a problem in the patient’s body. Although it causes certain amazement, they are not complicated cases to treat. Depending on the cause, it can be treated with antibiotics and hormonal remedies. This situation rarely causes other health problems for the patient,” Leandro Fonseca added.
Source: Oddity Central
LATEST: Ron95 and Ron97 Up Five Sen, Diesel Four Sen Higher
According to the statement release by the Ministry of Finance, RON95 petrol will be priced at RM1.68 per litre, up five sen per litre from the RM1.63 it was last week.
Meanwhile, RON97 petrol also sees a five sen hike to RM1.98 compare to RM1.93 last week.
These prices remain in effect until October 2, 2020.
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Mine-Detecting Rat Named Magawa Wins The PDSA Gold Medal
Magawa, an African giant pouched rat has been successfully rewarded a prestigious gold medal for his work and dedication for helping out to detect land mines. This rat has sniffed out 39 landmines and also 28 unexploded munitions throughout his career.
Magawa has been presented with its Gold Medal by the UK veterinary charity PDSA. The award was given to the African giant pouched rat for “life-saving devotion to duty, in the location and also clearance of deadly landmines in Cambodia”. Magawa has saved the place from a total of up to six million landmines in the southeast Asian country.
The PDSA’s Gold Medal has been inscribed with the words “For animal gallantry or devotion to duty”. Out of all the 30 animal recipients of the award, Magawa is the first rat that has been proudly awarded. This seven-year-old rodent has been trained by the one and only Belgium-registered charity called Apopo which is based in Tanzania. This specific facility has been raising all the animals. It also is famously known as HeroRATs. The purpose of Apopo to train all these animals are to detect landmines and also tuberculosis since the 1990s era. The animals will be certified after a year of hard work and also training.
Christophe Cox who is Apopo’s chief executive told the Press Association news agency, “To receive this medal is really an honor for us”. He also added, “But also it is big for the people in Cambodia, and all the people around the world who are suffering from landmines”.
According to the facts stated by Apopo, Magawa is a born and raised African giant pouched rat in Tanzania. He weighs 1.2kg (2.6lb) and also is 70cm (28in) long. Even though his size is far larger than many other rat species, Magawa is still considered to be small enough and light enough that he does not trigger mines if he walks over them.
All the rats there are trained to detect and to be familiar with a chemical compound within the explosives. This means that they totally ignore the scrap metal and is able to search for mines more quickly. Once they find an explosive, they will immediately scratch the top to alert their human co-workers. Magawa is one of then rats that is capable of searching a field the size of a tennis court in just 20 minutes. This ability is something Apopo says would take a person with a metal detector between one and four days to be done.
Magawa only works for half an hour a day in the mornings and he also is nearing retirement age. The PDSA director-general that is Jan McLoughlin said his work with Apopo was a very “truly unique and outstanding” experience. Jan McLoughlin said, “Magawa’s work directly saves and changes the lives of men, women, and children who are impacted by these landmines”. She also added, “Every discovery he makes reduces the risk of injury or death for local people”.
Sources: BBC News.
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