KUCHING – Legendary former National bodybuilder and four-time Asian champion Bujang Taha, 77, who is currently receiving treatment at the Sarawak General Hospital (HUS) for asthma, has resorted to the social media to engage with his friends and former athletes.
The social media was abuzz with news of his admission to the HUS, prompting response from the likes of another Mr Asia, Datuk Malek Noor and former sprint queen and Yayasan Kebajikan Atlet Kebangsaan (Yakeb) executive chairman Datuk Paduka Mumtaz Jaafar.
News through the social media has also reached Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.
Meanwhile, upon receiving information that Bujang Taha who is like a brother to Malek Noor, the latter immediately contacted the former to inform him that he would be coming by to visit him.
When met at the HUS today, Bujang told Bernama that his wish to contact Malek Noor had been fulfilled with the help of the social media, namely Facebook.
“Brother, please be calm, I will come and visit you by today or tomorrow. That is a promise,” Bujang said of his teleconversation with Malek Noor.
Bujang said he was happy and grateful that Malek Noor had contacted him to inform that another former Mr Asia, from Sarawak, Solomon Ismanto was also receiving treatment at HUS.
“Today Malek is in Terengganu to visit a former athlete who is sick. He told me that he will come and visit me as well as Solomon. I have been receiving treatment for almost a week. The doctors have extracted fluid from my lungs,” he said when met at the HUS.
In 1975, he represented Sarawak in the Mr Malaysia and won the Master category and in 1980 won the Mr Asean title before claiming the Mr Asia title in 1980 and 1981.
Bujang was also a gold medallist at the 1975 SEA Games and silver medallist at the 1983 Asian Games, earning him the Sarawak Sportsman Award in 1981 and 1989.
He had also represented the country at the 1982 Mr. Universe competition in Belgium. – BERNAMA