A “fire dragon” to spice up the virtual national day parade

PUTRAJAYA: Despite his busy schedule with his training and duties as a member of the military, Staff Sgt. Mad Zain Medol is an accomplished fire eater.

And he will display his talent during the National Day 2021 and Malaysia Day celebrations in National Heroes’ Square on August 31.

Known as the ‘fire dragon’, Sabahan, 38, who leads the Malaysian Armed Forces Armored Corps Orchestra for the combined drumline event, said he hopes his act will add to the excitement. .

The virtual national day celebration with the theme “Malaysia Prihatin” will be broadcast on August 31. It will be broadcast live and broadcast via the Facebook pages of Merdeka360 and the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia.

Sharing his experience as a fire-breathing artist, Mad Zain said the skill requires daring, as blowing kerosene on a fire can cause burns.

“I actually learned from my mistakes,” he told Bernama during rehearsals.

According to Mad Zain, he acquired the skill before joining the military, and when he was recruited into the service in 2003, it became a platform for him to hone his skills and display his talent.

The father of three is not only a hero to his children, he also impressed his colleagues.

“In the armed forces there are different courses, so I took the opportunity to take the relevant courses and also shared my knowledge with staff from other teams,” he said.

The six-minute Armed Forces drum line combines a group performance with Mad Zain’s breathing flames.

A total of 128 members of the Royal Malaysian Navy, Royal Malaysian Air Force, Army and other uniformed agencies are involved.

Mad Zain, who is also the Drum Major, will lead the group and spit fire.

He said they have been training for a month now to ensure a flawless performance. The Combined Armed Forces battery line, he said, will also include patriotic chants and a taekwondo demonstration.

Mass launcher and group member, Navy Warrant Officer II Azumu Zainal, 40, said he also trained hard.

“The training is necessary because during the performance we want to avoid dropping the mass,” he said, pointing to the neck injuries.

Rukun Negara’s engagement this year will be led by Chief Fire Superintendent II, Siti Farizun Naim, 33.

She said she would be one of the first eight lines to read the pledge, representing the entire body in uniform serving the country during the Covid-19 pandemic. – Bernama


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