Beefcake Kamaluddin Morni makes a comeback
Posted on May 23, 2012, Wednesday
SIBU: After a lapse of about a decade, masculine car salesman Kamaluddin Morni is back to competitive bodybuilding with his forthcoming appearance at the ‘Mr Sibu’ contest held at Star Mega Mall on May 26.
The 50-year-old said he was not really well prepared for the contest, but would give his opponents in the 70kg and above category a run for their money.
Kamaluddin took up bodybuilding at the age of 38 – rather late for the sport, but he competed about two years later and won.
Almost successively, he won five other competitions in Sibu, and was twice a runner-up in state-level championships.
For reasons best known to him, he stopped participating in competitive bodybuilding for some years, only to return about seven months ago under the encouragement of friends.
He dropped in at Solid Gym in Tapang Road and expressed his intention to a co-owner of the gym, Lau Kah Yii.
“Go ahead,” Lau told him, and promised him of health supplement subsidy if he was to represent Solid Gym for competitions.
Kamaluddin now trains at least four days a week, with each session lasting one to two hours.
Rearing ornamental fish is his hobby, but sweating out in the gym is something he encourages friends and foes alike to consider taking up.
He said: “The older you get, the more you need to exercise. In body-building, age doesn’t matter. It is a good exercise to build stamina and train your endurance.”
Recommending Solid Gym, Kamaluddin said: “Here, you’ll find a comprehensive range of body-building and fitness training equipment. Call me on 0198180019 if you need my advice.”
The other competitor from Solid Gym for the May 26 competition is Edric Jiau, 21, who will flex his muscles in the same category as Kamaluddin.
Jiau emerged the first runner-up in the junior category of `Mr Sibu’ contest last year. His first try in the body-building contest was in 2010 when he failed to win any title.
There is no junior category in the upcoming competition. Jiau said he was confident of winning the title if he were to compete in this particular category, expressing regret at a missed opportunity.
Jiau started pumping iron some three years ago at different gyms, and decided to stay put at Solid Gym in January last year.
“I’ve introduced many friends to this gym. It has all the facilities,” he remarked.
For their participation in the May 26 competition under the flagship of Solid Gym, both Jiau and Kamaluddin enjoy a waiver of their monthly membership fees for 12 months.
They also enjoy the privilege of getting health supplement from the gym at a subsidised rate.