Keep­ing busy

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FANS of singer- song­writer Tau­fik Bati­sah will be see­ing him on the small and big screens more than they will be lis­ten­ing to new mu­sic from him – at least in the next few months.

He is cur­rently host­ing a TV docu- drama se­ries Simp­tom, in Sin­ga­pore, which aims to raise aware­ness of kid­ney prob­lems in the re­pub­lic’s Malay com­mu­nity.

He also has two fea­ture film roles in up­com­ing Malaysian movies, com­edy film Dukun Dok­tor Dani and ro­man­tic com­edy Soul­mate.

With his last al­bum, Fique, re­leased in 014, is mu­sic tak­ing a backseat for the 4- year- old for­mer Sin­ga­pore Idol?

Not true, he says, speak­ing to the Sin­ga­pore me­dia re­cently at the Na­tional Kid­ney Foun­da­tion Sin­ga­pore ( NKF) Cen­tre in Kim Keat Road. “I just fin­ished that con­cert 5 Divo in uala Lumpur, that’s a good thing to keep my mu­si­cal­ity in check,” he says, re­fer­ring to the Malaysian show he took part in last month, with fel­low re­gional ngers such as Judika from In­done­sia nd Hafiz from Malaysia. He also wrote and sang the theme song for Simp­tom.

But he does not rule out the fact that he might spend more time in front of the cam­eras than in the mu­sic stu­dio or on a con­cert stage in the fu­ture.

“Act­ing is quite in­ter­est­ing. I can see my­self do­ing more act­ing af­ter the se­cond film. I love to do ev­ery­thing, I love to just try new things, see if it bites. So we’ll see if I can ac­tu­ally act or host. If it works, then I’ll pur­sue it. Whether it works or not de­pends on how the view­ers re­ceive it,” he says. Host­ing Simp­tom was not easy. He ex­plains: “Host­ing is very chal­leng­ing. You have to put across the jar­gon, there is tech­ni­cal in­for­ma­tion to mem­o­rise and you have to un­der­stand what you are say­ing. You can­not just read out the script.”

On the pro­gramme, Tau­fik meets and talks to Sin­ga­pore­ans suf­fer­ing from kid­ney ail­ments, some as young as seven.

Ac­cord­ing to an NKF spokesman, the singer was cho­sen to an­chor the show be­cause he “sets a great ex­am­ple of lead­ing a healthy and ac­tive life­style”.

“His im­age ap­peals to the masses, es­pe­cially the Malay com­mu­nity. We be­lieve he is the right per­son to front this pro­gramme as he cares for the less for­tu­nate in the so­ci­ety too.”

The ex­pe­ri­ence can get highly emo­tional, Tau­fik says, be­cause he has loved ones who are at risk of kid­ney dis­eases. Some of the pa­tients’ sto­ries, such as a mother who had to make huge sac­ri­fices to care for her kid­ney pa­tient daugh­ter, also moved him to tears.

Be­ing a part of the show has opened his eyes to how liv­ing a healthy life­style plays a big part in pre­vent­ing kid­ney fail­ure.

At home, his wife Sheena Ak­bal, 31, who works in the arts in­dus­try, pre­pares meals for him and his re­tired mother, who is 65, us­ing healthy in­gre­di­ents such as olive oil, plenty of veg­eta­bles and sub­sti­tut­ing quinoa for rice.

The cou­ple, who were mar­ried last year, are also ex­er­cis­ing more.

“The idea of the show, for me, is to scare the view­ers about the re­al­i­ties of this dis­ease and, at the same time, give strength, hope and ad­vice to the pa­tients on how to live their lives to the fullest.

“Life does move on for th­ese pa­tients – they are re­ally, re­ally strong.” – The Straits Times, Sin­ga­pore/ Asia News Net­work

For­mer

Tau­fik has two fea­ture film roles in up­com­ing Malaysian movies, com­edy film

and ro­man­tic com­edy

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