Mr Malaysia 2018: Kuching-born cop is ‘Champion of Champions’

Hafizul (standing front, sixth left) in a group photo with his PDRM team mates and officials.

KUCHING, August 20: Police lance corporal Mohd Hafizul Tuah proved he has the best body in the country when he clinched the ‘Champion of Champions’ title at the Mr Malaysia 2018 bodybuilding competition, held in Melaka today.

The Kuching-born cop earned the right to compete in the ultimate showdown when he won the Light Heavyweight (85-90kg) title earlier in the three-day national competition that was hosted by Malacca Amateur Weightlifting and Bodybuilding Association (MAWBA) at SJKC Pay Teck.

Representing PDRM, Hafizul said he had been involved in this sport since 2016 and his winnings today were “a bit surreal and overwhelming”.

“Only a few people have faith in me, so it’s a bit emotional,” Hafizul, who joined PDRM in 2009, said in a statement.

On his preparations for Mr Malaysia 2018, Hafizul said besides the tough training, he had to dig deep into his pockets for meals and supplements, among others. Fortunately, he added, his family, colleagues and officers-in-charge at Hilir Perak District police headquarters as well as Vita Xtrong Supplements stood behind him.

“My special thanks to officers Supt Gazali Yunos and Sgt Othman Yahya, who is also my coach. He never fails to remind me about my training every day,” he revealed.

Hafizul was also excited to see the Sarawak team cheering him on.

“I may represent PDRM but I’m forever proud to be a Sarawakian,” he said.

Hafizul (kneeling) poses for the camera with his fellow Sarawakians.
Hafizul with his wife Saleha Suhaili and their daughter Almira Nur Mayesa.

Winners in the senior category are Wan Mohd Faisal Wan Mokhtar of Kuala Lumpur (Light Flyweight), Mohd Sabila Abdullah of PDRM (Flyweight), Firman Rayner of Armed Forces (Bantamweight), Zmarul Al Adam Pulutan Abdullah of PDRM (Lightweight), Ady Surianto Ibnu of Kuala Lumpur (Welterweight), Aisa Rosli of PDRM (Light Middleweight), Huang Chee Yan of Sarawak (Middleweight) and Mohd Isham Fazi of Kedah (Heavyweight).

Five distinct categories of Mr Malaysia 2018 were staged on Saturday. The winners are Muhammad Hazrul Amar Nazari of Kuala Lumpur (Junior Under-21-Weight 70kg and Below), Shahirul Daniel Ziqry of Selangor (Junior Under-21-Weight 70kg and Above), Azahar Mahamad of PDRM (Masters-Age 45 and Above), Mohd Zaki Mohamad Jazuri of Kuala Lumpur (Athletic Physique-Height 170cm and Below), and Ahmad Faiz Ariffin of Putrajaya (Athletic Physique-Height 170cm and Above).

Overall, team Kuala Lumpur gained the most points. They emerged ‘Best Contingent’ of Mr Malaysia 2018 with 124 points. PDRM came in second with 97 points, while Sarawak collected 86 points to earn the third spot.

This year’s event hosted 117 athletes representing 14 state contingents and three uniformed bodies, namely PDRM, Armed Forces, and the Fire and Rescue Department.

Ayer Keroh assemblyman Kerk Chee Yee officiated at the opening ceremony. He was accompanied on stage by Malaysian Bodybuilding Federation (MBBF) president Datuk Wira Dr Gan Boon Leong, MBBF deputy president Maj-Gen (Rtd) Datuk Dr Ahmad Badrus Othman and Mr Malaysia 2018 organising chairman Datuk Wira Gan Tian Loo.

The national bodybuilding championships will turn 50 next year, and Kota Kinabalu will host the golden anniversary celebration. — DayakDaily