Mr Asia's house goes up in flames
KUCHING: He used to flex his muscles for national glory. But yesterday, he used his muscle to save his three grandchildren when his 47-year-old wooden house was burnt down during an afternoon blaze. Former Mr Asia, Bujang Taha, was made homeless in the 2.30pm incident. The 74-year-old Bujang and his wife, Nor Sarah Harun, 86, were taking care of their grandchildren, aged between 7 and 11, when he saw sparks coming from the wiring of his house.
"We could only save ourselves. Everything was lost in the fire," said Bujang yesterday.
During his prime, he made the country proud by winning four Mr Asia titles in 1980, 1982, 1983 and 1986.
He also won two SEA Games gold medals in Kuala Lumpur in 1977 and in Jakarta in 1979 in the bantamweight category.
Bujang also qualified for the Mr Universe challenge in 1982 in Belgium.
"All my medals and my past glories are in ashes now. I am really sad for my losses.
"Even my son's earnings of RM27,000 from his kuih sales is gone. But at least we all survived."
Two fire engines from Padungan and Petra Jaya stations were despatched to the scene. However, they could not save the house.