Mohd Azmi Hussin – The New Kid on the Block in the Malaysia Book of Records
Mohd Azmi Hussin (more popularly known as ME) completed drawing 320 caricatures in 24 hours, easily exceeding the target of 250 set by the Malaysia Book of Records, in a marathon session starting from 10 am on 18 March 2017. ME, with his big heart, also managed to collect RM20,481 from well-wishers who attended and witnessed his record setting feat and this amount was donated equally to three charities: Persatuan Tongkat Putih (a charity for the blind), the National Kidney Foundation and the National Cancer Council Malaysia. Congratulations and Shabas, ME, you have made Penangites proud with your feat of stamina and great act of charity!
Penang Trails heard about Mohd Azmi from the Penang State Government which supports his endeavor to be listed in the Malaysia Book of Records for drawing 250 caricatures in 24 hours. On February 15, 2015 at the Penang Interactive Museum, Mohd Azmi (ME) had his book of ink drawings titled Tanjong Life published with his long time idol, Lat (Datuk Mohammad Nor Khalid) as the special guest at the launch.
Penang Trails is proud to feature Mohd Azmi in its Accolades for Penangites page.
In Azmi’s own words:
“One fateful morning, being out of work for 3 months and with my last RM 2.50 (USD 0.56) in my pocket, I went to the Esplanade and I sat there and started to stare into space. Just before leaving my home that morning, my wife who was expecting our third child, asked for me to buy home some milk powder and diapers for our son as they had run out.
I had no idea where to get the money to do so … I had lost my job because of cost cutting measures taken by my former employer and I could not bear to tell my wife because she was pregnant with our third child and I did not want to upset her and for some time, I left home each morning in my uniform and looked for work but was not successful. In the dark of despair, I saw a busload of Caucasian tourists going into the fort at the Esplanade and a spark of an idea came to my mind – why don’t I draw caricatures of these tourist to earn some money? I used to love to draw when I was in school. I quickly rushed home to collect my drawing apparatus. I put up a simple note on a stone near where I sat – “1 caricature – RM10”. My first customer was a Frenchman. I struggled to complete his caricature as I had not drawn for many years. It took me half an hour to complete the caricature when the same takes me only 4 minutes now. In my opinion, the caricature did not look like the Frenchman and to me it was actually ugly but the Frenchman was very kind, accepted my drawing and paid me the RM10. On that day, I drew more than 20 caricatures and took home more than RM200 with milk powder and diapers in hand.
From that day on, I realized that I have found my calling, I was meant to be an artist. “