JERTIH: He claims to be more than a 100-years-old but Abdul Rahman Abu Bakar can easily put those a quarter of his age to shame where health is concerned.
He still walks unaided, works at his farm daily, reads the Quran without his spectacles and has no health issues.
The only thing that has started to deteriorate with age is his hearing and those who want to ask him about his life experience have to speak up.
Although the age in his identity card reads 93, Abdul Rahman said he was already 12-years-old when he applied for his birth certificate in 1905.
He attributes his good health to a healthy lifestyle and a strict diet of simple kampung food.
The father of five said he likes to eat ulam (raw vegetables and herbs) with rice.
“The raw greens are also easy to find as they grow wild around the village.”
He steers away from food which contain coconut milk.
“I also stay away from ice drinks and sweet food.”
Other than his diet, Abdul Rahman, affectionately known as Pok Man, does not smoke.
He lives with his eighth wife, Saadiah Hamat, 71, in Kampung Dengir here and spends his days working in his farm.
Although he can take it easy as his five children, 25 grandchildren, 20 great-great grandchildren and nine great-great-great grandchildren can afford to take care of him, Pok Man refuses to stop working, saying it is part of his lifestyle.
He is used to hard work, having been a guard at the Gong Kedak Japanese arms depot during World War 2 and being a builder after the war ended.
Yesterday, Pok Man’s diligence in taking care of his health was highlighted at the 1Malaysia Health Carnival at the Besut hospital here.
He received the Healthy Senior Citizen award from the state Health, Unity and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman Dr Abdul Rahman Mokhtar.
Pok Man’s daughter Arini Abdul Rahman, 46, said her father’s healthy lifestyle has rubbed off on his children.
“We watch what we eat and exercise regularly.”
“My 63-year-old elder brother has no major illnesses and he attribute it to my father.”