Baffled by ‘pull’ of farmerBY FOONG THIM LENG
IPOH: Farmer Tan Kok Thai has found instant fame in Tanjung Rambutan with a body that can attract rocks, metal, plastic and rubber items, pieces of wood and even bananas.
He has left people in the town completely amazed by his mind-boggling feats spectators often find it hard to believe their eyes when they see a hefty piece of rock sticking to Tans chest.
The 66-year-old has even demonstrated the ability to lift two bicycles tied to a chopper attached to his body.
However, inspired by a Chinese documentary last month showing a man in Taiwan sticking coins to his body, he tried to imitate the feat.
Soon I discovered that I could also attract other items like handphones, calculators, plastic and glass bottles, books, biscuits, planks, bananas and torchlights, he said in an interview.
The long list of items he has successfully experimented with includes remote controls, an air conditioner, electric irons, knives, canned food and tubes of toothpaste.
Tan said he started to stick stones on his body some 10 days ago and, after much practise, he could now keep a piece of rock weighing 38.5kg stuck to his chest.
However, he added, his wife and children were not impressed by his rare ability.
They think I have gone mad but I give little weight to their criticisms. I know I have gift although I don't know how it came about, he said.
Tan also said he had to do simple exercises like pumping to warm up his body before performing his feats. However, he added, the items would drop if he perspired.
Nasrul Humaimi and Prof Dr Mohamed Amin from UTMs electrical engineering faculty in Johor had done research on people with special abilities.
Their study covered Liew Thow Lin, 74, popularly known as the Magnetic Man because could make metal stick to his body.
Liew from Gunung Rapat in Ipoh could lift 30kg of weights attached to a metal plate placed against his abdomen.
During a carnival at Hospital Bahagia, Tanjung Rambutan, in September 2001, he had also pulled a Kancil car over 20m using an iron chain hooked to an iron plate stuck to his midriff.