Thursday July 12, 2012
Night of laughs raises RM15,000 to aid fight against HIV
By TERENCE TOH
KUALA LUMPUR: From quiet chuckles to loud guffaws, two young men had the crowd in stitches laughing for more as they took the stage with their humorous take on a serious topic HIV/AIDS.
Comedians Douglas Lim and Kuah Jenhan joined the battle against the disease by helping to raise RM15,000 in a night of laughs to help children, women and men affected by HIV/AIDS here on Tuesday.
The event, Laugh Yourself Red, was held at the DoPPel Kafe at Central Market Annexe and organised by PT Foundation (previously known as Pink Triangle), a community-based organisation providing information, education and care services relating to HIV/AIDS and sexuality.
The show, emceed by former Miss Malaysia Elaine Daly, had the two funnymen giving humorous anecdotes about the misconceptions people have about HIV/AIDS and delighting the audience with their witty wisecracks and humorous observations of Malaysian life.
“Malaysians are the only people who can plan their dinner when having their supper,” Kuah joked. “We are also the only people who can direct people from one location to another using eateries! I can tell you how to get from Sri Petaling to the centre of town just by using eateries!” he said.
“In most English-speaking countries, we can either beat someone up, or knock someone down. Only in Malaysia, however, can we whack someone upside down'!” Lim said, illustrating the unique way Malaysians speak.
The night ended with a song he wrote to tease fans of Korean popular music, titled I Hate K-Pop.
PT Foundation communications executive Laika Jumabhoy said they chose comedy to spread the message about HIV/AIDS because “there is power in laughter.”
“Douglas and Jenhan are young Malaysians with a powerful voice in the community.
“They dare to make a difference with the PT Foundation, which is why we decided to work with them.”
Laika said young Malaysians, aged 13 to 29 formed 35.9% of all new AIDS infections in the country due to lack of awareness and their tendency to engage in high-risk behaviours.