A superhero story would go something like this – an ordinary guy or girl living an average life, discovers they have superpowers, realises their purpose, and then dons a costume, mask, and cape and uses their powers for the greater good. The inspiring story of beauty consultant and mother of three, Nazirah Abdul Rahman, 43, makes her quite the real life superhero as she uses her unique talents in entertaining people for a noble cause – to save stray cats and animals.
Nazirah, who works full-time as a beauty consultant in a mall in Ipoh, always had the heart and calling to save stray cats and sometimes dogs, too. She does this by feeding them, paying for their medical bills, and nursing them back to health. In fact, she even cares for approximately 50 cats in her home! One might wonder how she is able to deal with the additional cost of caring for stray animals and that’s where her unique talents come in.
Like a radioactive spider that gave Spiderman his powers, a spontaneous thought of entertaining people part-time gave Nazirah her powers, which birthed the vibrant and colourful alter-ego – Mama Pinky! She dons a dress of many colours, wears face paint, and can be seen with either a colourful hat or wig. Don’t let her clown-like appearance fool you, though. She has the ability to spark joy and amusement in the hearts of her audience, which would have them donate cheerfully to her cause. She can be sighted in her usual mission field at Konda Kondi Café on weekends and weeknights between 9.00 pm to 11.00pm, sometimes even attending to events and birthday parties.
Having been passionate about strays for over five years and even when she wasn’t working as Mama Pinky during the MCO, she would still go to the market to feed the strays, sometimes even leaving extra food for them so they won’t go hungry. No matter how late it gets, she would still find a way to feed the strays at the market.
Nazirah took up a part-time gig as a clown only two years into adopting her many cats, realising the growing cost to care for them. “I needed to find more money for my cats’ expenses such as treatment, food, vaccines, and sterilisation,” she said in an interview with Vulcan Post. She picked up the skill of twisting balloons in a clown community in Taiping, Perak and even came up with new shapes for them, too. From that point forward, she decided to specialise in shaping balloons and created her alter-ego, Mama Pinky.
“Donations during clown performances at cafes are voluntary. Sometimes plenty and sometimes little, but it is very helpful to pay the cat’s treatment bills,” she added. At the end of the day, Nazirah gains much happiness and contentment by caring for the voiceless.
Mama Pinky sure does take the phrase “clowning around” to a whole new level and for a great cause, too!