Sahara Yaacob gets new lease on life

Sahara-YakobPETALING JAYA: Sahara Yaacob, who was known in the 1980s as Malaysia’s Tina Turner, has got a new lease on life after a news report about her hardship caught the public’s attention.

The 60-year-old, whose real name is Zaharah Mohd Yaacob, was reported in Berita Harian’s Sunday edition BH Ahad, as living alone in dire conditions in the storeroom of her late sister’s house in Hulu Langat, Selangor.

The report captured the attention of many local music fans, who have since come to offer assistance to the singer, famous for her “Sahara Blues” number. Several promoters have also offered her a chance to sing again, said the Berita Harian report today.

“After the report came out on Sunday, my Facebook was flooded with hundreds of messages from fans who offered sympathy, as well as support and assistance.

“I did not know so many people loved me and wanted to see me sing again,” she was quoted as saying.

“I need money to live. I’m not willing to burden my relatives anymore, as they are also not wealthy people.

“Even then, they have been supporting me all this while. If I get the chance to sing again, I can look after myself,” she was quoted as saying.

Sahara, who was known for her bold image and wild frizzy hairstyle at the peak of her career, has been married and divorced five times. She left the music industry in 2000.

After divorcing her fifth husband two years ago, she began living out of a storeroom, and has gone for days without food.