Laughter: A Universal Language


Laughter is a universal language that needs no translation.  It banishes negativity, increases endorphins and sends joy throughout the muscles, nerves, organs and tissues.


That’s why the demand for Laughter Yoga clubs and activities has sprouted during the pandemic.


With so many of us facing challenges of isolation, insecurity, financial and job uncertainties, among others, the stress and pent-up emotions have impacted our mental health to some degree.  Some have forgotten how to laugh.


Dr Madan Kataria


Dr Madan Kataria, a medical doctor and the founder of the laughter yoga club movement that started in 1995 in Mumbai, said Covid-19 has provided opportunities to laugh more frequently as hundreds of free virtural laughter clubs are sprouting in the midst of the pandemic.


Currently there are more than 10,000 Laughter clubs found in India, and between 8,000 to 9,000 found worldwide.  This is just a rough estimate as the organisation does not have a structured data on all the clubs.


“Laughter Yoga is not a comedy.  It is an exercise programme for Health and Wellbeing.  Dialysis and cancer patients have turned to this exercise, which is part laughter and part yoga as it incorporates the Pranayama breathing techniques, to enhance their overall health,” Dr Madan said in a Zoom meeting today.


“If you laugh for 10 to 15 minutes a day, one can enjoy many benefits. Laughter strengthens the immune system and keeps the mind positive.  It is the quickest way to drive away depression and anxiety,” he said, adding that laughter is also a universal language.


Dr Madan thanked the Johor Bahru Happy and Joyous Club for bringing Laughter Yoga to places and people who would benefit from the exercise over the last 10 years, namely, in dialysis centres, drug rehabilitation centres, cancer patients, the physically and mentally challenged and senior citizens.


Since the Movement Control Order was implemented, the Johor Bahru Happy and Joyous Club has been conducting Laughter Yoga on their Facebook Page daily from 9am to 9.30am.   The pandemic has deterred physical meet ups but in the virtual world, members can meet and laugh beyond borders.


If you’re feeling bored or frustrated but you don’t want to curse and swear because that’s just adding to the negativity, you can try speaking Gibberish for a few seconds.  That is just to melt the frustration, and clear the way for joy to flow in.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, maybe Sarjit Kaur can explain it better.


Sarjit will be one of the presenters who will share her thoughts on this at the Malaysian Laughter Yoga Zoom, the first of its kind on February 6, 2021 from 2pm to 5pm (Malaysia time).  It is organised by Mega Malaysia Laughter, a non-governmental organisation.


The aim of the 3-hour event, which will be launched by Dr Madan, is to increase public awareness on  Laughter Yoga, foster ties among Laughter Yoga practitioners and enthusiasts as well as share updates on Laughter Yoga.


Six dynamic laughter Yoga Teachers/Masters will be sharing their expertise as follows:

1. Merv Neal (Australia) on ‘Laughter Yoga & Business and the Pandemic’
2. Bill Lewis (UK/Malaysia) on ‘Rhythm & Laff’
3. Shifra Arwas (Israel) on ‘The Wisdom of the Older Child’
4. Dusty Susan (Australia) on ‘Cradle to Death’
5. YM Dr. Raja Kamariah Raja Mohd (Malaysia) on ‘Laughter in the Malaysian Public Sector’
6. Sarjit Kaur (Malaysia) on ‘Embracing our Authenticity’


Meanwhile 7 Laughter Yogis will also be present to lead and share their Laughter Exercises.  They are Kara Sherman (USA), Keyem Thomez (Bahrain), Sara Mei Woo (Singapore), Bachan Singh (Malaysia), Lina Lim Lee Mui (Malaysia), Raja Perumal Raja (Malaysia) and Siem Lee (Malaysia).


The organisers are expecting a turnout of 500 participants from all over the world.  All are welcome to join the event on Feb 6.  There’s also a new laughter song titled “Kung Fu Ha Ha” which they’re keeping under wraps until the day of the event, so do turn up on Feb 6 🙂


To know more about Laughter Yoga, you may check out


Mega Laughter Malaysia



Johor Bahru Happy and Joyous Club



Laughter Yoga International 



YouTube – Dr Madan Kataria


Wushu Artist Lee Swee Seng Clinches JCI Outstanding Young Malaysians Award 2020 For Cultural Achievement

Johor-born Wushu Artist Lee Swee Seng the founder of Martial Dance.


Photo credit: Will Chong. Wushu Artist Lee Swee Seng Clinches JCI Outstanding Young Malaysians Award 2020 For Cultural Achievement.


In 1998, Lee Swee Seng thought to himself.  What else could Wushu be besides being a competitive sport and a form of self-defense?  He was 18 then — a young man coming of age boldly chasing his dream of showcasing Wushu as a performing arts.


Lee met with waves of resistance but he worked hard on his ideals to expand on the concept of “Martial Dance”, a fusion of dance with martial arts.  After 22 years of persistence,  he has gained local and international recognition with numerous award-winning choreographies under his belt.


Lee at age 11 practising Wushu


“I’m very grateful to everyone I’ve met in my life and I’m proud to be a Johorean,” says Lee who started practising wushu at age 11.


He joined the Malaysia national team at 17 and represented the country in local and international competitions. He has received invitations to perform and teach at various arts festivals around the world.


pic sourced from Johor China Press. The Johore Kwang Tung Association held a dinner banquet to congratulate Lee (right) on winning the JCI Outstanding Young Malaysians 2020 Award For Cultural Achievement.


JCI Ten Outstanding Young Malaysians Award 2020 for Cultural Achievement


Lee’s most recent achievement was winning the JCI Ten Outstanding Young Malaysians Award (TOYM) of 2020 for Cultural Achievement. Previous winners included Malaysian celebrities like Sinje Lee, Penny Tai, Fish Leong, Gary Chaw, among others.


Lee graduated from Southern University College with a business management degree and is now the founder, artistic director, and wushu director of Lee Wushu Arts Theatre, located at Taman Nusa Bestari in Iskandar Puteri.


In 2001, he won the gold medal in the SUKMA Games, and another gold medal in the Hong Kong International Wushu Festival, making him a notable name in Malaysia Wushu industry.


“I’m extremely thankful to JCI TOYM’s judges for the acknowledgement.  The honour of receiving the “Ten Outstanding Young Malaysians” award has strengthened my sense of duty to further promote Martial Dance, which is Malaysia’s unique arts, on both the local and international platforms, and spread the greatness of Wushu to the world.


Martial Dance Class 2019 in Germany


Martial Dance Class 2019 in Belgium


About 25,000 people have learnt “martial dance” from him, both locally and globally.  In line with Lee’s vision to promote martial dance,  this form of arts is now being taught in schools in the southern part of the peninsula, from primary to secondary, vernacular to national, and also Chinese independent schools.  Lee’s students and team members don’t only learn wushu, they have also adopted the spirit of martial arts and have followed him into community care and welfare work.


When Covid-19 descended upon the world in 2020, Lee remained unfazed. He has been filming and uploading videos to his Youtube channel Jack Lee Wushu, since April last year.


Despite the fact that international performances has halted due to the pandemic,  Lee continued to churn out creative choreographies with artists from all over the world through the iCloud web.  On December 7, 2020, he participated in the “China-ASEAN International Theatre Festival” and contributed to the international arts scene under the new normal.



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