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‘It’s not a prank’: Local music icon Mr. Nasir joins Mobile Legends esports team

Nasir will be a flexible player in RSG Malaysia’s MLBB team and act as a mentor to other players. — Photos via Instagram/ RSG Malaysia, M Nasir

By Priya Kulasagaran

Friday, July 29, 2022 3:47 PM MYT

PETALING JAYA, July 29th – Musician, actor and artist Datuk M Nasir can now add another career tag to his roster – esports player.

E-sports organization RSG Malaysia announced yesterday that Nasir will be part of its Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) team for the upcoming season.

In their Instagram post, the company said the 65-year-old musician would take on a “flexible role” (or additional player) under the moniker “Sifu.”

Talk to The star Today (July 29), RSG Malaysia national manager Johnny Tan assured fans that this was not a prank as Nasir had shown interest in esports and MLBB.

“Because of his age and experience, he will also be able to advise the team on how to be calmer and less kan-cheong (nervous),” he said.

Fans were in disbelief when the news broke, with some accusing RSG Malaysia of using the artist purely for influence.

Responding to skepticism on Facebook, the company shared photos of Nasir wearing his team jersey during his musical rehearsals.

For the uninitiated, MLBB is a multiplayer online battle arena game designed for mobile phones.

The game is a global hit and was among the games included in the inaugural esports tournament for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games).