His finger of steel

His finger of steel
Ho with his Malaysia Book of Record and Guinness World Records certificates for piercing coconuts with his index finger.

A Johor kung fu master has earned fame and set world records for a feat using his index finger.

MALAYSIA - When kung fu master Ho Eng Hui shows you his index finger, don't be offended. He's not being rude - usually, he is just showing you his "weapon".

This incredibly powerful finger can pierce coconuts - through the husk and shell, right down to the coconut water.

And he proudly declares: "This finger of mine actually helps me raise my family!"

Ho, 58, is referring to his twice weekly street performances at Jonker Street in Malacca, an attraction for locals and tourists. His feats have brought him fame and earned him a place in the record books, including the Malaysia Book Of Records and the Guinness World Records. Other than newspaper reports and television appearances, Ho and his finger were also featured in the Lonely Planet travel guide, highlighting the sights at the Jonker Walk Night Market.

Since 2000, the Malacca government has given Ho a spot in Jonker Street to perform and hawk his medicated oils. He travels from Johor Baru to perform there on Friday and Saturday nights (8pm to 9pm). Prior to that, Ho performed tourism shows in Bugis Street, Singapore, between 1991 and 1995.

Right there: Kung fu master Ho Eng Hui started training his index finger by jabbing banana tree trunks. Now, he has set world records for piercing coconuts. - AZLINA ABDULLAH/The Star Ho secured a place in the Malaysia Book Of Records on Feb 2, 2001 when he pierced three coconuts in one minute and 10 seconds at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur.

On June 21, 2009, he pierced four coconuts in 30.81 seconds in Jonker Street, Malacca. That feat put him into the Guinness World Records.

Two years later, on April 21, he broke his own record by piercing four coconuts in 12.15 seconds in Milan, Italy.

Before retiring from performing such feats, Ho, a father of two, wants to set another new record.

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