It has been a quiet year for Singapore Idol 2 winner Hady Mirza.
He hardly performs, and his last single, Betapa Berat Cintaku, was released in June last year.
The five-time nominee was absent from the recent Anugerah Planet Muzik, an annual awards ceremony honouring talent in the regional Malay music industry.
Fans also noticed that his social media activity on Twitter, where he used to frequently interact with them, had declined.
His last music-related tweet was in July, when he re-tweeted a post by Hype Records about a video featuring him and fellow Idol Taufik Batisah.
The sporadic tweets that followed were about a youth group, FRHM Youth, and its activities.
These sparked rumours that the 33-year-old was retiring from the music industry.
A Berita Minggu article last Sunday laid these rumours to rest, revealing Hady's commitment to FRHM Youth, together with religious figure Ustaz Fahrur Razi Kiayi Kassim.
When we tried to reach Hady and Ustaz Fahrur Razi, we were told that Hady was busy with events and overseas trips and that Ustaz Fahrur Razi was also not contactable as he had a packed schedule.
But Hady was spotted playing at Punggol Sports Hub during an FRHM Youth futsal session on Wednesday. When he stepped out in between games, he was ushered to the back of the sports hub by Ustaz Fahrur Razi.
Fifteen minutes later, Hady approached TNP with a smile on his face.
He politely declined to be interviewed and excused himself to rejoin the futsal game.