Monday, August 22, 2011

Nicholas & Cecilia announce divorce

It's officially over between (from left) Cecilia Cheung and Nicholas Tse.
It's officially over between (from left) Cecilia Cheung and Nicholas Tse.
The divorce saga between Hong Kong stars Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung finally comes to an end with both sides releasing a joint statement announcing their divorce.
In the statement released at 3pm on Monday, the celebrity couple stated they have decided to go their separate ways due to differences in personality. They added that they have reached an agreement on divorce terms and will share the custody of their two children, Lucas, four, and Quintus, one.
The stars also urged everyone not to speculate any further on the matter, adding that they will stop responding to anything about the divorce after the statement.
Their statement provided a closure to speculations regarding their near-to-five-year marriage, which reportedly was on the rocks following Cheung’s reconciliation with Edison Chen on a plane.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

No way to gay’s big day, say pastors

PETALING JAYA: Several pastors have condemned their gay counterpart Rev Ou Yang Wen Feng’s upcoming marriage and want the authorities to ensure he does not hold a wedding reception in Malaysia.
His planned nuptials to African-American partner Phineas Newborn III in New York had aroused a lot of curiosity amongst the youths, they said, and if left unchecked, would lead to a “morally-bankrupt” society.
The 41-year-old pastor and his 47-year-old partner, a Broadway musical producer, planned to have a Chinese wedding banquet and a traditional tea ceremony in Kuala Lumpur after their marriage in New York at the end of the month.
Grace Assembly Klang Pastor Kam Sian Yee said Ou Yang’s “unnatural sexual behaviour” had flouted many warnings against homosexuality in the Bible.
“His behaviour is not only abnormal, it is a sin in Chris­tianity,” Kam said, adding that he had received several complaints from church members.
“We love Ou Yang and hope he will repent,” he added.
Puchong Joy Charismatic Centre Pastor Tang Chee Sing urged Ou Yang to “return to the right path”.
“Homosexual parents would bring up their children to think that their behaviour is normal.
“This trend cannot go on,” he said, stressing that same-sex marriages were a sin despite this being legalised in several American states recently.
“We do not recognise him as a pastor,” he said at a press conference hosted by Selangor MCA Public Complaints Bureau chief Datuk Theng Book yesterday.
Theng said he had received complaints from several Christians who worried that society would think that the church condoned gay marriages and homosexuality. - theStarOnline

Monday, August 15, 2011

Jakim: Golden Churn butter non-halal

KUALA LUMPUR: The Islamic Development Department of Malaysia (Jakim) Monday confirmed that the Golden Churn Pure Creamery Butter sold in Malaysia is non-halal.
Its director-general Othman Mustapha said the decision was made after finding that the product came from the same factory as that distributed in Sarawak, although brought into the country by different importers.
"This was confirmed by the agent of Ballantyne Food, from New Zealand, which manufactures the product.
"Therefore, Muslims should not use the product," he said in a statement here.
On July 19, the Sarawak Islamic Religious Department had declared the product non-halal after it was found to contain pig DNA.
Othman said the company had been informed of the matter and it had agreed to withdraw the product from the shelves.
He said the decision was made after discussing the matter with the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry, the Chemistry Department, the Health Ministry's Food Safety and Quality Division, the Sarawak Islamic Religious Department and the Johor Islamic Religious Department on Aug 8.
With the product being confirmed non-halal, he advised holders and new applicants of the halal certificate who use the product to change it with other type of butter which is certified halal and to keep the purchase receipt of the new product as proof.
They are also required to carry out a ritual cleansing process by using clay soil and water, known as 'samak', and it has to be witnessed by the Islamic Religious Department in the respective states, he added. - Bernama

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Girl saved from abductors

BESUT: A 15-year-old girl shopping for groceries was abducted before her father’s eyes by a group of three men, one of whom later proposed to her.
The 36-year-old father’s quick action in alerting authorities about her abduction, which police believed was to turn her into a sex slave, saw them swooping in on the men five hours later.
In the incident at 9.15pm on Friday, the girl had been buying groceries at a sundry shop in Kuala Besut here when she was bundled into a car by the abductors, who included a 17-year-old boy.
The father, who was waiting on his motorcycle nearby, ran to her rescue upon hearing her screams, but the car sped off.
He tried to chase after the car but failed to keep up and lodged a report at the Kuala Besut police station.
Police mobilised a special task force and managed to track down the abductors to a house in Kampung Gong Manok, Pasir Puteh in Kelantan at about 2.30am yesterday.
The girl said that during her five-hour ordeal, one of her abductors had asked her to marry him.
“I knew one of them. In fact, he even sent me text messages and called me a few days earlier. He is the one who asked me to marry him,” she said, adding that she could not understand why the men were so desperate.
“I heard from their conversation that they were going to do ‘things’ to me. I’m so relieved nothing happened,” she said, expressing her gratitude to the police for her rescue.
She said she had hidden in an abandoned house after escaping from the men in Pasir Puteh, adding that she was lucky they had forgotten to take away her handphone.
“I then contacted the police. I hope to put this incident behind me,” she said.
Her father said he suspected that the men had been planning the abduction as he had seen the suspects’ car being driven around their neighbourhood for the past few days.
Besut OCPD Supt Kamaruddin Zakaria said police had detained two people, aged 25 and 17.
“The victim was unharmed but she has been sent to Besut Hospital for a medical examination. We believe the suspects had abducted her to be used as a sex slave,” he said, adding that they had also seized the car used in the crime.
“A hunt for the third suspect is under way. We hope to nab the culprit soon,” said Supt Kamaruddin.
He urged anyone with information to contact the police at 09-635 4744 or 09-635 4745. - theStarOnline

Saturday, August 13, 2011

London cops arrest suspect in connection with robbery of Malaysian student

PETALING JAYA: A man has been arrested in connection with the robbery of Malaysian student Mohd Asyraf Haziq Rossli during the London riots earlier this week.
London's Metropolitan Police confirmed in a statement that the suspect, said to be in his 20s, had been arrested on Thursday.
“Officers have arrested a man in connection with an incident whereby a young man was robbed by a group who pretended to help him after he was assaulted during Monday's disorder,” read the statement.
Determined spirit: Mohd Asyraf posing for photographs after a news conference at the Malaysian High Commission in London. He plans to finish his studies in London despite his ordeal. — Reuters
It was learnt that the suspect was picked up at about 5pm local time following raids at several locations.
Mohd Asyraf was assaulted and then robbed by two separate groups of thugs on Monday, leaving him with a broken jaw.
After he was discharged from the Royal London Hospital on Thursday morning, Mohd Asyraf told reporters he planned to finish his studies in London despite his family asking him to return.
He said he felt sorry for his attackers and that it was “very sad” there were children amongst them.
Acting British High Commissioner to Malaysia Ray Kyles welcomed news of the arrest and expressed confidence that those responsible for the incident would be caught.
“I am certain that the British police will be working hard to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice,” he said in a statement here yesterday.
British High Commissioner to Malaysia Simon Featherstone wished Mohd Asyraf a speedy recovery.
“He is a remarkable young man and a great ambassador for Malaysia. His determination to continue with his studies despite this incident is commendable,” said Featherstone, who visited him after his hospital discharge.
Kyles had earlier met with Mohd Asyraf's parents Rossli Harun and Maznah Abu Mansor to express his sympathy.
Mohd Asyraf's ordeal was recorded in a video clip that drew almost three million YouTube views worldwide.
A group of British well-wishers had also gathered to support and raise funds for him via the Internet.
His parents and younger brother flew to England yesterday courtesy of Umno, which sponsored the flight tickets.
Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Gan Ping Sieu described Mohd Asyraf as a brave man who bore no grudges against his attackers.
Gan, who visited Mohd Asyraf at the Malaysian High Commission in Belgrave Square in London on Thursday, said Mohd Asyraf was in good spirits after the operation to fix his broken jaw and displayed a positive attitude. - theStarOnline

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Woman falls to her death two weeks after abortion

A WOMAN, said to have undergone an abortion two weeks ago, fell to her death from a building in Serdang, Selangor, reported China Press.
It was learnt that before the incident at 3am on Sunday, Choo Sin Yee, 23, who recently broke up with her boyfriend before realising that she was pregnant, had told him that she was expecting.
However, the boyfriend had told her that although he wanted the baby, he did not want to be with her.
Choo's brother, Jia Wei, 16, was quoted as saying that his sister became pregnant two months ago.
He said his sister's boyfriend only wanted the child and refused to marry her.
“My sister was angry and had an abortion. However, she never thought of taking her own life,” he said, adding that his sister had gone out for a drink with her friends before falling to her death.
He said Choo, who was the eldest in the family, had even quarrelled with their younger sister upon coming home.
“All of us were at home when the incident took place. We only realised what happened upon hearing a loud thud,” he said.
Choo died after falling from the ninth storey of her apartment block.
>Sin Chew Daily reported that a 19-year-old woman gave birth to a baby girl in an express bus during an overnight trip from Miri to Sri Aman in Sarawak.
Although her husband and mother were with her when she delivered, nobody told the bus driver to pull over or send her to a hospital.
The driver was only told some four hours later when they arrived at their destination at 6.40am on Monday after a nurse came on board to cut the umbilical cord.
The family had boarded the bus at 8.30pm on Sunday in Miri.
According to the daily, although the woman's mother had asked her to go to the hospital after she complained of stomach pains, she refused.
Both the mother and newborn are healthy and are at a hospital. - theStarOnline

Girl dies due to suspected food poisoning after breaking fast

KLANG: An 11-year-old girl has died, believed to be due to food poisoning, 12 hours after breaking fast on Sunday.
The girl’s father Mohamad Ali Khir, 37, said his daugther Nurdini, 11, and the rest of his family had broken their fast with otak-otak and air batu campur (ABC) bought from a Ramadan bazaar near their house in Taman Seri Mewah, Fasa 2, Meru near here.
About 30 minutes later, Nurdini started vomitting. Not long afterwards, his wife Noraliti Ramli, 37, as well as his four other children – Mohammad Syafiq, 14, Mohammad Irfan, 13, Mohammad Fitri, eight, Mohammad Hazimi, three – and their maid fell ill too.
He said the family found Nurdini lying sprawled in the bathroom at 6.10am on Monday with her eyes swollen and foaming in the mouth.
He said he quickly rushed Nurdini to the hospital but his daughter was pronounced dead on arrival.
He added that the rest of the family were also rushed to the hospital.
He said Nurdini loved ABC and otak-otak and that it was only on Sunday that he was able to get the items from the Ramadan bazaar.
Mohamad Ali said Nurdini’s remains were laid to rest at the Meru Muslim cemetery after the midday prayers on Monday.
Klang North police chief Supt Mohamad Shukor Sulong confirmed receiving a report on the case.
Hospital authorities could not be reached for comment. — Bernama

British riots: Malaysian student injured in London

PETALING JAYA: A 20-year-old Malaysian student who was on his way to buy food to break his fast was attacked by rioters in Barking East, London.
Wounded and bleeding on the street, he was later robbed by another gang.
The robbery on Mohd Asyraf Raziq Rosli which took place at 7pm London time (3am Malaysian time) yesterday was recorded by someone and later uploaded on YouTube.
Through the YouTube posting, the attack on Mohd Asyraf was highlighted in the BBC World News and newspapers like The Sun and The Telegraph.
Height of danger: A woman jumping from a burning building in Surrey Street in London in this image taken from Twitter. Riots spread to new areas of London in the city’s worst unrest in decades. — Reuters
The 75-second video showed the first-year Kaplan University student, who was bleeding in the mouth, being robbed by a group of men who had initially pretended to help him.
The Sun described the incident as “riot yob mug injured child” while Internet users have branded the group of men seen in the video as scums.
The Telegraph described the clip as being filmed from “somewhere above and looks down onto an unknown street apparently in London where gangs are roaming the streets”.
London Umno Club president Dzuhair Hanafiah, who identified the victim, said Mohd Asyraf was walking with his friends to buy food when they were confronted by a group of gangsters.
Mobbed and robbed: Video grab pictures showing an injured Mohd Asyraf (right) being robbed by a mob who had earlier pretended to help him. He is being treated at Royal London Hospital for a broken jaw.
“His friends managed to escape but he was attacked.
“He is now being treated at Royal London Hospital for a broken jaw and disjointed teeth,” he said when contacted yesterday.
The victim lost his mobile phone and wallet during the incident.
Dzuhair said efforts were being taken by the Malaysian Student Department and London Umno Club to evacuate students from the affected area.
“It was a very dangerous area even before the rioting started,” he noted.
Unfriendly message: A council worker removing a destroyed vehicle, spray painted with the words ‘Welcome to Hackney’ in Hackney, North London, yesterday. — Reuters
Mohd Asyraf's mother Maznah Abu Mansor, 47, said she was informed by Mara officers about her son's attack.
“I was initially very worried but I'm glad that he is all right. However, I am not able to talk to him because of his injuries,” she said.
She added that she would appeal to Mara for financial support to visit her son who is to be operated on today.
“I also hope Mara can bring home the remaining students,” said Maznah.
Malaysian High Commissioner to Britain Datuk Zakaria Sulong said an officer has been dispatched to help the victim.
“We will know what we can do to help the victim after meeting him,” he said. - theStarOnline

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Man identifies remains of wife and son

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have traced the husband of a woman whose body was dismembered and placed inside several plastic bags in an apartment unit of the Astaria Apartment in Taman Kosas, Ampang.
It is learnt that the man who is a permanent resident and in his late 20s identified the body parts and remains of his wife and son who were missing since two weeks ago.
Selangor chief police officer Deputy Comm Datuk Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah said the man identified the remains via a photo fit following the reconstruction of the woman's face.
“We have yet to determine the motive for the murder and are looking into all aspects including revenge and matters relating to money,” he said.
Last Wednesday, police acting on complaints of foul smell found the woman's dismembered body and the boy's body stuffed in six plastic bags in the toilet of an abandoned apartment unit there.
Eight Bangladeshis have been arrested and are assisting police in their investigations into the double murder. - theStarOnline

London burns: Riots spread through UK capital city

Tottenham riots
A Tottenham, London, building smolders the day after rioting broke out over the death of resident Mark Duggan, 29, during a police operation last week. (Dan Kitwood, Getty Images / August 7, 2011)

LONDON (AP): Violence and looting flared across London on Tuesday - and spread to a second major city - as shops and cars were set ablaze and authorities struggled to contain a third night of unrest in Britain's capital, which will host next summer's Olympic Games.
The worst rioting in London in decades saw buildings, vehicles and garbage dumps set alight, stores burglarized and police officers pelted with bottles and fireworks, as groups of young people rampaged through neighborhoods across the capital from mid-afternoon Monday into the early hours of Tuesday.
A massive blaze swept through a 100-year-old family-run furniture store in the town of Croydon, in south London, and sent thick plumes of smoke into the air, forcing nearby homes to be evacuated.
Police confirmed they were investigating a non-fatal shooting in Croydon, but were unable to say whether or not the incident was linked to the chaos.
In the nation's central city of Birmingham, dozens of people attacked shops in a main retail district - spreading the chaos beyond London for the first time since violence broke out on Saturday night.
As authorities struggled to keep pace with unrest at dozens of flashpoints, Prime Minister David Cameron announced he would cut short his summer vacation in Italy and will convene a meeting of the government's crisis committee on Tuesday to toughen the response to the violence.
In the Hackney area of east London, hundreds of youths attacked shops and set fire to cars, leaving a trail of burning trash and shattered glass.
Looters ducked into a small convenience store as the blackened husks of two cars burned low nearby, filling plastic shopping bags with alcohol, cigarettes, candy and toilet paper.
"This is the uprising of the working class, we're redistributing the wealth," said Bryn Phillips, a 28-year-old self-described anarchist, as young people emerged from the store with chocolate bars and ice cream cones.
Phillips claimed rioters were motivated by distrust of the police, and drew a link between the rage on London's street and insurgent right-wing politics in the United States. "In America you have the tea party, in England you've got this," he said.
Police acknowledged Tuesday that major new bouts of violence had flared in at least five locations, badly stretching their resources.
Many more neighborhoods saw mobs vandalize commercial streets or break into buildings - some acting with virtual impunity, as authorities struggled to deploy officers to the every scene of unrest .
"The violence we have seen is simply inexcusable. Ordinary people have had their lives turned upside down by this mindless thuggery," police commander Christine Jones said, as she confirmed that 225 people had been arrested and 36 people charged with offenses so far.
Violence broke out late Saturday in London's northern Tottenham district when peaceful protest over the fatal police shooting of Mark Duggan, a 29-year-old father of four who was gunned down in disputed circumstances Thursday, turned violent.
A charred police car after riots in Tottenham.
          A charred police car after riots in Tottenham. ( Luke MacGregor, Reuters / August 7, 2011 )
Two police cars and a double-decker bus were set alight, stores were looted and several buildings along Tottenham's main street - five miles (eight kilometers) from the site of the 2012 Olympics - were reduced to smoldering shells.
Though the unrest escalated through Sunday as disorder spread among neighboring areas, the crisis worsened Monday - as violence touched areas in the east and south of London previously untroubled by the chaos, leaving young thugs free to set fires and steal from high street stores.
"There is significant disorder breaking out in a number of our communities across London," Tim Godwin, the acting London police commissioner said Monday, acknowledging that 1,700 extra officers had been deployed across London, but were struggling to halt the unrest.
Some residents called for police to deploy water cannons to disperse rioters, or call on the military for support.
About a hundred young people clashed early Tuesday with police in the Camden and Chalk Farm areas of north London, while others tore through a department store in the busy south London suburb of Clapham.
A protester faces off with riot police on the streets of Tottenham.
                 A protester faces off with riot police on the streets of Tottenham.
                                 (Lewis Whyld, Associated Press / August 7, 2011)
The small groups of youths - most with their heads and faces covered - used SMS messages, instant messaging on BlackBerry cell phones and social media such as Twitter to coordinate their attacks and outwit the police.
Once the preserve of businesspeople, BlackBerry handsets are popular with teenagers, thanks to their free, fast instant messaging system. Blackberry's manufacturer, Research in Motion, said in a statement that they were assisting authorities in their investigation and "feel for those impacted by the riots in London."
Police were also monitoring Twitter, and warned that those who posted messages inciting the violence could face arrest.
In the Peckham district of south London, where a building was set ablaze along with a bus - which was not carrying passengers - onlookers said the scene resembled a conflict zone.
Cars were torched in nearby Lewisham, and shops looted in south London's Clapham district.
"There's been tension for a long time. The kids aren't happy. They hate the police," said Matthew Yeoland, a 43-year-old teacher watching the unrest in Peckham.
"It's like a war zone and the police weren't doing anything. There were too many people and not enough police."

More 'naked marriages' in China

Without expensive preparation and rituals, Wang Shaowei and Zhang Xin tied the knot at a cost of nine yuan (RM4), which was spent on obtaining the marriage certificate.

The couple, who had just entered the workforce, did away with nearly all the traditional 'must haves' for a Chinese wedding: an apartment, a car, wedding rings as well as a lavish ceremony.
"We had a big dinner in our rented two-bedroom apartment to celebrate the start of our married life, and nothing else," said Wang, 26, who lives with his wife in Shijiazhuang, capital city of northern China's Hebei province.
In recent years, a growing number of young Chinese have opted for a 'naked marriage'. The term refers to a couple who get hitched without any major assets and who spend little on their wedding ceremony. Some do so because of their eagerness for independence, while others simply have no choice.
However, the frugal wedding of Wang and his wife, conducted behind their parents' backs, upset their older relatives. The newly-weds were forced by their parents to hold a delayed, but grand wedding ceremony, and later moved into an apartment purchased by Wang's family and received a car bought by Zhang's parents.
"My parents can't accept a wedding without a new apartment or rituals. My mother says, 'It's ridiculous to marry a woman with nine yuan!'' Zhang said.
The concept of naked marriage is in sharp contradiction to China's established marriage customs, which call for parents to help lay the material foundation for their children's marriages.
Generally, getting married may cost the bridegroom's family years of savings, which is supposed to pay for a house - or at least the down payment - and a red carpet ceremony, as well as decent betrothal gifts for the bride's family.
The bride's family may consider funding the home renovation, or buying a car, depending on their financial position.
The naked marriage phenomenon, which was coined in 2008 by Internet users, has drawn much discussion after a popular TV series, Naked Marriage Age, struck a chord with many young Chinese adults, especially those born in the 1980s.
The drama depicts the bittersweet life of a young couple who had a naked marriage and fought for a better life.
According to a poll conducted by the social investigation centre of the China Youth Daily prior to this year's Chinese Valentine's Day, Qixi Festival, which fell on Saturday, nearly 48 per cent of 3,214 respondents said they supported the idea of naked marriages, while 23 per cent opposed it.
The survey also found that 55 per cent of the respondents viewed courage as essential when opting for such marriages, and 43 per cent agreed that the married life of such couples would be tougher than that of their financially better-off peers.
Experts said the increasing acceptance of naked marriages shows a more open-minded attitude among the youth.
Source: The Straits Times/ANN

Vanness Wu was a casanova

The truth is finally out about Vanness Wu - the Taiwanese singer/actor was a playboy before converting to Christianity in 2009.

His dark past was confirmed by the priest who had guided Vanness through the most troubled moments in his life.

"His life was so full of lust," said the priest. 

"He had broken many hearts."

When confronted by the press, the former member of F4 owned up to his old bad boy lifestyle, saying "The entertainment industry is full of temptations. I've done what I should and shouldn't have done.

"My sincere apologies for all the wrongs that I've done."


Friday, August 5, 2011

Whitesnake comes to KL

AS far as rock ‘n’ roll stories go, legendary British rocker David Coverdale has amassed a few hefty volumes of unforgettable tales and times – on stage and in the studio.
He has played with Deep Purple, enjoyed a solo career, pumped up the hits with Whitesnake and done a blues rock album with Jimmy Page.
The 59-year-old singer, who has the blues in his veins, is set to take his long-standing group Whitesnake to South East Asia in October and Malaysia is on the tour diary. Yes, you heard right: Whitesnake plays Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur on Oct 30.
Singer David Coverdale of Whitesnake. The band will be going on a tour of the region in October.
Presented by JS Concert Productions and Midas, the Whitesnake show in KL will see Coverdale rolling back the years and cranking up the rock favourites, notably the blues stormers from the late 1970s (Long Way From Home, Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City), the tasty early hits (Fool For Your Loving, Don’t Break My Heart Again) and the hard rock heavyweights from the 1980s (Is This Love, Here I Go Again, Still Of The Night).
If that isn’t enough hard rock excitement, the bonus is Coverdale indulging fans with the essentials cuts from his Deep Purple years (1973-76), a stint which included albums Burn, Stormbringer and Come Taste The Band.
All said, few bands defined the sound or the fashion of 1980s hard rock more than Whitesnake, the band pieced together by Coverdale in 1977 (after departing Deep Purple). There was the look: the epic, bleach-blond curls and tight black leather.
Coverdale, despite years, is still the business on stage. He is touring in support of Whitesnake’s eleventh studio album (Forevermore), a record that features Coverdale collaborating heavily with guitarist Doug Aldrich (of Lion, Hurricane, House Of Lords fame). The current Whitesnake line-up is completed by guitarist Reb Beach (of Winger fame), bassist Michael Devin, keyboardist Timothy Drury and drummer Brian Tichy.
Tickets priced at RM358, RM258, RM158 and RM98 are available now at Victoria Music, Guitar Store and Rock Corner outlets. Book them online at and Hotline: 03-7880 7999 (Ticketpro) and 03-8775 4666 (AirAsiaRedTix). - theStarOnline

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