Thursday, April 19, 2012

Teen slut causes public uproar

The arrest of 44 men, including Howard Shaw, the grandson of Runme Shaw - the respectable founder of cinema operator Shaw Organisation, for having sex with an underage prostitute in Singapore has sparked public outrage.
The law protects her because she is a minor? But she is not stupid, say angry netizens on AsiaOne forum.
Based on her official website, the Singapore student had knowingly prostituted herself out of her own freewill although she is underage.
Which customer would actually ask how old is the girl when it was already mentioned in the website that she is 18 years old (above the legal age)?
Obviously, she and the pimp had lied and cheated the customers that caused them to commit an offence unknowingly.
Write the concerned public: "It is not as if this is a case of human trafficking where the woman is forced to serve men because she has no choice."
They urge the government to charge the girl, so that it will send a clear signal to underage call girls that they will be punished if they sell themselves below the legal age.
"Only this will curb such cases from happening again," they say. "The loophole in the current law will not deter underage girls from selling themselves as there is no recuperssion on their action. This puts the customers at risk especially if the girl lie or look much older than she actually is."
Howard Shaw, 41, recently appeared on the cover of a high-society magazine with his wife in an article about enduring love stories.
On Wednesday, he was charged for paying for sex with an underage girl.
According to The Straits Times, Shaw and his wife Jessie Xue were married in November 2011 after a six year courtship.
They met during a Miss Earth pageant where he was training and judging contestants.
The New Paper said he was attracted to her intelligent replies during the question-and-answer segment. In turn, she was struck by his gentle nature.
Xue, 26, appeared to be a source of comfort to Shaw while he was in court, taping his hand gently and lovingly with her fingers.
He also rested his head on her shoulder before the court proceedings.
She left quietly by herself after Shaw was charged.
He faces one charge of paying the underage prostitute S$500 for sex on Oct 30, 2010 at Hotel 81 Bencoolen on Bencoolen Street. His case will be heard on June 18.
She told The Straits Times she was "very sad" about the whole affair but declined to comment further.

Published April 19 2012

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Chinese violinist in tears over nude photos

The nude photos were taken some time ago. Pic from
The nude photos were taken some time ago. Pic from

Britain's Got Talent sensation Analiza Ching was in tears after naked pictures of her spread like wildfire in her native China — and brought shame on her family.
The violinist told how her dad now faces losing his job as a music teacher after angry parents spotted the snaps and pulled their kids out of class.
Her furious relatives have also kicked off, yelling abuse at her parents and claiming she is “selling her body” by doing the nude shots.
Analiza — who wowed the judges with her sexy performance on Saturday night — told TV Biz: “Those naked pictures have made it over to China where my family live and they are so upset.
“This sort of thing is really frowned upon in China.
“My relatives are completely shocked and are saying all sorts of nasty things to my parents. My mum and dad have been crying and are so upset and disappointed about it.
“My dad — who is very strict — said no one is turning up to his classes and he thinks he will lose his job.
“They say I have brought shame on the family and all of China when all I want to do is play the violin.”
We told on Monday how the talented beauty was beaten by her dad Ande as she grew up to try to make her perform better.
The 29-year-old, who has been in Britain since she was 16 pursuing her dream of playing the violin professionally, said she wishes she had never posed for the nude pictures two years ago.
She explained: “They were so innocent. I just did them with a friend and it was fully clothed to start with and then we did some more arty ones.
“They were never supposed to be seen in public but because I have been on TV they are now all over the internet.
“I’m so upset that this has over-shadowed my performance on BGT.”
She added that none of her family in China has seen her storming BGT performance, which got four yeses.
Analiza — real name Hui Quin Jiang — said: “My family are very strict. My dad pushed me all my life and I worked so hard but now all they see is that picture — they don’t think I’m a musician, just someone selling their body.
“I wish they could see my performance to change their minds. My mum wants me back in China to explain what has gone on but I can’t as I want to win BGT.”
Published April 12 2012

Taiwan's 'Forever Formosa Lady' dies

Chang Mei-yao, an iconic Taiwanese actress, died on April 1. She was 71.
Her death was only announced after her funeral on Wednesday.

Her two daughters issued a statement via the Public Television Service, saying that Chang had passed away peacefully.

"Mom was a low-profile person and did not like to trouble anyone. We sent her off quietly according to her last wish.

"We are deeply sorry that we did not inform you at once, hope you can forgive us," wrote the daughters.
The girls also expressed their gratitude to those in the industry and Chang's fans who had given their help and support to the late actress.
Chang and Ko in Vall of the Mountains
Chang and Ko in Vall of the Mountains
It was reported that Chang's ex-husband, actor Ko Chun-Hsiung, was also in the dark of her death prior to the announcement.

Known as "The Forever Formosa Lady", Chang was described as the most beautiful woman in Taiwan since debuting in 1959.

She had filmed some 50 films and dramas, and also starred in Taiwan's first colour film Wu Feng in 1962.
A wedding photo of Chang and Ko
A wedding photo of Chang and Ko
Chang married Ko in 1970 after collaborating in 1967's Call of the Mountains and quit showbiz the next year just as her fame was at its height.

After getting married, Ko continued with his playboy behaviour but Chang chose to "close one eye" until 2004, when the man was exposed to have fathered two illegitimate childen.

After her divorce, Chang lived in a broken apartment with her daughters and was forced to work again. She began shooting a TV series.

Chang won the Best Newcomer Award at the Asian Film Festival and was nominated several times in Golden Bell Awards.

In 2008, she was presented with a special award in recognition of her lifelong dedication to the Mandarin film industry at the Golden Horse Film Awards.

Ko broke down when he was asked about the news by reporters.

"It was all my fault...," he said.

Published April 13, 2012

American One Direction gets death threats

The American One Direction.
The American One Direction.

The American boy band suing One Direction for “stealing” their name revealed last night they have received death threats from British fans.

The California five-piece demanding a million dollars for alleged copyright breaches say they have faced a furious backlash from followers of Simon Cowell’s X Factor heart-throbs.

They claim to have been inundated with messages ranging from threats to KILL to warnings they will be CHASED with “spoons and carrots” — a reference to 1D in-jokes.
The US band’s frontman Sean O’Leary said the worst had been aimed at his dad Dan, who manages them.
Sean, 18, said: “There has been so much hate mail, like people threatening to cut our b***s off.
“The one that stands out for me is a girl saying she wanted to kill my father.”
Sean spoke as he and bandmate Scott Nagareda, 18, met their lawyer in Los Angeles.
They vowed to continue their legal battle against the British 1D — currently in Australia — which was revealed in The Sun yesterday.
They insist they have been using the name since 2009 and that UK fans who think they are copycats are “confused”.
The US band admitted they had “huge respect” for the British lads — but that their own music is better.
The British 1D’s record chiefs said they have been forced to defend the lawsuit.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Couple charged with Cambodian maid's murder

BUKIT MERTAJAM: A couple have been charged with the murder of a Cambodian maid between Jan 1 and April 1.
Soh Chew Tong, 43, and his wife Chin Chui Ling, 41, were jointly charged with the murder of Mey Sichan, 24, a Cambodian national, at 2190 Taman Asas Murni, Jalan Bukit Minyak.
Both the accused were charged Friday under Section 302 of the Penal Code, which provides for a mandatory death sentence upon conviction.
The couple were represented by counsel Michael K.L Chee but no plea was recorded when the charge was read.
Magistrate Chiang Kian Hong fixed June 7 for remention of the case.
Deputy public prosecutor Nurdeenie Abdul Rashid appeared for the prosecution.
The deceased had been working for the couple since September last year and the abuse allegedly started several months ago.
The body of the victim was found on a bed in a store room on the second floor of the business premises belonging to both the accused. - Bernama

New banknotes in circulation from July 16

File pix by Aizuddin Saad.

KUALA LUMPUR: Bank Negara Malaysia yesterday announced that new Malaysian banknotes will enter circulation from July 16.

In a statement, the central bank said the banknotes series, themed, "distinctively Malaysia", is in denominations of RM1, RM5, RM10, RM20 and RM100."

The current RM50 banknote has been in circulation since December 2007 and will continue to do so.

"Bank Negara said in preparation for the issuance of the new banknotes, it had been working closely with financial institutions, businesses, cash handling vendors and local councils since December last year, to facilitate a smooth transition."

Numerous engagement sessions were held with these stakeholders."- Bernama

Cop run over by lorry in car chase

BUKIT MERTAJAM: A policeman who was pursuing a car, died after his motorcycle skidded and was run over by a lorry in Permatang Tinggi, near here last night.

Penang police chief Datuk Ayub Yaakob said 23-year-old Constable Nan Ruazlan Zulkefle from the Machang Bubok Police Station had seen a suspicious looking car while patrolling the area with a colleague, both on motorcycles, in the 8.45am incident.

Nan Ruazlan intercepted the car to stop it for inspection, but the male driver accelerated and grazed the victim's motorcycle," he told reporters after visiting the victim's body at the Bukit Mertajam Hospital (HBM) last night.

"Following that, the motorcycle crashed into the road divider and he (Nan Ruazlan) was thrown onto the road before a passing lorry ran over him," he said.

Ayub said the constable from Felda Kahang Barat, Kluang, Johor who suffered critical head injuries, died on the spot. His body was sent to the HBM for post-mortem.

He said the Proton Saga and lorry involved in the incident had fled the scene and efforts to track its drivers were ongoing.

"We believe the driver of the Proton Saga is guilty of an offence based on his unwillingness to stop for inspection. Police have also identified the car owner based on the registration plate," he added.

Ayub said police have checked the car owner's house in Lunas, Kedah last night, but he was not home and believed to have fled.

He added that anyone with information on the incident are urged to contact Investigating Officer Insp Azwan Kamaruddin at 04-5301977 to help shed light on the case. -- BERNAMA

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Stillborn baby girl found alive in coffin

Analia Bouter talking to the media about her miracle baby. Pic from
Analia Bouter talking to the media about her miracle baby. Pic from

A newborn baby girl declared dead by doctors was found alive in her COFFIN 12 hours later.

The tot was discovered by her mother who had insisted on opening it up to say goodbye in the hospital morgue.

The defiant infant's incredible escape from the clutches of an early grave unfolded in the Argentina city of Resistencia – which means ENDURANCE in Spanish.
Mum Analia Bouter said: ‘I don't know who is to blame, and I'm not thinking about it at this moment.
"The joy of knowing she's alive is covering every other feeling. I'm a Christian, and I believe this was a miracle of God.”
Medics at Perrando de Resistencia Hospital in Chaco province had told Analia her baby, who was three months premature, was still born and had no pulse. Then they told her she had died shortly after birth because she was too small to survive. Analia was sedated during the labour.
She and her husband then headed home with a death certificate before deciding to return to see their daughter’s body.
The casket was nailed shut but they prised it open only to find their baby breathing and stretching inside.
When the tiny tot, likened to a “bottle of ice” after 12 hours in a refrigerated drawer, let out a cry Analia said: “I fell to my knees.
“We went to the morgue, and they showed us the casket nailed closed. We wanted to take a photo of our daughter.
“My husband managed to open the drawer, where we found her wrapped in a white sheet and saw her tiny hand touch her face. We heard a cry and she was alive.
“She spent 12 hours in the freezing cold of that morgue. I saw for myself the ice on her body."
The couple originally intended to call their fifth child Liliana Abigail but have since changed her name to Luz Milagros, which means “Miracle Light”.
Rafael Sabatinelli, the province’s deputy health secretary, described the situation on Tuesday last week as “unfortunate”.
The medical staff involved have been suspended while officials investigate.
Hospital's director Jose Luis Meirino said hypothermia could have slowed her vital signs.
He said: “At the moment we have no explanation. The baby was attended to by obstetricians, gynaecologists and a neonatologist. They all reached the same conclusion, that this girl was stillborn.” -

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tanker leak sparks rush for 'free' oil

The crowd, including motorists, jostling to collect the cooking oil leaking from a tanker after the vehicle’s main pipe broke. Pic by Rahmat Othman
ALOR STAR: There was a mad rush for "free" cooking oil when an 18-tonne tanker lorry carrying the load suffered a leak after it skidded at Km250 of the Langgar-Alor Star expressway near here yesterday.

Armed with whatever containers they could grab, hundreds of people, including motorists, jostled to collect the oil flowing out of the tanker after its main pipe broke when the vehicle stopped by the roadside.
The rush also caused a massive traffic jam at the expressway, which is one of the busiest in Kedah.
Several sundry shops nearby also recorded brisk sales over the incident after the looters scrambled to buy empty bottles and containers to collect the cooking oil.
Many were also seen collecting the oil in biscuit cans and even plastic bags.
Tanker driver Azizan Hashim, 48, who was unhurt, said he was terrified at seeing the people rushing to collect the cooking oil.
"I was scared, not so much by the accident but by the sight of these people rushing towards the tanker," he said.
"It was just a crazy situation. People came out of nowhere not to help but to get the cooking oil."
Azizan said he had left Butterworth in Penang to deliver the RM45,000 load to retailers in Naka, Pokok Sena. - NST

Stamps for special day

Pos Malaysia’s Maisara Noor Ahmad showing the new stamps and first-day covers to commemorate the installation of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah and Raja Pemaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. The stamps go on sale on Thursday.
KUALA LUMPUR: Pos Malaysia Bhd is issuing a collection of stamps and first-day cover to commemorate the installation of the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah.
Three pictures in the collection are the portrait of Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah in his official installation attire, a portrait of him as head of the armed forces and portrait of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah in their official attires.
The stamps are available in 60-sen, 80-sen, and RM1 denominations and printed in red, blue and yellow, representing the colours of the Jalur Gemilang.
A unique feature in the collection is the 140mm x 75mm miniature sheet sheet, priced at RM5. It features a gold stamping and gold printing.
The sheet depicts the reproduction of previous stamps issued to commemorate Tuanku Abdul Halim's first installation as the fifth Yang di-Pertuan Agong and his second term as the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
The ruler is the first to be appointed Yang di-Pertuan Agong for a second time.
The stamps go on sale on Thursday with first-day covers at 50 sen. Folders at RM5.50 each are available at selected outlets.
Pos Malaysia Stamp and Philately Unit chief Yasmin Ramli said stamp enthusiasts could register for a standing order deposit account to receive their stamps and philatelic products by mail on the day of issue. - NST

Villagers build quarters for teachers

BELURAN: Kampung Nangoh folk near here took the initiative to build a teachers' quarters at Sekolah Kebangsaan Nangoh.

Senior school assistant Mahmud Ahmad said the initiative was taken to save costs from the allocation provided by the Beluran District Education Office.
"The allocation was just enough to buy the building materials. So, the Parent-Teacher Association agreed to build the teachers' quarters through gotong-royong," he said. Work began on Sunday and it was expected to be completed in two weeks.
Mahmud said there were only two quarters at the school, which could not meet the needs of the 20 teachers.
He said some of the teachers had to rent houses away from school, involving a commute of two to three hours. - Bernama

Mufti's sister dies as van rams into tree

A tow-truck operator preparing to tow away the wrecked van after the accident at Km27 Jalan Kuala Terengganu-Kuantan, near Marang, yesterday. Pic by Nazdy Harun
MARANG: The sister of Terengganu mufti Datuk Alias Abdulllah was killed yesterday when the district religious department van she was travelling in rammed into a tree.
Noor Asma Abdullah, 43, who was with four others, was on the way to attend a course at the Kuala Terengganu Religious Department office when the incident occurred at 8.15am.
The driver was said to have lost control of the van, which swerved to the roadside, grazed a signpost and then rammed into the tree.The driver and three other passengers were warded at the Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital in Kuala Terengganu.
Acting district police chief Assistant Superintendent Mohammad Zuhan Seman said the injured were driver Mohd Rozi Awang Bakar, 40, Huriah Omar, 50, Mahara Abd Ghani, 45, and Mohd Nazmy Mohd Nawawi, 26.- NST

Monday, April 9, 2012

Red Bull Rookies female drivers to compete with male drivers

PETALING JAYA: Red Bull Malaysia launched its 2012 edition of the Red Bull Rookies Driver Search today and announced for the first time since its inception in 2007, the Red Bull Rookies Female Drivers will compete against an all male team.

The brand also introduced the anchor drivers of the female and male teams, Melissa Huang and Mark Darwin respectively, who will lead the teams at the Sepang 1,000Km (S1K) race, which will be held 6 – 8 December 2012.

Red Bull Malaysia executive director, Jyn Wee said, “I am delighted to announce that we will be searching for potential male drivers to join Mark and female drivers to join Melissa from 3 countries to compete with each other.”

Melissa and Mark were chosen as anchor drivers because they had demonstrated their personality and passion for racing, to lead the teams and further develop the Red Bull Rookies Programme.

Melissa actively juggles her love of motorsports and marathons with her full time job as a Nurse in Singapore while Mark enjoys drag racing and is focusing on completing his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering in Taylor’s University.

Both unveiled the Satria Neo race cars which the teams will be racing at the launch.

This year’s rookie programme will include more fun elements to create a healthy competition between the teams through Challenges during the training prior to the S1K race. The first challenge was held today where Mark and Melissa competed against each other 1-on-1 on an Xbox 360 Kinect game. The teams will be facing more Challenges where the winner will get advantages during the race.

Red Bull Malaysia is looking for individuals aged between 18-25 years of age to be selected for the team from Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam and Singapore.

They may register at the Red Bull Rookies Driver Search Roadshows which will offer several activities to test their race craft, fitness, mental acuity, personality, cultural flexibility, media and presentation skills and other attributes.

Another interesting development is the online registration of participants where elements of a FAST FORWARD and a Wild Card Selection Round based on the online community’s selection will enable these individuals to gain access to the later rounds of selection.

After a grueling round of elimination, 2 male and 2 female drivers will be chosen to join Mark and Melissa’s teams respectively.

Those interested to register may do so at the Red Bull Rookies Driver Search Roadshows to be held on 14 – 15 April 2012 at Berjaya Times Square, Kuala Lumpur, 20 – 22 April 2012, at 1st Avenue Penang, Penang, 12 – 15 May 2012 in Singapore and 18 – 20 May 2012 in Brunei Darussalam. -- Bernama

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