Compiled by IYLIA MARSYA ISKANDAR, C. ARUNO and R. ARAVINTHAN
A GROUP of crooks posing as police stole RM150,000 from a woman in Negri Sembilan by convincing her to leave her bank card under a tree, reports Daily Chew Sin.
The woman, a 55-year-old housewife whose last name is Yu, said she received a phone call from a supposed delivery company claiming she was suspected of a crime.
The call was then transferred to a Mr Tan claiming to be from a police station in Sabah, who said his ID card was found among the personal effects of a person arrested for attempting to post a package containing illegal goods.
In a bid to prove his innocence, Yu provided the caller with all his details and followed instructions to transfer all money from his fixed deposit accounts and Employees Provident Fund account to his bank account.
“The ‘police’ told me that if I wanted to prove my innocence, I had to transfer all my fixed-term savings to my bank account and put my bank card under a tree behind my father’s house.
“They claimed the court would send someone to collect it so the police would continue their investigation otherwise I would have to be arrested,” she said.
Yu complied and placed his bank card under the tree at 11 a.m. on May 24.
She began to realize something was wrong when she did not receive any updates from the “police” until May 30 and was unable to get in touch with “Mr. Tan».
It was later revealed that between May 24 and May 28, the crooks stole over RM150,000 from his account by making 44 withdrawals.
Yu made a police report at Jalan Campbell Police Station on June 1.
> Malaysian singer Michael Wong says the biggest challenge of his 27-year music career was performing his latest song in his native Hakka language, reports Daily Chew Sin.
The 51-year-old from Ipoh released My Hometown Heaven and Earth on May 28 and joked that the recording process was “self-torture”.
“I got dizzy the moment I received the lyrics.” Not only were they in Hakka, he said, but he also “had to sing in classical Chinese which was written in verse – a whole new level of difficulty for me!
Wong, however, is not new to the Hakka dialect as he speaks it and has acted in Hakka dramas.
His father was considered a Hakka language teacher at home.
Wong, who is based in Taiwan, said he grew closer to his father while practicing Hakka with him on the phone for the song.
Wong said her father predicted the song would be a hit with fans.
“Classical Chinese is difficult, but I think this song is good and will become popular!” Wong’s father reportedly said.
The song currently serves as the main theme for Moonlight Blade Mobile, a 3D martial arts multiplayer online role-playing game from Tencent Games.
Wong, who began his music career in the 1990s, was nominated for Best Male Mandarin Singer at the 1997 Golden Melody Awards.
He is best known for his song Fairy Tale which was released in 2005.
> Mandopop King Jay Chou’s newborn daughter was revealed to be named Jacinda after photos from her upcoming full moon party were shared on Instagram, Daily Chew Sin also reported.
Chou’s wife, actress and model Hannah Quinlivan, posted a row of boxed gifts for guests attending the party on Instagram on May 31.
The lids of the boxes bore the initials JH, with each box containing a card thanking everyone for attending Jacinda’s party.
The above articles are compiled from vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). Thus, the stories are grouped according to the respective language/media. When a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate short story.