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by neville spykerman, winnie yeoh, AND a. raman
Yet to be confirmed: Atkinson only held up his right forefinger when asked about his conversion to Islam. — AFP
HAS Mr Bean become a Muslim?
This was the poser in Kosmo! and Berita Harian following reports in social media that actor Rowan Atkinson, who plays the title character of the popular comedy programme, had embraced Islam.
His purported conversion on Oct 1 first surfaced in the Arabic-language site sadapladi.com and was repeated by Isreali weblog israellycool.
It has since emerged in portals and websites all over the Arab world as well as in South-East Asia, including Indonesia and Malaysia.
Islampos.com said the 58-year-old actor only held up his right forefinger when asked about the matter, which Muslim-based portals interpreted as his acceptance of the syahadah, an Islamic creed which declares belief in the oneness of Allah and acceptance of Muhammad as his prophet.
Britain’s mainstream media has yet to report on the matter and neither has Mr Bean verbally mentioned his purported conversion.
> Distraught newly-weds Mohd Fauzan Zakaria, 26, and Hasliyana Yusof, 22, have apologised to the families of the victims who died at their wedding feast in Tanjung Dawai, Kedah, last Saturday, Sinar Harian reported.
Four people died of food poisoning at the function, which the couple said “totally shocked” them.
Hasliyana said one of those who died, Shazana Mohd Rashid, 24, from Kampung Tempoyak, was her cousin while her aunt and sister had also been hospitalised. She said her family was under pressure and pleaded with the public to understand their plight.
> Twelve schools in Tampin have instructed teachers and staff to immediately withdraw their money from their bank accounts following an e-mail that purportedly said they were being scrutinised by the Auditor-General.
This followed an alert from the district education office that an e-mail from email@example.com was asking the schools to provide personal details of their teachers and staff.
SK Tampin headmaster Rashid Ahmad told Sinar Harian that the district education office had warned them that the e-mail was fake.
“After being informed that it was fake, I immediately instructed all the 58 teachers and staff to close their bank accounts,” he said.
Tampin OCPD Supt Wooi Kooi Cheang said the teachers and staff had acted in the nick of time and none of them had been scammed.
● Found in Translation is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.
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