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Wednesday, 5 February 2014 | MYT 7:43 AM

Two 'old flames' fight over younger woman

AN 80-YEAR-OLD church caretaker threw a kitchen knife at his alleged love rival at a church after suspecting his girlfriend was in a relationship with him.

China Press and Sin Chew Daily reported that octogenarian Lim Song Chong flung the 20cm-long blade at 65-year-old Cheong Yee Mun, who escaped by hiding behind a pillar at the Glad Tidings Church in Valley Road, Singapore.

Lim also threw an umbrella, a pocket knife and a pair of scissors at Chong, who retaliated by throwing a fire extinguisher at Lim before the police arrived to separate the two senior citizens, who were still very much caught up in exchanging abuses and fighting.

The two were fighting over Lim’s girlfriend, 48-year-old Leow Peck Fong who is Chong’s tenant.

They had been living in the same house for more than a year.

Leow would sometimes spend a night or two at the church.

The incident happened on March 21 last year and on Monday, Lim was fined S$3,000 (RM7,800) by the court after he admitted to committing criminal intimidation on Cheong and throwing a knife at him.

Kwong Wah Yit Poh and Sin Chew Daily reported that the economic burden of giving ang pow is being felt by residents in Beijing where expectations over the contents of the red packet has increased a thousandfold over the years.

They reported that over 40% of Beijing’s residents spent more than 1,000 yuan (RM550) on ang pow this year.

A 70-year-old citizen said ang pow money back then was symbolic and only contained several coins before it was raised to several yuan and up to hundreds of yuan now.

Nanyang Siang Pau reported that the prices of flowers are set to go up by between 10% and 15% this Valentine’s Day, which also coincides with the Chinese Valentine’s Day or chap goh meh.

The Malaysia Florist Association decided on the price increase after taking into consideration higher plantation costs and the erratic weather.

A bouquet of eight roses which usually costs RM80 is expected to increase to RM100, while a bouquet of 10 is likely to increase from RM100 to RM150.

The trend is likely to continue until Mothers Day in May.

  • 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 a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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