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Tuesday September 29, 2009

Miss Singapore pleads for forgiveness

MISS World Singapore 2009 Ris Low, whose credit card fraud conviction has been exposed, is asking everyone to forgive her, reported China Press.

There were Singaporeans who wanted her to be stripped of her title while others requested her not to represent Singapore in the finals of the Miss World pageant to be held in South Africa in December.

Low pleaded to be given a second chance and asked for forgiveness from Singaporeans.

She had declined a phone interview but later sent an SMS to the reporter to apologise to Singaporeans.

Low was emotional during an interview after the fraud was exposed last Friday.

Two months before the Miss World Singapore pageant, Low was sentenced to 24 months’ probation for using illegally obtained credit cards to purchase jewellery and a handphone and dining at posh restaurants, running a bill close to S$8,000 (RM19,840).

The probation is not considered a conviction, the daily reported.

Low also admitted that she started stealing Pokeman cards when she was young and credit cards when she grew up.

In the interview, Low also said that the act of stealing gave her a sense of satisfaction.

When her mum’s suspicion grew, she confessed that she had stolen the Pokemon cards.

Her mum then urged her to leave the shop whenever she was tempted to steal again.

> Nanyang Siang Pau reported that former president of Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (Hua Zong) Tan Sri Lim Gait Tong regretted that several state Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry had withdrawn their membership from Hua Zong.

Lim said he had handled many issues related to the Chinese community like relocation of pig farms. He also stressed that Hua Zong only carried out its work according to its constitution and had never claimed to be the big boss of the Chinese community.

> Other News & Views 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 sub-heading, it denotes a separate news item.

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