Compiled by TAN SIN CHOW, G. SURACH and A. RAMAN
FAKE copies of Malaysian MyKad and passports of various countries can be easily bought in the streets of Bangkok, reported China Press.
The daily reported that syndicate members could be seen openly touting such services and promising to deliver the fake documents within an hour.
The documents are said to be able to escape detection by the latest technology and authorities.
The buyers were mostly from South-East Asian and European countries.
According to middlemen, a fake passport costs between RM8,000 and RM10,000. The price is higher for US, UK and European passports due to a huge demand and safety features that are difficult to replicate.
The article didn’t mention how much a fake MyKad was sold for.
> A woman who lives in a bungalow and drives a BMW is happy to work as a public bus driver in Chongqing, China, according to Kwong Wah Yit Poh.
Xiong Yuelin, 41, who takes home a monthly pay of RM2,100 for the job, has been putting on the same uniform and starting her daily routine at 5am over the years.
When asked about her wealth, Xiong, whose husband is involved in the construction industry, smiled and said: “I don’t know, my husband takes care of everything.”
A netizen, who read about Xiong, was quoted by the daily as saying that he would love to deliver newspapers if he was rich and need not worry about living expenses.
> The newspaper also reported that screen icon Maggie Cheung was a big letdown when she took to the stage at the Strawberry Festival in Beijing to belt out a few numbers.
More than 30,000 fans had earlier waited in anticipation but were disappointed when she performed Teresa Teng’s classic Tian Mi Mi (As Sweet As Honey).
Her low-pitched voice and flat singing detracted from the original, with some even criticising her for singing out of tune.
The daily said some members of the audience walked out in the middle of her performance. There were, however, others who admired her for her courage to sing in public.
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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