Siti Nurhaliza named among 500 most influential Muslims

Siti Nurhaliza.

Songstress Datuk Siti Nurhaliza Tarudin and singer-composer Hafiz Hamidun have both been recognised as among the world's most influential Muslim. Both their names appeared for the first time in The World's 500 Most Influential Muslims 2016 list, an annual publication started in 2009. The list features 500 names from the global Muslim population who are highly influential in their respective fields. Both Siti and Hafiz were surprised when told they were in the list. Other Malaysian personalities recognised in past years and featured again are Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

> Chinese family in Kerian holds third Malay-style wedding
A Chinese family in Kampung Tebuk Haji Musa in Kerian, Perak, held a Malay-style wedding out of respect to the majority of the villagers, who are Malay. It was the third time Ng Air Chin, 61, had opted for a Malay-style ceremony for his sons. Ng said the wedding ceremony of his third son, Ng Siau Hooi and bride Lim Choon Yong, followed Malay traditions, starting from the invitations down to the choice of food. "All of the preparations, including the feast, wedding attire, bunga manggar and other things were put together through gotong-royong," he said. Close relatives and children attended the wedding wearing traditional baju Melayu, baju kurung and kebaya.

>Chung Hwa students can sit for UEC
Students of Chung Hwa Independent School in Kuantan are now allowed to sit for their Unified Examination Certificate (UEC). The United Chinese Schools Teachers’ Association (Jiao Zong) and United Chinese School Committees’ Association (Dong Zong), collectively known as Dong Jiao Zong, made the collective decision at a meeting Sunday. Dong Zong chairman Datuk Lau Lee Ming said the decision was made after studying reports on the school presented by its Dong Jiao Zong Chinese independent schools working committee. The school board of directors chairman Tan Sri Pheng Yin Huah welcomed the decision as the students would need to register for the examination early next year. Pheng, who is Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (Hua Zong) president, said they had been waiting for the good news for three years.

> Hong Kong artiste Ella gives birth… no, not yet!
Hong Kong artiste Ella Koon had denied she has delivered her first baby on Saturday. The 36-year-old actress said she kept receiving calls to congratulate her after there were rumours that she had given birth to a baby boy. She then posted a photo of her with a big belly on her Instagram to dispel the rumours.

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