IPOH: Malaysian Bond girl Datuk Michelle Yeoh kept playing with the big blue diamond ring on her engagement finger as she chatted with her boyfriend, Ferrari F1 team boss Jean Todt.
Already thrilled that Yeoh was making a first time appearance with Todt at her hometown here, local press members could hardly contain their excitement at the possibility that the couple had been engaged when sighting the eye-catching ring.
Denying that she was engaged to Todt and would be tying the knot soon, Yeoh told reporters the ring was a gift from Todt.
“Marriage or no marriage, we’ll see,” said Yeoh who earlier arrived at the official opening of the Persatuan Penganut-Penganut Tao Pak Keng Koong hall in a Maserati driven by Todt.
Yeoh said she had not set a date to marry Todt, adding that they were very happy as a couple.
“I think everyone knows me to be one who is very free-spirited, I don’t believe that it’s the marriage that keeps two people together.
“I think it’s communication, wanting to be together, working through the good times and the bad times that two people stay together.
“It’s not a piece of paper that says you two will be living happily ever after. It may come, I hope in time, but there is no rush,” she said.
Yeoh, who met up with Todt in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday after he flew in from Paris, is taking a Christmas break from filming Memoirs Of A Geisha in Los Angeles.
“This is a Christmas break and we’re back here for a week to be with my parents and family.
“This is the first time they are meeting him (Todt) and everyone seems to like him,” Yeoh said.
Yeoh, who is holding discussions on three other films in Hong Kong and the United States, said she hoped to film movies in Malaysia soon.
“In fact, I have met a couple of filmmakers from Malaysia and they have great potential.
“Hopefully, next time when I come back, I’ll have more time to talk to the Government in particular.
“Our Prime Minister has great interest in promoting not just Malaysia or the industry but also our local talents,” she said.
With so many historical stories and epics that could be told, Yeoh said she hoped to make a good Malay film out of them.
“If you look at Thailand and Indonesia, you can see that they have come out with a lot of very good films that have been recognised in film festivals, not just in the region but slowly in Europe as well.
“And I hope to see very soon, Malaysia doing the same thing,” she said.
Yeoh will be leaving for Hong Kong on Wednesday before returning to Los Angeles on Jan 2 to resume filming.
Asked how he felt about being with the most popular girl in Ipoh, Todt said: “I’m a lucky man.”
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