HONG KONG: Award-winning Malaysian singer Gary Chaw and Hong Kong artiste Justin Lo are normally the best of friends. But the two pop stars turned into the worst of enemies during a roadside brawl after drinks at a pub here.
The local paparazzi were rewarded with dramatic photos of Chaw and Lo punching each other and Chaw kicking Lo while the latter was in the back seat of a taxi.
Lo, better known as Zak Tin, was even invited as the guest singer at Chaw’s concert in Malaysia last year.
On Tuesday night, they had gone for a drink at a pub with several friends at Central district.
At about 1am, Chaw left the pub in anger while Lo followed with a “red face”. They then had a heated argument by the roadside.
Hong Kong’s Oriental Daily News reported that Chaw punched Lo until he collapsed on the side of the road.
Lo got up and fought back. After a while, they were pulled apart by their friends.
In a dramatic turn of events, the duo left in a taxi together with two male friends but the vehicle made an emergency stop soon after.
Chaw alighted and was seen jumping on the street and calling out to Lo to step out for a one-on-one fight. The latter refused.
The 30-year-old Malaysian then kicked at Lo who was in the back seat.
After a while, the 33-year-old Lo got off and was seen grimacing in pain, using his hands to cover his groin.
Then Chaw grabbed a road sign and attempted to hit Lo with it, but was stopped by their friends.
Half-an-hour later, both of them left separately accompanied by friends. Chaw behaved as though nothing had happened during an interview with a Hong Kong radio station on Wednesday. He only talked about his concert in November.
At a press conference in Hong Kong last night though, Chaw apologised to Lo for his act.
“I have no excuses, no reasons. I am wrong. I am willing to take whatever responsibility, punishment....
“Justin had never wanted to hurt me with his actions. It is very obvious this is not a fight ... it was me who lost control,” he said.
Chaw, who was born in Sabah, was sent to study in Canada when he was only nine. He returned home and participated in an Astro singing contest in 1999 but lost.
Later, he was signed up by a recording company and released his album Xiao Wo Ben (Laugh at my stupidity).
Lo, who is also a song-writer and record producer born in America, was signed up as a singer in 2005.
The same year, his debut album Justin was released and became a hit with 15,000 copies sold on the first day. He held his debut concert at the Hong Kong Coliseum the next year and the tickets were sold out within 10 minutes.
He held his seventh concert in Malaysia on Christmas eve in 2006.