Singer loses weight – and lands in trouble


  • Nation
  • Monday, 17 May 2010

A TAIWANESE singer was arrested by immigration officers while performing at a pub in Butterworth because she looked different from the photograph in her passport after she lost 51kg, China Press reported.

Singer Chen Jinpei, 60, whose nickname is “White Shark” due to her size, had shrunk from 120kg to 69kg, the newspaper said.

Enforcement officers could not ascertain whether Chen was the same person in the passport, the daily reported.

She is now being detained at an immigration detention camp to assist investigations after she was arrested at 11pm on May 13.

The singer had spent millions to undergo treatment that included cosmetic surgery to lose weight, the newspaper reported.

Previously in 1991, Chen had a run-in with Taiwanese police for a stage show where she bared her breasts and private parts, and was jailed for 30 days.

She has become popular since losing weight.

Penang Immigration enforcement chief Abdul Rahman Hassan said the singer could be detained for up to 14 days.

She was also being investigated for misuing her social visit pass to perform in pubs, said Abdul Rahman.

> Sin Chew Daily reported on NV Group managing director Datuk David Kong Hon Kong’s announcement that the group would help families of organ donors to perform their funeral ceremony as part of its charity work.

The group said this was done as a mark of respect to the cadaveric donors and to support organ donation in the country.

Kong was quoted as saying that the group would be launching the programme soon to encourage more people to become donors.

“The group will take over the funeral ceremony for three days and two nights on behalf of the family of the organ donor,” he said after attending a funeral expo held in Hong Kong.

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 this > sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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