Compiled by HEMANANTHANI SIVANANDAM, TAN SIN CHOW and R. ARAVINTHAN
Songbird Datuk Siti Nurhaliza Taruddin, 36, surprised her fans recently by rehearsing a Tamil song composed by well known Indian music director A.R. Rahman, reported Kosmo!
Siti had posted several videos on her Instagram account showing her practise several verses of the song Nenjae Ezhu (Awake, my heart) from a Tamil movie called Maryaan in 2013.
She was recording the song for Astro’s International Superstar programme, which will be aired soon.
“At first, I was not confident but the urge to try was rather strong. Working with A.R. Rahman does not come often in life. I admire his talents as a singer and composer,” said Siti.
She admitted she had trouble with pronunciation in the beginning but managed to overcome it with some help.
Siti said she had asked a linguist to explain the meaning of the lyrics beforehand so she could have a feel of the song when recording it in the studio.
> Politician Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin and his wife, former actress Zizie Ezette, have adopted a baby, reported Berita Harian.
Zizie said the presence of seven-month-old Naila Nurjannah had brought more happiness to their family.
Zizie said the decision to adopt was taken after she came back from her umrah recently.
“I have had thoughts of adopting since last year but this year, the feelings became stronger.
“Also, it is not easy to adopt as there are many procedures involved,” she said.
She also admitted that she missed the entertainment industry, which she left several years ago.
> The Malay daily also reported that a blind grandmother in Pasir Mas has been looking after her two sons and a granddaughter who are suffering from a mental disorder.
Rafiah Mat Jusoh, 74, has to look after Zolkefli Ab Rahman, 55, and her youngest son Abdullah Ab Rahman, 36, apart from Zolkefli’s daughter Marliana, 21.
“I will look after them as long as I can,” she said.
Rafiah said her movements were restricted around the house but she tried to do her best for Marliana, who lost her mother when she was 17.
Rafiah said Marliana started having depression when she was 16 years old after a kidnapping incident.
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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