Compiled by RAHIMY RAHIM, NG SI HOOI and R. ARAVINTHAN
FORMER Transport Minister Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy donated his collection of more than 6,000 books on Chinese literary classic Dream of the Red Chamber to the Universiti Malaya library, Sin Chew Daily reported.
He had collected these books over the last 40 years, it reported. Dream of the Red Chamber is regarded as one of China’s Four Great Classical Novels and has sparked a field of study called Hong Xue. The opening of a research centre for Hong Xue will be held on July 1. Chan said he made the decision to donate the books as he believed that the collection would be more valuable if it was shared with more people.
> Kwong Wah Yit Poh reported that a woman in Hezhou, China, was allegedly raped by a medium who was supposed to help her get rid of bad luck.
The 21-year-old victim was taken to the man by her mother-in-law, who felt their family had been encountering bad luck after she married her son in February.
The medium claimed that the woman must hold on to a tree at a hilltop when he conducted a ritual on May 28. He allegedly raped her there. A police report was lodged and the suspect has been detained.
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