Local celebs admit using drugs on stage or on set


Compiled by NG SI HOOI, R. ARAVINTHAN and NATASHA JOIBI

SOME local celebrities have admitted to using drugs to enhance their performance on stage or when acting, reported Harian Metro.

Research carried out by a local university and the National As­­so­cia­tion of Artistes, with 766 respon­dents and 89 interviews, revealed that 18 were taking illegal substances.

Some claimed they took the drugs to heighten their emotions, boost creativity and energy, as well as sup­­press feelings of shame or an­­xie­­ty while on the stage or movie set.

National Anti-Drug Agency deputy director-general Izhar Talib said taking illegal substances was pu­­nishable under the law, regardless of the reasons given.

“They should undergo treatment,” Izhar said.

> Model Ohi Ghazali has received countless offers to act in movies and he has rejected every one of them.

But the 36-year-old was persua­ded to join Hollywood movie Crazy Rich Asians and was a hit, reported Sensasi Bintang, a popular pullout in Kosmo!

Ohi, whose real name is Mohd Rohaimi Ghazali, said he never wanted to be in the film industry because of the many challenges and stiff competition.

However, he has fallen in love with acting after his supporting role in the movie which was directed by Stephen Sommers.

“I will have to work hard and learn from my peers, and will take acting lessons,” Ohi told the daily during the interview.

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