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Lin Dan courts dream of singing


BADMINTON great Lin Dan (pic) appeared incognito on China Jiangsu TV’s King of Mask Singer singing competition, crooning Jacky Cheung’s Bie Wen (Don’t Ask).

Guang Ming Daily reported that Lin Dan listened to Cheung’s hits in his free time and even went to one of the singer’s concerts in Beijing.

Lin Dan said he took part in the reality show because it had always been his dream to become a singer.

“It’s cool to be on stage. I always wanted this kind of opportunity. My dream finally came true,” the daily quoted him as saying.

In the show, contestants were required to wear elaborate masks that concealed their identities so that the judges and audience could vote without prejudice.

Lin shared his performance on social media, saying: “I was nervous taking part in a competition, which is unfamiliar territory. I hope all of you liked it.”

The video clip has since gone viral.

> Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau will be spending this Christmas at home with his family, Kwong Wah Yit Poh reported.

In previous years, he held concerts during the Yuletide season.

He had to give it a miss this year after being injured while filming a commercial near Bangkok in January.

Lau said his daughter was expected to give him a painting as a Christmas gift.

He also said he had applied to the Hong Kong Coliseum to hold his Christmas season concert there next year.

> A couple was involved in an apparent murder-suicide death plunge in Taipei on Monday, Nanyang Siang Pau reported.

The daily said Xu Wen Yuan, 32, slit the throat of his live-in girlfriend Pei Qiu Chao, also 32, before throwing her onto the street below from the balcony. He then leapt to his death. Both were naked.

Witnesses said Xu fell on a car parked by the roadside, five seconds after Pei hit the pavement.

The daily reported that they had been arguing over money matters.

> 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 this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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