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HONG Kong superstar Andy Lau is among several Asian A-listers invited by Hollywood’s Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences to become its members, reported Sin Chew Daily.

The Oscar-giving body has also extended its membership to Taiwanese Sylvia Chang and Taiwanese-Japanese heartthrob Takeshi Kaneshiro.

On being one of the 928 new members of the body, Lau said he was grateful over the invite by the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences.

“To be able to vote for my favourite movies; I will continue to strive for success,” he said.

With the latest inclusion, the number of membership has increased to 9,226.

Among the other notable names who have been in the list were Malaysian actress Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh, Taiwanese filmmaker Ang Lee, kung fu star Jet Li and Hong Kong’s Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung and Carina Lau.

> Guang Ming Daily reported that supermodel-turned-actress Lin Chi-ling could pocket RM1.3mil if she were to sell her property in Taiwan.

According to property analysts, her high-rise unit in Taipei was unique as it had a balcony that was a rarity in the property market.

The daily also reported that Lin had a knack for property investments.

At press time, Lin still had not indicated whether she wanted to sell the property.

> Kwong Wah Yit Poh reported that a Swedish tourist died after he was stung by a jellyfish while swimming near the Tanjung Rhu beach in Langkawi.

Sohrabi Saeed, 60, was heard shouting for help before several beachgoers went to his aid during the 3pm incident on Wednesday. One even performed CPR on him but in vain.

Langkawi OCPD Supt Mohd Iqbal Ibrahim said the victim was already dead when police arrived at the beach.

He said the victim was holidaying with his wife.

●  The above article 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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