Compiled by CLARISSA CHUNG, R. ARAVINTHAN and CHOW HOW BAN
SINGER-ACTRESS Elyana (pic) has adopted a baby boy with Down syndrome whom she has named Tulus, Kosmo! reported.
Elyana, whose real name is Erneelya Elyana Emrizal, announced this on her Instagram account.
“Yes, this is my adopted child. To me, he is the same as my biological child, only that I did not give birth to him,” said the 31-year-old.
She also has a seven-year-old daughter, Cinta Sumayyah, with husband Khairul Anuar Husin.
She said her son was now almost two months old and that her daughter loved him, and did not show any sign of jealousy.
Elyana, who has been battling stage four lymphoma cancer for the past seven years, had to undergo an abortion in March on her doctor’s advice, and had expressed her desire to adopt a child ever since.
> The daily also reported on how a “Russian mosque” in Jerteh, Terengganu, has turned into a popular attraction.
The Eight Dome mosque located in Kampung Lapan Kotak was nicknamed the “Russian mosque” due to its architecture resembling the St Basil Cathedral in Moscow.
The mosque was proposed by Besut MP Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh six years ago.
The mosque’s deputy chairman Wan Ahmad Wan Yaacob said the unique design of the mosque drew crowds to the place.
“Though it is not complete, it was used for Aidilfitri prayers last year because no other mosque can accommodate so many people at one time in this village,” he said, adding that the mosque could fit 500.
> A total of 190 young couples in Marang tied the knot at the same time under a walimatulurus perdana (wedding feast) programme, reported Utusan Malaysia.
The mass ceremony was organised by the Terengganu Family Development Foundation aimed at easing the burden of couples in the lower income group.
The affair was funded by the state government, which also included assistance for the couples to begin their new phase of live.
The event took place at Masjid Rusila in Marang and was officiated by Terengganu Mentri Besar Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar.
“We always hear parents and unmarried couples complain when the issue of marriage is brought up because the first challenge they have to face is financial constraints,” he said in his speech.