Compiled by OH ING YEEN, JO TIMBUONG and R. ARAVINTHAN
DESPITE talk that he bears a resemblance to Indonesian pop idol Tulus, Malaysian singer-songwriter Ippo Hafiz is not banking on his looks to break into the Indonesian market, Utusan Malaysia reported.
“Tulus is an international star. And our sounds are different. We are unique in our own way,” said Ippo, 30.
Even if they may look similar, Ippo said he has a long way to go before he could compare himself to Tulus.
To win the hearts of the Indonesians, Ippo said he would be working closely with composers there.
He is now completing a new single, Vanilla, which he hoped could help launch his career in Indonesia.
> A radio announcer lodged a police report in Kuala Terengganu after he discovered that someone had used his name to spread obscene videos on WeChat, Harian Metro reported.
Abd Karim Hassan, or better known as Kai, said his personal information and pictures had been stolen and used by someone else.
The suspect is believed to have used the information to pose as Kai on the mobile messaging app.
Kai, an announcer with Manis FM based in Terengganu, said he suspected something amiss when he started receiving messages from a woman on his Instagram account.
“At first I ignored them but then she started sending messages to a close friend of mine claiming that I had led her on and sent her salacious videos,” he said.
> A trader was badly beaten when several men accused him of stealing a car and a motorcycle in Taman Kenangan Cherang, Kota Baru, Kosmo! reported.
Mohamad Alif Iqbal Mohamad, 24, was heading out to meet a friend in the area when he was approached by a group of men.
“One of them accused me of being a thief and then hit me. Later, another five men joined in and kicked me and burnt my face with a cigarette butt,” he said.
He has since lodged a police report.
The above articles are 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 a >, it denotes a separate news item.