Only four but Awal’s star daughter pays taxes
















Talented family: Scha and Awal with their daughter Lara.

Talented family: Scha and Awal with their daughter Lara.

Compiled by FATIMAH ZAINAL, ADRIAN CHAN and R. ARAVINTHAN

POPULAR TV host Awal Ashaari has revealed that his four-year-old daughter Lara Alana has been paying income tax since she was one, reported Harian Metro.

He said Lara was already earning her own income through appearances in numerous advertisements and TV shows.

“We went to the Inland Revenue Board and were informed that she has to pay the income tax since she has her own income.

“Many of our followers on social media questioned why she had to pay taxes since she’s just a child.

“I think it’s not a burden because the income that she received was based on work that she did, so she has to pay a bit of taxes,” said Awal, whose wife is actress Scha Alyahya.

Lara is one of the biggest child celebrities in the country with 3.5 million followers on Instagram.

Awal said that he did not see it as being unfair, considering that paying taxes was the duty of all Malaysians.

He also admitted that he used to not pay taxes as he was unaware of it but did so after he was advised by seniors in the industry.> Harian Metro also reported about a husband who gave his wife a handwritten Al-Quran, which he toiled for three years to complete, on their wedding day.

The groom, Nizammuddin Rahim, 23, said he started handwriting the Quran when he was in Form One at Maahad Tahfiz Al-Quran Wal Qirat Pulai Chondong in Machang.

He completed it when he was in Form Three and had kept it in his home in Bentong until his parents suggested it as a gift for wife Nurul Aida R Azli, 22.

“I took their suggestion because it will remind my wife and me to always be close to the Quran,” he said.

 

> Three siblings in Beaufort, Sabah, became orphaned within a span of two weeks when their parents died due to chronic illness, reported Berita Harian.

Mohd Fareez Aiman Kassim, 10, Mohd Fareez Hafizul Kassim, nine, and Nurhikmah Kassim, six, are now under the care of their ageing paternal grandmother and uncle.

One of their uncles, Musa Juali, 50, said his late brother Kassim, 49, had stage four stomach cancer while his late wife Siti Mastura Zakaria, 38, suffered from diabetes.

Last November the family of five relocated from their home in Sungai Koyan, Pahang to Kampung Gerama, Beaufort so that Kassim’s family could look after them.

“The mother passed away on April 9 while the father died 13 days later at Beaufort Hospital,” said Musa.

 

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.