UTAR girl wears graduation robe at mum’s funeral


Bittersweet memories: Xu posing with her father and brother while wearing her gradution robe during her mother’s funeral.

Compiled by C. Aruno and Zakiah Koya 

A UTAR undergraduate donned her graduation robes 33 days before her convocation ceremony during her mother’s funeral in a bid to fulfil one of her mother’s final wishes, reported China Press.

Xu Jia Huan’s mother Xu Li Zhen, 47, passed away before she could witness her daughter graduate from university.

She had fainted after a 20-minute Zumba session and died when pa­ramedics arrived.

According to one of Jia Huan’s Facebook posts, the family from Kelantan had initially planned to all dress in blue when attending the graduation ceremony.

“Today, father and brother are dressed (in blue), even though brother is wearing father’s clothes. I’ve also helped you put on a blue shirt because it fits you well, better than it does me.

“Mummy, your big baby has graduated; graduated 33 days earlier than expected,” she wrote.

The post was accompanied by a picture showing Jia Huan, her father and her brother in front of the casket.

It has been shared more than 3,800 times and has received more than 11,000 comments.

The body was cremated at a temple in Kampung Danan, Kelantan, yesterday.

> Actor Kenneth Ma has admitted to having lost more than HK$400,000 (RM210,000) in the stock market under a week, preferring now to invest in the property market, the same daily reported.

“This lesson left a deep impression on me. Because at that time, I wasn’t really earning much. It made me realise that there are pros and cons to everything. Because you have lost, treat it as a lesson,” he said.

Because of this episode, Ma now prefers to invest in real estate.

Ma admitted that he was unlike Marshall Paxton Hospital’s deputy chief executive Tong Ming, the character he portrayed in Big White Duel whom he describes as being a man with “little desire”.

“Men in Hong Kong face insurmountable stress. Because houses are exorbitant and prices of goods are high.

“I am unlike Tong Ming. He doesn’t want anything, but I desire money. My parents are now old, and the cost of living is high. In future, I want to get married and have kids and as such, I need a strong financial foundation,” Ma said.

> Jacky Cheung and Beyonce’s duet in The Lion King is touted as the “collaboration of the century” by Hong Kong Press, China Press also reported.

Both artistes recently recorded one of the movie’s most memorable songs, Can You Feel the Love Tonight, specially for Chinese viewers. The movie premiered in China on Friday.

It was originally sung by British singer sir Elton John, and had won Best Original Song at the Oscars and Golden Globe Awards in 1994.

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.

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