Celebrity couple top up donation to Wuhan


Compiled by MARTIN CARVALHO, C. ARUNO and R. ARAVINTHAN

CELEBRITY couple Huang Xiaoming and Angelababy, who drew flak for their “mere 200,000 yuan” (RM117,231) donation for the purchase of masks for medical staff in Wuhan, has topped it up to a total of one million yuan (RM586,157).

There had been much criticism against them when the Siyuan Poverty Alleviation Fund made known on Weibo last week about their good deed, Sin Chew Daily reported.

But many netizens were not impressed.

“They could spend 200 million yuan (RM117.2 mil) for their wedding. Yet, when the country is facing a crisis, they donated only 200,000,” someone wrote.

On Sunday, the fund announced that Huang and Angelababy had given an additional 800,000 yuan.

Meanwhile, the Wuhan Benevolent General Association has refuted talk that Hong Kong actor Louis Koo had donated 10 million yuan to purchase medical resources to combat the spread of coronavirus.



> The filming of thriller Polar Rescue, featuring martial arts actor Donnie Yen (pic), has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak in China, China Press reported.

The crew was supposed to resume filming on the third day of Chinese New Year but they received notification from Filmko Films that work would only resume in November.

Its chairman Wang Haifeng said that the decision was made with the safety and welfare of the crew in mind.

“We need a snowy setting for the film. After February and March, it is only possible to film beginning in November.

“I believe that the virus outbreak will not end that quickly and as such, I told the director to stop filming. Even though we will potentially lose millions, there is nothing we can do.

“The crew’s health is our utmost concern,” he said.

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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