Compiled by C. Aruno ,Sira Habibu and R. Aravinthan
MALAYSIAN singer Michael Wong (pic) has praised the extension of the movement control order (MCO) and urged the public to adhere to it, reported Sin Chew Daily.
The 49-year-old singer, who hails from Ipoh but is based in Taiwan, told fans online that the MCO “wasn’t meant to let you do anything you want” but intended to “defeat a common enemy”.
“I feel that we need to be united in carrying out this mission. We have a deadly enemy in front of us, which is Covid-19.
“We can’t touch it and we can’t see it; yet, it can rob us of our health. It truly is a deadly virus, ” he said in a Facebook video.
Wong said the medical profession and other frontliners were risking their lives and undergoing insurmountable stress to keep the virus contained, adding that the people should not be making their lives harder by ignoring the MCO.
“If we are not united in addressing this issue, not only Malaysia is harmed but the world as well.
“Please be obedient and follow the MCO. Don’t go out if there is no urgent need to. Your house is the safest place. Do not continue to let the virus spread, ” he pleaded.
It was earlier reported that Wong was supposed to hold a concert at the Taipei Arena on March 14 but cancelled it due to the pandemic.
Instead, he surprised fans by live-streaming a two-hour performance with his band on Facebook on the day of the concert.
Wong, whose full name is Michael Wong Kong Leong, is currently serving as tourism ambassador for Perak.
> Hong Kong singer Leon Lai had posted online a primary school boy’s essay about his ardent wish for a superpower to heal and protect everyone so that school could resume, Sin Chew Daily reported.
“If I could have any superpower, I would have a healing power like God. I can make everyone a shield for protection so that everyone can go back to school and work.
“Kids and adults won’t need to wear masks. And I can see Ms Marks, Ms Sue and all of my classmates, ” read the essay, which was accompanied by a drawing of the child and his teacher and friends.
Lai, 53, who posted the essay on March 27, said the homework belonged to one of his friend’s children, adding that many adults wanted the outbreak to be over soon so that they could once more be with friends and loved ones.
“Everyone shares the same simple wish as the child. This is how my friend’s child replied when his teachers asked what kind of superpowers they would want most, ” he said.The short essay drew praises from netizens in Hong Kong, with many saying that they hoped that they would soon be able to return to their normal lives.
“Leon Lai has brought us hope. In the last half a year, Hong Kongers have not been very happy. Moreover, the world is battling a deadly pandemic.
“We hope that it will end soon, and that society can return to how it normally is, ” one commentator wrote.
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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