Easy money for lookalike


Compiled by C. Aruno, Rashvinjeet S. Bedi and R. Aravinthan

WHILE Taiwanese pop star Show Lo lost nearly NT$600mil (RM86mil) in axed celebrity endorsement deals in the wake of his cheating scandal, a celebrity impersonator from China raked in several million yuan by appearing on live stream in just three days.

China Press reported that Meng Junyuan, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Lo, became the target of scorn and vitriol after news of Lo’s betrayal of Chinese Internet celebrity Grace Chow came to light.

The live-streamer, who calls himself the Show Lo of Nanning, became an instant celebrity with many viewers mistaking him for Lo.

It was estimated that views of his livestream brought him a revenue of two million yuan (RM1.2mil), making him the biggest beneficiary from Lo’s scandal.

A few weeks ago, Chow, 31, who had dated Lo for nine years, called him out publicly for cheating.

> Huazong welcomes the government’s conditional movement controls order but called for tighter monitoring to ensure a smooth enforcement, Sin Chew Daily reported.

Its president Tan Sri Goh Tian Chuan said it was a good move to allow the economy to gradually recover but warned that there need to be strict controls in place.

“Our country is still in a battle against the coronavirus. None of us can afford to be careless, ” he said.

He also suggested 20 policies to the government including the setting up of a monitoring body to ensure that firms follow guidelines.

> The daily also reported that a man from China’s Henan province inadvertently discovered that he was swapped at birth in a hospital in his search for a liver donor.

During a test for donor compatibility, 28-year-old Ah Bin (whose surname is Guo) found out that his mother and father were not his real parents.

After searching documents from the Henan University Huaihe Hospital, he discovered that he was actually the son of the Yao family, who also gave birth to a boy in the same hospital on June 16,1992, one day after he was born.

The two families were reunited on April 30 and are considering legal action against the hospital.

According to Chinese news portal The Paper, Ah Bin was diagnosed with liver cancer last February.

His birth mother Jiang Yanli has agreed to donate her liver.

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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