Compiled by CHOW HOW BAN, ZAKIYAH KOYA and R. ARAVINTHAN
DURIANS took centre stage in a popular online TV show in China where the guests watched how the fruits were opened for the first time, reported China Press.
Many were astounded by how fast Malaysian durian exporter Loh Wee Keng split opened the fruit.
This was the first time Loh, who is Maycham China vice-chairman, appeared in a TV programme showing off his durian-opening skills.
Loh said on the Connections show that one needed to be equipped with gloves and a knife, and first cut the stem before working on the lines of opening at the base of the durian.
He also shared how one could choose a pungent durian with more flesh.
TV host Mei Qing said many people loved to eat durians but they thought it was too difficult to open.
Mei said she had never seen a durian up close and that she would never eat it if she was not encouraged by others.
The programme has been running for the fifth year. It showcases Chinese culture apart from exploring various cultural exchanges between China and other countries.
> Nanyang Siang Pau reported that fans celebrated the 54th birthday of retired Taiwanese actress Joey Wong Cho-Yee online yesterday.
The birthday wishes from her fans on her Baidu Tieba fan page had touched her, prompting her to post a recent photo of her standing in front of a river, possibly in Canada.
She also wished that the global pandemic would end soon.
“A monk has once said that what you are thinking at the moment is the key to living life. I hope that these words will be encouraging to each other, ” she said.
One fan even made her a birthday cake with her name Joey written on it, to which she said the cake was pretty.
> Sin Chew Daily reported that Malaysian singer and deejay Danny One posted a video of a thief climbing over a wall at his house and trying to ransack his car on his Facebook page on Saturday.
He said the reason why he shared the video was to remind people to be vigilant during the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations.
“It was my fault that I did not lock my car. Fortunately, nothing was stolen.
“But I heard that the thief had targeted several other houses in the neighbourhood, ” he added.
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.