Compiled by C. ARUNO, MIZAN KAMALINA JUMMAT and R. ARAVINTHAN
FORMER Internet child star Fan Xiaoqin, better known as “Little Jack Ma”, was revealed to have dwarfism, reported Sin Chew Daily.
The revelation was made by Fan’s nanny Wang Yunhui on Feb 20 following claims that the child had been injected with growth-inhibiting hormones.
Since he looked short for a 14-year-old boy, many Internet users had suspected that it was done to ensure that the boy would continue looking like Chinese billionaire Jack Ma.
According to the nanny, Fan was confirmed by doctors in December last year to be suffering from the genetic disorder achondroplasia, which causes a person to have short limbs and a short torso.
Wang had even shown the medical report from the First Hospital of Hebei University that describes the doctors’ diagnosis.
She had also refuted reports by the press that the boy was not given an education during his time at the management company.
Wang claimed that Fan was initially sent to school but did not get along with classmates and had often disrupted others during studies. To protect the child, they removed him from the class.
It was earlier reported that Fan had now returned to village life.
His management company recently let him go after making him attend corporate events for the past five years.
> Instead of celebrating the first day of Chinese New Year, a woman from Beijing, China, got stuck in her bathroom for more than 30 hours, Sin Chew Daily reported.
The woman, known only as Fei Fei, had heeded government advice to stay put in Beijing rather than return to her hometown in Sichuan.
After waking up that day, she went into her bathroom to wash up but found that her door would not budge when she wanted to leave.
Fei Fei first shouted for help, to no avail, before trying and failing to break the bathroom window with a showerhead.
Out of ideas, she decided to hit on the bathroom pipes at hourly intervals in hopes that one of her neighbours would hear her.
The plan worked when a man living below her heard the knocking at 4am on the second day of Chinese New Year and called for a locksmith to break her door open.
When the news came to light, many Internet users noted the importance of having a mobile phone with oneself at all times in order to be able to call for help.
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.