Salacious gossip the price of fame, says Ziana

Compiled by TARRENCE TAN and C. ARUNO

DESPITE gossip that she had an affair with a renowned politician years ago, actress and singer Ziana Zain (pic) appears unfazed, saying it doesn’t matter as long as her parents know who she really is.

According to Harian Metro, Ziana said she was shocked by such gossip and did not respond to it at the time, but saw it as a challenge she needed to face due to her popularity.

“Then, I was ‘top’ in acting and there was gossip about things we never did or thought about.

“I was shocked, but I accepted it, nevertheless. As long as I know who I am and my parents know who I am, just let it be, ” she was quoted as saying by the Malay daily.

Ziana was referring to gossip of her having had a relationship with former premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Najib, who responded on Facebook on Tuesday, said he was relieved that the rumour had finally been dispelled.

“Another (bit of) slander against me has finally been addressed, ” he posted, then made a cheeky swipe at the sex tape scandal involving Haziq Abdullah Aziz, a former political aide, which also implicated a senior politician.

> A 19-year-old college freshman was told off by a magistrate at the Kota Baru court for joining her mother to attack her father’s first wife with an umbrella, Sinar Harian reported.

“Your mum pounced and you also pounced, ” said Magistrate Kamarul Hasyimie Rosli before sentencing the student to a two-year good behaviour bail of RM1,000 or a year in prison.

The woman’s mother was fined RM500 or six months’ jail in lieu of the fine.

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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