Compiled by TAN SIN CHOW, JO TIMBUONG and R. ARAVINTHAN
THERE is a touching fatherly side to Kuan Chee Heng, who reminisced about his parental ties to a Malay girl on Fathers Day, Sin Chew Daily reported.
Uncle Kentang, as he is popularly known, said he was surprised when the girl, now aged 12 and known as “Manja”, suddenly called him dad.
“I agreed to be her dad as I knew she has always looked up to me as one. She would think of me when she had fever. She would even get my permission before enrolling in a uniformed body in school.
“And she would call me just to talk to me whenever she has free time,” he said in an emotional post on Facebook.
Kuan said Manja was only four years old when he first visited her family who was living in a termiteinfested rented home then.
“They were sleeping on old mattresses. With barely any food, they had to share a boiled egg that was cut into four pieces,” he said.
Kuan said Manja’s taxi driver father was killed in a robbery.
On Fathers Day, Kuan pledged to care for and protect Manja as if she were one of his own children.
“Forgive me if I couldn’t help you much in your religious studies, but I believe you’ll become a good girl and make good sacrifices for your family, society and country,” he said.
Kuan got the Uncle Kentang moniker because he donates potatoes instead of rice to the needy.
Over the years, he has made a huge difference through various community initiatives to help Malaysians facing life challenges.
He has also won a Star Golden Hearts Award for his contributions.
> Guang Ming Daily reported that mandopop star JJ Lin’s cafe in Taiwan is in trouble due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
With the nationwide Level 3 alert and no dine-in allowed, his two cafes in the prime Neihu and East Districts of Taipei have seen a drop in business.
His manager said the no dine-in rule had not really affected the outlet in the Neihu District as it usually only offered takeaways.
But for the East District outlet, business had dropped by almost 50%, with the manager saying they had since applied for financial relief from the government.
Despite the worsening situation, JJ’s manager said there were no plans to lay off staff or initiate a paycut.
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.