Where there was smoke but no fire in condo unit


Compiled by C. ARUNO, RASHVINJEET S. BEDI and R. ARAVINTHAN

FIREMEN thought there was a fire at a condominium unit in Persiaran Bukit Gambir in Gelugor, Penang, but investigations found that the bright sparks were a result of “deviant” practices.

A spokesman of the Fire and Rescue Department said they received a distress call at 1.55am on June 22 before a team from the Jalan Perak station rushed to the scene, Harian Metro reported.

“Fire personnel could smell smoke but there was no fire. The personnel then opened the door using special tools.

“We found a 23-year-old man conducting worship activities in the unit and he was handed over to the police,” said the spokesman.

George Town OCPD Asst Comm Soffian Santong confirmed receiving a report about the incident.

Pictures of the man’s practices have gone viral on social media in recent days.



> Kosmo! reported that a vintage pair of Converse Non-Skid sneakers said to be 104 years old were sold by its owner in Kota Baru to an individual from Kuantan for RM40,800.

Wan Irfayuim Azim Wan Ab Aziz, 31, said he was forced to sell the shoes that were made in 1917 because of financial issues caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

He said about 10 individuals from around the country, Thailand, and the United States also showed interest by bidding for the shoes.

Together with the shoes were a pair of basketball shorts dated 1916, and knee protectors.

Wan Irfayuim also gave three pairs of Converse shoes from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s to the buyer.

He said he had purchased the shoes from a couple in the United States in 2018 and that they were unique and a collector’s item.

“Because of financial difficulties, I took the decision to let go of the shoes. Previously, I was a tourist guide in Japan and had stayed there for three and a half years.

“Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the tourism industry crumbled there and I made a decision to return home to do carpentry.

“I hope the money from the shoes sales can be the capital for me to continue this work,” he said.

The buyer of the shoe known as Dynamo Rasqputin said that he was willing to receive insults because he always paid thousands for antique items.

He said previously, Malaysians had questioned his decision to buy an old Geisha costume for RM28,000 but he later sold it to a vintage item collector for RM40,000.



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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