Compiled by JUNAID IBRAHIM and JAROD LIM
Fans of popular singer Jay Chou criticised some Malaysians who harassed the celebrity on his Instagram.
Kosmo! reported that some people, mainly football fans, had attacked the Taiwanese singer, following his concert’s setup at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium that caused some 21,000 seats to be vacated.
Malaysia will be playing against Thailand in the semi-final of the AFF Mitsubishi Football Cup today.
“Slamming Chou as if he manages the location and the date (of his concert). He is just an artiste who was invited to entertain his fans in Malaysia. It is senseless and uncivilised for Malaysians to attack him,” said a user named Weisin.
Another user, Victoria, said it was not the celebrity’s fault as his management had booked the venue way before the championship and asked football fans to watch the live broadcast if they failed to secure a seat in the stadium.
Chou will be performing at the stadium on Jan 15. The concert was postponed a few times.
> The government will not raise the haj quota issue during the 2023 Haj and Umrah Services Conference with the government of Saudi Arabia in the middle of the month, reported Utusan Malaysia, quoting Religious Affairs Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Na’im Mokhtar.
“It would be best if we hear what Saudi Arabia has to say first before we raise matters from the Malaysian side,” he said.
Among the issues was the quota of 14,306 last year compared with the original quota of 31,600.
However, the Saudi government has not officially announced the quota and selection criteria for the haj for this season.
Mohd Na’im said the cost of performing the haj iwas expected to increase by up to 50%, which would be more than RM30,000, following the increase in the kingdom’s value-added tax to 15%.
He added that Tabung Haji would continue to monitor the cost to perform the pilgrimage and other matters pertaining to it.
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.