Actress Joe Chen spends her first CNY in Malaysian husband's hometown

All smiles: Chen (left) is celebrating with hubby Alan.

Taiwanese actress Joe Chen, who married a Malaysian last year, will mark her first Chinese New Year in Malaysia, China Press reported.

Chen, 42, was spotted at a shopping mall in Johor Baru with her husband, Alan Chen, 33.

She smiled and waved at those who called out to her.

An internet user later revealed that Joe declined to take selfies, explaining that she was visiting Malaysia in her personal capacity and not for work.

Joe married Alan in Taiwan on March 31 last year.

Alan is an abstract painter and entrepreneur in the health and food businesses. They met on the dating show Meeting Mr Right.

> Puan Sri Chelsia Chan, a well-known Hong Kong actress-singer in the 1970s, will perform the patriotic tune Sejahtera Malaysia with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra on Feb 13.China Press reported that Chan, 65, had recently uploaded her rendition of the song on social media and that a team in South Korea would be arranging the score specifically for an orchestra.

“If I manage to get everyone to come and sing along, I believe it would be a touching scene,” she wrote online.

Chan, who has been married to Lion Group chairman Tan Sri William Cheng for over 40 years, joined the music industry after winning the first prize at an amateur creative singing contest in 1975.

> China Press also reported that Hong Kong actor Tony Leung revealed that he took Mandarin lessons to brush up on the language for his latest film, Hidden Blade.

Leung, 60, said that movie directors were unhappy with his pronunciation.

● The above article is 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 this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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