Couple in Hunan redefine concept of speed dating


THERE is a saying, “Love and marriage are fated and not something one can ask for”.

The adage rings true for a couple in Yongzhou, Hunan province, who got engaged after meeting each other for the first time four days earlier.

Sin Chew Daily reported that the groom, known only as Jiang, and the bride, known only as Lee, met each other over a blind date on the fourth day of the Lunar New Year.

After spending time together for two days, they got engaged. It was followed by a wedding ceremony on the eighth day of the Chinese New Year.

The couple is in the process of picking a good time to get their marriage licence.

Lee, 26, said both she and Jiang, 28, were living just a few kilometres apart.

She said she felt they were meant for each other after the first meeting.

“He is nice and decent. And since I have reached a ‘marriageable’ age, why not?

“Both our families also gave the nod and agreed to our marriage,” she said.

The so-called “lightning marriage” has set some tongues wagging among netizens, with most giving their blessings, while there were also those who expressed surprise at the “swift” marriage.

> China Press reported that some 1,500 people fell victim to a gold investment scam that amounted to RM100mil in losses.

Some of them were from Kota Baru and Pasir Mas, Kelantan, and about 300 were from Thailand. Among the victims were those with “Tan Sri” and “Datuk” titles.

Some of the victims have since lodged police reports over the matter.

According to the daily, each of them was promised a daily 3% return on their investment plus gold coins.

One of the victims claimed that the company had used a pyramid scheme to offer a minimum investment of RM100.

He said those who could bring in more downlines would be able to double their profits.

One of the victims, Maziah Abu, 49, invested RM40,000 in the scheme.

After receiving RM20,000 from the company in three months and having put complete trust in the scheme, Maziah ended up recruiting more members for them.

Maziah has not received anything since.

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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