Store owner in viral brawl a former taekwondo champ

Compiled by C. ARUNO and NG ZI QIN

THE convenience store owner who was involved in a brawl in Seberang Jaya, Penang, was revealed to be a former state taekwondo champion, reported China Press.

The 49-year-old Wu Ye Rong told the daily that he started learning the martial art when he was 17 and was crowned the Penang champion at the 1996 International Taekwondo Federation competition.

He even served briefly as a substitute taekwondo instructor in 1998.

“That year, I took over four classes and taught the students.

“The main instructor recommended that I become an instructor full-time.

“However, I was too busy running my family’s convenience store, so I rejected the offer,” he said.

It was reported that Wu was seen in a viral video fighting a man in his 30s, who appeared to be drunk at his convenience store.

He was later arrested by police along with the other brawler.

Seberang Perai Tengah OCPD Asst Comm Helmi Aris revealed that Wu was unharmed, while the other man suffered minor facial injuries.

According to him, the man’s request for liquor led to a misunderstanding and, subsequently, a fight between the two.

Based on the video, the confrontation escalated outside the store, with the man striking Wu with a helmet.

The latter retaliated with a flurry of punches and kicks, which led to his opponent ending up face down on the floor.

Another customer present eventually broke up the altercation.

> A Jay Chou lookalike pulled off a concert in Guangdong, China, despite using an odd ticketing system, the daily also reported.

Known as “Dark Jay Chou”, the performer, who has more than a million followers on Douyin, drew several hundred fans to his mini-concert.

One of the highlights of his concert was how he priced his tickets – seats farther away cost more.

While the majority of the tickets were sold for 50 yuan (RM32.25), the last row cost 40 times more at 2,000 yuan (RM1,300) each.

“The farther away you are, the more I will look like Jay Chou,” he quipped.

Many Internet users expressed disbelief at the success of a concert by a celebrity lookalike.

“I can’t believe that people actually bought tickets to see him,” one netizen wrote.

However, concertgoers praised the showmanship demonstrated by the so-called “Dark Jay Chou” and his ability to sound like the real “McCoy”.

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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