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Malaysian singer Namewee says he is not anti-China



Malaysian singer Namewee, who has faced a backlash in China for his song Fragile, has stated that he is not anti-China.

The satirical duet with Australian singer Kimberley Chen, 27, was written by Namewee, 38, and contained stabs at Chinese leader Xi Jinping and touched on sensitive topics such as censorship, Covid-19 and the Uighurs.

Although there is no mention of China in the lyrics, the music video has a panda cavorting in the background and the pink-themed setting is seen as a dig at nationalistic Chinese netizens known as Little Pinks.

Namewee and Chen, who are both based in Taiwan, were blocked on Weibo. The viral hit, which has almost 18 million views on YouTube, was removed from streaming sites in China.

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Join the conversation about Malaysian arts and culture in this online series


Want to get to know the basics of traditional Kenyah dance or traditional East Coast woodcarving? What about the history and inner workings of Mak Yong? Ever wondered how many spray cans you need for a street art piece?

The Open Arts Classes (OAC), a free virtual learning series under Art In The City (AITC) 2021, is offering a rare chance to experience a “class session” with the movers and shakers in the arts and culture scene.

You learn directly from Malaysia’s best such as Adlin Aman Ramlie (performing arts), Anniketyni Madian (visual art), Datuk Syafinaz Selamat (music), Adiguru Norhaiza Noordin (craft), and Datuk Johari Salleh (music history).

The list is a diverse one with street artist Kenji Chai, cultural outfit Pusaka founder Eddin Khoo, Penang House of Music director Paul Augustin, Sabahan beadwork artist Eleanor Go

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HK star Aaron Kwok shares rare photos of family for his 56th birthday



Hong Kong superstar Aaron Kwok usually spends his birthday working due to his busy filming schedule.

However, he was able to mark the occasion this year with his family as production has wrapped on his latest movie, The White Storm 3.

Kwok, who turned 56 on Tuesday (Oct 26), is married to Chinese model Moka Fang, and the couple have two daughters – Chantelle, four, and Charlotte, two.

The singer-actor posted on Weibo several photos of the celebration on Tuesday. He wrote in Chinese: "Thank you everyone for the well wishes. I would also like to wish everyone good health and all the best."

In the photos, his family of four was seen wearing different shades of pink, with his daughters making a rare appearance on his social media acco

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Will Alec Baldwin shooting lead to criminal charges or lawsuits?


As the chain of events that led to actor Alec Baldwin fatally shooting a cinematographer becomes clearer, the question remains: who, if anyone, will be held responsible for the death of Halyna Hutchins?

No arrests have been made, but prosecutors have not yet ruled out criminal charges against those involved in the tragedy that struck the set of low-budget Western film Rust in New Mexico last Thursday (Oct 21).

Legal experts told AFP that in theory, prosecutors could explore two avenues for charging Baldwin: as the actor who pulled the trigger during a rehearsal or as a producer of the film.

While many facts about the shooting have not yet been established, all agreed that Baldwin is unlikely to be seen as criminally liable for discharging the weapon.

Baldwin was handed the gun by assistant director Dave Halls, who a

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Afghan all-female orchestra keeps music alive in exile


For the first time in months, members of Afghanistan's all-female Zohra orchestra have reassembled in Doha, their music once again filling the air as they face an uncertain future.

While grateful to be safe in Qatar, their escape from Taliban rule is bittersweet, as the girls leave behind friends from the orchestra and their "old companions" - their instruments.

Last week marked the first time in three months that Marzia Anwari, along with other members of the Afghan music community who escaped to Qatar, played live for an audience.

"Most of the girls from the Zohra orchestra are here with me in Qatar, but some of them are still in Afghanistan," the 18-year-old violist told AFP.

"I hope that they can join us here as soon as possible and we can be together and rebuild our orchestra."

Zohra, Afghanistan's first all-fem

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A look at the post-pandemic makeover of Malaysian fashion and beauty businesses



With lockdowns easing, the style industry is trying its hardest to get shoppers to start spending. From fashion to beauty, businesses in Malaysia welcome the return of customers to their stores.

Boutiques are once again stocking their shelves to the brim with the latest designs of clothes, shoes and bags. Cosmetic aisles are filled, offering lipsticks in the trendiest shades or the season’s most current perfumes.


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Malaysian airports expect ‘surge’ of travellers in coming months



Airports nationwide are ready to welcome travellers back with the lifting of local and international travel restrictions, says Malaysia Airport (MAHB).

MAHB said the lull period amid the previous travel restrictions have been used to ensure a safe airport experience in anticipation of travel resumption.

“For the past year, airport readiness has been a key factor in ensuring that our services stay relevant, and standards remain high. Our staff at all airports are very well prepared to operate at optimum levels of efficiency as we welcome back passengers,” said MAHB group chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh.

Apart from the implementation of safety measures to restore air travel confidence, facilities have also been upgraded to f

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Duran Duran drops new album 40 years after debut



When British pop band Duran Duran made their debut, they did not know how long they would last. But 40 years on, the new wave group are still going strong, releasing their 15th studio album, Future Past, on Friday (Oct 22).

"We would never have expected to be still making music together after all this time. We were just kids and we came together in punk rock," bassist John Taylor told Reuters.

"(In) the late 70s where nobody was thinking long term, it was like, could we just play next year?"

Formed by Taylor and keyboardist Nick Rhodes in 1978, Duran Duran rose to fame with hits such as Girls On Film and Rio.

The band, with lead singer Simon Le Bon and drummer Roger Taylor, has sold more than 100 million records wo

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Beyond’s Paul Wong shows his love to wife Athena Chu as she turns 50



Hong Kong musician Paul Wong may not be with his wife, actress Athena Chu, on her 50th birthday, but she is definitely on his mind.

On Chu's birthday on Monday (Oct 25), Wong posted on Weibo a photo of them kissing each other, captioned: "Happy birthday, dear! Please wait for me to come home."

Wong, 57, the guitarist of legendary Hong Kong band Beyond, is currently in Haikou city on China's Hainan Island taking part in reality show Call Me By Fire, which features other male celebrities such as Taiwanese actor Jerry Yan and Chinese actor Vincent Zhao.

Meanwhile, Chu is appearing on Zhejiang Television's food variety show Qing Chi Fan De Jie Jie, loosely translated as Sisters Who Invite You To Dinner. The show also featured Hong Kong actress

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Bukit Besi Museum mines Terengganu’s iron ore history


The history of mining in Bukit Besi in Terengganu not only reflects the legacy of the colonialists in the socio-economy of local inhabitants, but also the existence of an international community in the country since 1929.

Wan Mohd Rosli Wan Ngah, the honorary secretary of the Malaysian Historical Association (PSM) of the Dungun area, said that during its heyday, this enclave was inhabited by citizens of Britain, America, Canada, Australia, Holland, Germany, South Africa, India and China.

According to him, because of the needs of a cosmopolitan community, Bukit Besi was built up with modern facilities including the first swimming pool in Malaysia, with diving board, in the 1950s.

“Bukit Besi was the pulse of economic growth of the country, notably in Terengganu when a Japanese company, Kuhara Mining Limited, was licensed by the sta

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