Compiled by JOSEPH KAOS Jr, C. ARUNO and R. ARAVINTHAN
HONG Kong heartthrob Louis Koo (pic) has extended financial help to a fellow actor who had to cancel all his acting gigs after being slashed by an unknown assailant, China Press reported.
Jason Wong, 44, revealed that the popular actor had sent him HK$50,000 (RM29,000) to help support his family while he was temporarily out of work.
He thanked Koo for being supportive, saying that Koo had told him to focus on getting well and not to worry about other matters.
Koo is the president of the Hong Kong Performing Artistes Guild, which was set up to protect the rights of performers.
Past presidents included big names such as Jackie Chan and Eric Tsang.
Wong was attacked by a person wielding a cleaver at a restaurant in Shenzhen, China, on Aug 29 causing him to suffer cuts on his face, left arm, and waist.
He underwent a six-hour surgery and received more than 100 stitches.
Apparently, it was a case of mistaken identity as the assailant had thought he was someone else.
As a result of the attack, Wong said he had to cancel all his filming work, adding that he was unsure if he could continue his acting career following the injuries to his face.
However, Wong said he is determined to deal with the challenges.
“Even though my future and my family’s finances are now uncertain, I believe that there will always be a way forward and I will face any challenges with courage,” said Wong, who is known as “Counterfeit Louis Koo” for his resemblance to Koo.
> In a bid to gain more views, an influencer in China attempted to swallow bees live online, which saw him ending up in a hospital, China Press reported.
The man from Guizhou province was seen on a livestream on Douyin (China’s equivalent of TikTok) grabbing two bees using a pair of chopsticks before putting them into his mouth.
“Not enough people are pressing the ‘Like’ button recently. I will see if bees can help,” he said at the start of the video.
The stunt did not last long as he quickly spat the insects out after being stung.
What amused Internet users was that his face, eyes, and lips immediately swelled up during the livestream.
Some users criticised him for attempting a dangerous act just to attract views.
“There are clowns everywhere doing just about anything to get views,” one wrote.
The stunt appeared to be effective as his followers rose to more than 561,000, but shortly after uploading the video, his Douyin account was banned for breaking community guidelines.
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.