Beloved Singaporean actress Alice Ho Soon Kim, known for Mediacorp roles, dies at 72

Veteran Mediacorp actress Alice Ho Soon Kim, known for her roles in over 50 TV series, including “Beansprout Auntie” in “Holland V,” has passed away at 72. She was also a dedicated qigong practitioner and co-founded the Qigong Shi Ba Shi Association Singapore.

Jacky Cheung thrills fans with two additional shows, sets new record with 11-night concert in Singapore

Get ready for an unparalleled musical experience as the iconic Jacky Cheung extends his highly anticipated 60+ Concert Tour in Singapore. With the addition of two final concerts, Cheung will astound audiences with a total of 11 shows, surpassing all previous records.

Prominent figure in Malaysian Chinese Education Movement, Bock Tai Hee, passed away at 79

Bock Tai Hee, the revered “guardian” of Chinese education in Malaysia, passed away at 79 due to COVID-19 complications. Detained under the ISA in 1975 for his advocacy, he dedicated his life to empowering Chinese-Malaysian students and ceaselessly shared his wisdom until the end. His legacy lives on.

Malaysian comedian get cancelled on Chinese social media, invites audience to attend upcoming June 4 show

Malaysian comedian Nigel Ng, famously known as “Uncle Roger,” faces a ban on Chinese social media platforms following satirical comments about China’s government. Ng humorously addressed potential surveillance and mockingly praised President Xi in a video. Following jokes about surveillance and the One-China policy, several of his accounts were suspended.

Malaysian Home Ministry withdraws appeal against High Court’s 2021 ruling on ‘Allah’ in Christian publication

Malaysia’s Home Ministry has withdrawn its appeal against a High Court ruling that overturned the ban on using the word “Allah” in Christian publications. Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail cited ‘contradictions’ between an administrative order and a 1986 Cabinet decision. Despite this, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim stated that restrictions remain for non-Muslims in other states, a claim contested by Sarawak state assemblyman Baru Bian

Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh receives warm homecoming reception after historic Oscar win

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim received a visit from Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh, the first Malaysian actress to win the Best Actress trophy at the 95th Academy Awards (Oscars). On Thursday (20 Apr) morning, the meeting was shared on Anwar’s official Instagram story. In the post, Anwar also expressed his gratitude to the Hollywood actress, born in Ipoh, Perak, for bringing the trophy she won through the film Everything Everywhere All At Once back to Malaysia.

Seasoned busker forced to spend S$2k on flight back to Singapore to renew permit; NAC defends physical auditions for ‘fairness’ sake

Singaporean busker, Jonathan Goh, has criticised the National Arts Council (NAC) for the difficulties he faced in renewing his busking permit. Previously, experienced buskers were granted a two-year permit, but the NAC changed it to a one-year validity for everyone after lifting busking restrictions last year. Despite being a seasoned performer, Mr Goh is required to undergo a physical audition for five minutes in front of a panel of judges to assess his street performance skills, which he believes is outdated. The NAC defended the physical auditions to provide “fair and open opportunities for everyone”.

Singapore’s Mediacorp defends drama series “Silent Walls” against accusations of harmful gay stereotypes

Mediacorp’s TV drama “Silent Walls” has received criticism from some members of the LGBTQ community for perpetuating harmful gay stereotypes. The criticism was primarily driven by an article from online LGBTQ+ publication Dear Straight People, which called out the relationship between two characters, citing their “problematic” large age gap as well as reinforcing the harmful stereotype that gay men are predators and groomers. The storyline was also criticized for implying that gay men are all diseased and promiscuous, suggesting that gay couples will always meet a tragic fate.

Book Depository to close its doors on 26 April 2023, leaving book lovers worldwide saddened

Book Depository, the popular online bookstore known for its vast collection of over 20 million books and free worldwide delivery, will be closing its doors on 26 April 2023, with orders accepted until midday on the closing date. The company had gained popularity for its unique mantra of “selling ‘less of more’ rather than ‘more of less’,” offering a wide variety of genres and topics.

Netizens lambasted Sim Ann for her lack of social etiquette in disruption of live performance at Esplanade

SINGAPORE — Netizens have expressed harsh criticism in relation to the recent…