BY JAIVIN DOMPOK
PETALING JAYA: The days of flying as a stewardess for Miss Malaysia Universe 2001 Tung Mei Chin are over.
The 25-year-old beauty queen's career was “grounded” a few weeks before her engagement to John Tang, 29, in September last year.
And Tung, who was a SIA flight attendant for two years, will be married on the date her grandfather set – Sept 18.
“The date is important for both families as it does not clash with the month of the Hungry Ghost Festival,” she told The Star yesterday.
The couple’s love started innocently as they were friends for three years before becoming an item.
“I met John through his friend while I was studying in a college in Petaling Jaya,” she said.
Their relationship grew warmer when Tang was posted to China while she was a stewardess in Singapore.
“When I had my off days he would try to fly to Singapore to visit me and I would try to change my flight destination to Hong Kong so that I could be with him there,” Tung said.
In July last year, Tang proposed in front of a hotel lobby in Kuala Lumpur when they were in the country for a holiday.
“That took me by surprise. I did not expect anything to happen during that short trip,” Tung said, adding that two months later she quit her job as she wanted to be closer to Tang in China.
The couple plan to move to Guangzhou, China, after their marriage to help in Tang’s family business in garment manufacturing.
Tung and Tang, both Penangites, will hold their wedding ceremony in Penang.
Azrinaz Weds Brunei Sultan
WITH politics and other heavy issues hogging the headlines these past few weeks, Berita Minggu instead broke the story of a former TV3 personality marrying the Sultan of Brunei on its front page.
Azrinaz Mazhar Hakim, 26, better known as a hard-hitting journalist to many TV3 viewers, married Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, 58, in a closed ceremony in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.
One guest told Berita Minggu that the ceremony was only attended by family members, relatives and close friends of both bride and groom.
Azrinaz took a course in broadcasting diploma at the Malaysian Institute of Integrative Media (MIIM) or Akademi TV3 in 1997 and started work as an executive journalist with the station two years later.
However, the winner of TV3 Promising Journalist for 2000 resigned last May, saying she hoped to explore other fields.
She received a MIIM Alumni Award in 2002.
With Azrinaz’s marriage, the newspaper said, it has solved a riddle that had been circulating so strongly for some time.
The paper also highlighted an award presented by Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman to newly crowned Akademi Fantasia winner Asmawi Ani, popularly known as Mawi, for making the state famous.
In his speech before 3,000 spectators, Abdul Ghani said Mawi had successfully projected the image of a clean Malay youth with a winning personality and uplifted the name of the state with his talent.
Both the newspaper and Mingguan Malaysia also highlighted a statement by Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat calling on wives to keep in mind the “problems” faced by aging virgin women, whose number has increased in the country, and not stop their husbands from marrying again.
These wives, he said, should not prevent their husbands’ plans by reacting violently as long as the latter could afford to take another wife.
“Just think of the situation faced by the aged virgin. She will be forced to remain unmarried when in actual fact, there is a man who desires her. Wives should thus give these men room.
“These things will not be resolved as long as people only seek to fulfil their own desires but not think of others’ desires as well,” he said.