Teenager killed in amusement park accident

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Compiled by CHOW HOW BAN, JUNAID IBRAHIM and R. ARAVINTHAN

A 13-year-old boy died of electrocution while riding a bumper car at an amusement park in Huainan city, China’s Anhui province, Sin Chew Daily reported.

The boy and his friends were at the park on June 27 celebrating the end of their exams when the 5.30pm incident took place.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the boy was likely electrocuted when the bumper car shorted out.

Paramedics were unable to revive him at the scene.

The boy’s uncle said he would have turned 14 the next day.

The incident raised concerns that some amusement park operators failed to use materials that meet international standards to manufacture bumper cars.

Stand firm: Cheung defended himself for using the term “jiayou” in a positive context.

> Hong Kong Cantopop legend Jacky Cheung has defended his recorded message for the celebration of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China, China Press reported.

Cheung, known as one of the four heavenly kings of industry, had used the Hong Kong phrase jiayou, which literally means “add oil”, to urge the special administrative region to persevere.

However, the phrase “Hong Kong add oil” is synonymous with anti-government protests in the city from 2019 to 2020.

In his statement last Sunday, the 60-year-old said the phrase should not be banned or considered “unpatriotic” just because it was once used by people who “made mistakes”.

“I think I am a patriotic Chinese citizen who loves Hong Kong and my country, China.

“Stay away from politics has always been my principle. I was born in Hong Kong and grew up here. I hope to die here too,” he said.

He said he had witnessed the glorious years of development in Hong Kong, but the city had been marred by street violence, protests and the Covid-19 pandemic in recent years.

“All these events have endangered many businesses and caused panic among the population.

“Now is the time for Hong Kong to add oil,” he said, adding that he had heard the phrase used for Beijing, Wuhan and Shanghai.

Following Cheung’s video message on Chinese national television, many netizens criticized him for uttering the phrase and omitting words like “homeland.”

Amid the outcry, state broadcaster China Central Television reportedly even deleted the music video.

However, Cheung’s response to the controversy received a lot of support from many supporters of what he said.

The above articles are compiled from vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). Thus, the stories are grouped according to the respective language/media. When a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate short story.

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