SIN Chew Daily reported that there were 16 cases of bird’s nest being stolen in Bentong, Pahang, this year.
The district police said the thefts remained rampant and most of the thieves were still at large.
The cases accounted for about 5% of the total of 309 of theft cases – up from 103 during the same period last year.
Police urged the bird’s nest operators to fence up their premises and install surveillance systems to combat the menace.
> A nine-year-old boy tried to run away from home but landed on a rack mounted with an air-conditioner.
This was all because he refused to do his homework, China Press reported.
The boy from Linyi city, Shandong province, reportedly could not stand the nagging by his aunt for not concentrating on his homework.
The aunt failed to locate him in their 20th storey apartment unit until a neighbour discovered the boy sitting on the rack outside a 19th-storey unit.
The boy said he was looked after by his aunt while his parents worked in another city in China.
He said the aunt beat him because he did not do well in his studies.
> Oriental Daily reported that Taiwanese singer Elva Hsiao had posted a Christmas message on her Instagram account after her disappearance from the public eye for about three months.
The message was from a friend who wanted to cheer her up.
It read: “One should handle the sail well in his or her voyage at sea … let’s hope that everything will be better for us.”
Hsiao then said in the accompanying message: “The storm will stop because we are all in this together.”
There have been reports that Hsiao was sick and had put her work on halt for the remainder of the year.
Her last Instagram post was back in May.
● The above article is 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 this ‘ >’sign, it denotes a separate news item.