More dowry for gay daughter
Property tycoon Cecil Chao (趙世曾) may double a “marriage bounty” to find a male suitor for his gay daughter to US$130 million, despite his initial offer attracting 20,000 candidates, Malaysian financial publication the Edge reported. Chao made global headlines two years ago by offering a reward of HK$500 million (US$65 million) to any man who could persuade his daughter Gigi (趙式芝) to marry. The 77-year-old tycoon “hinted this figure could be doubled if someone could capture her heart,” he told the publication. However, this fresh attempt at a financial sweetener has left Gigi and her female partner of nine years, Sean Eav, “distraught,” the South China Morning Post said. “I don’t think my dad’s offering of any amount of money would be able to attract a man I would find attractive,” the 33-year-old daughter told the paper.
FM slams expat’s comments
A British wealth manager’s Facebook posts deriding public transport commuters as poor are “deeply offensive, wrong, and unacceptable,” Foreign Minister K. Shanmugam said yesterday. Furious Internet users lashed out at Porsche-driving Anton Casey, who is married to a former Singaporean beauty queen, after he referred to public transport users as “poor people” in a post on the social network. The 39-year-old, a Singapore permanent resident, had also referred to washing “the stench of public transport off me” in another post. “Those who have done well in life should always be looking out for others — especially the less well-off or needy... Instead Mr Casey showed contempt,” Shanmugam wrote on Facebook. Casey on Wednesday apologized for his remarks in a statement issued through a public relations firm, but Shanmugam said “some [Internet users] feel that the manner of his apology showed a lack of sincerity.”
More dolphins killed
Fishermen in the town of Taiji killed more than two dozen striped dolphins yesterday, activists from the militant environmentalist group Sea Shepherd said, adding that the hunters were herding the animals into a screened-off area because they wanted to hide what they were doing. “They continue to use tarps to cover the slaughter, and physically drive the pod under the tarps ... to avoid cameras,” Melissa Sehgal said by telephone from Taiji. “It was approximately 30 dolphins — striped dolphins — that were all slaughtered this morning.” She added that more than 1,200 dolphins had been driven into a cove in the area since Sept. 1, when the hunting season began. “Of those 1,200, over 600 dolphins have been slaughtered, not including today, and 149 have been taken captive,” she said. Local defenders of the hunt say it is a tradition and that the animals it targets are not endangered.
Maid welcomes boss’ arrest
An Indonesian maid has welcomed the arrest of her former Hong Kong employer, accused of torturing her, and said she was willing to return to the territory to testify in the case that sparked angry protests. The ex-employer, Law Wan-tung, a mother-of-two, was arrested on Monday and charged two days later with assaulting Erwiana Sulistyaningsih and two other Indonesian maids. “I’m happy. I had hoped the employer would be arrested,” 23-year-old Sulistyaningsih said to Hong Kong-based Cable Television in an interview broadcast yesterday. Sulistyaningsih is undergoing hospital treatment in Indonesia.