Not lockdown but forced social distancing to save Malaysia

Compiled by RASHVINJEET SINGH BEDI and C. ARUNODUE to the rising cost of living as well as the desire for a life of luxury, many female university students are choosing to become call girls, claims the founder of a shelter home for girls. The founder of Nur Hati Shelter Home, Mohamad Zaid Mohamad Shah, told Utusan Malaysia recently that the home had rescued about 300 girls and young women after they became pregnant. “The trend of becoming pregnant out of wedlock has increased since social media became popular in 2010. “This is the reality in Malaysia,” he said in an interview with the daily. “Now, many female university students are becoming call girls because of the high cost of living. “They don’t have enough money and they are also influenced by their friends who live luxuriously.” After becoming pregnant, most of the young mothers often did not know where to turn to, Zaid added. > Actress Rita Nadira confirmed to Harian Metro that she had broken up with actor Ezzrin Loy, the brother of actress Elfira Roy. Rita, who recently ventured into acting after starting off in modelling, said she and Ezzrin decided about a year ago to focus on their career for now. “I am now solo. About a year ago, we made the decision to focus on our own career,” she said. She added that they remained close friends and that her manager happened to be Ezzrin’s mother. Rita said she considered herself lucky to get the lead role in the 26-episode drama Juliet, which is produced by Zeel Production. This is her second drama, with her first being Jujurlah Nikahi Aku. “But this is the first drama in which I am the lead. I couldn’t believe it when I got the offer. “My manager encouraged me to go for it to get more experience,” she said.The above articles are 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 a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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