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Police in eastern China have detained five people on suspicion of carrying out a scam that aimed to convince people to part with their money in return for a share of trillions of US dollars that have been frozen since the defeated Nationalist forces fled the mainland at the end of the civil war.

Officers found fake army uniforms and a number of forged documents when they detained the three women and two men at a hotel in Shandong province last week, the Yimeng Evening News reported.

The gang is accused of promising investors a share from a fund worth trillions of US dollars that they said had been established by the Nationalists 70 years ago and claimed they were working for special task forces established by the UN and China’s Central Military Commission to unlock the assets.

The faked documents were said to include United Nations permits and even a gun licence issued by the last imperial dynasty, the Qing.

The group is accused of using a variety of forged documents to convince people to part with their cash. PHOTO: South China Morning Post

The report said the five had confessed they were members of a ring known as the International Plum Blossom, which has been operating similar scams for a decade.

They were placed under criminal detention after they were questioned by police while eating at a hotel in Linyi city.

Police say the man then phoned someone he described as the “top leading comrade” and warned that the policemen could be suspended for carrying out further checks.

The haul included fake deposits or trillions of dollars from major banks. PHOTO: South China Morning Post

This failed to deter the officers, who took the group to the police station for further questioning.

When they searched their bags, police say they found a variety of documents including fake deposits from Citibank and HSBC worth several trillion US dollars and an order from the Kuomintang government to transfer the money to Taiwan, where the Nationalists fled in 1949 after being defeated.

Teng reportedly confessed that the documents were used to convince people – particularly the elderly – to invest in a crowdfunding project to unlock the money. Would-be investors were offered up to 10 per cent of the total funds.

The scam was included in a warning list of 100 frauds the Ministry of Public Security published earlier this year.

It is not known how many people have fallen victim to it over the years, but it has been going on for at least 40 years, according to a report published on Fujian province’s official news portal.

The report highlighted the 2010 case of a man who had invested more than 700,000 yuan (just over S$135,000 in today’s money) over 30 years in the hope of getting a share of the KMT funds.

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Seorang budak lelaki berusia 10 tahun diselamatkan polis selepas ditinggalkan di stesen kereta api dan diarahkan mengemis oleh bapanya sebagai hukuman kerana tidak menyiapkan kerja sekolah.

Polis mendapat panggilan jam 4.45 pagi mengenai seorang budak lelaki dengan beg sekolah melutut di depan stesen kereta api mengemis makanan, lapor South China Morning Post.

Kanak-kanak itu yang hanya memakai jaket untuk melindungi daripada sejuk berkata, dia ditinggalkan di situ 45 minit sebelumnya ketika ayahnya pergi bekerja.

“Saya dihukum kerana tidak menghabiskan kerja sekolah,” katanya dipetik Kankan News.

Menurut laporan, bapanya memberinya mangkuk dan mengarahkannya melutut serta ‘mengemis untuk makanan sebagai hukuman.’

Polis membawa budak itu ke balai sebelum memberi minuman panas dan biskut selain menghubungi ibunya yang tiba sejam kemudian.

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Tak ada ‘cash’ pun tak apa!

December 3, 2019 | Viral | No Comments

PENGGUNAAN aplikasi WeChat di Malaysia tidak sehebat berbanding di China dan jangan terkejut apabila kebanyakan penduduknya menggunakan aplikasi berkenaan untuk berurusan termasuklah untuk tujuan mengemis.

Perkara tersebut dikongsi pengguna akaun Facebook, Fazil Irwan yang menceritakan bagaimana rakannya didatangi seorang pengemis wanita ketika berada di negara terbabit yang meminta wang, namun rakannya memberitahu tidak membawa wang tunai.

Bagaimanapun, jawapan pengemis tersebut di luar jangkaan apabila mencadangkan kepada rakan tersebut supaya wang sedekah dibuat melalui aplikasi WeChat Pay.

“Pengemis berkenaan memberitahu tidak mengapa, anda boleh membayar melalui WeChat. Begitulah katanya,” kata Fazil dalam hantarannya.

Fazil turut berkongsi gambar kejadian tersebut yang kini tular di media sosial dengan 22,000 tanda suka, 15,000 pengguna alam maya berkongsi gambar tersebut dan rata-rata netizen terkejut serta tidak menyangka urusan mengemis juga turut digunakan dalam aplikasi WeChat.

“Wah, tak sangka negara yang memang sebuah negara yang kini ke depan dalam pembangunan teknologi sehinggakan pengemis boleh masuk duit derma hanya melalui WeChat Pay sahaja. Fuh dahsyat,” tulis Lim San di Facebook.

Danim Idham pula memberitahu, “Senangnya cara cari duit sekarang ya, mana taknya, kalau bagi alasan tiada duit tunai atau duit kecil, boleh ‘bank in’. Ini kalau dekat Malaysia, tak jadi apalah engkau pengemis.”

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Beberapa pembeli rumah di satu kawasan pangsapuri baharu terkejut dan kecewa selepas pemandangan taman yang dijanjikan pemaju, hanyalah rekaan dalam risalah pemaju malah kolam buatan yang dijanjikan itu cuma kawasan tanah yang ditutup plastik biru.

Perkara itu hanya diketahui pembeli berkenaan sewaktu mengambil kunci rumah selepas melihat tiada kawasan taman seperti yang dijanjikan pemaju di Beichen Central Park di Changsha, wilayah Hunan, lapor South China Morning Post.

Saluran TV Hunan Satellite melaporkan, selain dijanjikan ‘kawasan yang dilindungi tumbuh-tumbuhan tinggi’ dan ‘gaya hidup taman,’ pemilik baru turut dikejutkan dengan kawasan awam dilitupi plastik biru yang kononnya seperti tasik dan satu jambatan kayu kecil.

“Saya berdiri di tengah-tengah ‘air biru’ yang sebenarnya tidak wujud malah tiada batu atau tumbuhan (sebagai hiasan),” kata seorang pembeli rumah.

Di kawasan yang lebih besar, kelihatan blok berturap dilitupi lumpur kuning dan dihiasi dengan rumput kering yang sepatutnya adalah rumput hijau segar.

“Kami sangat tidak berpuas hati melihat blok ‘turapan’ rumput ini. Ia kebiasaannya digunakan untuk laluan masuk atau tempat letak kereta.

“Tetapi sini bukan kawasan tempat letak kereta. Ia kawasan terbuka di luar setiap pintu masuk bangunan tetapi mereka mendakwanya kawasan yang ada tumbuhan,” kata seorang lagi pemilik rumah.

Menurutnya, keadaan itu tidak boleh diterima malah boleh membahayakan kanak-kanak dan orang tua.

Pemaju, Changsha Shiji Yujing Real Estate bagaimanapun mempertahankan tindakan mereka dengan berkata, mereka tidak pernah menjanjikan tasik buatan di komuniti perumahan itu walaupun terdapat di dalam risalah.

Seorang kakitangan syarikat berkata, blok turapan rumput dibina mengikut piawaian kerajaan.

“Kami membinanya kerana perlu mengambil kira keperluan keselamatan kebakaran dan landskap,” katanya.

Menurut laporan, pejabat pentadbir masyarakat mengadakan pertemuan dengan wakil pemilik dan akan bekerjasama dengan jabatan bomba serta jabatan perancangan bandar untuk menyelesaikan masalah berkenaan.

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 Seorang lelaki mahu membunuh diri selepas isterinya membelanja lebih RMB300,000 yuan (RM177,552) membeli-belah dalam talian sempena jualan 11.11, malam Ahad lalu.

Kejadian itu berlaku di Luzhou, wilayah Sichuan selepas Wang, 29, tertekan kerana isterinya Zhan berbelanja besar membeli pelbagai barangan.

Menurut Red Star News, Zhan, 29, tertarik dengan diskaun hebat yang ditawarkan peniaga pada jualan harga runtuh 11.11, kelmarin.

Pasangan itu dilaporkan bertengkar sebelum Wang ke bumbung sebuah apartmen 33 tingkat dan mahu terjun dari bangunan itu.

Polis berjaya menenangkan Wang dalam tempoh 30 minit dan turut meminta dia memikirkan nasib anak kecilnya.

Wang yang menerima bayaran gaji beberapa ribu sebulan sebagai jurujual berjanji akan bekerja lebih keras untuk melangsaikan hutang isterinya.

Sebelum ini, isterinya membelanja sebanyak RMB200,000 (RM118,341) dalam talian membeli beg mewah, minyak wangi dan pakaian menggunakan kad kredit atau pinjaman bank.

Ketagihan wanita itu membeli-belah bertambah teruk susulan berhenti kerja selepas melahirkan anak pada tahun lalu.

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Merlin Entertainments, a global leader in location-based family entertainment, has announced its plans to open a Legoland resort in Jinshan district in Shanghai, the largest Legoland park in the world, to cash in on the rising family tourism market in China.

The British theme park operator has reached an agreement with the Shanghai Jinshan district government, Chinese media and entertainment giant CMC, and the investment company behind the Lego empire Kirkbi to invest an estimated US$500 million (S$679 million) in the resort, and the project is not expected to open until after 2023.

The resort will also cover a theme hotel incorporating 250 rooms, coupled with other neighboring facilities.

The resort featuring Lego brick elements and Chinese cultural characteristics, will target families with children aged between two and 12. There are eight Lego parks in operation globally.

Merlin operates 13 attractions in China including Legoland Discovery Centres, Madame Tussauds, the Sea Life Centre, Dungeons, Peppa Pig World of Play, and Little BIG City.

“A gateway city with modern consumers, Shanghai is already the home for many Merlin brands, and it has been our ambition for some time to build a full-scale theme park that offers visitors the opportunities to immerse themselves in a unique Legoland experience,” said Mr Nick Varney, chief executive officer of Merlin Entertainments.

Globally, it operates more than 120 attractions in 25 countries around the world.

Mr Hu Weiguo, director of Jinshan district in Shanghai, said the Legoland Park in Jinshan not only supports the economic bridge between Shanghai and Zhejiang province, and better contributes to the high-quality integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta Region; it also promotes Shanghai as a theme park destination with Disney Resort in the east and Legoland Resort in the west, supporting the local tourism economy.

The location in Jinshan district is one-hour distance to downtown Shanghai and one-hour drive to 16 major cities in the Yangtze River Delta and two-hour drive to about 55 million potential visitors in the region.

In addition to Shanghai in East China, Legoland has also invested in western China. In September, Merlin entered into a partnership agreement with Global Zhongjun Cultural Tourism Development to build and operate a Legoland Resort in Sichuan province in western China. The resort is scheduled to open by 2023.

Global Zhongjun will fund the construction of Legoland Sichuan, as well as the required infrastructure and adjacent commercial developments, while Merlin will join in the resort development and operate it under a management contract arrangement.

Legoland Sichuan will be located within the Tianfu New Area in the city of Meishan, about 60km south of Chengdu city centre and is within a two-hour catchment of 30 million residents.

The Lego brand has increased its presence, revenue and contribution in China during the past decade to create a positive impact on the development of the Chinese society with learning through play experiences.

The resort will give Chinese families even more opportunities to experience the benefits of Lego play and have fun together, said Mr Jorgen Vig Knudstorp, executive chairman of Lego brand group, Kirkbi.

The Lego Group, a privately held company based in Billund, Denmark, opened a regional hub office in Shanghai in 2014 and a manufacturing facility in Jiaxing in 2016. It expects to have more than 140 stores in 35 cities by the end of 2019 and is on track to have 220 stores in more than 50 cities by 2020.

Merlin Entertainments purchased the Legoland parks from the Lego Group in 2005. It owns 70 per cent of the Legoland franchise, the other 30 per cent belonging to the Lego Group. Owned by the Blackstone Group, Merlin has risen to be the second-largest amusement company after Walt Disney Parks.

This June, a consortium including Kirkbi agreed to buy Merlin, with each of Kirkbi and the Blackstone/CPPIB group owning 50 per cent upon completion.

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When Wang Guyue’s five-year-old boy stepped into his English extracurricular class this week, he was greeted by a room full of princesses, ghosts and pumpkins.

“My son is afraid of ghosts, so I dressed him up as a Chinese swordsman,” she said.

Every year, the English training school in Shanghai, where Wang sends her son, turns Halloween-themed.

All the children don costumes and make-up, and trick-or-treating activities are held.

Since it is an English-teaching school, Wang thinks it is good practice to celebrate Western holidays, so that the children can learn the culture as well as the language.

She said that the teachers explained Halloween to the children, but that their limited English meant the children might not understand everything.

For many young Chinese, October is filled with Halloween celebrations such as dress-up parties – even as anti-Western holiday rhetoric crops up every year, with some saying dressing up as ghosts is “inauspicious” and some subway stations banning Halloween make-up.

Many theme parks and bars were decorated in early October.

In Shenzhen, in southern China’s Guangdong province, parks such as Window of the World and Happy Valley are home to parades, shows and haunted mansions from October until early November, with participants encouraged to dress up.

Videos uploaded on social media show haunted mansions with spooky lighting, cotton cobwebs and skeletons, with workers dressed up as ghosts who jump out to scare tourists.

Miko, a woman in Shenzhen, said she went to a “Gotham City Night” at Woodpecker, a local restaurant, on Sunday dressed as the Joker, a villain from the Batman series.

“It’s just a bunch of us getting together in make-up and enjoying food and drinks, nothing in-depth,” she said.

However, partygoers may have to watch their behaviour in public, because the Guangzhou police issued a statement on Wednesday night, banning those dressed up as ghosts or “wearing scary make-up” from the subway and from doing performance arts.

“As Western holiday ‘Halloween’ nears, some shops and entertainment companies are holding holiday parties,” the notice said.

“Passengers in strange costumes and make-up have appeared at subway stations and in subway cars in big cities, including Guangzhou, which caused crowds to gather and even scared some passengers.”

It said that subway staff would prevent such behaviour and talk to those in scary costumes or make-up.

Those who did not listen and who caused what they termed public disturbances would be dealt with according to the law, it said.

Last week, photographs appeared on social media of passengers in Guangzhou being made to wipe off their make-up before being allowed on the subway.

There is also annual anti-Western rhetoric and online debates about whether Western celebrations such as Halloween and Christmas are too dominant and traditional festivals and culture being eroded.

“I oppose Halloween, it shows that we are not confident about our culture and are blindly obsessed with English or American culture,” one post on Weibo said. “I don’t see how that’s educational for kids.”

Others on social media consider it inauspicious for Chinese people to dress up as ghosts.

China’s traditional holiday that mourns ancestors, Ching Ming Festival, includes burning paper money and visiting tombs, not partying or dressing up.

In the past, there has been talk of banning Western holidays.

Last year, officials in the northern town of Langfang, in Hebei province, posted a notice on social media ordering the removal of all Christmas decorations and banning shops from selling related items, to “maintain stability”.

Wang felt her son was merely learning about another culture and having fun in the process.

Her son’s Chinese teachers were making sure he learned about Chinese traditions and values, she said, citing trips to nursing homes so that children could learn to respect the elderly.

She did not think learning about Western holidays meant forgetting one’s heritage.

For others, it is simply a way to shake off stress from work.

“People are just taking this opportunity, using Halloween as an excuse, to relax and have fun,” Miko said.

“There’s no need to overthink it.”

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Sebuah zoo di Nanning, sebuah daerah di Guangxi, China dikecam netizen kerana menggam bakul rotan pada cengkerang seekor kura-kura supaya pengunjung boleh mencampak duit masuk ke bakul tersebut.

Tindakan mencampak duit syiling merupakan sesuatu adat di China bertujuan untuk membawa tuah.

Gambar kura-kura tersebut yang viral minggu lepas menyebabkan pihak menerima kecaman teruk kerana dianggap menyiksa haiwan. Gambar kura-kura tersebut dikongsi di lama sosial terkenal di China, Weibo, oleh seorang pengguna bernama Teatia yang berkata bahawa ianya diambil ketika Hari Kebangsaan negara itu pada 1 Oktober lepas.

Teatia berkata yang pihak zoo cuba meraih duit dari pengunjung selain meminta pihak berkuasa menyiasat perkara itu. Selain itu, dia juga berkata yang kura-kura tersebut turut dijaga dengan teruk selain tiada penjaga yang menjaga haiwan tersebut.

Pihak zoo dilaporkan sedang menyiasat perkara tersebut.

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Seekor kucing jantan di China terpaksa dimasukkan air gula kerana kepenatan melampau selepas mengawan dengan lima ekor kucing betina dalam masa satu malam ketika diletakkan di sebuah hotel haiwan.

Kucing berbaka Russian Blue bernama Xiaopi itu, dirakam di dalam CCTV hotel haiwan itu, mengawan dengan lima ekor kucing betina yang turut diletakkan di situ. Pemiliknya, Zhao dari daerah Guangzhou, selatan China memberitahu media, dia agak marah dengan tindakan pemilik hotel haiwan itu yang membiarkan kucingnya merayau di luar sangkar.

Zhou turut berkata, “Saya ingatkan mereka bersikap professional, tapi pekerja di hotel itu tidak memberinya makan pada waktu siang dan membiarnya dia merayau pada waktu malam.

“Di antara pukul 10.40pm hingga 5am, kucing saya telah mengawan dengan lima ekor kucing betina, dan itu hanya kucing yang saya nampak dari CCTV.”

Zhao berkata pihak hotel kucing itu telah meminta maaf dan akan menanggung perbelanjaan rawatan kucingnya.

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A 39-year-old man in China’s Guizhou province threw a fake wedding to raise funds to start a business.

When the wedding reception ended, he refused to pay the rented bride the fee that was agreed upon. He even blocked her on all social media sites, Kwong Wah Daily reported.

Angry and frustrated, Xiao Li, who works as a professional rental girlfriend, highlighted the matter to the press.

“We had agreed on a seven-day rental period from Aug 22 to 28. My fee for each day was 521 yuan (S$100.90).

“The wedding reception was held on Aug 25 and all my transportation, food and accommodation costs had to be paid by him, ” she said.

Xiao Li received angpows of nearly 60,000 yuan at the wedding but as agreed upon, all the money went to the man.

The pair spent several days travelling across Guizhou after the reception and apparently slept together on two occasions.

But eventually, Xiao Li was unable to contact him after the “lease” ended.

Lawyers were of the view that she was at a disadvantage as there was no written contract.

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