Devastating losses and happy marriages in Malaysia’s entertainment scene in 2021 | Show biz
KUALA LUMPUR, December 31 – It has been a bittersweet year for the local entertainment industry.
Malaysian showbiz has been hit with the loss of many iconic names, while happy nuptials and unions have also dominated the news.
Malay Mail looks back on what the last twelve months have brought.
In memory of icons
The Malaysian entertainment industry has suffered devastating losses this year with the deaths of some of the biggest names in the industry.
The death of renowned singer and entrepreneur Siti Sarah Raissuddin was one of the nation’s biggest shocks.
Sandarkan singer Pada Kenangan was admitted to Canselor Tuanku Muhriz Hospital at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia on August 4 after suffering from chronic cough and low oxygen levels due to Covid-19.
Siti, who was seven months pregnant at the time, had undergone a Caesarean section just a week before her death where her newborn baby, Ayash Affan, was in stable condition.
On the morning of August 9, Siti’s husband Shahmira Muhamad – also known as Shuib Sepahtu, took to Instagram to announce the death of his beloved wife due to Covid-19.
Other artists and fans, including then Prime Minister Tan Sri Datuk Mahiaddin Yassin, as well as the King and Queen of Malaysia expressed their condolences on the death of Siti.
The news of the death of award-winning and highly regarded director Mamat Khalid has shaken many.
Mamat or real name Mohamad Mohamad Khalid breathed his last at 12:30 a.m. on October 24 at Slim River Hospital in Perak.
The 58-year-old filmmaker was reported to have had a heart attack in his cafe, Sarang Art Hub in Tanjung Malim, before being taken to hospital.
Mamat was a screenwriter and director as well as the younger brother of famous Malaysian cartoonist Datuk Mohammad Nor Khalid, or Lat.
His well-known films include Zombie Kampung Pisang, Hantu Kak Limah, Oscillate and 18 Puasa in Kampong Pisang, which struck a chord with fans of comedy and family entertainment.
The nation also mourned the loss of other prominent figures in the local entertainment industry, including the late Malaysian TV commercial pioneer T. Gopala Krishnan, who died of cancer on August 25.
Malaysian-born singer Joyce Leelyn also reportedly died of Covid-19 on August 3, a week after receiving her first dose of Pfizer vaccination.
Nasyid singer Azizan de Rabbani also died of Covid-19 on June 30 at the Universiti Malaya Medical Center while awaiting the results of his Covid-19 test.
Malaysian courier lost its editor Datuk Wong Sai Wan, who died of heart problems on May 14 at Subang Jaya Medical Center.
Tie the knot
2021 offered happy snapshots, and celebrity weddings abound.
TV host and entrepreneur Neelofa, who married preacher PU Rice on March 27, definitely made headlines for their extravagant wedding at a Kuala Lumpur hotel.
This left many people stunned after the revelations that 5,000 Swarovski crystals and premium materials such as ostrich feathers were used to craft her wedding dress with a ‘Greek goddess’ concept.
However, the media buzz surrounding the wedding hasn’t always been for the best reasons, as Neelofa came under fire after photos of guests sitting side-by-side went viral on social media.
Police have opened an investigation into the newlyweds after a video of them breaking the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) during their honeymoon in Langkawi also circulated on social media.
According to Dang Wangi ACP Police Chief Mohamad Zainal Abdullah, Neelofa or his real name Noor Neelofa Mohd Noor received a sum of RM20,000.
Neelofa’s fine related to two offenses, the first as an organizer for failing to meet SOP requirements for social functions during the CMCO, by failing to ensure a minimum of one meter of social distancing.
The second was for violating the permission granted to cross state borders, granted by officials because their activities went beyond what was authorized by the police.
PU Riz received a compound of 10,000 RM and 20 members of Neelofa’s family received a compound of 1,500 RM each totaling 30,000 RM for violating SOP Covid-19 during the marriage.
Actor Remy Ishak has broken many hearts after marrying entrepreneur Ezra Yusoff on August 21 after postponing their wedding since May.
The couple had a closed-door wedding ceremony in Kuala Lumpur due to the third MCO.
According to Remy, since the news of his marriage came out, many women had posted statuses and videos of their grief on social media, but Remy viewed this as fans teasing him.
“But if anyone is really heartbroken, please forgive me. God willing, I will continue to entertain you all in the next project. Thank you all for staying true to me,” Remy said on his Instagram account. .
Remy and his wife had also received an honorary wedding gift from the King and Queen of Malaysia.
2021 also saw local rapper Caprice end his celibacy after the rapper married single mother Farra Inalis Hussni in a “secret wedding” in Kuala Lumpur last November.
the Lenglui the singer said Harian Metro that the reason they were secretly married was that he didn’t want to risk jeopardizing his relationship with the 26-year-old.
Caprice’s wedding was revealed by the rapper himself after he uploaded some photos and videos from their “secret wedding” to his Instagram.
Farra has a five year old daughter named Aleesya Sofea.
Other celebrities who have married this year include local singer Zee Avi who married her Japanese husband, Kenji Matano in November, as well as actress Uqasha Senrose who finally married her husband, Kamal Adli in December. .
However, Uqasha and Kamal are currently in hot water after a video from their Bollywood-themed “henna night” showed guests were not following SOPs posted on social media.
According to KosmoBentong Police Chief Superintendent Zaiham Mohd Kahar announced that police have opened an investigation into the celebrity couple who allegedly violated the Covid-19 SOP in Genting Highlands on December 15.