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  • hoganrock's Avatar
    4,481 posts since Jul '03
    • ST, Aug 6, 2006
      Popular getai compere Ah Nan arrested by CNB

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      By Chong Chee Kin

      PART-TIME actor Zhong Yaonan, well-known for playing thugs in television skits and local movies, has been arrested by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB).

      Zhong, more popularly known as Ah Nan, was picked up in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5 on Thursday night while he was hosting a getai.

      The 45-year-old compere was one of 124 suspected drug offenders nabbed in a 24-hour CNB operation.

      At press time, he had not been charged with any offence.

      Zhong shot to fame playing a loan shark in Jack Neo's movie Money No Enough in 1998. He then played a gangster in Neo's subsequent movie, Liang Po Po: The Movie, a year later.

      Friends and colleagues were surprised at his arrest.

      Getai organiser Tan Chew Lee, 59, of Cheong Xing Roadshow, said he had worked with Zhong for more than a decade and had never heard any news or rumours about him using drugs.

      'He's a very professional compere. He's very loyal. Once he says he will host a certain show, he will keep his word even if other people offer him more money to do otherwise,' he said.

      Veteran getai organiser Peter Loh, 54, from Whirltones Entertainments Enterprise, described Zhong as a competent and energetic host.

      Both Mr Loh and Mr Tan have engaged Zhong to host getais over the next few weeks and both said they will stand by him.

      'As long as he can come and perform for us, we would still want him to be our compere,' Mr Loh said.

      Zhong, who married twice, has three daughters aged between 10 and 23.

      His wife, who spoke to Lianhe Zaobao, said her husband called her to say he had been taken to a drug rehabilitation centre.

      'He said he did not take drugs. He told me someone could have spiked his food or drinks and he had no idea what happened,' she said.

      She claimed her husband's drink had been spiked once before, several years ago.

      'I told him not to accept drinks or food from strangers, but he said he could not refuse because being in the entertainment line, he could not afford to be rude,' she said.
      # See and hear Ah Nan perform in Stompcast at http://www.stomp.com.sg

      'He said he did not take drugs. He told me someone could have spiked his food or drinks and he had no idea what happened.'
      - WIFE OF PART-TIME ACTOR ZHONG YAONAN

      'He's a very professional compere. He's very loyal. Once he says he will host a certain show, he will keep his word even if other people offer him more money to do otherwise.'
      GETAI ORGANISER TAN CHEW LEE

      'As long as he can come and perform for us, we would still want him to be our compere.'
      GETAI ORGANISER PETER LOH Rolling Eyes

      ST, Aug 7, 2006
      Ah Nan tested positive for drugs
      Urine sample sent for confirmation, results should be out in two weeks' time

      By MEDIA REPORTER, Hazel Yong

      ACTOR and getai singer-compere Zhong Yaonan may be released from Sembawang Drug Rehabilitation Centre on Friday, a Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) spokesman said yesterday.

      The spokesman said that Zhong, 45, had tested positive for controlled drugs amphetamine and benzodiazepine after his arrest last Thursday night.

      Amphetamine is the name of a broad category of drugs including Ecstasy and Ice, while benzodiazepine drugs include Erimin-5.

      His urine sample has been sent to the Health Sciences Authority for confirmation and the report should be ready in about two weeks' time.

      If he is found guilty of consuming drugs, he will be charged and will have to undergo at least a six-month rehabilitation programme, said the spokesman.

      Zhong, more popularly known as Ah Nan, shot to fame playing a loan shark in Jack Neo's movie Money No Enough in 1998. Before entering showbiz, he worked in several jobs including as a cook and car mechanic.

      He was one of 124 suspected drug offenders nabbed in a 24-hour CNB operation.

      He was arrested at about 11pm after he hosted a Seventh Month Festival getai (concert) at Block 536, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10.

      He was led away by officers after the crowd had dispersed. He was the only performer at the getai to be arrested.

      Sun Qiang, 36, who was hosting the getai with Ah Nan that night, said yesterday: 'His reaction during our banter seemed a tad slower than usual but I didn't think much of it.'

      Zhong's wife said yesterday that her three daughters, aged 14, 11 and 10, were very upset about the arrest and that the youngest one had been crying.

      'I have to tell her to be good and be quiet like my two other daughters,' said the wife, who did not want to be named. 'She would then go and pray to the Goddess of Mercy figurine we have at home for his safe return.'

      The close-knit getai circuit has been abuzz with news of the arrest.

      Chan Ah Eng, a former Hokkien opera troupe performer, told Life! yesterday: 'I have known him for over a decade and I have never once heard or saw him taking any illicit drugs.'

      Chan, 63, is the mother of popular getai duo the Ming Zhu Sisters.

      Choo Leng Leng, the elder of the Ming Zhu Sisters, said that female performers have cried while discussing the arrest.

      'Ah Nan looks like a gangster but he has a heart of gold,' she said, adding that she and fellow getai performer Liu Lingling 'both lost our appetites at supper yesterday and cried because we were so worried about him'.

      Zhong's arrest follows the much-publicised death of getai star Chen Jinlang on July 25, the first day of the lunar seventh month, or what some Chinese regard as the Hungry Ghost Festival.

      Chen, 45, died after a battle with cancer, and his family held an eight-day wake attended by many getai performers.

      Zhong and Chen were god-brothers, and the latter's family had given Zhong nine of the late singer's flamboyant jackets as a keepsake.

      At Thursday's getai concert before his arrest, Zhong had donned the jackets.

      Tan Chew Lee, a getai organiser and Chen's elder brother, said that he had engaged Zhang to perform as a host and singer for two getai shows, on Aug 9 and 12 respectively.

      He said yesterday that he has found a replacement host in Huang Bihua, who is not as well-known as Zhong, for the Aug 9 event. He hopes Zhong would be released in time for the second show.

      'There are few comedic singer-hosts as popular as Jinlang and Ah Nan in Singapore,' he said.

      'It is really the industry's loss now that one has died and the other is remanded.' Rolling Eyes

      Edited by hoganrock 08 Aug `06, 9:10PM
  • LinkageII's Avatar
    1,302 posts since Apr '06
  • rathcycle's Avatar
    10,518 posts since Aug '05
    • Got picture ? is he the guy who is gold hair ,big size ,loanshark lookalike with ang kong all over the body? Btw, what does getai means ?

  • hoganrock's Avatar
    4,481 posts since Jul '03
    • Originally posted by rathcycle:
      Got picture ? is he the guy who is gold hair ,big size ,loanshark lookalike with ang kong all over the body? Btw, what does getai means ?

      ya he's the one Rolling Eyes

  • c0mplex's Avatar
    137 posts since Oct '04
  • rathcycle's Avatar
    10,518 posts since Aug '05
    • Originally posted by hoganrock:
      ya he's the one Rolling Eyes

      Yesterday i went to balestier point the tattoo shop, the tattoo artist show me his photo of his tattoos... si bei nice ... infront of the chest is "fa" meaning strike rich i think, then below it, on the tummy, tattoo "qian gou yong" at the sides of his arms also got some wing type animal, that artist good friend with this guy... yesterday saw him on photo, today see him on news.

    • BTW, i still dun understand what does getai means.

  • dork3d's Avatar
    4,740 posts since Feb '06
  • dakkon_blackblade's Avatar
    2,131 posts since Apr '05
    • Getai is the Chinese seventh-month concert, supposedly for the ghosts’ entertainment, but nowadays the humans get more entertained instead.

  • digicharat's Avatar
    6,186 posts since Jan '03
  • Deunamist's Avatar
    1,487 posts since Jun '05
    • Originally posted by rathcycle:
      BTW, i still dun understand what does getai means.

      Ge, as in Song.
      Tai, as in Stage.

      So Getai = Song stage lor. Laughing Laughing Laughing

  • rathcycle's Avatar
    10,518 posts since Aug '05
    • Originally posted by Deunamist:
      Ge, as in Song.
      Tai, as in Stage.

      So Getai = Song stage lor. Laughing Laughing Laughing

      Chey, its in chinese ar... thought english got such word meh... and it is actually chinese.. lol.

  • monoslayer's Avatar
    11,873 posts since Oct '05
    • Originally posted by digicharat:
      i thought he got some x-rated movie offers from taiwan or hk?

      i tot malaysia?? Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes

  • redstone's Avatar
    4,314 posts since Jul '04
  • Manager433's Avatar
    10,638 posts since Nov '03
    • Not surprised at all. See his fark face also know what type of friends he mix with lah. So many tattoos on his body also. Are you guys aware that if you ‘put’ the wrong type of tattoo pictures on your body, instead of seeing it as a kind of body arts, those tattoos ( evil ) can turn you and your mind into something else?

  • digicharat's Avatar
    6,186 posts since Jan '03
    • Originally posted by Manager433:
      Not surprised at all. See his fark face also know what type of friends he mix with lah. So many tattoos on his body also. Are you guys aware that if you 'put' the wrong type of tattoo pictures on your body, instead of seeing it as a kind of body arts, those tattoos ( evil ) can turn you and your mind into something else?

      if i put guang gong on my back i will be very upright person? then put guang yin become very mercyful?

  • monoslayer's Avatar
    11,873 posts since Oct '05
    • Originally posted by Manager433:
      Not surprised at all. See his fark face also know what type of friends he mix with lah. So many tattoos on his body also. Are you guys aware that if you 'put' the wrong type of tattoo pictures on your body, instead of seeing it as a kind of body arts, those tattoos ( evil ) can turn you and your mind into something else?

      wow.. i tink u can start ur posts wif "merry meet" liao.. lol

  • photo_seeker's Avatar
    4,537 posts since Jan '04
    • While I do not know much about him, I got a feeling that it’s a sabotage. Will see what’s the investigation results.

  • anhydrouscoppersulphate's Avatar
    12,834 posts since Oct '05
  • Manager433's Avatar
    10,638 posts since Nov '03
    • Originally posted by digicharat:
      if i put guang gong on my back i will be very upright person? then put guang yin become very mercyful?

      One of my former army reservist friend have many of this tattoo of god/demi god on his body. End up something hapened to him.......cannot anyhow put one you know!

      Shocked

  • Sagara's Avatar
    1,042 posts since Oct '03
  • Qing^.^'s Avatar
    2,123 posts since Mar '06
    • Cant believe someone with 3 daughters would take drugs leh..

      But don't think the police will arrest people for nothing.

  • codename4's Avatar
    181 posts since Jun '06
    • Originally posted by Qing^.^:
      Cant believe someone with 3 daughters would take drugs leh..

      But don't think the police will arrest people for nothing.

      Singapore police sometimes arrest people and release them. Isnt that counted as nothing?

  • dragg's Avatar
    49,302 posts since Mar '05
    • [quote]Originally posted by Qing^.^:
      [b]Cant believe someone with 3 daughters would take drugs leh..

      Surprised Surprised Surprised

  • monoslayer's Avatar
    11,873 posts since Oct '05
    • Originally posted by Manager433:
      One of my former army reservist friend have many of this tattoo of god/demi god on his body. End up something hapened to him.......cannot anyhow put one you know!

      Shocked

      i heard a few stories regarding these kind of things b4..
      eg. last time got one guy tattoo guan yin behind his back, after tat he go add in one more mickey mouse. come out of the tattoo shop immediately knock down by a car.. Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes

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