Man charged in court instead of being POFMAed

Mr Shanmugam was also asked why a Singaporean man was charged in court on Monday, instead of being served a correction direction under the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (Pofma), for allegedly posting false claims that supermarkets would only open two days a week as part of enhanced measures.

The man was charged with communicating a false message under the Miscellaneous Offences (Public Order and Nuisance) Act. If convicted, he can be jailed for up to three years and fined up to $10,000.

Mr Shanmugam said the facts of the case fit with the charge, which was brought on the man on the advice of the Attorney-General’s Chambers. “You look at the previous cases where Pofma was used... in the vast majority, probably, there was no other criminal offence,” he added. “When it’s a criminal offence, we will take action along those lines... but if it crosses the threshold for Pofma, we will use Pofma.”

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Cabby jailed for posting fake COVID-19 'intel' on food outlet closures, urging panic buying
Kenneth Lai Yong Hui allegedly posted a false message on Facebook saying that he had "intel" on extended circuit breaker measures.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

A taxi driver was jailed four months on Wednesday (May 27) for posting a fake message on Facebook about supposed food outlet closures and urging panic buying.

Kenneth Lai Yong Hui, 40, pleaded guilty to one charge of transmitting a message he knew to be false. Lai claimed that he saw a text message in one of his WhatsApp groups between Apr 15 and Apr 16, stating that "disposable food container can transmit the virus" and "hawker centre and coffeeshop will be closed".

He was unable to identify who sent the purported message, and the message could not later be recovered from his phone.

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Taxi driver jailed for four months over false Facebook post on food shortage
Despite Kenneth Lai Yong Hui taking the post down within 15 minutes, DPP Deborah Lee asked for a deterrent sentence saying that the psychological fight to allay fear and hysteria pertaining to the virus is just as important as containing its spread

A middle aged Singaporean was sentenced to four months jail on Wednesday (27 May), after he falsely claimed that food outlets would close due to COVID-19 restrictions in a post published on a private Facebook group, even though he deleted the post after 15 minutes of publishing it.

40-year-old Kenneth Lai Yong Hui, a taxi driver, had falsely claimed that the Government was closing food courts and coffee shops and that supermarkets would only be open twice a week. Urging people to be prepared for the closure, the post said, “Better go stock up your stuff for the next month or so.”

Although Lai took down the post in about 15 minutes, the public prosecutor urged the courts to give the taxi driver a punishment that would act as a deterrent against similar offences. Deputy public prosecutor Deborah Lee said, “The psychological fight to allay fear and hysteria is just as important as the fight to contain the spread of Covid-19.”

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Singaporean man charged with posting fake information on Covid-19 circuit breaker measures
Kenneth Lai Yong Hui allegedly posted a false message on Facebook saying that he had "intel" on extended circuit breaker measures.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

A 40-year-old Singaporean man has been charged over false claims he allegedly made that supermarkets would only open two days a week as part of enhanced measures here.

Kenneth Lai Yong Hui, 40, is accused of posting the false information on Facebook group "Taxiuncle", saying he had received information that enhanced Covid-19 circuit breaker measures would be rolled out on April 18.

The Singaporean was hauled to court on Monday (April 27) and charged with communicating a false message. The Straits Times understands that Lai is a taxi driver. He is believed to be the first person to be charged with the offence during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Authorities ‘watching closely’ fake videos that try to stir trouble among foreign workers: Shanmugam

The Government will take action against any falsehoods and will consider the appropriate action, he said, noting that a man was charged for putting out falsehoods earlier this week.

Kenneth Lai Yong Hui was charged on Monday with posting a false message that claimed he "got intel" that Singapore would close food courts and coffee shops from "this Saturday" and that supermarkets would open only two days a week.

“We will go on the basis of the Attorney-General's Chambers' advice, and when it's a criminal offence, we will take action along those lines. If it doesn't cross that threshold but if it crosses a threshold for the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (Pofma), we'll use Pofma,” he said.

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Man charged with posting fake 'intel' on Covid-19 measures on Facebook

A 40-year-old man was charged on Monday (April 27) with posting a fake message about purported new Covid-19 measures on Facebook.

Kenneth Lai Yong Hui is accused of posting a message that claimed he "got intel" that Singapore would "proceed with more measures" from "this Saturday".

The message, which was posted on a Facebook page named Taxiuncle, added that food courts and coffee shops would purportedly close and that supermarkets would open only two days a week.

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Fake videos being spread to create trouble in foreign worker dorms, risk 'serious' law and order incidents: Shanmugam

Still, Mr Shanmugam said authorities will take action against any kind of falsehood, not just those pertaining to foreign workers.

He referred to a man who was on Monday charged with posting fake "intel" on Facebook regarding how supermarkets would only open two days a week due to stricter COVID-19 measures.

"We will consider what's the appropriate action," he said. "If it doesn't have a substantial public interest element, we might leave it be. What action we'll take depends on the nature of the post and the contents."

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Man charged with posting fake 'intel' on COVID-19 measures on Facebook
The false message posted on Facebook about purported COVID-19 measures. (Photo: Singapore Police Force)

A 40-year-old man was charged on Monday (Apr 27) with posting a fake message about purported new COVID-19 measures on Facebook.

Kenneth Lai Yong Hui is accused of posting a message that claimed he "got intel" that Singapore would "proceed with more measures" from "this Saturday".

The message, which was posted on a Facebook page named Taxiuncle, added that food courts and coffee shops would purportedly close and that supermarkets would open only two days a week.

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The Police will be charging a 40-year-old man in the State Courts on 27 April 2020 for posting a false message on a Facebook group relating to COVID-19 circuit breaker measures. The charge is for an offence of communicating a false message under Section 14D(1) of the Miscellaneous Offences (Public Order and Nuisance) Act, Chapter 184, which carries an imprisonment term of up to three years, a fine of maximum S$10,000, or both.

Between 15 and 16 April 2020, the man had allegedly posted the following false message on a Facebook group “Taxiuncle”:
  • “Got intel say sg will proceed with more measures in place come this Saturday.
  • Food courts coffee shop all to close
  • Supermarkets will only open two days a week
  • Better go stock up your stuff for the next month or so.
  • Govt officials in meeting yesterday and will finalize measures tomorrow.”
The Police will not hesitate to take action against anyone who transmits or communicates falsehoods. Members of the public should refer to official sources for information and avoid spreading unsubstantiated information or false rumours, as these may cause fear and public alarm

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Parliament: About 40 instances of Covid-19 fake news debunked since start of 2020, says S. Iswaran
Mr Iswaran stressed that the Government will not hesitate to use the full force of the law against those who deliberately or maliciously spread falsehoods.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM GOV.SG

About 40 instances of speculation, rumours, scams and outright falsehoods about the coronavirus outbreak have been debunked by government agencies since January, said Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran on Monday (May 4).

They have spared no effort to swiftly put out the facts to dispel confusion and calm anxieties fomented by such falsehoods, he said in Parliament in his reply to Ms Tin Pei Ling (MacPherson).

"The clarifications have been conveyed through media, on government websites, social media and the Gov.sg channel on WhatsApp and Telegram," he added.

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Man charged in court instead of being POFMAed
Cases where POFMA has been invoked
First challenge against POFMA fake news law
Singapore rebuts Foreign Media on fake news law
5th case where Pofma has been invoked
Tis the season to be #POFMA-ed
3 Instances Of POFMA Invoked
Facebook gives way to Singapore’s ‘fake news’ law
POFMA fake news law invoked for first time
PM Lee: “POFMA would catch you!”
K Shanmugam to ‘Ah Lian’: POFMA is like a Torchlight
Singapore's fake news law passed
Singapore introduces anti-fake news law
Singapore PM sues online editor
Singapore PM threatens online editor with libel
PM Lee sues Blogger for sharing article
MDA tells The Online Citizen to register under Broadcasting Act
Mothership.sg To Register Under Broadcasting Act
Blogger asked to remove defamatory post about PM Lee
Why is Facebook in trouble?
"Can we love our Country and fear at the same time?”
The 'Dr Mahathir-Activists KL Meeting' Saga
States Times Review to shut down
Thumping of PJ Thum over ‘fake news’ hearing
Parliamentary committee on Fake News
Law to combat fake news to be introduced next year
Combating fake news in Singapore

Fakes and Frauds
Singapore public servants' computers no Internet from May 2017


How to prevent hackers from cutting your holiday short

If you’re Singaporean, you’ve probably contributed to the #wanderlust hashtag on Instagram at least once (yeah, we’re fluent in millennial). Singaporeans just can’t seem to stay on the island, hitting an all-time high of eight million outbound departures in 2018. They say travel makes you smarter, which should make us some of the most intelligent beings but unfortunately that might not be the case when it comes to online safety.

Having one of the highest average internet connection speeds in the world means that online safety should be one of our top concerns, but Singaporeans are generally not fussed about cybersafety until we’ve been personally compromised. It’s like leaving the key to your home under the doormat (we hope you don’t actually do that).

Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, one thing’s for sure — it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Don’t forget, hackers in foreign countries have a homeground advantage to target unsuspecting tourists like you and I, but you can keep yourself safe with these travel tips.

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4 Questions To Ask Before Quitting Your Job

Now, most of you reading this article are probably looking for validation to change your job. Or like we Singaporeans like to say, jump ship. Even if the ship isn’t sinking.

But you don’t know if you should. I mean, you’ve heard about how bad the economy is right now and you know it’s damn hard to get a new job fast. At least fast enough before you starve to death.

To guide you, here are four questions that you need to answer honestly. And if your answer to them is yes, well, it might be time to log in to your Job Street account again:
  • Do you need other people to motivate you at work?
  • Are you starting to hate your colleagues at work?
  • Do you start daydreaming at work?
  • Are you ready to quit?


A look at China’s puzzling pyramids

China’s mysterious pyramids may rival those of ancient Egypt

Central China’s Shaanxi Province holds ancient secrets that are nearly 8,000 years old. Dozens of pyramids can be found in the province’s capital of Xi’an, along with Wei River, with dozens more scattered around other parts of the country.

Some of the memorials are step-like structures, similar to the pyramids in Mesoamerica. However, many are just massive, unassuming earthen mounds that are hiding elaborate underground rooms and passageways designed for royal life. The tallest is 154 feet in height but stood 249 feet tall in its heyday. Why were they built? A fierce debate between archeologists and pseudo-scientists has been raging for more than 80 years. Here’s what we know about China’s pyramids.

Most scientists agree that China’s pyramids were built to honor beloved emperors and their families. According to “National Geographic,” some of the burial sites have underground palaces, kitchens, and even toilets.

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Jet Li On His 57th Birthday

李连杰 Jet Li is at Best Wishes Yesterday at 01:14
Cairo, Egypt

Thank you all so much for all of the birthday wishes. This year, I wish that the world heals and is able to come together as one during our fight against #covid-19. I also wish that you are all happy and healthy. I am so grateful to be safely in quarantine with my family. #staysafe #birthdaywish @ Best Wishes

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Jet Li’s Youngest Daughter Opens Up About Her Mental Health Struggles During COVID-19 Outbreak

The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t just taking a toll on the physical health of people. It’s also wreaking havoc on mental health, with more people being prone to stress, anxiety and depression in these unsettling and potentially lonely times.

Even those in supposedly privileged positions aren’t spared. Last Friday (Apr 17), Jada Li, the youngest daughter of martial arts superstar Jet Li, shared a candid update on Instagram admitting that, frankly speaking, she’s not doing so well during this period.

“Isolation has really taken a toll on my mental health,” wrote the 17-year-old. “I’ve had a long history with anxiety and major depression, and I’m currently experiencing a pretty bad relapse, something I thought I had left in the past.”

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Jet Li Posts Rare Photo Of Wife Nina Li Chi And Their Two Daughters On His 57th Birthday; Internet Goes Crazy
It's the first time the retired star has been seen on Jet's social media since forever

When martial arts superstar Jet Li turned 57 on April 26, he shared the best gift with his followers: a rare photo of his family. Yes, one that includes his wife ’90s actress Nina Li Chi.

Ever since the now 58-year-old’s retirement from showbiz in 1992, she has shunned the spotlight and has never appeared in any of Jet’s pics on social media. Even their two daughters Jada and Jane have refrained from posting photos of their mum online.

(P/S: Jet also has two other daughters Si Li and Taimi Li, who are said to be in their late twenties now, from his first marriage to Chinese former actress Huang Qiuyan.)

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Jet Li shares rare photos of his wife Nina Li on social media
Jet Li and Nina Li Chi first met on the set of the 1989 movie Dragon Fight.PHOTO: JETLI/INSTAGRAM

Action star Jet Li, who turned 57 on Sunday (April 26), has posted two photos on social media where his wife, former actress Nina Li Chi, makes a rare appearance.

In the Instagram post on Sunday, he thanked everyone for their birthday wishes as he wrote, "This year, I wish that the world heals and is able to come together as one during our fight against #Covid-19.

"I also wish that you are all happy and healthy. I am so grateful to be safely in quarantine with my family."

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Here Is What Jet Li’s Four Elusive Daughters Look Like
Jet and his wife Nina Li Chi
Jane & Jada
Jet and his ex-wife Huang Qiuyan
Taimi Li
Si Li

Action superstar Jet Li made headlines a while back for appearing startlingly frail and old in public — though it was later revealed that the actor had been suffering from hyperthyroidism, which severely affected his health and appearance.

But it looks like Jet has bounced back from his health scare, as he recently Instagrammed a photo of himself with his daughters at an event and where he wished his followers a Merry Christmas.

The photo was a treat for his fans for two reasons: Jet looked much more like his usual sprightly self in the picture, and everyone got a rare glimpse of his statuesque daughters Jane, 18, and Jada, 15. Jane and Jada are Jet’s kids with his second wife, '80s sexpot actress Nina Li Chi. He also has two other daughters, Si Li and Taimi Li, who are in their late twenties, from his first marriage to Chinese former actress Huang Qiuyan.

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Jet Li’s photo of daughters has public cooing
Jet Li, who rarely shares pictures of his family, posted a photograph of him and his teenage daughters on Christmas Day. PHOTO: JET LI/INSTAGRAM

Netizens are gushing over Chinese action star Jet Li's teenage daughters as he shared a rare photo of them on his Instagram account.

On Christmas Day, he posted a picture of him with his daughters Jane, 18, and Jada, 16, who both donned black jumpsuits and high heels and sported flowing locks. The caption was: "Wishing you a Merry Christmas from my family to yours." Immediately, social media users left comments about how cute and beautiful the girls were.

Jane and Jada are his daughters from his second marriage to former Hong Kong actress Nina Li Chi. He has two other daughters, Taimi and Si, with his ex-wife and ex-actress Huang Qiuyan.

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Jet Li Attends Daughter’s Debutante Ball, Looks Amazingly Young

For the past couple of years, 56-year-old Jet Li has been plagued with rumours that his health is in serious trouble after shocking photos of him looking frail and haggard were posted online. But recently, the martial arts legend has been roundhouse kicking those rumours down with his increasingly youthful appearance.

Jet was in Paris recently to attend his 19-year-old daughter Jane’s debutante ball. The Harvard student was invited to be part of the very posh, very exclusive and very French Les Bal des Débutantes, which according to reports, opens its invitations only to girls from influential and wealthy families in politics, business and entertainment. Also a debutante at the chi-chi event is ‘90s screen goddess Chingmy Yau’s daughter Shum Yuet.

To commemorate the occasion, a very happy Jet posted this photo of him with Jane and his other daughter Jada, who is 16. Not in the pic though is Jet’s wife and the mother of the two girls, ’90s sex bomb Nina Li Chi, who has shunned the spotlight ever since retiring from showbiz. P/S: Jet also has two other daughters Si Li and Taimi Li, who are said to be in their late twenties now, from his first marriage to Chinese former actress Huang Qiuyan.

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Jet Li

Jet Li is an Chinese actor and martial artist. He is one of the biggest action star in Chinese and Hollywood history. He has acted in numerous hit films in his career that include Forbidden Kingdom, Expendables and Mummy Returns: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. Jet Li was born on 26 April 1963 in China as Li Lianjie. He won great acclaim in China as an actor making his debut with the film Shaolin Temple (1982). He went on to star in many critically acclaimed martial arts epic films, most notably the Once Upon A Time in China series, in which he portrayed folk hero Wong Fei-hung.

Li’s first role in a Hollywood film was as a villain in Lethal Weapon 4 (1998), and his first leading role in a Hollywood film was as Han Sing in Romeo Must Die (2000). He has gone on to star in many Hollywood action films, including Kiss of the Dragon and Unleashed. He co-starred in The One (2001), The Forbidden Kingdom (2008) with Jackie Chan, all three of The Expendables films with Sylvester Stallone, and as the title character villain in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) opposite Brendan Fraser.

Jet Li is a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism. He married Huang Qiuyan in 1987. With her he has two daughters, Si and Taimi. They divorced in 1990. Since 1999, he has been married to Nina Li Chi (born Li Zhi), a Shanghai-born, Hong Kong-based actress. He has two daughters with her also, Jane (born 2000) and Jada (born 2003). He is one of the best martial arts star to have appeared in films like Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee.

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Jet Li Doesn't Look As Frail & Sickly These Days
He appeared frail and old back in May

fter revealing in 2013 that he was suffering from various health problems including hyperthyroidism, a heart condition and spinal problems, action star Jet Li shocked many when he appeared at a charity event in May this year, looking frail and older than his 55 years of age. His ill health was a result of doing his own stunts on physically-punishing action flicks, and suffering on-set injuries. But during a recent outing in Hongkong to catch the play Witness for the Prosecution, which starred Carina Lau and Hongkong veteran actor Paul Chun, Jet looked to be in better health.

When Jet left the theatre at around 10.45pm, he was approached by the Hongkong media. Jet reportedly laughed and said: “I haven’t seen you in a long time!” When he was quizzed by a journo about his physical health, Jet did not respond, and was said to have looked surprised by the question. When the reporter broached the topic of his hyperthyroidism affecting his lifestyle, Jet apparently said: “No, it has never been a problem.”

Jet, who is married to Hongkong actress Nina Li, had shown up at the play to support his father-in-law, veteran actor Li Yongxi, who is set to retire. While Nina was not present that night, Jet’s father-in-law was reportedly very happy to see him. The duo also took a photo with Carina Lau.

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Did Jet Li Just Travel Back In Time?

In 2013, Jet Li revealed that he was facing a multitude of health issues: from a heart condition to spinal problems to hyperthyroidism. Then last May, shocking photos of the 56-year-old action superstar looking really old and frail made its rounds online, sparking serious concerns about his heath.

Not long after, the actor decided to shut down rumours that he’s “handicapped” or “dying”. “I am very happy and fine!” Jet emphasised in an interview with the Chinese media.

Then in August 2018, he was photographed looking in even better health outside a theatre in Hongkong.

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Here’s How Jet Li Responded To Shocking Photos Of Him Looking Old And Frail
Is that really you, Jet Li?

Chinese action superstar Jet Li is known for being the hero in martial arts movies where he triumphs over his adversaries. However, it seems that in his personal life, the movie legend is facing an insurmountable battle with his greatest enemy yet: a crippling illnesses.

By now, you would have seen those shocking photos circulating online of the 55-year-old Jet looking like a frail 80-year-old man. His 'elderly' appearance sparked concerns over his health among fans, who took to social media to wish him a speedy recovery. The photos were reportedly taken during the star’s recent trip to a temple in Tibet. Jet, a devout Buddhist, was allegedly addressed as, ahem, “grandpa” by a bunch of school children due to his elderly appearance.

Back in 2013, the actor divulged in an interview that he was suffering a myriad of health problems, including hyperthyroidism, a heart condition and spinal problems from his many years of physically-demanding film work and on-set injuries. Jet said then that his doctors had warned him that he could “either continue making [action] films or spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair”. While he’s on medication to control the hyperthyroidism, he admitted last year that the condition keeps recurring. He also said that his injuries limited his movements and that he can no longer stand for long periods of time. Just like fellow action superstar Jackie Chan, Jet has risked life and limb for his craft’s sake. In 1986, while filming Fearless, Jet fell from a 12-foot high tower which left him with broken ribs, a serious left ankle fracture and internal injuries.

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Jet Li Was Ridiculously Cute When He Was A Teenager

Not too long ago, martial arts legend Jet Li had his fans all worried when pictures of him looking sickly and frail were circulated online. Now another set of photos of Jet is getting everyone talking. And for good reason.

On Saturday (Feb 22), Jet posted an epic throwback to his days as a competitive wushu pugilist. "My training days,” Jet captioned the photos.

And looking at the pics, it's clear Jet didn't go through that gawky puberty phase, unlike the rest of us. The photos quickly went viral and had fans gushing about how "handsome" he was as a kid and how he was "born to be a star'.

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Jet Li Reportedly Married His First Wife ’Cos His Godmother Told Him The Wedding Would Bring Him Luck

His first wife Huang Qiuyan has remained a steadfast supporter of her ex-husband even after their divorce

When someone mentions Jet Li's wife, it's former screen beauty Nina Li Chi who people immediately think about. After all, they have been happily married since 1999 and have two daughters together.

What many people don't know is that this is Jet's second marriage, and that he was married to former Chinese actress Huang Qiuyan for three years before splitting up in 1990.

According to reports, the couple had met when they were both wushu students at the Beijing Shichahai Sports School. Despite Qiuyan being two years older than Jet, they got along well, and in June 1987, they quietly registered their marriage. Both their parents were not present at the solemnisation, and the couple did not have a fancy ceremony either.

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Huang Qiuyan

Huang Qiuyan is a Chinese actress and member of the Beinjing wushu team. She is known for being the first wife of Jet Li. She was only appeared in two films between 1985 and 1986, both involving the Shaolin Temple.

Huang Qiuyan was born in 1961 in China. She was a member of the Beijing Wushu Team. Jet Li was also a member of that team. Qiuyan met Jet in her martial arts class when she was only 11 years old.

In 1987, Huang Qiuyan married Beijing Wushu Team member and Shaolin co-star Jet Li, with whom she has two daughters, Si and Taimi. Their marriage only lasted three years. Huang is reportedly residing in Taiwan.

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Nina Li 利智

Nina Li is a Chinese retired actress. She is also known by her Chinese name Li Chi or Li Zhi (Chinese: 利智). She is best known for being the wife of famous martial artist and actor Jet Li. Nina Li was one of the most distinguished Chinese leading ladies in late 80s and early 90s, and was renowned for her ravishing sex appeal which earned her the reputation of being “Marilyn of the East”.

Nina Li was born on December 31, 1961 in Shanghai. She was an active Hong Kong actress between 1986 – 1992. In 1981, she followed her father to Hong Kong. At first, she worked in a furniture store but later on she went abroad to study in the United States, majoring in economics and business. Her breakthrough came when she came back to Hong Kong in 1986 and joined the Miss Asia contest. She was elected the Champion. However, people sneered at her at first, regarding her beauty as “tasteless” and, because she spoke Cantonese with her Shanghai accent, they hissed at her.

She is married to Chinese action superstar Jet Li. They have two daughters together, Jane and Jada.

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