Infamous people with shocking stories: From Annabel Chong to Ris Low

Infamous people with shocking stories: From Annabel Chong to Ris Low
Michal Vana (L) and Ris Low (R).

KELONG KING WILSON RAJ

We now know that illegal football betting has an annual turnover of US$1 trillion (S$1.25 trillion).

Prolific match fixers like Wilson Raj Perumal and alleged Singaporean kingpin Dan Tan Seet Eng have had their rivalry publicly exposed on the world stage.

Wilson Raj is a convicted match-fixer under house arrest in Hungary.

These two men are said to be former associates in a global kelong (Malay slang for match-fixing) enterprise with Balkan links.

They fell out when Wilson Raj believed he had been betrayed by Mr Tan, resulting in the former's arrest in Finland in 2011.

TNP was the first to break the news of Wilson Raj's arrest in Finland for bribery and possession of a fake passport in late February 2011.

These stories helped to show how there were local links to global match-fixing.

PIONEER PORN STAR ANNABEL CHONG

What's in a name?

Plenty, if you happen to be Grace Quek, a Singapore-born web developer at IT company Square One Solutions in Santa Monica, California.

The 41-year-old went by a very different moniker in the past, one that would earn her instant notoriety.

She was then known as Annabel Chong, arguably our first and most infamous international porn star.

In 1997, TNP was the first in Singapore to break her story.

She reportedly had sex 251 times with 70 men over a 10-hour period in 1995 for the best-selling porn video The World's Biggest Gang Bang, setting a world record.

She was only 22 years old.

In an exclusive interview with TNP in 1997, she said: "I was brought up in a conservative society. I went through a serious identity crisis and a phase of finding out who I really was."

In May 2003, she retired from the industry by shutting down her adult website, declaring "Annabel is dead..."

BOOMZ.

Ris Low was 19 when she made heads turn, only to be brought down even more quickly as the dethroned Miss World Singapore 2009. TNP was the first to discover her in August 2009 via a viral RazorTV video clip and our front-page report pushed her into the mainstream. She coined and popularised the nonsensical word "boomz", which has entered the Singapore lexicon. Despite her ups and downs, she is still in the news today, proving that her "15 minutes of fame" is still going strong.

 

FUGITIVE FOOTBALLER MICHAL VANA

In 1994, Czech footballer Michal Vana, who played for Singapore in the then-Malaysian Premier League, was accused of accepting a bribe.

He was charged a few days later on six counts of corruption, totalling $375,000, and was released on $500,000 bail.

He was supposed to stand trial in late September that year, but he jumped bail and later told TNP that he fled by speedboat to an unspecified neighbouring country.

TNP tracked the fugitive down in Prague in October 1994 and got an exclusive interview with him.

He was aware that Singapore did not have an extradition treaty with the Czech Republic and told The New Paper that the authorities here "cannot do anything to me any more". He remains a fugitive, living in his native Czech Republic.


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