KUALA LUMPUR, September 18 – The ruler of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar, praised two famous local talents for putting the state of southern Malaysia on the world map.
Sultan Ibrahim congratulated 34-year-old Hong Kong singer-songwriter Gin Lee and 35-year-old American comedian and actor Ronnie Chieng for their outstanding achievements on the world stage.
“I want to thank them for bringing glory to Johor in their own way and wish them continued success.
“I believe Johor has a lot of talents that have yet to be found and nurtured. May they be an example and inspiration of what Johor can accomplish, and also take our own local arts and entertainment scene to greater heights, ”Sultan Ibrahim said on his official Facebook page.
Lee started her career when she won the Universal Music Songwriting Competition in Malaysia at just 18 and released her Mandarin debut album ONE & ONLY on December 29, 2009.
She then moved to Hong Kong to become a Cantopop singer and has won several awards since, including Best Singer at the 2020 AIM Chinese Music Awards.
She recently took the stage with one of Hong Kong’s Four Heavenly Kings, Jacky Cheung at the Miss Hong Kong 2021 pageant, singing their duet Let the street lights rest when the sun comes up.
Chieng rose to movie fame when he was cast Crazy Rich Asians alongside fellow Malaysians Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh and Henry Golding.
He should appear in Marvel’s Shang Chi and the legend of the ten rings, which is set to hit theaters on October 7.
Chieng began his career as a stand-up comedian while in college, where he performed alongside Trevor Noah, who now hosts The daily show. He later became a senior correspondent for the current affairs satire program.
Chieng recently showed that he hasn’t forgotten his roots, as during a promotional video for Shang Chi, he displayed his Malaysian passport and was fluent in Malay saying “Johor Baru kampung saya. Saya anak Malaysia”.