nos·tal·gia, noun - a wistful desire to return in thought or in fact to a former time in one's life...
Malaysia's leading English diary newspaper The Star was born on 9 September 1971.
From day one; Mr K.S.Choong, the founder decided that a bikini clad "Beach Girl" will grace Page 3. "Page 3 girls always sell paper!" Choong reckoned ;)
I remember fondly that I went to a lot of these "Beach Girl Job", usually the News Editor; Charles Chan will assign a cub reporter to tag along for "job experience".
Charles comment recently...
"Come to think of it, The
Star's circulation was truly boosted by boobs, cleavages and miles and
miles of legs. People of Penang must truly have been missing something
vital in their lives!
CY, in my next life I want to come back as a pixman!"
Ha ha ha...
Reporter Gerrie Teng who had been to many of this "envious jobs" with me said...
"Yes, Leow, those were the fun
days where bikini-clad girls were our page 3 girls!! and you remember..
we have to go along the 'tourist belt' then to get those sporting Mat
Salleh girls to pose for us.
Must have made them feel like beauty
This is a clipping of one of my beach girl, Christine Chang; who was 27 when I took her photo.
Where are you now, Christine? S.F. or may be settled in Penang under the Malaysia's My Second Home programme? :)
But good things always come to an end...
November 11, 1975 in The Star
The sad part of that "law" was even bikini clad women are not allowed!
I can understand the "public morality" on topless girls and "peek-a-boo" blouses, but bikini?
After November 11, 1975; The Star was never the same again :(
Famous Last Words...
One of the Editor from The Star told me:
"CY, I was at that meeting on
behalf of The Star.
Those ministry killjoys might as well ban pictures
of any woman in the newspapers.
They even had a restriction regarding the
thickness of the strap for a one-piece swimsuit.
The way a woman displays
her hands -- whether they are on the hips, raised behind the head
exposing the armpit or placed strategically across the bosom --- no can
Even the famous half-smile closed eyes and pouting lips pose made
famous by Marilyn Monroe was taboo.
I've never met a more ridiculous
bunch of censors."
Shame on you! You bunch of HYPOCRITES!!!
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