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Singapore Diary: All For Tony Eusoff And Fans

by April 19, 2016 General

By Massita Ahmad

Bernama’s correspondent across the causeway shares her take on the island city of Singapore. This week, Massita Ahmad writes on her coverage the case involving a Malaysian actor at the republic’s court.

SINGAPORE (Bernama) — I was at the ‘State of Courts’ here last week to cover the case involving Malaysian actor Tony Eusoff and had a pleasant encounter with his fans.

Before that, I have to admit that being new to court reporting I was a little apprehensive. The closest that I got to a court is the ‘Palace of Justice’ in Putrajaya, not to cover any case there but just to admire the beauty of the court complex.

The State Courts of Singapore is one of the two court system in Singapore, the other being the Supreme Court.

This is the second time I made my appearance there, with the first one at the Supreme Court early this year to cover a case involving a Malaysian firm.

As I was looking for courtroom no 18 where the case was supposed to be heard , I crossed paths with a group of three ladies who too appeared to be at a loss.

Their colourful dressing and their cheerful appearance caught my attention. They were definitely not any of the court staff or the lawyers.

I was asking myself who could they be, only to realise much later that they too had been looking for courtroom no 18.

After walking some distance, I made a turn around and saw the trio seated outside a courtroom.

I stopped and asked; “Excuse me maam. Where is room no 18?

One of them replied; “This is the room… we want to see Tony”.

“Oh you must be Tony’s fan?,” I asked them and the three nodded in agreement smiling away.

As I had arrived early, and that I had found room number 18, I had some time to mingle with the three. As they did not introduce themselves, I too did not want introduce myself. I feared that if they learn that I am a reporter, they may restrict their conversation.

“I hope that he will be fined only… I’m sad for Tony,” said the first of the three who started talking.

“I’m praying that he won’t get jailed up to 10 years. That will be the end of Tony’s acting career,” said the next one.

Earlier it was reported, Tony could end up with a jail sentence of 10 years or a fine of S$20,000 (RM57,000) or both.

He was charged for possessing Class A controlled substance under the Dangerous Drugs Act.

The actor whose real name is Anthony Joseph Anak Hermas Rajiman, 38, was said to be in possession of no less than 4.56 grammes of vegetable substance that when analysed showed traces of cannabis.

He is said to have committed the offence at the Immigration and Check Points Authority’s bus hall in Tuas on March 12, 2016.

“We loved all of Tony’s films,” the third lady interjected and listed the characters played by Tony – Sufi, Adam and Dr Fahmi.

Her list did not include the lead role played by Tony as the silver screen idol P. Ramlee in the musical with the same name. He also took on the same role in the two-part biopic Saloma: Mencari Guruh and Saloma: Pandang Kaseh.

The three also commented on Tony’s Facebook posting asking for forgiveness from his fans in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Australia on his brush with the law.

“I pledge to god, that I will not waste any of the lessons that I learnt from this episode and will make use of it to redeem myself for the sake of my family, friends and my beloved fans,” Tony posted.

The conversation stopped when Tony dressed in blue denim walked towards us.

“Just imagine if I could have a selfie with him,” whispered one of the three.

Tony who appeared calm gave a smile as he passed us to enter room no 18. By then more of his fans had arrived at the courtroom.

Unfortunately, on that day the court postponed the Sarawak born actor’s hearing to April 21 as his lawyer was overseas.

“Will you return on April 21?,” I asked the trio as soon as Tony left the room.

“I depends…today we had the time because our Quran classes were cancelled,” said one of the ladies before we parted ways.