Soo Wincci: I'm still fasting, I'm still single
BY CHEW WAN YING
Soo Wincci has been the talk of the town ever since she announced last week that she was joining her fellow Malaysian Muslims in observing the holy month of Ramadan and fasting with them.
The public has been split on why she's doing it, from calling her out for her "cheap publicity stunt" to promote her first Malay album Terus Teranglah to speculating if she had a Malay boyfriend to outright support for her efforts to "get connected" to her Malay fans and win new followers.
But in an exclusive phone interview with Daily Chilli from Taipei, where she's been for past the week to settle some business affairs, she set the record straight on all counts: yes, she's still fasting despite being away from home and no, she's not dating anyone and she hasn't switched sides.
"I'm single, nor did I convert," she told DC with a laugh.
Since being crowned Miss Malaysia 2008, Wincci—who has a law degree from the University Of Reading, UK—has become a formidable figure in the Chinese entertainment industry, releasing three albums, starring in four ntv7 serials and in one Malaysian movie called Hunter, all in Mandarin.
But five days into her fasting, the 27-year-old said she was proud that nothing had stopped her from fulfilling the demands of the fasting month—not a sore throat or the fact that she's in one of the most famous food capitals in the region.
She told DC that she dutifully wakes up at 3am every morning for sahur and breaks her fast at Taipei's famous night markets.
"Initially I was apprehensive as Taiwan is known for its good food, but my Muslim fans are the ones who keep me going," she said. "I'm touched to see them leaving comments of encouragement on my Twitter and Facebook fan page."
It's all a matter of mind over body, she added. "I'm getting used to it. Like meditation, it helps improve my determination and mind power. Fasting actually makes you enjoy your food more."
And after she gets back to Kuala Lumpur on 26th July, she plans to hold several buka puasa dinners, especially with the underprivileged. "I would like to break fast with the kids in orphanages," she said.
In our last interview with Wincci, she said that she realised how big her Malay fan base was after she became a Top 5 finalist in the Celebrities MasterChef Malaysia TV competition last month. Her four-track EP, written and produced by hitmaker Ajai, is out now.
Published: 25th July 2012