US pop singer Maggie Lindemann arrested during Malaysia performance

US pop star Maggie Lindemann failed to have the correct permit for an artist performing in Malaysia. (AFP)
Updated 05 July 2019
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US pop singer Maggie Lindemann arrested during Malaysia performance

  • US pop star Maggie Lindemann was arrested for failing to have the correct permit for an artist performing in Malaysia
  • Immigration officers detained her after a tip-off and she was released the following day

KUALA LUMPUR: US pop star Maggie Lindemann was arrested during a performance in Malaysia for failing to have proper permits, officials said Friday, with the singer describing the experience as a “living hell.”
The 20-year-old “Pretty Girl” singer, who found fame after posting videos on social media, was doing a show at a Kuala Lumpur shopping mall on June 21 when she was detained.
“I’m sorry to the fans that came out to the Malaysia show,” she wrote in an Instagram post. “I was detained and arrested midway through my set and ... confined in a living hell.”
Kuala Lumpur immigration chief Hamidi Adam said she was arrested for failing to have the correct permit for an artist performing in Malaysia.
Immigration officers detained her after a tip-off and she was released the following day, he said.
“She wants to do a show in our country, she has to apply for a professional visit pass,” he said.
“But the organizer did not listen to advice and they proceeded with the show.”
The singer said she was unable to finish her Asian tour, which also included dates in Singapore and Vietnam, after her arrest in Malaysia.
It is the latest case of a visitor to Malaysia falling foul of rules requiring artists to get special permits.
On June 30, three Japanese women and a Spanish man were arrested in a raid on a cosplay festival outside Kuala Lumpur for participating without the correct documents.
The role-playing craze sees enthusiasts imitate characters from anime series, comics and video games, many drawn from Japanese pop culture.


Mo Salah’s wife: Egyptian women’s icon who shuns limelight

Updated 18 September 2019

Mo Salah’s wife: Egyptian women’s icon who shuns limelight

  • Salah prefers to keep his private life in general away from the glare of the media

CAIRO: Magi Sadeq, 25, is known for keeping a low profile in the media compared to the wives of other footballers. 

The wife of Liverpool and Egypt star Mohamed Salah has become something of a celebrity in her own right after appearing with her husband while maintaining a conservative look.

Salah prefers to keep his private life in general away from the glare of the media, but sometimes there is no escaping the spotlight for his wife and daughter.

Sadeq appeared with her husband at celebrations held by the Confederation of African Football when Salah won the African Player of the Year award. She also appeared with their daughter Makka during celebrations marking Salah’s winning of the Premier League Golden Boot award, and after Liverpool won the 2019 UEFA Champions League.

Sadeq was born and raised in Nagrig, a village in Gharbia where Salah was also born. It is the same place where they like to spend their holidays and special occasions whenever they have the chance.

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Sadeq appeared with her husband at celebrations held by the Confederation of African Football when Salah won the African Player of the Year award.

She has a twin sister, Mohab, and two other sisters, Mahy and Miram. Their parents were both teachers at Mohamed Eyad Al-Tantawi School, where she met the future Egyptian international.

Sadeq, who maintains a simple lifestyle, fell in love with Salah 10 years before they married. Their love story was the talk of the town where they lived.

They were married in 2013 as the player started taking his first steps in Europe with Swiss football club Basel. They married when he returned home for his first holiday.  

She keeps her husband connected to his rural roots. She doesn’t have any social media accounts, and unlike other footballer’s wives, she is not interested in appearance and makeup. She prefers to wear body-covering conservative clothes.

Sadeq and her twin sister both obtained their degrees in biotechnology from Alexandria University. She is responsible for her husband’s charity work in Egypt. Her neighbors say that she helps in buying the necessary home appliances and other needs of newly married couples. She also supervises charity work and regularly attends the special events staged by her village even though she has been made busier after her husband joined Liverpool.

Salah once said of his wife: “I am unfair to Magi as I give her the least of my time due to the nature of my work. I would like to thank her for her support and for being in my life.”