Who Are These Golden-Haired People And Why Are They Dining Together In Penang?

Will the Real Slim Shady please stand up?

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Who Are These Golden-Haired People And Why Are They Dining Together In Penang?
Image: The Star
A few days ago, a particular photo showing what seems to be a convention of Malaysian blondies took the internet by storm.

The picture was so bizarre, it attracted global attention and was even featured on popular website 9GAG.

Many joked that its “a flock of Pidgeottos in their natural habitat” while others were asking if the Real Slim Shady would stand up.

Blondes have more fun, they said...
On Tuesday, we finally found out the who and the why.

The Star reported that over 1,000 people with gold hair attended a gathering for a Chinese national named Zhang Jian.

Guests who attended the dinner banquet at Chai Leng Park in Penang were reportedly promised a RM1,000 incentive, provided that they came with the “right look” a.k.a the Pidgeotto hair style.

The resemblance is uncanny.
If you thought it was an all-male affair, apparently some females also showed up with shaved gold hair while others were sporting tattoos of Zhang Jian to show support.

What’s even more baffling was that some men even attended the event wearing dresses. Man, this just got weirder.

Our reaction basically.
However, that’s not the only requirement that’ll gain them entry to the banquet; they would also reportedly need to fork out RM200 for the dinner.

It seems that most diners weren’t Penangites as they were sported driving non-Penang plate cars, and a whole group of them even arrived in chartered buses.

Another fishy thing about the dinner is that it was apparently a “charity dinner.” But what type of charity dinner charges guests and demands that they show up in a certain hair style?!

Those who came were probably excited to meet Zhang Jian himself but it was reported that he didn’t attend the dinner as he was allegedly in the Maldives, according to his ‘company members’.

This wasn’t the first time Zhang Jian organised a ‘charity dinner’ though; according to reports, he reportedly organised similar events in KL, Johor Bahru, and Sabah prior to this one in Penang.

How rich are you, ah?
So, who is this Zhang Jian fellow? Is he a hairdresser who has a thing for blonde hair?

According to a report by Singapore's Straits Times, he proclaimed that he's China's youngest self-made millionaire as well as “the future richest man in the world”.

He reportedly owns a multi-level marketing (MLM) company which promotes a get-rich-quick scheme. Investors reportedly only need to pay RM300 and they would get a return of between RM2,700 and RM6,800 per month.

However, word on the street is that Zhang Jian is actually a conman and that isn’t even his real name. In fact, he was also previously arrested by Thai authorities back in 2014 for duping people amounting to millions of Ringgit.

So who is he, really? Maybe it’s time we put our private investigating skills to work to find out.

Be right back.

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