Elvin Ng recently got paparazzi-ed by fans while he was dining in an eatery in KL. But he isn't alone. We speak to other star to find out their own experiences of people snapping pics of them on the sly.
“It happens quite often. When you’re an artiste, sometimes, people forget that you’re human too (laughs). It doesn’t feel too good lah. On a good day, I don’t mind. But if I’m having a bad day, it makes me feel worse. Sometimes, I get fans who hug me without my consent, or get really close to me. There were a few who even touched my butt. When that happens, I just move away. I think fans getting physical is one of the top most uncomfortable experiences for an artiste, even more so than people taking photos without permission.”
“There were a few times when I saw people taking photos of me without asking and I’d say to them, “Yes, may I help you?” Once, many years ago, I saw some people taking photos of me secretly. So I took out my phone and pretended that I was taking a photo of them too just for fun. They felt very paiseh and walked away.”
"Usually, I don’t notice anyone taking photos until they’re tagged to my social media platforms. I regret to say this but as an artiste, privacy is the last thing you can ask for. You can only pray that they’re kind enough to give you your own space. So I thank those who are nice in advance."
“I don’t usually notice people taking photos of me until my companions point them out. If I’m eating, then I’ll be extra careful not to take too big a mouthful of food (laughs). If I don’t want to be photographed ’cos, say, I’m feeling unwell, I’d shield my face or change position [so that my back is facing them]. Sometimes, I’ll pose to let them know that I know I’m being photographed and to take a better-looking photo of me. I think artistes are less concerned about having their photos taken secretly than looking bad in them! (Laughs)”