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Striptease queen's performers vanish

Rose Chan, the former Malayan striptease queen, was in the news in November 1965 after two girls from her performing troupe went missing.

"They must have been deceived into leaving the troupe," she told the police.

She last saw the duo, Chan Moy, 17, and Cheong Kwi Lan, 18, after the troupe's second show at Jubilee Park in Ipoh. When she went to check on them at the hall where they were staying the next day, she could not find them. The strange thing was that they did not take their belongings.


Rose Chan told police the two girls must have been deceived into leaving her troupe.

Rose Chan was born in Suzhou, China, but moved to Kuala Lumpur as a girl with her parents. She later moved to Singapore, where she became a cabaret dancer at Happy World.

In the 1950s, Chan became known for her provocative striptease show, which included a python wrestling act and other circus stunts.

The shows sometimes sparked public complaints, and she was banned from performing in KL in 1967.

In 1987, Chan, who had married many times, died of breast cancer at age 62 in Penang.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 15, 2015, with the headline 'People Striptease queen's performers vanish'. Print Edition | Subscribe