Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
JAKARTA: Its hours away to kick off and the tense atmosphere could be felt outside The Sultan hotel where the Malaysian football team is staying on Wednesday.
It has been tense ever since the team arrived Monday and since Malaysia beat the Indonesians 3-0 in Sunday's AFF Suzuki Cup final first leg at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
In fact, the Malaysians have a bird's eye view of the going-ons outside the hotel, a five-minute drive from the Gelora Bung Karno stadium, venue of the much-awaited second leg.
Since morning, red-shirted Indonesian fans began to arrive in large numbers at the stadium.
Some have been camping there the whole night. The car horns have been blaring most of the day and traffic is starting to come to a standstill.
The TV stations started their live coverage early by conducting on-the-spot interviews and game assessment from the fans at the stadium.
Team manager Datuk Subahan Kamal said they have been provided with adequate security and even given a senior police officer to attend to the team's needs round-the-clock.
"The mood is good inside (the team) but we are quite worried what is going to happen outside. I was told that it is tensed out there.
"The Indonesian fans are upset with our victory in the first-leg at Bukit Jalil," Subahan told The Star.
Coach K. Rajagopal advised the boys to remain focussed and not get distracted by the happenings outside.
"We have a game to play on the field. What happens outside is not our concern. We came to play football," said Rajagopal.
FA of Malaysia (FAM) deputy president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah joined the team for lunch Wednesday.
On Tuesday, the team's final training at the Senayan C ground was called off due to security concerns.
Even their plans to train at an alternative venue backfired when they got caught in a traffic jam. Rajagopal was left with no other choice but to concentrate on light training at the hotel grounds.
There were reports of Indonesian fans mobbing them with banners carrying anti-Malaysia slogans during the training at the hotel ground. - theStar
Monday, December 27, 2010
MALACCA: It was a Christmas wish come true for the country’s only traditional Portuguese village in Ujong Pasir when they received an RM480,000 gift from the government to repair the chapel in their village.
The news was greeted with cheers from residents of the 1,200-strong community who were playing host to the national-level Christmas celebrations here on Sunday night.
“The government is fulfilling its promise and the money is to be used by the community to repair their chapel or church,” said Information, Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.
He said he was personally instructed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to bring the good news to the community.
The 1,200-strong community had previously sought funds to build a church in the village which was approved under the Ninth Malaysia Plan.
Earlier in his speech, Dr Rais reminded the people to hold on to values shared by all Malaysians irrespective of race or culture.
“Values of respecting the feelings, rights and needs of others are the core fundamentals to ensure unity and solidarity,” he said.
Over 20,000 visitors converged on the traditional fishing village for the national-level Christmas celebrations, which kicked off at about 9pm when Malacca Governor Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob arrived with his consort Toh Puan Zurina Kassim.
They visited several homes during a brief walkabout in the village before Mohd Khalil launched the celebration by lighting up a Christmas tree and presenting aid to 10 charities.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, Human Resource Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam and Deputy Information, Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum were also present.
A total of 55 Miss International Tourism contestants from around the world also paraded Malaysian batik designs during the celebration.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
NEW DELHI: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who is on a tour of India, will be a special guest of Bollywood heartthrob Shah Rukh Khan in Mumbai.
Dr Mahathir and his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali are in the Indian financial capital for a private visit.
“When he heard I was coming to India, he said I must go to Bombay (Mumbai).
“I have known him for quite some time. His last movie I watched was My Name is Khan,” said Dr Mahathir.
Khan is expected to host a special high tea for the couple at his Mumbai residence today.
During his two-day visit to Mumbai, Dr Mahathir is also slated to visit the Yash Raj Film Studio, India’s premier film studio.
Dr Mahathir is the second luminary to meet Khan in Mumbai in less than a week, after Russian President Dmitry Medvedev last Wednesday.
Medvedev was on an official visit to India last week.
Malaysian Consul-General in Mumbai Wan Zaidi Wan Abdullah will also host a special dinner for the visiting dignitaries.
Dr Mahathir will conclude his Indian tour with a visit to Kerala.
On Thursday, he met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Delhi. – Bernama