Isnin, 4 November 2013

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Football fans descend on Shah Alam Stadium


SHAH ALAM: All roads from Kelantan and Pahang were congested with vehicles heading for the Shah Alam Stadium for the national football event of the year – the Malaysia Cup final.

Convoys of cars and buses, decked with their state flags, clogged the stadium grounds by 4pm, although the match between the two east coast giants was due to start only at 8.30pm yesterday.

Kelantan, the Red Warriors, came to the stadium as defending champions and the team had also not missed a final four times in the last five years.

On the other hand, Pahang had last lifted the coveted cup in 1992 and came hungry as Elephants, the nickname for their team.

It was the first cup final meeting between the two state teams in the 92-year-old history of the competition (which started as the HMS Malaya Cup in 1921) and the rain did not dampen their spirit.

Earlier in Kuantan, state Youth and Sports Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Johari Hussain flagged off a convoy of more than 10 cars at the State Mosque parking lot.

Police outriders and patrol cars escorted the entourage to ensure the Pahang supporters had a safe and smooth journey to Shah Alam.

Many more buses loaded with fans from other districts joined the groups from Kuantan.

"It is the most expensive experience for me to travel in a bus with a group to watch the Malaysia Cup final. I don't know when Pahang will again be in the final," said 23-year-old Elephants fan Nur Syahidah Zainuddin.

Bangladeshi envoy gets SMS threats for mooting direct hiring


KUALA LUMPUR: The Bangladeshi High Commissioner to Malaysia, A.K.M. Atiqur Rahman, has received threats in the past for proposing government-to-government recruitment of workers to curb human trafficking of Bangladeshis.

He said the threats, received via SMS, started when he first mooted the idea last year.

"I believe that this new model of direct employment by both governments has made the powerful syndicates and agents unhappy in both countries.

"Even my family was worried for me and asked me to return to Bangladesh. But I choose to remain here to ensure smooth implementation of the model," he told The Star.

Atiqur, who developed the new model while doing his university research paper, said that for just US$400 (RM1,280), a Bangladeshi could be processed and sent to Malaysia, including the cost of the air ticket, medical check-up, and even an introductory course on Malaysian etiquette.

Atiqur, who has been a diplomat for 28 years, hopes that if the model is successful in Malaysia, then Bangladesh will expand it to all the countries that it is sending workers to.

Asked about the response to the new model, he said 1.4 million Bangladeshis had registered for it.

"Initially, there were some teething problems, but we have managed to overcome them," he said, adding that to date, 1,000 workers have been brought into Malaysia via this way.

Meanwhile, Sukaham commissioner James Nayagam said one way to curb illegal workers was for the Malaysian Government to set proper guidelines on how agents should recruit workers when signing a memorandum of understanding with another government.

Taman Pagoh Jaya brothers inseparable in life and death


MUAR: Two young brothers who were inseparable in life have drowned in a flood retention pond near their favourite playing spot not far from their house in Taman Pagoh Jaya.

The bodies of Tay Zi Sian, seven, and Zi Qing, 10, were found floating in the pond by their 12-year-old sister at about 4.30pm on Saturday.

The sister said that Zi Sian and Zi Qing left their house at 2.30pm to play.

When both brothers did not return home after two hours, she went looking for them.

She did not see her brothers, but their slippers were found near the pond which is about 1.5m deep.

She peered into the pond and that was when she saw their bodies.

Panicked, she ran home to inform her Sarawakian mother and called her father.

Tay Cheng Boa, 38, who works at a nearby factory, immediately rushed home.

He said his sons were very close and they always went everywhere together.

"They liked to play near the pond and I have always scolded them as it is dangerous.

"They were the only male grandsons in our family and now they are gone," said the grieving father.

Tay hoped that the Government would install proper fencing around the pond to prevent another tragedy from happening.

The siblings will be cremated at 11am today in Pagoh.


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