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That’s the staggering amount defaulters owe Indah Water from January 1997 to May this year. While the sewerage firm says its collection rate has improved, the government hopes to overcome the problem by merging the charges with water bills.


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Agent: I did not tell maid to attack employer >> pg4 WORLD

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There goes my breakfast!

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THESE girls were happily enjoying their breakfast in Taman Bunga Raya, Setapak, yesterday when the authorities came knocking. A total of 140 officers from Kuala Lumpur City Hall, Immigration Department, Tenaga Nasional Berhad and People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) probably “ruined” their breakfast but the authorities were merely doing their job. At 11am yesterday, seven stalls were torn down by City Hall for operating illegally and for setting up illegal structures without permission. Customers, who were mostly students, were forced to finish their meals while standing by the road side. ● Full report on page 6

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River of Life masterplan

Beauty and soul go together


Boom gate debate

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The Copyright Act 1987 will be amended by Parliament in Oct to include payment of royalties — Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob

The Malay Mail Wednesday 6 JULY, JULY 2011

Off road relief


Public cheer as Bersih rally moves indoors

Aug 1 date for 'Two and a Half Men'


TRADERS, taxi drivers and business operators heaved a sigh of relief at the unexpected decision of the Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (Bersih) organisers to continue its rally for electoral reform in a stadium instead of the streets. Taxi driver Wong Chi Keen, 45, from Bukit Bintang, said he was in favour for the rally to be held in a stadium. "This is a better way for the organisers to seek their demands without causing any public disruption. If the rally was going to be held in the streets, there would be road blocks evKUALA LUMPUR

Police nab 8 in drug bust FOR years, a palm oil plantation in Banting has served as a sanctuary for drug addicts. O n Mo n d ay a f t e rnoon, eight addicts were nabb ed in a raid by Kuala Langat police acting on a tip-off. The suspects include four Indonesians and a Bangladeshi. Most of them worked at a nearby plantation. "Police have conducted raids at the plantation b efore but t he addicts keep coming back," said a source.

erywhere, which will cause massive traffic jams. Who would want to take a cab when there is a terrible traffic jam?" Wong said he had planned to take the day off when the street demonstration was planned for Saturday but changed his mind after learning that it would be held in a stadium. A clothes altering shop owner in Kuala Lumpur, Abdul Hamid Utoh (pic), 45, said he would lose customers on Saturday if the rally went on in the streets. "But I was not planning to close my shop as I don't want to let my customers

down if they stopped by." Mobile fruit stall operator Lim Ah Lek, 42, said he planned to take the day off on Saturday but after the decision to shift the rally to a stadium, he decided to operate his stall as usual. "I set up my fruit stall at Masjid Jamek area every day but it will be pointless to open shop during the rally because of security reasons. It is a relief that they decided to hold the rally in a stadium." Vimalan Balan, 30, an assistant catering manager said the rally planned in a stadium would not disrupt day to day activities. "Holding the rally in a

stadium is a much better option and freedom of speech will not be suppressed." However, Zuraidah Mohd Yusof, 48, a housewife from Danau Kota, said any sort of rally was not appropriate. "They should call it off. Don't do it in the streets or in the stadium. Our country is a peaceful country. It has always been that way sine Independence."

TWO and a Half Men ushers in the Ashton Kutcher (pic) era on Aug 1, the New York Post reported yesterday. That date will be Kutcher's first day at work on the Warner Bros lot in Los Angeles with cast mates Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones to do a readthrough of the episode that promises to finish off Charlie Sheen's character once and for all. CBS said it plans to air the first episode starring Kutcher on Sept 19 in the US.


Cops: Bersih link to weapons find By G. PRAKASH

"BERSIH will never resort to terror tactics," said Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (Bersih) steering committee member Dr Wong Chin Huat when commenting on police allegations that a discovery of weapons caches in KL and Selangor yesterday was linked to the coalition's rally in the city on Saturday. "We have said from the beginning that our gathering will be a peaceful one, no matter where it is held." Wo n g , a political scientist, said just because

Bersih 2.0 T-shirts were supposedly found with the cache does not mean that Bersih organisers were behind it. "The T-shirts could have been planted by mischiefmakers as we believe the weapons cache find was a conspiracy to smear Bersih," he said. "We urge the police to investigate all angles and nab the real culprits soon."

Police said the weapons and three Bersih T-shirts were hidden near decorative flower pots near Pertama Complex, Wisma Bumi Raya and Sogo Shopping Complex. The weapons comprised eight molotov cocktails, 43 firecrackers, three parang and a knife. KL deputy police chief Datuk Amar Singh said the Bersih T-shirts showed that Bersih was linked to the weapons. Police said the cache was found at 4.30am yesterday following a tip-off from two traders at Jalan Tuanku A b d u l Rahman. T h e y saw three masked m e n coming out of a Proton Waja in front of

YELLOW FEVER: (From left) ACP Razali Ramli, Amar and KL police chief of management department Datuk Razali Abdul Razak showing the items seized in front of Pertama Complex yesterday

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Pertama Complex and placing something in the flower pots. "This is why we were coming down hard on the Bersih rally. Molotov cocktails can kill people," said Amar, adding they had deployed its K9 unit to start patrolling as there could be more weapons hidden in the city. Amar confirmed that police would be on standby this Saturday although the rally was planned to be held in a stadium. Selangor police chief Datuk Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah said they found five bags containing 20 cleavers and 36 wick-capped bottles filled with petrol hidden between rocks at the back of a temple at Batu 14 in Jalan Lama Gombak Bentong. "We also found 44 yellow T-shirts with the word Bersih printed on them in one of the bags. This could be related to the illegal assembly planned for Saturday," he said. Police went to the scene at 7.20pm yesterday after receiving a call from an orang asli who reported the find.

Sony's Irish music site attacked THERE was speculation yesterday that Sony Music's Irish website has become the latest of the company's sites to fall victim to attack, the Irish Times reports. Sony Music Ireland is investigating an incident in which fake news stories appeared on the site. One claimed that members of pop band The Script had died, while another claimed TV show The X-Factor was "for the stupid". A spokesman said the company was not commenting on the incident, but said the stories that had appeared on the site were untrue.

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak will declare the Jengka Town Centre in Pahang as 'Tun Abdul Razak Town' tomorrow — Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Ahmad Maslan KUALA LUMPUR

t i g g n i r Million stinker Defaulters mainly apartment, flat residents although Indah Water says collection rate has improved By SHAHRIM TAMRIN

TWO-IN-ONE: Combining the bills will take time

Sewerage, water bills to merge

TO overcome the collection problem faced by Indah Water Konsortium Sdn Bhd (IWK), the government plans to integrate sewerage charges with the water bills, says Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui (pic). "Those who refuse to pay their IWK bills are mainly from low-cost housing areas," Chin told The Malay Mail. "Perhaps they cannot comprehend the sewerage billings because they cannot see the work done by IWK even though they flush their toilets. To overcome this, we are working on various payment mechanisms, including merging the sewerage charges with water bills. "However, this will take time as IWK sewerage systems and treatment plants need to be streamlined into regional locations instead of the current practice of having oxidation or stabilisation ponds in housing estates." Chin said Klang Valley residents will be the first to have an integrated billing system under the Greater Kuala Lumpur Plan and River of Life project.

SEWERAGE bill defaulters still owe a staggering RM717 million to Indah Water Konsortium Sdn Bhd (IWK) from January 1997 to May this year. "Last year alone, arrears stood at RM208 million but we achieved a 51 per cent collection rate," said IWK chief executive officer Datuk Abdul Kadir Mohd Din (pic). "However, RM717 million is still owed to us from January 1997 to May this year. Most defaulters reside in low-cost flats, apartments and condominiums, along with food operators, retailers and office premises. Some don't pay up because of tenant and landlord disagreements over who should pay and of course, there are also defaulters who

have abandoned their houses or other premises." He said whenever IWK covered new areas, arrears increased. "New house owners wait months before paying their sewerage bills and we often have to send them reminders," Abdul Kadir told The Malay Mail. "On an annual average, we take over 200 new sewerage treatment plants." Despite the mounting arrears, he said collection rate has improved. "In the first five months of this year, we achieved an 82 per cent collection rate. "Last year, our collection rate for KL was 60 per cent and for Selangor, 45 per cent. So far this year, our collection rate

has gone up to 89 per cent for KL and 79 per cent for Selangor." He said affordability should no longer be an issue as the standard rate is RM8 per month (or 27 sen a day) and for villages only RM3 a month (10 sen a day). For low-cost housing, it stands at RM2 (seven sen a day). “As part of our corporate social responsibility, we lowered sewerage charges for low-cost premises and villages, provided complimentary sewerage services to places of worship and repaired malfunctioning private sewerage facilities at a total cost of about RM54 million a year. "We are adopting a win-win approach for users with sub-

stantial arrears by letting them pay in instalments," said Abdul Kadir, adding defaulters can call IWK at 1-800-88-3495 or email for assistance. "We only resort to legal action after all our reminders and efforts by our debt collectors have failed."


Defaulters: My neighbours don't pay By SITI NURSURAYA ALI

WHEN it comes to paying Indah Water Konsortium Sdn Bhd (IWK) bills, some do not feel the urgency to do so, and The Malay Mail set off to find out why. Reasons for their indifference varied from "my neighbours don't pay" to never having received the bills at all. Lim Chee Wai, who lives in an apartment in Bandar Putra Permai in Seri Kembangan, Selangor, claimed he has never paid a single IWK bill before. "I have seen IWK tankers coming

here to clear the septic tanks but I don't pay because I have never received a bill from them," he said. "Perhaps someone else is paying a collective bill but nobody has asked me to pay." Lim's neighbour in the same apartment building, who preferred to be known only as Tan, said he stopped paying IWK bills three years ago. "I found out my neighbour never paid his IWK bills and never got into any trouble," he said. Jonathan, an owner-occupier of a

double-storey house in Taman Sri Gombak said he stopped paying IWK bills as well. "A few times when IWK bill collectors came knocking, I told them I am just the tenant and they never bothered me after that." Alice, a Petaling Jaya resident, said they should not have to pay IWK at all. "We are paying taxes and assessment rates, along with water and electricity bills. Isn't that enough?"



Baker graces ANZ brand campaign ANZ Bank has launched the next phase of its brand campaign, with a TV advert featuring Australian actor Simon Baker. The campaign launched yesterday across Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Vietnam in television, print and outof-home executions. It will launch in New Zealand next month, reports AdNews. Featuring the Australian actor, the campaign sees him reprise his role as character Patrick Jane from US TV series The Mentalist under a licensing deal with Warner Bros. BAKER: Star of 'The Mentalist'

Fox, LaBeouf fling tops Google search ACTRESS Megan Fox had a brief fling with former Transformers co-star Shia LaBeouf, making her the country's fastest newsmaker during the last few days of June, according to Google Philippines. Data gathered by the local unit of the Internet search giant showed Fox was the most searched personality in the Philippines from June 24 to 30, ABS-CBNnews reports. LaBeouf, in an interview on Details magazine, revealed last month he had a fling with Fox while filming the first Transformers film. Fox was replaced by British model Rosie Huntington Whiteley in Transformers 3, which premiered in the Philippines last week.

FOX: The Philippines' fastest newsmaker



There will be no street demonstration this Saturday but it will now be held in a stadium instead — Bersih 2.0 chairperson Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan

‘I didn't set off attack’ SEREMBAN

Agent refutes claim of prompting maid to kill her employer By THASHA JAYAMANOGARAN

THE agent of a teenage Indonesian maid who assaulted her employer on June 28 has refuted the maid's allegation that the agent had instigated the maid to “kill” her employer. "I am shocked the maid attacked her employer and refute what the maid alleged, as I never asked her to harm her employer," said the agent, who preferred to be known as Marrisa. "The maid was a new recruit and it was also her first time in Malaysia. In the month the maid was working with the employer, they

appeared to get along well." Marrisa said the last time she met the maid and the employer was when both visited her agency to collect some of the maid's belongings. "Their visit was about a week before the attack and I asked the employer and the maid whether they were happy with each other and both said that everything was fine. "Police have recorded my statement and I am helping them locate the person who recommended the maid to

FLASHBACK: Our report on June 29

my agency." In t he e arly mor ning incident on June 28, at the


US pistol export deal to Malaysia put on ice By MARHALIM ABAS

A TENTATIVE deal to procure some 3,000 semi-automatic pistols for the police from a United States manufacturer is on tenterhooks as the company had failed to obtain an export permit from its government, say people familiar with the matter. T h e Ma l ay Ma i l w a s infor me d t hat Smit h & Wesson, the famous US-based firearms manufacturer, had clinched the tentative deal with the Home Ministry for the procurement of 3,000 units of its M&P9 9mm semi-automatic pistol in early 2010. However, the ministry had imposed a pre-condition that a legal contract will only be signed once Smith & Wesson obtained an export permit from the US State Department. The Wall Street Journal last Thursday reported on its website that Smith & Wesson had reported in an annual earnings regulatory filing that it was still under investigation by the US Justice Department (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which bans bribery of foreign officials to get business. Smith & Wesson first disclosed the investigation in its 2010 10-K filing. "The investigation... caused us to make substantial changes in our foreign sales personnel and foreign representatives,

modify our processes and cease sales in certain foreign countries," the company said last Thursday. "These actions have had and can be expected to continue to have an adverse effect on the level of our foreign sales." The deal with the Home Ministr y, if it had gone through, would be worth around RM7.8 million. Home Ministry secretar y-general Tan Sri

Mahmood Adam said yesterday, he needed to check as he cannot remember the deal. S ou rc e s tol d T he Malay Mail that although an export licence is necessary for US manufacturers to sell their firearms overseas, the pre-condition meant that Home Ministry officials were aware that an official of the company had been charged for various violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by the DOJ. Smith & Wesson, which took part in the Defence Services Asia 2010 exhibition in Kuala Lumpur in April last year, is represented in Malaysia by a local business-

man from Penang. The company had also supplied a small number of similar pistols to the Prisons Department. According to sources, the tentative deal involving the M&P9 was clinched via direct negotiations like the 2006 deal by the Home Ministry which had police adopting the Walther P99 and US-made Carbon 15 and 308 Bushmaster rifles. On Jan 19 last year, Smith & Wesson vice-president of sales Amaro Goncalves, was charged with four charges under the Act.

SMOKING GUN: The export ban involves the Smith & Wesson M&P9 9mm semi-automatic pistol

According to the DOJ, the charges were in conjunction with a massive two-year sting operation set by the FBI.

employer's house in a gated community in Nilai, Negri Sembilan, the 19-year-old maid suddenly assaulted the employer, a 31-year-old housewife. The maid, who used a hammer and a pie ce of wood, hit, punched and kicked the housewife more than 30 times, resulting in 14

stitches on the victim's head. She also sustained swollen eyes and scratches on her shoulders. The victim said the maid claimed her agent ordered her to “kill” her employer before packing up and fleeing the scene. The victim and her husband, a 39-year-old mechanical engineer who was at work in Shah Alam during the attack, said they never abused the maid in any way. The victim's husband said: "Marrisa visited my wife during her hospitalisation to explain she never asked the maid to attack my wife."


SPAD: Public transport’s 2020 goal achievable By T.K. LETCHUMY TAMBOO

THE government's plan to get at least 40 per cent of Kuala Lumpur's population using public transport by 2020 is an achievable target. This is the opinion of L and Public Transp or t Commission (SPAD) chief operating officer Azhar Ahmad, who felt the target is plausible if all upgrading initiatives undertaken to improve the country's public transport system are completed by then. "The current 35km Light Rail Transit (LRT) AmpangKelana Jaya extension lines and the Mass Rail Transit (MRT) projects in the Klang Valley mu s t b e c om pleted first before more people can use public transport." Currently, 17 per cent of KL’s population are using public transport, according to a study by the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu). "There are nine years left to achieve the target. By then, the population would have increased and as part of urbanisation, more people would move into the city. Car prices would also have risen and more people would rely on public transport. These factors would contribute towards reaching the target."

However, Association for the Improvement of Mass Transit (Transit) chairman, Muhammad Zulkarnain Hamzah, felt the government's target would be impossible to achieve considering the current progress of the public transport system. "In the Sixth Malaysia Plan, the government had wanted to increase public transport usage to 50 per cent but we haven't even achieved half the proportion. "The government is also targeting to up the current 17 per cent usage to 25 per cent by 2012. That's a huge leap, so let's not look that far first. Let's wait and see if next year's target will be achieved before anything else.” He said there should be a proper transportation support system for the LRT and MRT lines before such targets are set. "When they talk about public transport, they are only concentrating on LRT and MRT. What about buses that are the support system needed for these trains? We can have the most efficient LRT and MRT but without a proper support system, they would be pointless." Muhammad Zulkarnain said local authorities should also be proactive in shaping good public transport instead of leaving everything to the Federal government.

The Malay Mail Wednesday 6 JULY, 2011

Public inquiry on Astro rates not required THE Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) said a public enquiry is not a prerequisite for the minister to intervene on Astro rates. “Section 199 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 empowers the minister to intervene in determining rates for services offered for a good cause or as public interest may require,” MCMC said in response to the announcement made by Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim that the Cabinet's decision on the matter will depend on MCMC's approval.

Bieber VF cover lowest-selling in 12 Years JUSTIN BIEBER may have more than 10 million Twitter followers and a hit with his documentary Never Say Never but that doesn't translate into newsstand sales for the magazine covers he graces. The February Vanity Fair that featured the 17-year-old covered in lipstick kisses is on track to become the worst selling issue in 12 years, Women's Wear Daily reports.

Investors put RM21b as Twitter's value WHILE other hot Internet companies have gone public, Twitter is privately raising hundreds of millions of dollars in a new financing round that values the company at as much as US$7 billion (RM21b), the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday. It said it was unclear which investors were part of the move to raise capital. A Twitter spokesman declined to comment, the paper said. The news comes just seven months after San Franciscobased Twitter raised US$200 million from venture firms. Back then, the company was valued at US$3.7 billion, according to the journal.

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Selangor government will allow the planned Bersih 2.0 rally to be held in Shah Alam Stadium on Saturday if it is done peacefully — Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim AMPANG

Reaching out to Syahidah

SYAHIDAH: Hopes to go to the US for surgery

LECTURING at a private college gives Syahidah Ishak much pleasure but things changed when she was diagnosed with a brain tumour a year ago. "I love to share my knowledge with students but I can no longer carry on teaching," said the Klang-born Syahidah, 33, who requires funds to undergo surgery abroad. "I first had hearing problems two years ago but did not think much about it until I lost the ability to hear from my right ear." She thought her right ear was clogged and tried to clean it up but that did not help.

Teacher needs RM150,000 for brain tumour surgery in US

"I then borrowed a friend's earphone to listen to music and that's when I realised I had become deaf in my right ear," she said. Syahidah, who stays in Ampang, had a medical check-up last July only to learn the awful truth. "Tests showed I had stage 3 tumour growing in my brain. I did not want to reveal that to anybody. When my parents found out, I apologised for not wanting them to worry," she said, adding that her parents were pensioners. "Since then, my family, friends and students have been giving me moral suppor t, including blogger


Yvonne Foong who suffers from neurofibromatosis." On Oct 13, Syahidah underwent surgery at Hospital Un i v e r s i t i Ke b a n g s a a n Malaysia (HUKM) at a cost of RM33,800. "But the surgeons managed to remove 2.4cm of the 3.8cm tumour," she said, adding that she still owed them RM6,000, after her insurers and employers paid RM27,000. "Rather than being subjected to multiple operations here to remove the remaining tumour, I plan to undergo surgery at a hospital in the United States where Dr Rick Friedman, an American surgeon who specialises on ear KUALA LUMPUR


Scholar wants in on Petronas ventures

problems, had once successfully removed a 4cm tumour in a four-hour operation. I am grateful to Foong for recommending Friedman to me." Syahidah said having the surgery in the US will cost her US$50,000 (RM150,000). "My medical coverage does not include treatment overseas and the National Cancer Council Malaysia (Makna) classified my case as noncancerous and could not help me," she said. "However, doctors here told me my remaining tumour is dangerous. It could grow and affect my other ear and also sense of balance." Syahidah, who is single and

the only daughter among four siblings, had planned to go to the US last month. But she could only raise RM5,000. "If I have sufficient funds, I want to undergo surgery in the US by September," she said, adding that she has resorted to selling T-shirts, umbrellas and lamps adorned with the apple motif. "Since last July, I have been worried sick and unable to sleep properly. I have problems closing my right eye and have to cover the eye with a patch." For more information and updates on her situation, log on to

Illegal stalls come down after a decade


DESPITE being offered jobs in Canada, United States and Australia, Petronassponsored scholar Mubeen Ashraf Muhtar (pic) is keen to return home to be part of the national petroleum company's latest joint ventures in Canada and Sudan. "Having studied in Canada and learning first-hand about how the petroleum industry works, I believe I would be able to make a contribution to both Petronas and Malaysia," said the 23-year-old honours graduate from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada where he specialised in geophysics and minored in economics. "Petronas is hoping to broaden their business market in North America, specifically off the coast of British Columbia in Canada where they are partnering with Canada's Progress Energy Resources Corp to explore shale gas assets. And over in Sudan, Petronas is developing oil and gas reserves." When The Malay Mail first

interviewed Mubeen in March last year, he was in his third year as a Bachelor of Science undergrad and a lot has happened since then. "During my final semester, I had the opportunity to be a teaching assistant at the same university and was also selected as a representative of the university to present my undergraduate research at numerous conventions in Canada". And in May, he attended field work organised by the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG) in Calgary, Alberta for the second time.

COMING DOWN: A City Hall officer using a chainsaw to dismantle the roof of a stall. (Inset) Izzul

AFTER ten years, City Hall has finally come down hard on illegal stall operators in Taman Bunga Raya, Setapak. Seven stalls were demolished by 140 officers from City Ha l l, Immig rat ion Department, Tenaga Nasional Berhad and the People's Volunteer Corps (Rela). The stalls, located at Jalan Malinja 2, operate until 4am causing daily congestions in the area. A spokesman of Taman Bunga Raya's Rukun Tetangga,

who declined to be named, said they were happy City Hall demolished the stalls. "We have nothing against them doing their business but residents are unhappy because their stalls operate even after midnight. "Often times there are about 200 vehicles parked in the area raising security concerns." However, one of the demolished stall owner claimed he was not given any notice by City Hall.

"I will apply for a new licence to open back my stall," said the trader who sold western food for more than five years. City Hall Petty Traders and Hawker Management Department officer Izzul Fikri Mohd said the stalls were demolished as most traders were operating without licenses.

The Malay Mail • Wednesday 6 JULY, 2011

Appeal for missing French national THE France embassy is seeking the whereabouts of a 30-year-old French tourist who went missing almost two months ago. Stephanie Foray (pic), travelling alone in South East Asia, arrived in Malaysia on May 5 and her family last heard from her on May 8. She is 157 cm tall, of average built with blue eyes and chestnut brown hair. Those with information are urged to contact the embassy at 03-20535500, email consulat.kuala-lumpuramba@diplomatie.gouv. fr or contact the Foreign and European Affairs Ministry’s Crisis Centre for Individual Cases Unit at +33(0)153591110 or email alertes.cdc@ diplomatie.

S’pore DPM down on official visit SINGAPORE Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean is on an introductory three-day visit to Malaysia from yesterday. Teo, also Home Affairs Minister, will meet Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Home Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, among others.

Malaysia to host second Riba conference MALAYSIA will host the second World Conference on Riba (usury) on July 26-27. Themed: “The Riba Conundrum: Impartial Outlook from Accounting, Legal and Religious Perspectives”, the conference will be held at Tun Hussein Onn Hall, Putra World Trade Centre. The conference allows for a critical look at the element of interest and comprehensive deliberation of Riba from all perspectives.

The Malay Mail Wednesday 6 JULY, 2011

A total of 7,404 cyber security cases were recorded in the country this year — a 147 per cent increase over the same period last year — Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry

Twitter Your S@y WHILE some Malaysian fashion designers have made their mark on the international scene, most are still struggling to achieve breakthroughs. What do Malaysian fashionistas feel about our local talents and who are their favourite designers? Here are reactions @ mistycheaz. Some tweets have been modified without altering the intent.

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Too close for comfort


Rapper and partner to face 'khalwat' charge in December By JOE LEE and IKRAM ISMAIL

THE 31-year-old rapper from a well-known 90s hip-hop group who was caught for khalwat (close proximity) last Sunday morning, will be charged together with his divorcee partner of the same age, in court on Dec 13. A Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) spokesman said the rapper would be charged under Section 29 (1)(a) of the Selangor Syariah Criminal Enactment 1995 while the

woman under Section 29 (1) (b) of the same enactment. Following The Malay Mail report yesterday, more details of the raid were made known in a police report lodged by Cheras Batu 10 mosque imam Raslan Samsudin, 62, who had led the raiding party comprising three Langat Jaya Condominium residents' association members, a mosque committee member, the police and JAIS officers.

According to Raslan’s police report, the group began knocking on the unit door at 5am before they finally broke it down at 6.30am and discovered the couple in compromising circumstances, apart from the fact they are not married to each other. Yesterday, The Malay Mail reported about the brazenness of the rapper and his alleged relationship with the mother-oftwo, who were reported by the

condominium's residents. After he was caught, the rapper allegedly returned to the condominium and challenged residents to lodge another report about him and his partner, as the couple continued to live in the same unit, purportedly owned by the woman's exhusband. Residents said they planned to stage another raid in response to the couple's defiance.


Honing skills to produce world-class human capital By FAIZAL NOR IZHAM

THE 20th SkillsMalaysia and 5th MySkills competitions held from July 3-6 and from today till Saturday respectively, are aimed at recognising and selecting skilled Malaysian youths in a long-term attempt to produce world-class human capital, says Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam, who officiated the opening ceremony for both at the Centre for Instructors and Advanced Skill Training (CIAST) Auditorium in Shah Alam yesterday. The competitions are meant to improve participants' technical and vocational training (TEVT) so that highly skilled workers will increase from the current 28 per cent to 33 per cent by 2015, and to 50 per cent by 2020. "This will be the foundation for achieving a high-income economy in accordance with the government's 10th Malaysia Plan, and such emphasis will help produce employees who are dynamic, responsive, competitive and successful," said the minister. "We also hope to change people's perceptions towards skilled work and to encourage improvements in participants' potential and career prospects to the point it may eventually earn international recognition." Winners will have the opportunity to represent the country in the Asean Skills Competition

2012 in Jakarta, Indonesia, and if they succeed there, will then be considered for participation at the World Skills Competition (WSC) 2013 in Leipzig, Germany. A total of 183 participants qualified this year for SkillsMalaysia and 96 for Myskills, which are being held simultaneously at four venues — the Malaysian Construction Academy's (ABM) Central Branch in Kuala Lumpur, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) at Serdang,

Selangor, Wood Industry Skills Development Centre (WISDEC) Olak Lempit at Banting, Selangor and MARA College (KKTM) at Balik Pulau, Penang. Twenty-six skill areas are featured in SkillsMalaysia, and 15 in MySkills which include electronics, web design, beauty therapy, cooking, IT network systems administration, bricklaying, wall and floor tiling,

HANDS-ON: Subramaniam (right) helping a participant paint a batik piece

plumbing and heating, painting and decorating, electrical installations and welding. Other activities include Proton's autoshow, public training agency exhibitions, a cybersecurity seminar, lectures and career exhibitions by the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB). A Mara College design student Norshahira Mohammad, is one of eight contestants in batik-making, and judges will choose the best three. Norshahira, 20, said: "I am ready for this challenge as I had practical training in batik-making during a week-long course at the Alpha Batik House, Malacca." Another participant, Proton Edar automation mechanic Ahmadi Zamani, 31, who is competing in the mechanical engineering contest said:"I've been a mechanic for 10 years but the auto industry is ever evolving and contesting helps me learn many new things." Currently, the winners from last year's SkillsMalaysia and MySkills are preparing for the 2011 WSC in London, England, from Oct 5 to 8, and will compete in automobile technology, beauty therapy, cabinet-making, cooking, electrical installations, IT network systems administration, mechatronics, plumbing and heating, refrigeration and air-conditioning and welding.



'Mark Zuckerberg' tops ranking FACEBOOK founder Mark Zuckerberg (pic) appeared to be the most popular person yesterday on Google+ — the recently unveiled rival social network from Google, the Herald Sun reports. Zuckerberg was listed as the most followed user on Google+ with a whopping 29,543 followers, according to He beat out Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who come in at second and fourth with 19,878 and 15,646 followers. Google's social media guru, Vic Gundrota, came in third. Google released Google+ last week as it looks to take on Facebook, which is used by more than 650 million people worldwide.

'MasterChef' gives game away OOPS! MasterChef has once again, revealed a contestant's upcoming immunity in a show promo. A promo for MasterChef’s Sunday night episode set in New York shows Dani wearing what appears to be an immunity pin on her apron — which is from a challenge that doesn't actually air until tonight, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Airline stops online ticket sales GROUNDED airline Tiger Airways has stopped selling its tickets online as doubts remain whether it will ever fly again in Australia. The consumer regulator, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, had warned the airline to stop ticket sales or it would face court action, the Herald Sun reports. A Tiger spokesman said following the airline's suspension, flight ticket sales have been temporarily suspended.

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Complainants have to submit their personal particulars and provide a detailed account of their complaint. Complainants have to first file their complaints with the respective parties before contacting Hotline. Complaints referred by Hotline to the relevant parties would be published if there is no response in seven days. After a complaint has been resolved, the complainant cannot demand non-publication of the matter.


Boom gate 'politics' Exco member's office denies meddling in city council work

AN UPROAR has emerged over the case of a boom gate in Mutiara Damansara falling onto a car — and the alleged interference of a politician in council work. Questions have been raised as to why the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) did not remove the boom gate despite the matter being brought to its attention by complainant JAMES WONG and Hotline in our June 16 report. In the latest development, a source from the council explains that it has issued notices to all residents associations to dismantle boom gates which are illegal or risk having them removed by the council. "It's not that we do not want to take any action against illegal boom gates but there is too much red tape," says the source, who has declined further comment. Meanwhile, Hotline has learned the council's enforcement unit had tried several times to demolish illegal boom gates under its jurisdiction but had allegedly been stopped by officers from a politician's office. Parti Keadilan Rakyat's Elizabeth Wong, who is the State exco member for tourism, environment and consumer affairs, has denied an allegation she is involved

Not my officers, says Wong

STILL THERE: The boom gate at Mutiara Damansara continues to function, prompting questions as to why it has not been dismantled

(see accompanying story). The Malay Mail reported JAMES had sought com-

pensation from the Mutiara Damansara Residents Association (Mudora) after a

TEMPORARY REPRIEVE • IN January, the Petaling Jaya City Council ordered residents to remove all boom gates by March 31 after it claimed some residents associations (RAs) took things too far when it comes to security. But on June 29, the council decided at a full-board meeting to allow gated communities to continue operating boom gates for now, after discussions with

several RAs over the previous three months. The only exception to the rule would be using oil drums as barricades, which is a strict no-no. PJ mayor Datuk Roslan Sakiman had said the council's decision is a temporary reprieve and he had urged the RAs to apply for, and renew, their permits to continue operating their boom gates.

security boom gate crashed onto his car as he drove past. The private tutor claimed the incident happened when he was entering the gated community to visit a friend in July last year. As the incident had caused extensive damage to his car, JAMES lodged a police report and submitted a request to Mudora for compensation. In his response to Hotline, Mudora president Mej (R) Oon Hoe Cheng had claimed ignorance of the incident and asked JAMES to provide proof of the formal complaint he had initially

Reload not credited

A puzzling event SHE had been looking forward to taking part in a puzzle competition with her son at the GLC Open Day at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre but it turned out to be a sorry experience instead. LOW CHOOI HONG says the event website had listed the competition to be on June 24, the first day of the event, and registration was to start at 10.30am. Eager to win the attractive prizes offered, mother and son arrived from Gombak at 8.30am. "At 10am, when we were permitted to enter, we learned the competition had been cancelled," LOW tells Hotline. Disappointed, the 48-year-old says she tried asking around as no announcement was made to inform the public about the change. "Everyone I asked said they

didn't know and they were trying to contact people to find out." Finally, a woman who claimed to be the event manager told LOW the cancellation was a final decision. "I asked for her name card and she reluctantly gave it. Her position wasn't stated in the card, so I questioned her. She wasn't pleased. She shouted for security on her walkie-talkie to get me out of the place," alleges LOW. "I was merely asking her questions and she had to embarrass my son and I by shouting for security?" LOW says she is unhappy the organiser had cancelled the event with no prior notice. Even the crew were clueless on the changes. "We wasted two hours for nothing and only left about 12.30pm

filed with the committee. Subsequently, JAMES submitted the documents, including a copy of the police report, an official report of the incident to the security company hired by Mudora, email correspondence to Oon and an invoice from the mechanic who had assessed the damage to the car. Mudora has yet to reply, Hotline has learned. As for the boom gate in Mutiara Damansara, it has been deemed illegal following the council's previous confirmation that no party had applied for any boom gate permit in PJ.

• SELANGOR State exco member ELIZABETH WONG has denied an allegation her officers are interfering in the Petaling Jaya City Council's effort to dismantle illegal boom gates. "I don't think whoever that's stopping the council's work are from my office. I have no knowledge of such an incident," the Bukit Lanjan assemblyman tells . She says "one cannot simply say if the boom gates are legal or not" as talks on the guidelines are ongoing. "To comment further on the issue, one must know the current situation of the talks. At present, MBPJ is one of the hardest (councils) to get approval for boom gates. Despite the problems faced, we are still discussing the matter and trying to find the best guidelines." On the issue of JAMES WONG, she says: "Our office is not aware of his troubles. We would like to invite him to come to our office to discuss the matter. We are willing to be the mediator in this case, given that JAMES has all his documents and reports ready for us to review."

after all the hassle of enquiring."

● A SPOKESMAN for Fluores-

cent Squid Sdn Bhd, the event management company for the GLC Open Day, says they have got in touch with LOW. "The complainant came back with her son the following day to participate in various kids’ activities the organisers had arranged throughout the threeday event. "We are happy to note that LOW and her son had a good time, just like the tens of thousands of other visitors that came for the GLC Open Day." But when contacted, LOW claims the company did not get in touch with her. She says she and her son had visited the GLC Open Day the next day on their own accord.

THE money she paid was not credited into her bus card and she has been waiting for her refund for more than two months. "I tried to reload my card using the ticketvending machine on board a RapidKL bus on April 15. The payment was successful but the amount was not credited into my card," says MELISSA HEW of Kuala Lumpur. She tells Hotline she has been calling Touch ‘n Go Careline ever since. HEW claims she was told at first to wait 30 days and to call again if she did not receive the

refund. After 30 days, she called customer service numerous times but did not get a response. "Everytime I call, I’m given the same scripted

● Touch ‘n Go

Sdn Bhd Customer Service Division head A. Azmi Jaafar tells Hotline the company has processed a refund of RM50 for HEW. “We apologise to HEW for the delay as the investigation took longer than the usual turnaround time." Azmi advises Touch

answer, which is they will expedite my case and are awaiting management approval." HEW says she has still to receive any feedback from Touch ‘n Go. 'n Go users facing similar problems to submit their feedback online via eCustomer Service at my, or contact their Careline at 03-7628 5115 or email my. HEW confirms the refund has been banked into her account.

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Left in the dark CHEW CHEE GUAN has been feeling unsafe in his neighbourhood for one month now, especially at night. He claims the street lights along Jalan Dandan and Jalan Awan Selimpat near his house in Taman Yarl, OUG, have not been working for the past month. CHEW says he has complained to Tenaga Nasional

Berhad but nothing has been done. "The roads here are too dark at night, which is a grave concern for the residents. We don't want any crime to happen here but the situation is inviting," he tells Hotline. A check by Hotline shows the street lights are under the jurisdiction of Kuala Lumpur City Hall.

● CITY HALL corporate

communications head Anwar Mohd Zin says: "Our engineering department has dispatched a team comprising technicians and engineers to assess the problem and file a report to get the street lights fixed. We did this right af-


Online Hotline comments ter being alerted by Hotline." Anwar thanks CHEW for highlighting the matter. When contacted, CHEW says he can see some engineers at work near the area and is happy with the authority's quick action.

Long wait for certificate Eight months after final exam, secretarial graduate still without LCCI document

Rocky road to flatness (July 5) POTHOLES are becoming a common phenomenon on all major roads in KL and other areas these days. Repair work is only carried out after someone has been injured in an accident or has complained to the media or some Member of Parliament. — shaktiman THE main problem with the road repair and resurfacing work is that they seem to be carried without proper supervision or inspection. The local authorities, Public Works Department and service providers do not supervise the work. Supervisors, usually underpaid, I think, will leave everything to the contractors to ensure the work is carried out properly. But surely when there is no cat, the mouse will dance. If you don't believe me, please go out now and see if there is any repair work going on near you and ask the pertinent questions: “What are you doing here? What company are you working for? Who is your supervisor? Who is your boss? Who is in charge here? If you are the contractor, which department are you working for?” and I can bet with you, the workers would not know anything and there would be nobody in charge there. — Nawawi A burning pain (July 4) AS I have always said, talk is cheap and would not work. Just bring in the rotan in order to be very effective. Once caned, the offenders will remember the lesson for life! — Good advice LEAVES are bio-degradable. Why can't the authorities just leave them under the trees so that the leaves will rot and make the soil fertile? I have seen too much effort by so many parties to collect and burn the leaves, but for what? I am more concerned with plastics bags, food containers, bottles and other domestic rubbish which are smelly, dirty and should be disposed off properly. If people do not want so many leaves falling on the ground, why not plant trees that don't shed their leaves everyday? I am sure there are many such trees. Why must we do foolish things? By the way, it is an open secret that many of those cleaners who are awarded the cleaning contracts simply do not perform and the management will normally award the contracts not based on performance but based on kickbacks. Of course, it it difficult to prove and who will do it openly anyway — Nawawi

COMING SOON: RIMA College says Nicole will not only get her replacement certificate but it will also pay the cost of renewing it

NICOLE THONG has been a part-time secretarial student at RIMA College since December 2008. She says she successfully completed her course and sat for her final exam in October last year. "I obtained a result of Pass with Credit shown on the result slip but the college has lost my certificate," she tells Hotline. NICOLE says that after meeting a RIMA College staff member at their headquarters in Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, she was

promised the college will request for a new certificate from the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI). "This was two months back. Each time I called the staff member, he kept giving me unconvincing reasons such as the person responsible is on medical leave or not in the office, or his officer is not coming to the office or the officer 'never got back to me'," she says. To make matters worse, she says, the certificate will

expire in September and she will only be able to use it for a few months despite paying her fees in full. NICOLE wants the college to provide her with the certificate soon.

● RIMA College spokesman Dev Raj says: "We have sent in a requisition for a replacement of NICOLE's certificate to the LCCI branch office in Kuala Lumpur." He says he has been informed by the branch that it will take four to six

weeks to obtain the certificate as it needs to be sent from their London headquarters. Asked about payment to renew the certificate, seeing that NICOLE has not been able to use it for the past year, Raj says: "RIMA College will take up the responsibility in getting her certificate and will pay for its renewal." When contacted, NICOLE says she is happy someone from the college is finally attending to her problem.

Wrong app-roach (July 4) CLEANLINESS is important, and for an establishment to open its doors for business, it should ensure that the food is completely clean. If it does conduct regular pest control, and somehow this roach just happened to fall into the pizza, then yes, it is an accident but can’t be disregarded. All feedback should be taken as constructive feedback. And do not be quick to jump to conclusion that he is after a free meal. Cockroaches in food is not a trivial matter. I think the level of cleanliness and service has deteriorated. I know for the fact that a restaurant in Tesco Shah Alam served uncooked meatballs and the food contained roaches as well. My former colleagues experienced this firsthand and complained to the manager but they showed a "tidak apa" attitude and offered to waive the bill. My ex-colleagues decided that they were not after a free meal and so paid the bill and left. Did the outlet improve after that? Nobody knows. — Anonymous I THINK everyone should not let such a 'trivial matter' be dealt with in such a manner. Customers have rights and deserve appropriate standards of food and hygiene. This is not a mamak stall we are talking about so it's definitely worthwhile to make this point publicly. This would never happen in a five-star restaurant and if it did, it would definitely grab a whole host of media attention. It ain't about getting a free meal, it's about the principles! We shouldn't hide behind the 'nevermind la' attitude. — Malaysian overseas

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Planning for city with soul

KL River of Life masterplan

THE River of Life project is bound to revitalise and transform the Klang and Gombak rivers along the 10.7km stretch within the city centre. Significantly, Kuala Lumpur is the Malay name for a confluence where two muddy rivers meet. A much earlier proposal to rehabilitate the rivers and exploit their economic value was mooted under the KL Linear City project, which did not take off. Would it be a tall order now to transform these rivers into iconic waterfronts on par with waterways in cities like Amsterdam, London, Melbourne and Paris by 2020? Perhaps a reality check is in order. What we have are two small rivers, no wider than a canal. On dry days, it would be difficult to row a small boat over some shallow parts. Moreover, the river is treated as open sewage by those lacking in civic consciousness.

Mercifully, rain falls at regular intervals, washing away dust and debris and swelling the rivers after a downpour. Until the SMART tunnel project was completed, flooding was a common occurrence. The colour of the Klang river has remained dark yellow, much like our famous teh tarik, from the time tin was discovered in Ampang in 1857 that led to the founding of Kuala Lumpur. The International Masterplanning Competition that attracted 22 bids with five shortlisted for voting by the public will ensure the success of the river beautification and development. However, the river cleaning component may prove to be as challenging as maintaining a first-world infrastructure in our third-world mentality. It will have to start with the rivers upstream by educating the people and controlling the industries.


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It would also be meaningless to showcase pristine water within the city but allow the river to remain at its present deplorable condition downstream. As such, the State government and local authorities should act in tandem to upgrade the entire length of the Klang River. The river can come to life with fishes and activities such as river cruises, motorised barges and houseboats for tourists. The riverbanks should be paved for walking, jogging and cycling. Marathon runners can run here instead of on city roads, disrupting traffic. With some imagination instead of money, any local authority can create a huge media buzz by making good use of rivers that run through their jurisdiction. On stretches with little economic value, the riverbanks can be planted with Banyan trees. These unique trees have roots sprouting from their


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VIBRANT WATERFRONT: The proposed river beautification project area

branches and upon reaching the ground, would grow into solid trunks. As such, the branches can be led to grow sideways, running parallel to the river. It is Bonsai in reverse. Planting the first tree and announcing to the world it will eventually be spread over a kilometre would generate great interest. Over the past few decades, I have enjoyed watching the majestic rain trees at the Taiping Lake Gardens with

The Malay Mail-Dutch Lady HAMPER FOR CHARITY THE best opinion of the week as decided by the editor will win a hamper from Dutch Lady Malaysia for charitable institutions. Readers are encouraged to nominate charities deserving of this gesture. The Malay Mail will deliver the winning hamper.

legacy and baggage from the past, which has left a lot to be desired from KL’s public transport system. Numerous mistakes are still evident, such as the lack of connectivity of the monorail station to KL Sentral, the lack of feeder buses at KTM Komuter stations, and so on. SPAD has a heavy duty ahead of it and, hopefully, it will come out looking

their huge branches arching across the road, almost touching the lake. This glorious image is etched permanently in my mind, deep in my soul. We should carry on replanting trees to green our earth. It is also time to plant our love and history on selected riverbanks by planting "family trees". For an appropriate fee, a person can pay and plant a tree that will grow for a few hundred years. Every place is unique with

its own history and interests when it comes alive. However, if local history is sidelined and contributions that made Kuala Lumpur what it is today are whitewashed, the city will be effectively sanitised. Whether the project is the River of Life or City of Life, my vote goes to the master planner that incorporates soul. People and nature enrich lives more than anything else. YS Chan

Maintenance needed

Keep up the good work, SPAD and monorail lines were being proposed, we did not have this opportunity. We even have SPAD's CEO, Mohd Nur Isma l Mohamed Kamal, himself coming down and talking to us more than once. It is now left to be seen whether SPAD will be able to continue with its supervisory role once construction and operation kick in. It is not easy to deal with



KL MRT project

AS a member of the public heavily dependent on public transport, I would like to commend Land Public Tr an s p or t C om m i s s i on (SPAD) for making the effort to listen to the views of the public on the proposed MRT project. Since SPAD came into the picture, there has only been one consistent message, which is getting public feedback. When the LRT


like the ones in charge for the benefit of the public transport-dependent rakyat. We have suggested a lot of changes, we have put our wishes on the table, the next step is important in getting our continued support. In the meantime, keep up the good work. Public transport user

MALAYSIA has great infrastructures, be it roads, rails, sea or air. Having said that, is there a priority on maintenance? Fo r e x a mp l e , w e s e e potholes on the roads for months before they are attended to. Once patched up, it on ly l asts a fe w months. KTM Komuter has also been advised many times regarding its frequent delays and not having enough coaches during peak hours.

Malaysia always prides itself as having first-class facilities but not so in terms of maintenance. With the proposed Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit project, there is a pressing need to improve our maintenance culture. This is the time for everyone, government and the rakyat, to act and do something. Hopefully, we will learn our lesson this time. Hazamal

KL Adibah, the best of 'em all (July 4)

Adibah richly deserves honour IT IS indeed a well-deserved tribute to academic, writer and journalist Khalidah Adibah Amin to have been awarded the National Press Club (NPC)-Ambank Media Legend Award at the NPCNaza Awards Night 2011. As one who followed her

writings in the '70s, I must say that few writers have that rare gift of Adibah’s to convey their thoughts with graceful sophistication and insight, simple yet dynamic in the use of language and, most of all, with a sense of honesty pointing the readers to what

could be a better way without showing partiality or appearing offensive or pedantic. While the plaque and monetary award by the sponsors and organisers made to Adibah is certainly commendable, I would like to humbly suggest that our

government might wish to consider the conferment of an appropriate title to honour Adibah Amin and her contribution to Malaysia as a writer and journalist par excellence. Rueben Dudley

WednesDay 6 JuLY, 2011

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Cyberattacks on US and South Korean military websites in March may have been a test by North Korea or sympathisers, says a report by computer security firm McAfee — AFP

Huge cocaine haul in Caribbean AUTHORITIES seized 1.1 tonnes of cocaine worth €42 million (RM182m) aboard a yacht sailing from the Caribbean to Europe, the German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) said yesterday. The 13-metre yacht was intercepted by French customs officials near the Caribbean island of St. Maarten on Saturday after setting sail from Grenada. Four people, the South African captain, two Germans and a Dutchman were arrested. The BKA said the seizure confirmed that large amounts of cocaine were being smuggled across the Atlantic by boat. — Reuters

Russian wins claim against police A KARATE teacher won compensation in a rare court ruling against Russian police after being beaten for hours by drunk officers, a rights group said yesterday. A court in the provincial capital of Nizhny Novgorod, ordered the state to pay Alexei Yakimov 200,000 roubles (RM21,000) in damages for a night in 2009 when two officers brutalised and tried to drown him. A police captain and lieutenant strung up Yakimov with his hands cuffed behind his back and beat him before trying to drown him in a frozen river. They were jailed for three years last year. — Reuters

The Malay Mail Wednesday 6 JULY, 2011

Africa drought leaves 10 million facing famine Aid agencies Aid agencies areare launching launchingmulti multi million million dollar dollarappeals appeals to address to address a mounting a mounting humanitarian humanitarianemergency emergency in inthe theHorn Horn ofof Africa, Africa, where where the the worst worst drought droughtinin60 60years years and andhigh highfood food prices prices have have left left1010million million people people needing needinghelp help Numbers Numbers ERITREA ERITREA at at risk risk DJIBOUTI DJIBOUTI SUDAN Food security Food security SUDAN 120,000 120,000 Jul-Sep 2011 Jul-Sep 2011 Djibouti Djibouti Stressed Stressed Crisis Crisis Addis Addis Emergency Emergency Ababa Ababa Refugee Refugee centres centres SOUTH SOUTH SUDAN SUDAN

ETHIOPIA ETHIOPIA 3.2 3.2 million million

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ANGERED: Egyptian pro-democracy activists in a recent demonstration in Tahrir Square keep up pressure on the country's military rulers over the pace of reforms. — AFP


Rights groups cite case of woman's torture, virginity testing

THREE rights groups sued the head of Egypt's armed forces yesterday for trying a female in a military court and said she was tortured and forced to undergo a virginity test. The woman, whose age was not specified, was one of 17 female protesters rounded up on March 9 when the army cleared demonstrators from Tahrir Square in Cairo, epicentre of the protests that ousted President Hosni Mubarak in February. The rights groups said the female was tried before the military court without knowing what charges she was facing. All the female protesters were sentenced within four days of their detention, they said. The girl "was exposed to the worst kinds of humiliation, torture and violation to the sanctity of her body to the extent of inspecting her virginity within view and earshot of army

prison workers", the groups said in a statement that did not give her name or age. The case against the head of the armed forces and other unnamed individuals was filed with an administrative court by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, the Nadeem Centre for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence and Torture and the Hisham Mubarak Law Centre. Amnesty International gathered statements from some of the women who spoke of virginity tests, beatings, electric shocks and strip searches while being photographed by male soldiers. A high-ranking Egyptian military official denied in June comments carried by CNN from an army general who confirmed virginity tests were carried out on detained female protesters. — Reuters


Maid sues NY Post for 'hooker' report THE hotel maid who accused former IMF chief Dominique StraussKahn of sexual assault sued the New York Post and five of its journalists for libel yesterday for reporting that she was a prostitute. The 32-year-old Guinean immigrant accused the Post of publishing defamatory articles between July 2-4 "in an apparent desperate attempt to bolster its rapidly plunging sales."

The Post said in a statement: "We stand by our reporting." The suit filed in Bronx state court seeks damages to be determined at trial for articles it said the Post knew were false or should have known were false before they were published. On Friday prosecutors called into question the woman's credibility for a series of lies about her background including a false story

about being gang-raped on her application for US asylum. The case against Strauss-Kahn appeared to be unraveling, and he has vehemently denied the charges, but a seven-count indictment against him remained in effect. The Post reported on Saturday that the Sofitel housekeeper "was doing double duty as a prostitute, collecting cash on the side from male guests."— AFP

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Main rains Main rains in in Ethiopia, Somalia Ethiopia, Somalia and pastoral and pastoral areas of areas of Kenya. Kenya. Secondary rains Secondary rains in in southeast Kenya southeast Kenya



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Saudi Arabia tank sale raises ire of German opposition GERMAN opposition parties and some ruling coalition members were up in arms yesterday over reports that the government wants to overturn its export rules and sell hundreds of tanks to Saudi Arabia. This followed press reports that Saudi Arabia is about to buy 200 Leopard-2s, Germany's main battle tank which is also produced under licence in Spain. Germany, which has declined for over 20 years to sell such heav y weapons to Saudi Arabia because of conc e r n s ov e r human rights and fears for Israel's security, refused to conf irm the report.

But the Suddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) paper reported the deal is already done and both Israel and the US signed off before the final decision was made on June 27. "Everyone will understand that the Israeli government is in agreement. Otherwise, there would have been an official protest," the paper quoted a government source as saying. O p p o s i t i o n leaders have

demanded a parliamentary debate. " T h e g ov e r n m e nt must explain itself at some stage," Green parliamentary leader Juergen Trittin told ARD television yesterday. "Such decisions cannot be taken at a time when people are fighting for democracy in the Arab world." S ocial Democrat parliamentary deputy leader Gernot Erler told the Welt newspaper's online service: "Such a policy demonstrates that Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Guido Westewelle only pay lip service to supporting democratic movements in the Arab world." ­— AFP

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Former French finance minister Christine Lagarde became the first woman head of the International Monetary Fund yesterday — AFP


132-year-old mystery solved Broadcaster David Attenborough's garden gives up a 'ghost'

A MURDER mystery dating back to 1879 was finally resolved yesterday when a skull unearthed in BBC legend David Attenborough's (pic) garden was formally recognised as that of a woman murdered by her maid 132 years ago. Julia Martha Thomas, a wealthy widow aged 55, was killed by her 29-year-old housekeeper Kate Webster very close to Park Road in well-to-do Richmond, but her head was never found. The case became known as the 'Barnes Mystery', which gripped London at the time. Webster, a convicted thief

and fraudster, chopped up Thomas with an axe, boiled the remains and gave the dripping to local children to eat. A box containing human flesh was found in the nearby River Thames days after the killing and one of the victim's feet was found on an allotment. Webster was tried and executed, but the head was never found until it was unearthed in October by workmen building an extension at the home of Attenborough,

the face of BBC natural history programmes for more than 50 years. Thomas lived at almost exactly the same spot as the 85-year-old broadcaster, while the garden where the skull was found used to be the site of a pub said to be a favourite of the killer. Alison Thompson, the west London coroner formerly identified the recovered skull as that of Thomas. She recorded a verdict of unlawful killing and the cause of death as asphyx-

iation and head injury. After reviewing records of the murder from the time of her death, along with census records and radiocarbon testing, the investigating officer was able to provide the coroner with compelling evidence that the skull was indeed Thomas's. "This is a fascinating case and a good example of how good old-fashioned detective work, historical records and technological advances came together to solve the 'Barnes Mystery'," said Richmond borough police commander Chief Superintendent Clive Chalk. — AFP

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Armani's fashion tribute to Japan FA S H I O N i c o n Georgio Armani paid stylistic homage to Japan on day two of the Fall-Winter Paris haute couture shows yesterday, with sharp bustier dresses making up a big chunk of his collection. No less than a dozen of the 44 looks from Ar mani Pr ive were figure-hugging, bare-shouldered numbers, some in black velvet, others in tangerine s equins including one that suggested a mermaid that had just emerged from the sea. Overall the styles, matched with piled-up geisha hair-dos, were edgier than the ivory wedding dress that the celebrated Italian

designer provided Princess Charlene for her weekend nuptials with Monaco's Prince Albert. Ever the Hollywood favourite, Armani's show at the Palais de Chaillot boasted such front-row VIPs as Cate Blanchett, Daphne Guinness and Katie Holmes. Respectfully working the Japanese theme four months after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated much of the country, Armani balanced his trademark modernist tailoring with lots of silk and floral prints. — AFP STRIKING: A model presents a Japanese influenced creation from Armani. — AFP

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Cooking in Italian luxury IT was a big day for Pacifica and Bertazzoni LaGermania. As the leading Italian marquee for premium, precision-engineered kitchen lifestyle appliances, the Emilia-Romagna based manufacturers are gold standard bearers in Europe, the United States and the Middle East. Unveiled in true Italian glamour on a lovely Friday, a lavish soiree took place at the Archidex 11 in the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Former Miss Malaysia and emcee Elaine Daly delivered the welcome note, where the esteemed guests present included the Italian Trade Commissioner, Dr Andrea Ambra; deputy president of Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia, Saifuddin Ahmad; managing director of Pacifica Appliances Sdn Bhd John Cho; and Graziano Soliani, Asia regional manager of Bertazzoni SpA, as well as notable luminaries in the local entertainment scene, including Ning Baizura, Dynas Mokhtar, Belinda Chee and Amber Chia. “Bertazzoni LaGermania is a fifth-generation familyowned enterprise established for more than a century in the quaint town of Emilia-Romagna. Our luxury appliances are exported to more than 60 countries around the world, each individual item embodying the passion, precision and unique culinary traditions the company was founded upon,” said Soliani, who conveyed his well wishes to the Malaysian arm of the venture. With Pacifica Appliances Sdn Bhd obtaining exclusive rights for Bertazzoni LaGermania in Malaysia, Cho was quick to acknowledge the prestige of representing the Bertazzoni LaGermania locally. He believes that there is a target market segment of the affluent in Malaysia who will appreciate the sleek designs that is the Italian label’s calling card.

STYLISH: The brand is noted for its signature clean lines and stainless steel finish

“I think we’ve (Malaysian consumers) all been waiting for a very long time for a big brand name like Bertazzoni LaGermania to come along and shake things up,” Cho quipped. “It’s quite amazing for us to be able to participate in a bit of history like this. The Bertazzoni brand was ranked as the top two luxury brand in the US by the Luxury Institute in 2008, just behind LaCornue of France but above established names like AGA, Wolf, Gaggenau and Viking.“ Noted for its signature clean lines and stainless steel finish, new colour lines will nevertheless be introduced that will bring imaginative new dimensions to kitchen design. Innovatively adopting the industrial painting process utilised in the automotive industry, the triple coating gives a brilliant glossy sheen akin to reflective glass yet boasts the durability of high-speed roadsters. In fact, the top line Professional Series of Bertazzoni range is painted and hand-polished at a nearby Ferrari and Lamborghini paint workshop.

OPTIMISTIC: Cho (left) believes Malaysians will appreciate the sleek designs of the Bertazzoni LaGermania appliances

WORKING WIVES: Ning Baizura (left) and Dynas

lished brand synonymous with high quality cabinetry systems in Malaysia, will be the first authorised resellers of Bertazzoni LaGermania products in their luxury showroom in Jalan Kemajuan. In all, there was much cause for celebration as Bertazzoni LaGermania makes its way to Malaysian kitchens.

It was also revealed during the afternoon’s festivities that Bofi (M) Sdn Bhd, an estab-

First anniversary giveaways It is no wonder why Trésor in Love has become Lancôme’s best-selling fragrance since its launch a year ago as women around the world are falling in love with the fragrance sensation that captures the spirit of the first moment of love in a modern, youthful and flirty manner. To celebrate its first anniversary, Lancôme Malaysia is rolling out a series of Parisian, romantic and fun consumer activities to get Malaysian women falling head over heels with the luminosity of ripe fruits, the radiance of rose and jasmine, and the vibrant warmth of cedar wood and musk, all concocted in the romance evoking Trésor in Love. Starting July 1, all Lancôme counters will be giving away the lovely Trésor in Love rose ring — a replicate of the elegant ribbon rose that adorns every bottle of Trésor in Love, and is now

transformed into a trendy fashion accessory iconic of the fragrance and the emotion it evokes. All you have to do is to flash the Trésor in Love customer direct mailer card at any Lancôme counter. The card is also available for download and print out on Lancôme Malaysia’s Facebook. Throughout this

month, Lancôme will also be giving away attractive prizes, including a pair of air tickets to Paris through its Trésor in Love ‘Most Romantic Moment’ contest. To participate, purchase a bottle of the romantic fragrance and submit a description of your most romantic moments in less than 20 words. There will be five winners who will be selected from the 10 best romantic moment descriptions through a lucky draw. Each drawn entry will

win a prize, starting with the grand prize of two Air France tickets to Paris; a Bowerhaus Jewellery necklace; a Sereni & Shentel (luxurious fashion head bands) gift voucher; a Bloom (florist) gift voucher; and one-year subscription to S Cawaii magazine. Contest forms are available at all Lancôme counters. If you are already a Lancôme Malaysia Facebook fan, you can join Lancôme’s My Trésor, My Love photo contest in conjunction with Trésor in Love’s roadshow at centre court of Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur from July 23 to 31. All fans have to do is to drop by at the roadshow at the stated period and take a picture of themselves with friends or loved ones against the romantic set of Parisian street. Don’t worry if you do not have a camera as there will be a photographer to help you get your pictures taken. The next step is to send in your lovely pictures with an explanation why you and your friends or loved ones simply love Trésor in Love, in less than 20 words. You will then stand to win prizes, including Trésor in Love Eau De Parfum spray (75 ml); Bowerhaus Jewellery necklace; Sereni & Shentel fashion headbands; Bloom florist vouchers and S Cawaii magazine subscriptions. For details, refer to LancomeMY.

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Redefining beauty BEING beautiful has never been based just on one’s outer beauty. We can also easily agree that beauty is defined from not only one’s physical appearance but it encompasses inner beauty as well. How you feel inside too determines the beauty you exude. “Every woman can be beautiful,” said Estee Lauder and yes, even if you feel like you’ve just walked into a brick wall, you too can be gorgeous as long as you make the effort to care for your own body. Most times, as a woman who is busy caring for her family and pouring her energy into work, she forgets to care for herself

By EENA HOUZYAMA and just simply believe that she too is beautiful. International cosmetics brand, Estee Lauder has made its mark

since the very beginning with its minute makeovers, creating beautiful faces across all borders through its cosmetics and skincare range. Recently, the brand unveiled three new models — Constance, Liu Wen and Joan — in support of its ‘Every Woman Can Be Beautiful’ philosophy aside from unleashing two new skincare products, the Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator and the Idealist Cooling Eye Illuminator.

Idealist Cooling Eye Illuminator IF you are one of those who seem to work late and roll into bed later than others, consider getting a proper skincare product that will not only help ease your 'owl eyes', but also help maintain a fresher look even with just two hours of sleep.

Estee Lauder introduces the first ever specially-contoured, ceramic-tip applicator which instantly cools, massages and re-energises the look of tired, puffy eyes, while the exclusive Triple-Optic Technology instantly makes dark circles look lighter!

With an additional dose of Dark Circle Correcting Complex working overtime to help reduce and prevent the appearance of dark circles and puffiness, you can bid farewell to early morning 'panda eyes'.

left) AUTIES: (From CHARMING BE Constance

and Joan, Liu Wen

Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator HAVING perfect skin does not apply to everyone - even supermodels. But there is always a technique or the right make-up that can cover up all the minor

facial flaws. Taking this matter seriously, Estee Lauder developed a product that would curb flaws at its core within two weeks! The Idealist Even Skintone Illumina-

tor is an intensive oil-free serum that is gentle enough for daily use. Featuring Triple-Optic Technology, this is a product that will instantly illuminate your skin,

giving it a constant radiance. Using the CorrectTone technology, a triple-action complex that is comprised of highly effective anti-spot ingredients, anti-oxidants

and soothing anti-irritants that give one flawless looking skin without discolouration. So your skin can now stay unblemished and glowing all day — everyday.

Celebrating 130 years of making timepieces WITH Seiko’s 130th Anniversary Roadshow in Mid Valley Megamall recently come to pass, collectors of elegant timepieces or rich consumers take note: the Japanese watch brand has unveiled a surge of fanciful watches. In marking their 130 years of “dedication to perfection”, Seiko finds it fitting to celebrate with their 130th Anniversary Commemorative Collection, boasting three recreations of the 1960's Grand Seiko watch and the Ananta Automatic Chronograph Diver’s watch. Once upon a time, the original Grand Seiko was created with the intention to become the world’s best luxury watch, and now its reincarnations (three limited edition timepieces) embody the same simple yet refined elegance of its predecessor. The limited edition watches incorporate Caliber 9S64, a newly developed mechanical hand

winding movement exclusively for this collection. The Ananta collection, on the other hand, is “Seiko’s word for dedication to perfection”. Ananta, which is Sanskrit for 'infinite', has its design inspired by the katana, a Japanese sword. The Chronograph Diver’s version of this collection is posed as the leading watch in Seiko’s Commemorative Collection, and there’s only a limited amount of 700 pieces for the discerning connoisseur. Besides the Ananta Diver’s watch, which is designed to be extremely durable, there are two other Ananta models that will appeal to the less outdoor demographics. The Automatic

Chronograph and the Multi-Hand Automatic, as they are called, boast super-clear coating that allows for the highest degree of legibility. Outside the realm of the Commemorative Collection are a few other notable releases by this Japanese watch brand. Leading Seiko’s 2011 collection is Sportura, which markets itself as a real sports watch for real sportsmen. The collection is a testament of Seiko and FC Barcelona’s recent partnership last March, with the aforementioned football team dedicating the timepiece as their team watch. The Sportura collection integrates all the requisites that formulate the fundamentals of

a sports watch precision timing, high durability, total security and high legibility. With these attributes, the watch is useful in any form of sports, a show of practicality while not sacrificing on the sophistication of the timepiece. Another set of timepieces within the 2011 collection is the refurbished Premier collection. Being Seiko’s leading dress watch collection, the 2011 edition subtly alters the look of the previous year’s version with more rounded cases and more textured dials, with newer crowns and smaller bracelet links. But subtlety ends with the looks for this collection. Boasting new automatic mechanical movements, Premier watches now house the 4R39 caliber, and the mechanism can be visible through the dial at the nine o’clock position of the timepiece. The movement is both automatic and hand-winding, and with this new calibre, it will be a mainstay among this collection in the coming years. If you thought that was all

Seiko has recently unveiled, think again. Not content with the surplus of timepieces already, watch collectors will now have a conundrum on what timepiece to acquire with the new Criteria series strictly for male consumers. The Criteria series boasts commendable durability in the sapphire glass used, which allows for great clarity while being scratch resistant. Emphasising on its “multi-functionality for multi-talented individuals”, the watches can withstand harsher weathers resiliently with its high carbon stainless steel casing. It’s also water resistant to up to 100 metres, and has a stopwatch and the 1/20-second counter for up to 12 hours, making time under full control. With these many collections, the palate for finer timepieces would surely be heightened for the watch connoisseurs of Malaysia. So if you desire some good timepieces for whatever reason, Seiko may just sate your desire. They have, after all, 130 years of expertise in the craft. —


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Sweet scents to perk up your day GET in the mood with L’OCCITANE’s new fragrance collection — PIVOINE FLORA (formerly known as Paeonia), the blooming beautiful Peonies that promote feelings of spring’s happiness and joyfulness! This year, L’OCCITANE embraces its PIVOINE FLORA fragrance collection and introduces the Eau de Parfum along with a tantalising range of beauty treats. All the products in this collection comprise Peony extract made from Peonies grown by the renowned Riviere nursery in Drome region, France which uses time-tested skill and expertise as this nursery has been devoted to creating and cultivating Peonies for the past 160 years. The PIVOINE FLORA fragrance collection comprises of:

1. Eau de Parfum (50ml at RM220)

ONE year after the Eau de Toilette delicately came into bloom, the Eau de Parfum blossoms. This Eau de Parfum is created on the same floral green structure as the Eau de Toilette. It reveals

a more faceted fragrance and captures all the intensity of a Peony flower heart. The fresh, slightly spicy top notes reveal a floral, generous heart of peonies and magnolias, full of roundness and femininity, like an intense and opulent elixir. The subtly woody trail envelops the skin like a silky tissue. Spray on the pulse points of the body (neck, chest and wrist). Skin is intensely perfumed all day long.

2. Hand Cream (30ml at RM36)

ENRICHED with Shea Butter, this smooth, rich and nonsticky cream nourishes and protects hands from daily aggressions. Whenever and whatever the time of the day, you can take this cream with you and feel like you are in the middle of a garden filled with flowers and your hands are left soft, moisturised and delicately perfumed with a peony flowery scent.

3. Beauty Cream (200ml at RM158)

THIS fresh and melting creamy

body cream is rich in Peony extract and has a surprising satin smooth texture. It moisturises, giving your skin a sensation of softness, while leaving behind a delicate peony flowery scent. Its qualitative packaging decorates the bathroom and makes it a lovely gift to offer. Apply in the morning and in the evening on a clean and dry skin. Skin is soft, supple and pleasantly perfumed.

4. Shower Gel (250ml at RM75)

THIS newly formulated Shower Gel softly cleanses and delicately perfumes skin with a peony flowery scent. Its translucent formula contains

of natural origin foaming base, Peony extract and it’s free of colour agents. Make it foam on damp skin, and rinse thoroughly. Then moisturise skin with the Beauty Milk or the Beauty Cream.

5. Beauty Milk (250ml at RM110)

QUENCH your skin’s thirst in a hydrating floral fragrance enriched with Grape Seed Oil, Shea Butter and Peony Extract. This body lotion moisturises at the upper layers of the skin and leaves it beautifully soft and supple like a Peony petal. The light, fluid texture is easily absorbed and gives a lingering flowery scent.

Natural make-up makes women feel lovely TRY to imagine a world in only black and white... now how boring is that! Give life to your outlook with L’OCCITANE’s new PIVOINE FLORA limited edition make-up collection which offers splashes of natural, soft floral colours which instantly brighten up your features like an enchanting ballet of Peony petals! Every year in May, Peonies put on an astonishing show of colours and scents. All the shades of their colours are blissfully revealed and a trail of exquisite scents fills the air of spring. Inspired by the grace of Peony, the new PIVOINE FLORA limited edition make-up unveils stunning,

surprising textures that brighten the face with luminous shades of spring. Wonderfully easy to apply, the natural hues of colours allow you to create the look you want. Its natural and paraben-free formulas are enriched with a softening Peony extract from Provence which can be easily glided over the skin like the smoothest caress. What’s more? All of its newly-packaged palette is also thoughtfully made from recyclable FCS cardboard to reduce impact on the environment and also comes with an integrated mirror and applicator for easy usage. Formulated with five new textures and 28 colours, the

new PIVOINE FLORA make-up collection promises unexpected experiences for a revealed beauty:

1. Petals Eye Quartet (RM120)

REVEAL the intensity of your eyes with an eye quartet of four eyeshadows featuring a handy, detachable mirror. Use it to create the look you desire, from a beautifully natural to stunningly sophisticated.

2. Duo Eyeshaow (RM89)

A DAZZLING ballet of playful colours, this eyeshadow duo has secret power like a magic; it can create a third unexpected shade! Simply blend together the two colours on the back of your hand and see how your duo transforms into a trio! Four colours are available — Blanche Etoile, Corail Quadrille, Rose Tutu and Envolee Lilas.

3. Incredible Lip Shine (RM59)

A SHADE of pink that only your lips will reveal and from the moment it caresses your lips, this translucent lip shine enhances its natural colour with a shade of seductive pink that is totally unique to you!

4. Lipstick (RM65)

FOR lips dressed as beautifully as a ballerina, this semi-sheer lipstick melts onto the lips comfortably, coating them with shiny and vibrant colours. Avail-

able in four shades — Culvre Royal, Rose Pique, Valse Fuschia and Tourbillon Cerise.

5. Lip Shine (RM65)

A SWIRL of sheer colour touches, this non-greasy gloss glides smoothly over the lips, coating them with subtle, shimmering colour and leaving them looking more delicious. It’s a gloss that promises a delicate and unique sparkly colour in Rose Ballerine, Brun Pirouette, Peche Farandole or Pointe Grenadine.

6. Facecolor Cream Duo (RM89)

A DANCE of colours to light up your face, this blush enhances the cheekbones and its dab of pearly highlighter catches the light. It is indeed the perfect combination for an exquisitely fresh complexion, available in three shades of Rose Reverence, Arabesque Abricot and Beige Ballet.

7. Healthy Glow Face Powder (RM111)

BRING out the bloom in your complexion! This powder unifies and warms up complexion and gives skin a soft and velvety feel. With its translucent texture, it’s perfect for brightening up all skin tones with natural glow. THE PIVOINE FLORA fragrance and make-up collections are available in any L’OCCITANE boutique nationwide.


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Sibling rivalry pays off Hailing from Penang, the only finalist team with a female contestant edged out more than 1,400 Malaysians across three States to win the AXA AFFIN 'Health Is Might' AXN BiG Challenge and walk away as grand prize winner of RM15,000. With droves of onlookers cheering them on, the non identical twins, Tang Khai Shing and Khai Sheng, with a befitting team name, Twincredible, outmatched four other finalist teams — Sai Lang (Kuala Lumpur), Moxiedude (Kuala Lumpur), The MC (Kuala Lumpur), and Salomon USJ (Johor Baru). Despite having to match the


TWIN SUCCESS: Khai Shing and Khai Sheng receiving a mock cheque for RM15,000 from representative of the organisers

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strength and endurance of other male teams, the duo found the challenges exhilarating. Asked how they paired up as a brother-sister team, they said: it was about encouraging each other to outmatch ourselves in terms of physical and academic performance, except now we are doing it as a team. "The victory came as a surprise to us as this was our first attempt in such competition, but it also proved that we are impeccable as a team.” First runner-up, the Salomon team of Heidelee Mohammad and Goh Choon Aun, both active athletes, said: “We look forward to more adventurous events and we are really happy for what we’ve achieved so far. We will definitely join the next race by AXN again”. After weeks of intense competition that spanned across three States — Johor Baru, Penang and Kuala Lumpur, the grand finale of AXA AFFIN 'Health is Might' AXN BiG Challenge took place at 1 Utama Shopping Centre recently. A total of RM29,000 in cash was given away over the course of the challenge — the first prize of RM15,000; second prize of RM8,000; third prize of RM4,000, and fourth and fifth prize of RM1,000 each. The event was a partnership between AXA AFFIN and AXN,

which made a bigger and bolder comeback for all Malaysians. A first of its kind, the challenge is developed with a health twist where contestants are not only challenged on their fitness and physical strength but also on nutritional health knowledge and mental wellbeing. “AXA AFFIN 'Health is Might' AXN BiG Challenge is focused on raising awareness on the importance of healthy living. The event is also in line with our corporate responsibility theme of Risk Prevention and Education. "In this case, it is to educate the risk prevention in aspects of health and education in early health protection” said Loke Kah Meng, CEO of AXA AFFIN Life Insurance Berhad. Asked how they prepared for the final challenge, most of the contestants practised a good healthy regime which included exercising, balanced diet and having a positive mindset. Emerging as winners only reinforced their belief that health is might. AXA AFFIN 'Health is Might' AXN BiG Challenge was an episode of excitement, intense rivalry and non-stop entertainment. Presented in true AXN style, the AXA AFFIN 'Health is Might' AXN BiG Challenge has set the bar even higher for future challenges.

A Feel Good day for all SEASONE! FINAL

22 July

Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra Claus Peter Flor conductor

“Let us be glad that we can dedicate our services solely to the beautiful art! And let us hope that nations who represent and possess art will never perish.” Stirring words from Dvorˇák as he presented his Seventh Symphony to the London public. Proving that the beautiful art is alive and well here in Malaysia, Maestro Flor sets his seal on the 10/11 Season with two of the Dvorˇák’s most popular and tuneful symphonies – Symphony No.7 and No.8. Music guaranteed to lift everyone’s spirits. FRI 8.30PM:






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ith less than a week before their celebrations, this recital highlights music with a strong Belgian connection featuring the likes of César Franck, Flor Peeters, Arthur Meulemans and more. Full programme details available at S AT 1 . 3 0 P M


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More than 10,000 visitors flooded Sri Pentas recently and among them were 5,000-plus runners who took part in ntv7’s inaugural Feel Good Run. Adding on to the excitement, over 70 celebrities took part in this charity fun run held on Sunday in Bandar Utama, Selangor. The organisers also lined up 10 uber performances plus a carnival with funfair booths and inflatable games to keep runners and visitors entertained. Deemed as the nation’s most prestigious celebrity running event, Feel Good Run brought together a host of entertainment and media personalities, plus bloggers Mohd Zulkifli and Niki Cheong, among many others. Gan Ping Sieu, deputy minister of Youth and Sports, Malaysia also took part in the 3km run. This mass fun run, said to be the largest run held in Bandar Utama, was ALL IN THE FAMILY: ntv7 The Breakfast Show host Nazrudin Habibur Rahman with his wife and child

organised in conjunction with ntv7’s 13th anniversary and aimed to spread joy among friends and family while having fun and getting healthy. Group general manager of ntv7 and 8TV, Airin Zainul said: “Happy Birthday to the Feel Good family! It has been quite a journey for ntv7 and what better way to celebrate than with family and friends in an event like today.“ With corporate sponsorships coming on board, the Feel Good Run raised a total of RM142,730. The proceeds were channelled to Yayasan Jantung Malaysia , National Cancer Society Malaysia, Malaysian AIDS Foundation, and The National Autism Society of Malaysia.

What’sUp KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia International Jewellery Fair

It's all about the bling bling at the fair, which will be happening from July 7 to 10 from 11am to 7pm. Visit my for more details or call 03-58911157 for enquiries.

KUALA LUMPUR: 1Malaysia Mega Sale The 1Malaysia Mega Sale is on until Aug 31 in all participating stores and malls all over Malaysia. Get your bargain shopping now! For more information, contact 03-26158188 or visit

KUALA LUMPUR: Charity Carnival

There will be a Real Community Charity Carnival at the National Stadium Bukit Jalil car park A on July 17 from 10am to 4pm, to garner donations and more for the underprivileged and orphan homes. if you like to help out, email Molly Brown at targ3t@gmail. com.

SELANGOR: Help the animals at PAWS

The PAWS Animal Welfare Society would appreciate your household throwaways for the centre.


So if you have some cash to spare, donations to be used for food, medicines, shelter repairs and more, bring them over to PAWS today! Other items needed include newspapers, canned or dry pet food, pet toys, pet milk powder, flea powder or shampoo, large plastic rubbish bags, old clothes, detergent, soap and brushes, cat litter and if you have time, do volunteer to help out to make a difference to these animals' lives. Visit PAWS at Pilmoor Estate, Subang Airport Road, Subang, Selangor. Open on Monday to Sunday (closed on Wednesdays) from 9am to 4pm. For more info, contact 03-78461087 or visit

KUALA LUMPUR: Arsenal FC Malaysia Tour 2011

Attention footballers! Arsenal Football Club will be heading down to Malaysia for a friendly match with our national football team at Bukit Jalil National Stadium on July 13 at 8.45pm. Tickets are priced at RM58, RM68, RM108 and RM388 at selected Nike stores and Ticketpro outlets. Go to or contact 03-78807999 for details.


Heart attack: What you might want to know and can occur at anytime, even in your sleep.

By dr haizal haron kamar After discussing some common questions on high blood cholesterol last week, I feel a discussion of a heart-related topic along a similar vein would be appropriate for this week. I choose heart attack — a deadly condition that kills more Malaysians than any other disease, even in women. Let me share with you some common questions about heart attack that I keep getting from my patients and a brief response to each. 1. How do I know if I have a heart attack? Heart attack happens when one of the coronary arteries becomes blocked completely by a sudden formation of a blood clot, thereby stopping blood flow and causing damage to the heart muscle. You will experience a sudden severe pain in the chest, usually central but occasional on the left, radiating down the left arm and up the neck and jaw associated with profuse cold sweats. You may have difficulty in breathing. The pain typically lasts longer than 20 minutes

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Yesterday'S solution

Sudoku X is a simple variation of Sudoku with the only difference being the squares in white (which make up the numeral X) need to tally from 1 to 9 along with the remaining coloured squares.

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I have had diabetes and high blood pressure for many years. I underwent a full medical checkup at the end of last year and was referred to a cardiologist after failing my stress test. An angiogram was done and, to my surprise, one of the three main arteries was totally blocked. The other two were apparently okay. This came as a shock to me as I have never had any chest pain. The doctor did not do any angioplasty or send me for bypass. Instead he asked me to continue with my medications as I was ‘fine’ with no symptoms. I sought a second opinion and the other doctor advised me to have an angioplasty. How can two doctors give two completely opposite opin-

2. What do I do if I have a heart attack? Get help quick! Call 999 to get the ambulance or ask someone to do it for you. Time is muscle – meaning the longer you delay treatment, the more extensive is the damage to your heart muscle. If there is a delay in getting the ambulance over, get someone to drive you to the nearest hospital, not the clinic, as the latter is not equipped to handle heart attack cases. Swallow an aspirin on your way to the hospital if you have one handy. I will explain more on aspirin later. 3. What is the treatment for heart attack? As heart attack stems from a blood clot in the coronary artery, giving a drug that can dissolve the clot would make perfect sense. A cheap and very effective medicine is aspirin. At low doses, aspirin prevents platelet cells from sticking together causing a blood clot. Another effective method is thrombolysis and one of the commonest ‘clot-busting’ drugs used in our hospitals is Streptokinase. Aspirin alone has been shown to reduce death from heart attack by 23 per cent and a combination with Streptokinase lowers it further to 42 per cent. Of late, coronary angioplasty has increased in popu-

larity. Here, a patient with a heart attack is given aspirin but not Streptokinase. Instead, he is brought straight to the cardiac catheterisation lab for an emergency angiogram and angioplasty. The blocked artery can be directly visualised and then opened up. Primary coronary angioplasty, as it is called in the setting of an acute heart attack, is more effective than thrombolysis but the drawback is that it is only available in big hospitals with catheterisation lab facilities. 4. Am I at risk of getting heart attack? If you have any of the following, you are at risk of getting a heart attack: positive family history of premature coronary heart disease, old age, male gender, certain ethnic groups, hypertension, smoking, diabetes, obesity, abnormal cholesterol levels and sedentary lifestyle. The first four are non-modifiable risk factors – that means we cannot do anything about them. The remaining ones are modifiable factors and you should address these conditions if you have them. The more risk factors you have, the higher is your chance of getting coronary heart disease and heart attack. 5. What is the difference between heart attack and heart failure? You know what a heart attack is by now, I’m sure. Heart

failure is when the heart fails to do what it is supposed to do, which in essence is to pump blood to the circulation. Usually, this is because the heart has become weak and the commonest cause of this is an extensive damage to the heart muscle from a heart attack. Other causes of heart failure are heart valve abnormalities and problems with the heart rhythm. 6. Can I get heart attack again? Yes, you can. A person who has had a heart attack is more likely to get another one compared to someone who has not had any. This is why ‘secondary prevention’ is vital. Remember the modifiable risk factors we talked about earlier. You have to make sure that every single one is addressed to accordingly. Take your medicines religiously and pay your doctor a visit regularly. 7. Do I have to be on medications for life? Yes. There is no cure for coronary heart disease. You also have to lead a healthy lifestyle and visit your doctor regularly. If you have any questions or comments, please write to me at See you again next Wednesday. Dr Haizal Haron Kamar Consultant Cardiologist Tropicana Medical Centre

To open or not to open? ions on the same problem? I would like to get your advice. Thank you. Anuar J Dear Anuar J To get a completely blocked coronary artery without any symptom is not uncommon. This can happen if the blockage happens over a period of time. A blockage which starts as minor gets more severe as the atherosclerotic plaque builds up. Imagine a river that becomes narrow with time. Water will somehow find its way to reach the other end of the river via small streams bypassing the blockage. Likewise in a human’s heart. When the coronary artery gets progressively blocked, small blood vessels are created to ensure adequate blood supply to the heart muscle. These small

blood vessels are called bridging collaterals. In an angiogram, only the main arteries and their major branches are seen but the collateral blood supply is usually invisible to the naked eye. There is a body of opinion that as long as a person has no symptoms, then there is no need to open up the blocked artery as it is assumed that adequate blood supply reaches the affected heart muscle. But there are often instances where the collateral blood supply is not sufficient and the person is symptomatic with angina despite being on full medical treatment. It is then justifiable to do angioplasty or bypass surgery to blood vessel(s) concerned. Then there are some who just do not get chest pain even when they have a heart attack. This rather bizarre phenomenon is found among those with diabe-

tes. In this case, symptom is not a good indicator for the need to intervene with angioplasty or bypass surgery. For this group of individuals with ‘silent symptom’ of heart disease, and you are probably one of them, there are tests that can determine if opening up a 100 per cent blockage is likely to give you clinical benefit or just the risks (of angioplasty) without the benefit. They include stress echocardiogram, myocardial perfusion scan and stress cardiac MRI scan. What I have just said probably confused you even further. Opinions vary and, sometimes, there is no one right answer. However, in every situation, there is usually one best answer, although it may not be immediately evident. Sit down with your doctors again and get them to explain the reasons for their opinions.


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The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) will announce the actual number of participants for the 2011 SEA Games after the OCM selection committee meeting — Bernama

Such a shame



Lack of athletes forces organisers to drop events By haresh deol

ELEVEN events were called off due to a lack of participation. Shocking as it may sound, that was the predicament faced by the Selangor Amateur Athletics Association (SAAA) which hosted the 72nd Selangor Open at Bukit Jalil over the weekend. Among the events axed were the women’s 800m, 3000m and the 4x400 men’s and women’s relays. This is the first time so many events have been scrapped from the meet. The organisers claim there weren't enough entries in the events as the two-day meet only drew some 150 athletes. So it comes as no sur-

prise only four meet records were broken. National women's discus thrower Yap Jeng Tzan broke the meet record after recording a distance of 45.52m while national walker Lo Choong Sieng clocked 44:22.17s to break the men’s 10km walk record. The other two recordbreakers were Singaporean Scott Wong, from Wings Athletic Club, who broke the men’s discus record with a throw of 45.22m, and Navy lass Rahilah Othman, who broke the women's shot putt record with a throw of 13.45m. Ironically, the State junior championships was

FromTheSidelines with Haresh Deol

held a weekend earlier and saw the participa tion

of more than 350 athletes. For the record, Selangor AAA only spent RM11,000 for the junior event. Former middle distance runner K. Yogasveran was a frustrated man. The organising chairman, who also serves as SAAA secretary, was baffled with the number of entries in the Selangor Open ahead of the national championships from

July 23-24 in Kangar. “We didn’t get a good response from the other State AAAs. Only Negri Sembilan sent a contingent,” said Yogasveran. “I’m surprised as we have three Singapore teams here (Swift Athletic Club, Wings Athletic Club and Singapore AAA). We even had runners from Botswana, Qatar and Maldives but not our local runners.” Some States claimed their

athletes were involved in

Discussing emergency procedures and techniques that could save the day.

This Sunday, 10.30pm

the Asean Schools Games in Singapore while others claimed their athletes were involved in the 1Student 1Sport run. Those are mere excuses as this is an Open tournament and not a junior meet. Don’t we have a large pool of athletes? Why do we constantly rely on school kids? The event has been listed in the Malaysian Amateur Athletics Union calendar since last December but Yogasveran admitted SAAA did not have a website or a blog to further promote it. “It was never a problem before. Maybe we need to set up a website and get the masses involved,” he

added. Associations are usually lambasted for a lack of programmes. Selangor AAA, however, kept their end of the bargain only to be disappointed by the lack of support from the people that mattered most — the athletes. Sigh! Haresh Deol is a Senior Journalist with The Malay Mail. He hopes to see more local athletes, especially school leavers, competing in State championships in the future. He blogs at www. and receives brickbats at



Ten of Terengganu's Sukma cycling squad will join elite cyclists from the Terengganu Pro-Asia Cycling Team (TSG) on a 1,400km nationwide tour starting July 17 — Bernama

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KAMpusBuzz with Kamaruzaman Ahmad


Lessons in chess GOLDEN SMILES: UPSI captain Amir Asayuti (bending over, third from right) and the rest of the team celebrating their unexpected success

New kids in town


Upstarts upstage the competition

YOUNG guns Universiti Pergur uan Su lt an Idr is (UPSI) are the new Ma l ay s i a n Un i v e r s i t y Sports Council (Masum) softball champions. Formed last January, the UPSI softball team, aka Teachers' Club, bundled out favourites and defending champions Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) in the men's category. UPSI captain Amir Asayuti Hamin, who set

up the team, said the success was unexpected. "O ur te am compr is es of rookies. Except for me and two others — Abdul Hafiz Khaidir and Hafiz Abdullah — the others have little experience," said Amir. "Last year, I played for Masum while Abdul Hafiz a n d Ha f i z re pre s e nt e d Kedah and Selangor respectively at Sukma recently. "In our debut last year,

we reached the Masum sports carnival quarterfinals. This year we emerged champions. "We hope to continue with our winning streak in the UPSI Softball Open Championships in November, which is open to clubs and State teams." UPSI defeated UiTM 9-2 in the semifinal and edged UPM 4-3 in the final. For their efforts, the university rewarded the team with

RM1,000. Deputy Chancellor Prof Dr Aminah Ayub topped up another RM500 to show her appreciation. Overall, UPSI emerged fourth out of 20 public universities, emerging champions in silat, chess and softball. Amir s aid t he te am's success contributed significantly to UPSI's key performance index in cocurriculum activities.

U N I V E R S I T I P E R G U R U A N SULTAN IDRIS (UPSI) of Perak are new Masum women's chess champions — thanks largely to two experienced players, Kwan Tszee Yeung and Guan Xin Ting. Together with five others — Siti Hajar Salikan, Ezzaidah Sazali, Siti Nurashikin Ahmad, Nur Farahin Ahmad and Izza Hasrina Ismail — UPSI beat seven other teams to win the title. UPSI's only defeat was to Universiti Malaya (UM) by a 3-1 margin. They still emerged champions for chalking up more victories while UM recorded several draws. Ts z e e Ye u ng , a f i rst year diploma student in English, was delighted and satisfied. "UPSI upset the form book to take the title from


Muztaza feels confidence flowing

U N I V E R S I T I T E K NOLO G I M A R A (UiTM) and Community College Kedah are favourites to meet in the grand final of the Ministry of Higher E du c at i on football league.

They topped their respective groups by winning all their matches. Defending champions UiTM will play Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in the first semifinal after the latter drew 1 - 1 w it h Mu lt i m e d i a University (MMU) and advancing on goal difference. Meanwhile, Community College Kedah will square o f f a g a i n s t Un i v e r s i t i Malaysia Sabah (UMS) in the other semifinal.

UiTM sports director Mu z t a z a A h m a d ( p i c ) was optimistic his charges would retain the title. "I'm confident we will pl ay in t he f ina l. O ur opponents are likely to be Community College Kedah. The final at UiTM provides us with home advantage," said Muztaza. The final is on Sunday at 8.30pm at UiTM Stadium, Shah Alam. The champions will receive RM30,000 while the runners-up get RM10,000.

DYNAMIC DUO: Tzsee Yeung (left) and Xin Ting played a major role in UPSI's title quest

favourites UM. I'm also proud that I won a title for the second year running," said Tszee Yeung, 19, from Batu Pahat. "Last year, I won the national schools' women's chess title. I played in one international event, Malaysia versus Singapore, in 2004." Meanwhile, Shanghaiborn expatriate Xin Ting, ranked among the top 10 women's chess players in China, would like to continue her winning spree. "This is my first competition since arriving in Malaysia last year. I f irst studied in a private college in KL before enrolling in UPSI," said the 21-year-old Business Management student. "I really had a good time playing but was not given the task to play against UM's best chess player."

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Aston Villa striker Darren Bent has set himself the target of reaching 100 Premier League goals before Christmas ­— report

SHAH ALAM: Super League

Giants brace for epic battle Three-way title race to be decided tonight By Haresh Deol

IT is down to the final match of the season to decide the winners of this year’s Super League. And Selangor are determined to net all three points against Perak in Ipoh tonight. However, even a win will not ensure Selangor will be able to retain their title as Kelantan and Terengganu are also in the running to clinch top spot. “We have no choice but to win,” said Selangor ace Hardi Jaafar. “We are quite confident. It has been an exciting season and we have to wait till the final match to decide the winners. This is good for the league.” Hardi, a former Perak player, stressed there would be no personal sentiments when he takes on the Seladangs. “That’s a long time ago… there’s no such attachment as I now play for Selangor and want Selangor to win.” Hardi admitted the Red Giants would have only themselves to blame for allowing the other teams to catch up during the latter stages of the league. “We had a bad patch and failed to shake out of it. We slowly got back into our groove but still, we wasted many opportunities. “It has been a fun season,

Tonight's fixtures Negri Sembilan v Perlis (Paroi Stadium) Harimau Muda v Johor FC (Shah Alam Stadium) Pahang v Kedah (Darul Makmur Stadium) T-Team v KL (Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium) Felda United v Terengganu (PJ Stadium) Sabah v Kelantan (Likas Stadium) Perak v Selangor (Perak Stadium)

nevertheless, but it will be sweeter if we can defend our title.” The Klang Valley outfit suffered several losses in the middle of the season, prompting several quarters to question coach K. Devan's tactics. Fans were hungry for wins and even demanded Devan's resignation while former Thailand assistant coach Steve Darby was rumoured as a replacement. That, however, subsided after Devan’s lads found their winning touch. They are now placed second in the league with 51 points, three points shy of leaders Kelantan. Terengganu sit in third spot with 50 points. Kelantan only need a draw when they visit Sabah in Kota Kinabalu while Terengganu play Felda United in another

Suresh admitted it will be a different ball game this time around with many new faces. "It's a different team altogether and it will be the same with the other teams. We are still gunning for glory." Suresh stressed the importance of exposing players, especially in the younger age groups, to a competitive environment.

Tottenham spur grassroots development By VIJHAY VICK

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR are coming to Malaysia. No, not their football team but the English side's development programme. They will be collaborating with the British International School of KL (BISKL). Malaysia already have coaching programmes tied up with Arsenal and Liverpool via the Arsenal Soccer School and Liverpool's link with the KL Football Association. However, Spurs legend Gary Mabbutt insisted the club's involvement in Malaysia would be something different. "It is easy to franshise an academy to locals. Just give them the club's suits and a little training and the academy is good to go," said Mabbutt. "Kids will surely improve under any sort of coaching but the question is whether such improvement is sufficient to take them to a higher level."

Standings W 16 16 15 12 11 10 8 9 7 7 7 5 5 2

D 5 3 5 6 6 9 9 4 8 7 7 8 7 4

L 4 6 5 7 7 6 8 12 10 11 11 11 13 19

F 50 42 48 24 35 31 24 33 27 23 20 20 19 20

A Pts 20 53 24 51 24 50 20 42 26 39 24 39 26 33 37 31 32 29 30 28 28 28 31 23 35 22 59 10

match. Perlis will certainly be relegated having only collected 10 points from 25 matches. Pahang or KL could join Perlis in the Premier League — depending on the outcome of the Exco meeting, to be held possibly this weekend.

RSC promise retribution REVENGE will be foremost on the minds of Royal Selangor Club (RSC) Harimau as the hosts are eager to nail this year's RSC 7s Under-12 title. The young Harimau lads lost 1-0 against CIMB-YFA in the final last year. "The benchmark is securing a place in the final. There's no two ways about that," said Harimau coach R. Suresh.

BANDAR UTAMA: football

Note: Matches kick-off at 8.45pm

P Kelantan 25 Selangor 25 Terengganu 25 Kedah 25 Harimau Muda 25 Perak 25 Johor FC 25 T-Team 25 N.Sembilan 25 Sabah 25 Felda United 25 KL 25 Pahang 25 Perlis 25

"There are a lot of tournaments these days but we should never overlook the Under-12 category as it is the best age to gauge a player's capability." A total of 16 teams, including from Australia and India, will take part in the annual tournament scheduled this weekend at the club's grounds in Bukit Kiara.

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STARTING THEM YOUNG: Tottenham Academy ambassador Mabbutt (right) and head coach Mark Jones (left) going through the paces with a group of youngsters — Pic: RAZAK GHAZALI

Besides Spurs' coaches coming down to Malaysia every year, the school will be allowed to send up to 20 students to the club's training facility each summer. "They will not only learn the physical aspects of training but gain invaluable insight into the psychology of playing at the highest level, along with the necessary dietary and nutritional advice," he added. BISKL also received a scholarship

WORKIng hand in hand: Gilbard Honer Jones (left), principal of British International School of Kuala Lumpur, receiving a souvenir from Mabbutt at the launch of Tottenham's developement programme — Pic: RAZAK GHAZALI


Goalkeeping great parades EPL trophy By VIJHAY VICK

Retired ex-Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar (pic) was in Kuala Lumpur yesterday as part of the club’s English Premier League Asian trophy tour. “I hope this trophy stays at Old Trafford for as long as it can,” said van der Sar, as he eyed England’s most coveted trophy. The 41-year-old hopes the signing of David de Gea as his replacement was the right one. “I’ve not decided on what I will do next but coaching is an option,” he added.

Van der Sar visited the Hublot Store, United's official timekeeper, to launch the ‘King Power Red Devil’ watch. KL was the Dutchman’s first stop as he was not part of MU’s earlier tour stops in Hong Kong, China, Jakarta and Bangkok. Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra and Park Ji-Sung took turns visiting the four countries but had to report back for pre-season training. Van der Sar will take the trophy to Singapore tomorrow before returning it to Manchester on Friday.

from the London-based club which will allow its best footballer to join the Tottenham Academy in England. Mabbut was a Spurs player for 16 years. He captained the side from 1987 till his retirement in 1998. He wants kids all over the world to have the opportunity to play at the highest level. "I'm glad Spurs are taking these steps. Having already made ground in US and Africa, it's now time to move to Asia," said Mabbutt. The Malaysian initiative was in partnership with Football Focus Asia, which aims to improve the standard of Malaysian football. The Asia launch of the development programme was also attended by Spurs' Head of Football Development Mark Jones and British Deputy High Commissioner to Malaysia, Ray Kyles.

Carlos Tevez will not leave Manchester City unless another club can match their valuation of him, understood to be around £50m — report

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Gerrard disappointed to miss Asian tour STEVEN GERRARD was ruled out of Liverpool's pre-season tour of Asia in order to continue his rehabilitation from a groin operation. The 31-year-old midfielder will continue his individual recovery programme at the Reds' Melwood training ground while the majority of the squad fly out to China on Sunday ahead of their first friendly two days later. "I'd really been looking forward to travelling out to China, Malaysia and Singapore and meeting first-hand as many of our fans as possible," Gerrard told the club's website. "I'm really sorry that I won't now be able to do that. "But after sitting down and talking with the medical experts and technical staff, it's been decided that the best course of action is for me to continue my rehabilitation programme at Melwood. "It's disappointing I won't be with them, but I'm sure the lads who go out there will put a great

show on for our fans." Gerrard underwent an operation in March to correct a troublesome groin problem which had been affecting him for some months. He was ruled out for the remainder of the season and last month Gerrard hinted he may not be fully fit for Liverpool's early friendlies. He returned to training with the rest of the squad at Melwood yesterday but was not involved with the main group of players. "Gerrard and the medical team have done fantastically well so far and they are in the final stages of getting him back to full training," said manager Kenny Dalglish. "I'm sure there will be supporters disappointed that Gerrard is unable to be with us in Asia, but I'm sure the same people will appreciate the importance of Gerrard giving himself the best possible opportunity of being fit to play against Sunderland on the opening day of the new campaign."

Glory seeker Webber

EVER OPTIMISTIC: Webber insists the title race is not over despite trailing teammate Sebastian Vettel by 77 points on the leaderboard — GETTYpic

Australian still eyeing title with Red Bull

VETERAN Mark Webber believes he can still win a championship with Red Bull before the end of his career. The Australian has yet to renew his rolling year-by-year contract with the team for next season, with both sides insisting there is no rush to sign a


BAM ink deal with Maybank By HUSSEIN SHAHARUDDIN

new deal. When asked if he felt he could still win a title if he stays at Red Bull, Webber told ESPN: "Yes. I can. It's obviously very, very challenging but not impossible." Webber, 34, is now 77 points behind his teammate Sebastian Vettel in this year's title chase after struggling to get to grips with the new Pirelli tyres this season. Earlier this year, he said his decision to stay at Red Bull would be based on how he feels when the negotiations come around, but he insists that his start to 2011 has not affected his motivation for 2012. "It doesn't change anything really for motivation levels.

You've got to keep pressing him obviously. If you're winning, you want to keep winning obviously and if you're not you've got to work out how you can try and do that," said Webber. "I'm taking each race as it comes, as all the drivers are. We can't look ahead and say I'm thinking about Monza this weekend, I'm thinking about Silverstone (this weekend). We've got to tackle Silverstone and get the best job done there and then we go on to the next race which is Germany. "So you take each race as it comes and in terms of the results earlier this year, that doesn't really effect… you're either doing a good job or you're not

personally, you can't judge what you might do next year on what someone else is doing now." Red Bull boss Christian Horner recently said it is "very, very likely" Webber would stay at the team to partner Vettel next year. When asked if Webber could still take a championship with the team and if he would get the opportunity to do it next season, Horner replied: "Absolutely, I think Webber is more than capable of doing that. He's driving incredibly well, these tyres have been a tough transition but he's getting stronger and stronger and we're very happy with the job that both our drivers are doing."


Sneijder could leave Inter, says Gasperini

GETTING ACQUAINTED: BAM patron Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor meeting the national players after the signing ceremony — Pic: HUSSEIN SHAHARUDDIN

MAYBANK yesterday emerged as Badminton Association of Malaysia's (BAM) new main sponsors. BAM will receive RM6m for the first year followed by RM7m for the next five years. Mailsport first reported the collaboration last October. However, BAM president Datuk Seri Nadzmi Salleh stressed car-maker Proton will continue to support the national body. "Our partnership with Proton remains and we are glad to also work with Maybank," said Nadzmi. Maybank president and CEO Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar

was also excited about the partnership. "We're pleased to work with BAM as we share the same goal, which is to promote excellence in badminton. We want our youngsters to achieve success to keep Malaysia in the limelight." Maybank's financial clout will enable BAM to carry out joint programmes such as clinics and tournaments to provide exposure for the new breed of players. "We are attracted to badminton as it has mass popularity and it is also a sport in which Asians excel. It's a strong sports brand that puts Malaysia on the

world arena. We are recognised as being among the best," added Abdul Wahid. Abdul Wahid added Maybank would use its experience as title sponsors of the Malaysian Open golf tournament to boost interest in badminton in Malaysia. "We will use our experience in golf to also promote badminton to the young and enhance its popularity and stature," he said. Among those who witnessed the signing ceremony were BAM patron Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, senior officials of BAM, national coaches and national players led by Lee Chong Wei.

NEWLY-APPOINTED Inter Milan manager Gian Piero Gasperini (pic) admitted playmaker Wesley Sneijder could be on his way out of the club this summer. The situation of the Dutch international has been the topic of much speculation in recent months, w i t h

Manchester United reportedly his most favoured destination. And in Gasperini's debut Press conference at Inter, the tactician admitted his time in Milan may be coming to an end. "Some players may be forced to change their position on the field, such as Sneijder, but he could also end up on the market," said Gasperini. "He has obviously been a great player for Inter, but the situation in 40 to 50 days' time is hard to predict." The former Juventus youth coach has been a well-known advocate of the 3-4-3 formation during his career, but he hinted he may retain a four-man back line next season. "I am convinced that this is a very strong team and we intend to have a successful season," said

Gasperini. "Three in defence? It's an option that I could use, but I may not." Gasperini also indicated that new arrivals are on the horizon, reserving special mentions for Argentine attackers Ricky Alvarez and his former Genoa acquaintance Rodrigo Palacio. "Alvarez is a great player. If he were to arrive, he would be a major reinforcement," he said. "What are the chances of Palacio arriving? You would have to ask general manager Marco Branca, but he is a player that I have coached and I've got to appreciate his talents." Gasperini was also asked about midfielder Thiago Motta's potential departure to Roma, and remained coy on the player's situation. "Motta leaving? Today he is an Inter player but the market is unpredictable."





Champions brush aside France to move into last eight

Maldini considers return to football

LEGEND Paolo Maldini (pic) admits he would consider returning to AC Milan following his retirement from football in 2009. The 43-year-old former defender left the Italian champions following a successfilled career which spanned over two decades. And, having spent the last two years outside of the game, Maldini believes he still has plenty to offer, but not in a playing capacity. "For now I am working as a father, a difficult job, but if I receive an interesting offer then I could return to working in football," he told Il Girno. "Football is my passion, my life and I know Milan like the back of my hand. "If there are the right conditions I would be very happy to come back to the team I love and give back, in part, the many things I received," said the former captain. Previous reports suggested the former Italy international could return to San Siro as a director. Maldini began his Milan career in 1978 as a youth and turned professional in 1985. He won a hoard of trophies including seven Italian titles, and five European Cups during his time at the club. Meanwhile, Milan have completed the signing of Porto defender Ricardo Ferreira on a free transfer, according to Sky Italia. The 18-year-old defender was being followed by several clubs across Europe after establishing himself as a core member of Porto's youth ranks. Ferreira joins Milan for nothing following the expiry of his contract with Porto, who have also been deprived of FC Brasov-bound defender Hugo Sousa. The Portugal Under-19 international will reportedly be part of Milan's pre-season training camp, after which manager Massimiliano Allegri will decide whether to include him in the squad for the next season.

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Real Madrid confirm the signing of highly-rated Fabio Coentrao from Benfica — report

GERMANY defeated 10-woman France 4-2 in in Moenchengladbach this morning to win Group A. The Germans will now face Japan while England take on France in the quarterfinals. This six-goal thriller saw goals from Kerstin Garefrekes, Inka Grings (two) and Celia Okoyino da Mbabi for Germany while Marie-Laure Delie and Laura Georges replied for France. Far nc e go a l-

keeper Berangere Sapowicz was also red carded. The opening exchanges were even, although Germany shaded possession and were twice called offside when they would have been in on goal. France seemed to be coming into the game more but their momentum was ended when Germany opened the scoring in the 26th minute. Babett Peter executed a freekick from the left wing which was met by an onrushing Garefrekes who evaded her marker and powered a header past Sapowicz and into the top corner of the goal. Any nerves the Germans were suffering from in front of a full

house were blown away by the opener and then completely banished seven minutes later with the second. France had responded to the first goal reasonably well and had won a corner but the delivery was poor and Germany broke with Simone Laudehr who found herself by the left corner flag and then swung in an inch perfect cross to find Grings who got in front of Renard and made no mistake with a header from six metres out. Germany were in complete control now and although they did not really threaten again in the first-half they dominated possession, while France were really showing nothing in the final third. The second-half started at a slow pace and it looked like France were going to settle for second place in the group until out of nowhere they got a goal back. S a n d r i n e Soubeyrand struck in a corner in the 57th minute which perfectly

HEADS, I WIN: Germany's midfielder Kerstin Garefrekes (left) vies with France's Elise Bussaglia during their Group A match this morning — AFPpic

picked out substitute Delie who simply had to divert the cross into the corner of the goal. Suddenly it was game on and Germany woke up, Grings firied a freekick into the sidenetting before a mistake from France handed the advantage back to Germany. In the 64th minute Grings slid an excellent ball in to Bajmaraj who was in on Sapowicz, the goalkeeper seemed to panic and threw herself at the incoming German, completely taking her out, and conceding a penalty. The referee then had no option but to produce a red card to Spaowicz. Substitute keeper Celine Deville came on to face the penalty but could do nothing about Grings's effort which restored Germany's two goal advantage. That seemed to have killed the game off, but again it was a corner that provided France hope. It was Soubeyrand again who put in the corner kick in the 72nd minute and this time it was Georges who she picked out and her bullet header put the game in the balance yet again. Then Germany who closed out the game well and eventually went two goals ahead again. Grings was involved again as she flicked on a cross from the left to find Celia Okoyino da Mbabi at the back post, she calmly controlled and then fired a volley back across Deville and into the corner of the goal to finally kill the game off.


Lavezzi on City's radar MANCHESTER CITY are planning a £27m bid for Argentina international and Napoli striker Ezequiel Lavezzi. Another Argentine hitman Carlos Tevez stunned City on Monday by insisting he wants to quit the club. It means manager Roberto Mancini will have to move quickly if he wants to replace Tevez. Lavezzi, 26, is valued at £27million by his Italian club and it was revealed last month that City have already held talks about bringing him to Manchester. As a young player in Argentina, he was hailed as "the new Diego Maradona" because of his skill and chunky build. But Lavezzi responded to that by saying: "I am not the new Maradona — I am more like Tevez."


Pay up or shut up

BOLTON manager Owen Coyle has told Arsenal to put up or shut up over £17m defender Gary Cahill. England ace Cahill is desperate for his summer of frustration to end by joining Arsenal. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger heads the queue for 25-yearold, ahead of Tottenham and Chelsea. Coyle does not want to lose his star man but he will not stand in his way, especially as the club stand to make a £12m profit after signing Cahill from Aston Villa for £5m in January 2008. Coyle wants the saga over Cahill's future to end after revealing the player had reported back for preseason training "frustrated" by the speculation.


Napoli keen on Palacios


England reach quarterfinals

ELLEN WHITE scored a superb goal as England beat Japan 2-0 in Augsbug this morning to finish top of Group B. The Japanese had impressed in their opening two matches but were outplayed by England, who scored a second via substitute Rachel Yankey midway through the second-half to secure the points. Captain Faye White and midfielder Fara Williams were both rested by England manager Hope Powell, whose side started well. England went ahead in the 15th minute when Karen Carney picked out White with an inch-perfect through-ball and the Arsenal striker made no mistake in lobbing Ayumi

Kaihori in the Japan goal from just outside the box. Japan struggled to get a stranglehold on the match as England knocked the ball around with confidence, although a quickly-taken freekick 10 minutes before half-time caught the England backline napping and Sophie Bradley needed to produce a dramatic goalmouth clearance. The Japanese began to impose themselves on the game after the break but still failed to create any clear-cut openings although Yuki Nagasato got on the end of a long free-kick only to prod wide from six metres. England then punished their opponents' inability to score in the 66th minute when substitute

Yankey, the most experienced international player in the current squad, was played in by Rachel Unitt and scored with a smart finish from a narrow angle. Despite their defeat, Japan joined England in the quarterfinals as group runners-up. "I don't care (who the opposition are in the quarterfinals)," she told BBC Sport. "We are in the quarters and whatever gets put in front of us we have to deal with. We are still in the competition and we are not going home." England will meet France, who lost 4-2 in Group A match also played this morning. "We were very, very good today. You have got to respect

Japan and the way they play but we had a game-plan and we implemented it. We haven't conceded, we have scored goals and won the group — it can only improve confidence." Powell felt the changes she made to the team proved England have strength in depth, but admitted there was still room for improvement. "We always said at the beginning the squad would get us out of the group. Sophie Bradley was enormous today and we changed a few things and the girls did really well. "We are getting closer but we are not there yet — the ambition was to get out of the group, to top the group and now we prepare for the next game."

NAPOLI are keen to secure a deal for Tottenham's Wilson Palacios (pic), although there are minor concerns about the midfielder's fitness. The Italian media are reporting that an £11m deal has been agreed in principle, but Napoli are keen for the Honduras interntional to prove that he has overcome a knee problem sustained at the end of last season. Spurs began their pre-season yesterday without Palacios, who has been told to rest until reporting to training tomorrow.

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Atletico Madrid's Sergio 'Kun' Aguero reiterates he will decide his future after Copa America — report


Painful for Suarez

SAN JUAN: football/ copa america

GROUP A TOMORROW Argentina v Colombia (8.45am) FRIDAY Bolivia v Costa Rica (6.15am)


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A Pts 0 3 1 1 1 1 1 0


GROUP B P W D L 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0

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BARCELONA: football/ copa america

Young dos Santos says sorry for sex scandal BARCELONA'S young midfielder Jonathan dos Santos apologised for his involvement in the prostitution scandal which rocked Mexican football ahead of the on-going 2011 Copa America in Argentina. The 21-year-old was one of eight players who were dropped from the Mexico squad after it was discovered that prostitutes had been invited into their pre-Copa base in Quito. "I'm here to face the music. I have committed misconduct. I am very sorry for what I did and I apologise to the team, my teammates, the entire coaching staff and people of Mexico. I'm here and I assume responsibility," dos Santos said on Barca's website. "I have to apologise to my club, and to my family. I have a very clean record — nine years at the club and there has never been any problem with me." Dos Santos said his behaviour was an isolated incident and added he will take part in several projects as recompense for his actions. "I have always been disciplined but we are all human beings — we've all made mistakes. I've decided to participate with the Barcelona foundation and also do something in Mexico to offset the damage." Dos Santos was fined €3000 (RM13,000) and will face a six-month suspension period of international football.

Uruguay's hero unhappy with draw against Peru

STRIKER Luis Suarez may have struck fancied Uruguay's equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Peru in their opening Group C match at Esatadio del Bicentenario yesterday but he was far from happy. Paolo Guerrero had earlier put Peru ahead with a cool finish after beating an off-side trap in the 23rd minute before Suarez turned saviour with his

upset with a draw: Suarez earns Uruguay laboured Copa America draw with Peru — AFPpic

strike just before half-time to earn the Uruguayans a point. "We knew Peru weren't going to give us anything, like all the national teams," said Suarez. Suarez was sent through into the box off a fine pass from midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro and the Liverpool star slid to poke the ball into the right side of the net to the relief of his teammates and their fans. "Being a striker, it is nice to score, but it is not satisfying to give everything and not win," he said. Suarez was easily the best player on the pitch as he created problems to the Peru defence once he was in the danger zone. "We don't look for excuses. We had some chances. Perhaps they were more clear in the second-half, but we don't have to look for excuses," he said. Now there is pressure on Uruguay, who have to face formidable Chile in their second match

on Saturday (6.15am). Suarez's fellow striker Diego Forlan gave Peru credit after holding the 14-time Copa America champions. "They have a very good national team and we knew that they play well," said the Atletico Madrid man. He was also asked if he expected a difficult contest. "In all honesty, no. We didn't know it was going to be a difficult game and that it could get complicated. They scored the goal on us and then luckily, we could draw level," said Forlan. "I had a clear chance (created by Suarez) that would have been the second goal but it didn't happen, and then they closed the space well and dropped way back. In this competition, if you don't take advantage, you suffer." As for criticism regarding the tournament's lack of excitement in terms of play thus far — with four draws and eight goals in six games, Forlan expects an improvement in match quality. "We hope it opens up and better games come from it," he said. "There are very good players and big national teams, and for that I believe it's going to get better," he said.



SAN JUAN: football/ copa america

Sanchez: Being cool was key in win over Mexico

CHILE ace attacker Alexis Sanchez (pic) claims his side knew they could score against Mexico, and staying calm was the reason for their 2-1 comeback win in their opening Group C match at Estadio del Bicentenario yesterday. The Mexicans, represented practically by their Under-22 side, stunned the Chileans when Nestor Araujo struck in the 40th minute. But goals from substitute Esteban Paredes and Arturo Vidal in the 66th and 73rd minutes gave Claudio Borghi's men full points and a bright start to their campaign. Sanchez revealed that his 46-year-old coach had words of wisdom at half-time to change their fortunes after the break. "We talked about staying calm, that the goal would eventually come. It did, and then we had a chance to make it 2-1," said the Udinese star, who is said to join Spanish giants Barcelona during this transfer market. Chile will now play Uruguay in a crucial match on Saturday (6.15am) and Sanchez hopes his team can reproduce the performance they had against Mexico. "We will play the same way we played against Mexico. All of our rivals are difficult to play against," he said. Meanwhile, Mexico star attacker Giovani dos Santos questioned their tactics after the defeat. The 22year-old was a lone figure up front and could not do anything much as he was not well supported with his teammates busy defending.

"I think the way we planned out our game tactically was to blame. We had to play the ball along the ground more with more people upfront — I think that's the reason why we lost. We knew Chile would be tough," said the Tottenham man. Mexico will take on Peru next on Saturday (8.45am) and badly need the three points to get back into contention for a place in the last eight and dos Santos acknowledges that an improvement is required. "It'll be a different match, and we hope to do better in order to obtain the victory," he said. Meanwhile, playmaker Matias Fernandez could miss Chile's match against Uruguay after limping out of the match yesterday. "The situation with Matias is a bit complicated," said Borghi. "He didn't pull a muscle, so we don't know exactly what the problem is, but according to the doctor we have to wait 48 hours to see." Fernandez made a bright start against Mexico but faded in the second half. If he cannot face Uruguay his natural replacement would be Jorge Valdivia, although he too is recovering from injury.

BUENOS AIRES: football/ copa america

Argentina play for themselves, claims La Volpe COSTA RICA coach Ricardo La Volpe (pic) controversially criticised the way Argentina play football — labelling them "individuals" who play for themselves. La Volpe, an Argentine, was speaking in the wake of the hosts' Copa America opener in which a late volley from Sergio "Kun" Aguero rescued a point against Bo-

livia in their Group A match last Saturday. Argentina entered the tournament with a wide variety of attacking talent including Aguero, Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Gonzalo Higuain and more, but La Volpe insists they do not function together as a team. “Argentina are not a team, they are a group of individu-

als. They must no longer insist on winning with the names on the backs of their shirts, but as a team,” he said of his compatriots. Costa Rica lost 1-0 to Colombia in their opening Group A match — which also saw them being reduced to 10 men. “Costa Rica played a good game, but the expulsion of

Randall Brenes complicated things. We held out very well, but it was too much for us to achieve a draw,” said La Volpe. “The next game against Bolivia is going to show us where we stand. We have to face a great responsibility and seek results. We must pay special attention to their striker Marcelo Moreno,” he said.

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BARCELONA: football/ primera liga

Bojan poised for new challenge with Roma Barcelona striker Bojan Krkic indicated he is on the brink of leaving the Primera Liga and Champions League winners. The Spaniard has been strongly linked with a move away from Barca after failing to establish himself as a first-team regular at Nou Camp. Roma, who are now managed by former Barca B boss Luis Enrique, are the likeliest destination for the 20-year-old, with the Serie A club’s sporting director Walter Sabatini admitting a deal was close on Monday. While Bojan admitted to be on his way out of Barca, the Spain international refused to tell whether he will join the Italian capital side. “This is a bittersweet feeling, reaching this point is not easy, but someday it would have to happen,” he said. “I feel privileged for all I have done at the age of 20, for breaking through Barca’s youth ranks and for all I have left to do. “I have not spoken with Luis Enrique, but I know he is interested in me and it is an honour there are teams interested in my services.” Meanwhile, Getafe president Angel Torres claimed Bojan turned down the chance to play for the Madrid-based club so he can follow Luis Enrique to Roma. Torres revealed how his side tried to challenge Roma by making a bid for the striker. “We were about to make progress in the transfer for Bojan as we had made a €10 million bid to Barca,” Torres told ‘La Repubblica’. “But the player had already given his word to Luis Enrique.”

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Dangerman Falcao SANTA FE: football/ copa america

Colombia ace looking forward to 'beautiful game' against Argentina

COLOMBIA star striker Radamel Falcao is the man who can send Argentina packing in a vital Group A clash at Brigader Lopez Stadium to-

morrow (8.15am). The Lionel Messi-led Argentina did not have a bright start when they were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw by Bolivia in their opening match last Saturday, increasing the pressure they are especially facing from the home fans. Argentina must win this match against the Colombians or find themselves out of the quarterfinals. Colombia, after defeating Costa Rica 1-0 in their first match, are now out to scalp their more-fancied opponents who are eyeing a record 15th title. Falcao is taking a cool approach on his mission to stun Argentina though. “It will be a great match. Argentina have good players and are bound to win. Therefore, it will be a good show and something more fun than we have seen in this Cup,” he said. “Argentina are the hosts and will seek victory, precisely because they drew the first game. We got the three points, something we value highly and that gives us peace of mind. We do not have the despair that they have, but we have the same pressure to win,” said the Porto goal-machine. Fellow striker Adrián Ramos, scorer of the winner against Costa Rica,

said Argentina always play to win. “So we have to think a lot about what we will do,” he said. Defender Cristian Zapata, who was on the bench for the Costa Rica match, said it is a very important game and Colombia are playing to qualify for the second stage. This is enough warning for Argentina. Argentina coach Sergio Batista, meanwhile, reasserted his faith in the side’s faltering attack after the disappointment against Bolivia. The much-vaunted offensive trio of Messi, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Carlos Tevez did not shine against Bolivia where they failed to play coherently as a unit. It was only the entrance of Sergio ‘Kun’ Aguero which galvanised the team and led to a stunning equaliser by the Atletico Madrid striker, after Edivaldo Rojas had given Bolivia a shock lead. Batista said he would make just one change from the opening match to face Colombia. “I am going to keep my team stable, I don’t like to change from one game to the next. We will give the strikers another chance. Aguero is doing great right now, but you wait and see. I will field the same team, after that we’ll see,” said Batista. He said his only switch would see fullback Pablo Zabaleta starting for rookie Marcos Rojo — with veteran Javier Zanetti switching to

the left flank. “We are convinced that this is our formation, despite the disorder which hit us the other day and the desperation to win,” said Batista. But he can always change his mind by starting with Aguero in place of Lavezzzi. Batista revealed he talked to Messi after the Bolivia game and counselled him to stay further up the pitch in order to perform his central striker’s role to perfection. “I was seeing Messi on the wrong side of the halfway line, and that cannot happen. He has to play in the last quarter of the pitch, there cannot be midfielders ahead of Messi,” he said.

Falcao: Colombia must respect Messi (left) and Co — AFPpic

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6 July 2011  

The Malay Mail

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