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Malaysia wins their first ASEAN Cup

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:14 am

Malaysia wins their first ASEAN Cup

QĐND – Thursday, December 30, 2010, 20:37 (GMT+7)

Malaysia beat Indonesia 4-2 on aggregate to win the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup for the first time in the country’s history on Dec. 29 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

A loss of 1-2 to the hosts in the final’s second leg match could not stop Malaysia from opening a new chapter in the history of the regional football tournament which up until now had been dominated by three-time winners Thailand and Singapore.

Mohd Safee Sali opened the scoring for Malaysia nine minutes after the break. Until then Indonesia had made things difficult for their opponents, attacking aggressively with a view to levelling the three-goal deficit they faced after the first leg match.

The talented player who scored twice in the semi-final against Vietnam got his goal after he received a long-range pass and shot truly into the net.

The goal made him the top striker of the tournament with five goals to his name.

Indonesia, with their President watching on, found their equaliser in the 71st minute when defender Mohammad Nasuha scored from near the edge of the box.

His team doubled their tally 17 minutes later when Muhammad Ridwan scored his third goal at the tournament. His strong shot deflected off a Malaysian player before entering the net.

Malaysia is surprise winner of the tournament. At the previous championship two years ago they were ousted in the qualifying round.

This time they were placed in the ‘group of death’ together with Thailand and Indonesia and after their humiliating 1-5 loss to hosts Indonesia in the group stage, no one gave them a chance.

The team, which only made it through to the knockout stage after Thailand, the most powerful team in Southeast Asia, was eliminated from the championship.

However, after that they had a complete reversal of form. First there was a great 2-0 victory over defending champion Vietnam in the semi-final and then a 3-0 victory over Indonesia in the final’s first leg on Dec. 26.

It has been be a very successful year for Malaysia with two important titles going to them in the last twelve months. Last December Malaysia defeated Vietnam 1-0 to claim the Southeast Asian Games Cup.

The Dec. 29 match did not help Indonesia’s coach Alfred Riedl shake off his ‘Mr Silver’ moniker. Once again, he pocketed a silver medal, just as he has done on every single occasion he has taken a team to a tournament final. The previous occasions were when he worked with Vietnam several years back.

Source: VNA

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Fans to rush to Malaysia

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:37 am

Fans to rush to Malaysia

QĐND – Friday, December 10, 2010, 20:54 (GMT+7)

Hundreds of Vietnamese football fans are planning to fly to Malaysia to encourage their national team at the first leg of the semi-final of the ASEAN Football Cup 2010 (AFF Suzuki Cup 2010) to be held at the Bukit Jalil Stadium, in Kuala Lumpur.

Vietravel, a large travel agency in Vietnam, has hired two aircraft from Vietnam Airlines to bring these fans to Malaysia for the event. The one day tour to Malaysia costs 8.9 million VND from Ho Chi Minh City and 9.9 million VND from Hanoi.

On this occasion, the travel agency also sells three or four day tours to Malaysia. All tourists will be provided with bands, flags and T-shirts to encourage Vietnam’s team.

The Hanoi Redtour Travel Agency has also introduced tours to Malaysia to visit the country and watch the semi-final. Each tour will last four days and cost US$469.

The number of passengers taking tours to watch the football match in Malaysia keeps increasing, according to travel agencies.

Source: Vnexpress

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

PetroVietnam company launches office in Malaysia

In Uncategorized on August 3, 2010 at 3:25 pm

PetroVietnam company launches office in Malaysia

QĐND – Tuesday, August 03, 2010, 21:12 (GMT+7)

Vietnam Petroleum Technical Services Corporation (PTSC) launched its branch office in Kuala Lumpur on August 2, paving the way for setting up PTSC’s subsidiary company in Malaysia.

Addressing the launch ceremony, Dinh La Thang, head of the board of directors of the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam), stressed that opening the office in Malaysia marks the unceasing development of PTSC.

Through international bids, PTSC has exported service packages worth hundreds of millions of USD to Malaysia in recent years, thus meeting its revenue target as well as contributing to the country’s foreign currency resources, PTSC General Director Nguyen Hung Dung said.

A member of the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group, PTSC provides technical services to the oil and gas industry.

According to the PTSC General Director, the office in Malaysia will help the corporation further penetrate the southeast Asian nation and affirm its commitment to providing high-quality services.

PTSC has won contracts to provide oil and gas-related technical services to partners in Malaysia, including international contract with Malaysia International Shipping Corporation (MISC) to provide, install, operate and maintain the FPSO Ruby II floating tank in eight years for the Petronas Carigali Vietnam Limited (PCVL). PTSC has also provided the FSO Orkid oil ship for Talisman Malaysia and other services.

PTSC has a fleet of more than 20 ships and strives for 100 ships by 2050.

Source: VOVNews/VNA

Source: QDND

Malaysia mulls school for pregnant teens to curb dumping

In Uncategorized on July 26, 2010 at 3:18 pm

This photo taken on July 16, 2010 shows a tourist walking through a bar decorated with baloons for the weekend in Kuala Lumpur. AFP

KUALA LUMPUR, July 26, 2010 (AFP) – A Malaysian state is considering establishing a school for pregnant teenagers, to curb an alarming epidemic of “baby dumping”, a report said Monday.

The chief minister of Malacca state, Mohamad Ali Rustam, said according to the New Straits Times that the school was among strategies including encouraging pregnant girls to marry.

Only married teens will be allowed to attend the school.

“For unmarried teenagers, they also can be part of the school but with one condition — they must marry the baby’s father,” Ali said.

Authorities in Muslim-majority Malaysia are grappling with the problem of rising numbers of abandoned infants, often dumped dead or dying in the streets or on rubbish dumps.

“This problem has become a disease of sorts. We cannot just turn our backs and think that this is not our problem,” Ali said according to the English-language daily.

“Baby dumping cases usually happen among the Muslim community as teenagers were desperate to conceal their pregnancies. Some of the girls were also disowned by their families,” he said.

“They do not perform abortions as this is prohibited in Islam. So, they take the shortcut to solve their problem by dumping their newborns. We do not want this to continue. It has to be stopped.”

The chief minister said Malacca was considering establishing a special school for pregnant girls to encourage them to continue with their education and to protect their unborn children.

“In the event normal schools cannot accept pregnant girls, we are going to build a school just for them,” he reportedly said, adding that youngsters from other states could also attend.

“This school will cater to those who are legitimately married.”

Source: SGGP

Malaysia seizes endangered reptiles: reports

In Uncategorized on July 16, 2010 at 8:47 am

KUALA LUMPUR, July 16, 2010 (AFP) – Malaysian officials seized hundreds of endangered radiated tortoises, tomato frogs and chameleons days after a major wildlife bust of thousands of rare birds, reports said Friday.

Customs officials at the Kuala Lumpur international airport found the wildlife in the hand luggage of two Madagascan women, the Star daily reported.

Wildlife and National Parks department head Abdul Rasid Samsuddin told the paper they found 369 radiated tortoises, five Madagascar tortoises, 47 tomato frogs and several chameleons.

“The tortoises were bound with masking tape to prevent them from moving, while the chameleons were stuffed into socks to prevent detection,” he told the Star, adding that the animals were worth 250,000 ringgit (78,000 dollars).

Malaysian police stumbled across a massive haul of endangered wildlife, including a pair of valuable birds of paradise, as they raided a warehouse of stolen cars on Wednesday.

More than 20 protected species were found in the “mini zoo” in the capital’s suburbs.

Source: SGGP

Malaysia unveils new development plan to spur growth

In Uncategorized on June 10, 2010 at 10:42 am

KUALA LUMPUR, June 10, 2010 (AFP) – Malaysia on Thursday unveiled a 69-billion-dollar plan intended to spur growth and attract much-needed foreign investment as it faces increasing competition from regional neighbours.

The country is aiming to become a high-income economy by 2020 rather than continuing to rely on its low-cost structure to make it attractive.

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak unveils a development plan in the parliament house in Kuala Lumpur on June 10, 2010.AFP photo

The 2010-2015 Tenth Malaysia Plan is Prime Minister Najib Razak’s first since taking office last year, where he also set new targets under the five-year blueprint to raise growth and trim a ballooning fiscal deficit.

Malaysia is aiming for 6.0 percent growth this year but as the region powers back to health, it is facing competition from Southeast Asian neighbours such as Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam that erode Malaysia’s attractiveness.

“The global economic landscape today has changed significantly and Malaysia can no longer depend on a low-cost structure to remain competitive internationally,” Najib said in a speech in parliament.

“Globalisation, liberalisation and the emergence of countries such as China, India, Brazil, Russia, the Middle East and countries in the region have intensified the competition for trade and investment,” he added.

The export-dependent country forecast average annual economic growth of 6.0 percent over the five years, and targeted to reduce its fiscal deficit from 5.3 percent of gross domestic product in 2010 to 2.8 percent in 2015.

Malaysia’s budget deficit widened to 7.4 percent of GDP in 2009 after the government introduced two stimulus packages worth 67 billion ringgit last year to pump-prime the economy as the downturn dried up demand for its exports.

Under the five-year plan worth 230 billion ringgit (69 billion dollars), Najib pledged the government would boost spending on infrastructure and to stimulate private sector investment.

He said the government would partner private firms in 63 billion ringgit of “high-impact” projects that include the construction of seven highways and two coal-powered electricity plants.

Najib said the government would continue to assist the majority Muslim Malays and indigenous groups — collectively known as “bumiputra” — but would roll out programmes to enhance their capabilities.

The decades-old affirmative action policy which hands bumiputras privileges in housing, education and business has been criticised as uncompetitive and improperly benefiting the elites.

Economist Yeah Kim Leng said the government was on the right track but warned that the biggest challenge it faces is to regain investor confidence.

“The other challenge will be to reduce the fiscal deficit while still spending given the adverse global environment and in carrying out government plans for privatisation,” the economist at ratings agency RAM Holdings told AFP.

Malaysia is one of Asia’s largest importers of labour with an estimated 1.9 million migrant workforce, and Najib said the government also aimed to improve the quality of the workforce and reduce its dependence on foreign workers.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam closer to semis with 3-1 win over Malaysia

In Vietnam Sports on December 7, 2009 at 10:25 am

Vietnam need just one point from their last match against Cambodia on Dec. 11 to enter the men’s football semifinals at the 25th SEA Games in Laos.

Vietnam striker Phan Thanh Binh (front) celebrates his opening goal in the Vietnam vs. Malaysia game on December 6. Vietnam won 3-1.

They went to seven points and top of group A after beating Malaysia 3-1 at the National Stadium on December 6.

In the group, Thailand are on four points and Malaysia are on three with two matches to go for each.

Vietnam and Malaysia began with great urgency since they both needed full points from the game.

In the ninth minute, Thanh Binh scored from a penalty after Malaysian midfielder Fakri Saarani handled in the box.

In the 25th minute Thanh Hung caught the Malaysian defense napping with a through ball and an alert Mai Tien Thanh latched on to the pass and easily beat onrushing goalkeeper Mohd Farizah Marlias.

The Malaysians were fortunate to reduce the deficit almost instantly, thanks to an own goal by Vo Hoang Quang.

Fakri Saarani broke loose on the right and crossed into the box where the Vietnamese defender surprisingly nodded the ball past his own goalkeeper Bui Tan Truong.

Malaysian’s hopes of qualifying took a blow when Nguyen Trong Hoang scored Vietnam’s third goal in injury time in the second half.

Vietnam take on Cambodia on December 11.

Thailand play East Timor on the 8th and Malaysia in their last match on the 11th.

The Vietnamese women demolished Malaysia 8-0 in their first match at the National University stadium on December 6.

They are a point behind Thailand, who drew with Myanmar on the same day, but with a game in hand.

Malaysia and Laos complete the tournament which is being played on round robin basis with the two top qualifying for the final.

Vietnam play Myanmar on the 8th, Thailand on the 11th, and Laos two days later.

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Indonesian president in Malaysia to mend strained ties

In Uncategorized on November 11, 2009 at 11:04 am

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 11, 2009 (AFP) – Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono arrives in Malaysia Wednesday for a visit aimed at smoothing over the latest spats between the neighbours, who have a history of troubled relations.

Yudhoyono will be given a full state welcome at Parliament Square in the afternoon, before an evening audience with Malaysia’s king and a state banquet. On Thursday he will hold talks with Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak.

Discussions are expected to cover allegations of mistreatment of Indonesian maids, a territorial dispute, regional terrorism and wrangles over cultural issues that have caused anger in Indonesia.

“I think we have our ups and downs,” Malaysian Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein told AFP ahead of the visit.

“What is important is that wisdom and sincerity prevails among our top leaders so that (contentious issues) will not jeopardise our relationship.”

Hishammuddin said the discussions between Najib and Yudhoyono would cover the issues of “foreign workers, terrorism, Islamic militancy, border security and drug trafficking”.

Relations have dived since June when Indonesia said Malaysian warships entered oil-rich waters of the disputed Ambalat area in the Sulawesi sea off northeastern Borneo island.

An Indonesian navy ship came within moments of firing on a Malaysian vessel.

Tensions have been aggravated by horrific cases of abuse against Indonesian maids, which led to Jakarta putting a temporary ban on sending domestic workers to Malaysia.

One of Asia’s largest importers of labour, Malaysia depends heavily on domestic workers, mainly from Indonesia, but has been criticised for not introducing legislation to enshrine their rights and conditions.

Cultural issues, long a flashpoint between the two countries, have also added to the troubles.

Foreign minister Anifah Aman met his Indonesian counterpart in September after anger erupted over erroneous reports that Malaysia had screened tourism advertisements featuring the traditional “pendet” dance of Indonesia’s Hindu-majority Bali island.

The ad was actually a promotion for a Discovery Channel programme, but did little to quell a media-fuelled rage in Indonesia that saw protesters vow to “crush Malaysia” and organise vigilante sweeps aimed at rounding up Malaysians.

“The visit by the Indonesian president will help mend ties and allow the two leaders to reconcile and strengthen their bond,” Mohamad Abu Bakar, professor of international relations at University Malaya, told AFP.

“The relationship of the two Southeast Asian countries is stable but we see minor eruptions,” he said.

Hishammuddin said relations between the two sides remained strong in the area of security.

“At the operations level, the relationship is very strong. If not you will not see Mas Selamat and Noordin Mohammed Top brought to book,” he said.

In September, Indonesian security forces working with unspecified cooperation from Malaysia, killed Noordin, a 41-year-old Malaysian who led a violent splinter faction of the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) radical network.

He is believed to have masterminded suicide bombing at two Jakarta hotels in July, as well as a string of other attacks including the 2004 bombing of the Australian embassy in Jakarta and 2005 attacks on the holiday island of Bali.

Malaysian security services said in July that with the help of Indonesia and Singapore, they had captured militant Mas Selamat bin Kastari, head of the JI cell in Singapore who had been on the run for more than a year after escaping from a high-security detention centre in Singapore.

Yudhoyono will travel to Singapore on Thursday to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.

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Vietnam, Malaysia to step up cooperation in three areas

In Vietnam Economy on October 25, 2009 at 5:33 pm

Vietnam, Malaysia to step up cooperation in three areas

QĐND – Sunday, October 25, 2009, 20:49 (GMT+7)

Vietnam and Malaysia on October 15 agreed to increase cooperation in various areas, especially in economics and trade, seafood exploitation and maritime security.

The agreements were reached during talks between Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pham Gia Khiem, and Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk Anifah Aman on the sidelines of the 15th ASEAN summit in Cha-am and Hua Hin, Thailand.

Deputy PM Khiem said cooperation on the economy, trade and investment with Malaysia has been identified as one of the government’s priorities.

He asked the Malaysian Foreign Minister to consider investing in industrial zones in Vietnam, increasing the quota of Vietnamese workers permitted to work in Malaysia and promoting cooperation with Vietnam in tourism, education and oil and gas exploration.

Minister Aman said a number of Malaysian investors have expressed delight at business operations in Vietnam. A working visit to Vietnam will soon be organised for Malaysian enterprises that wish to seek trade and investment opportunities in the country, he added.

The two ministers also agreed to ask relevant agencies on both sides to negotiate a cooperation agreement on seafood exploitation in line with international laws and norms.

They emphasised the need to step up joint patrols in adjoining and overlapping waters.

Both ministers shared their satisfaction with the new progress in bilateral relations between the two countries, adding that both sides will soon complete an action plan on implementing a comprehensive cooperative framework of the 21st century.

Source: CPV




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Mass wedding in Malaysia

In World on September 10, 2009 at 8:02 am

Newly-wed ethnic Chinese in Malaysia pose during a photo session at a mass wedding ceremony in front of Thean Hou temple in Kuala Lumpur on September 9, 2009. Some 200 couples tight the knot on the auspicious date 09.09.09 in the morning session out of 560 couples. For the Chinese, the number 999 means longevity and ever lasting love which they believe will ensure long-lasting marriage and happiness. (AFP PHOTO)

Source: SGGP