23 April 2007

Malaysia Hari Ini (Isnin 23 April 2007)

Parlimentary secretary’s wife dies

KULAI: The wife of Higher Education Ministry parliamentary secretary Datuk Dr Adham Baba died after experiencing breathing difficulties.

Datin Taibah Tabrani, 42, who was already suffering from asthma, fainted after complaining of breathing problems at about 9.30am at her home here yesterday.

Her son, Mohd Azwan, 18, rushed her to the hospital but she was pronounced dead on arrival.
Dr Adham who was in Auckland, on official matters rushed back when informed of his wife’s death.

Besides Mohd Azwan, Dr Adham’s two daughters and two adopted children were home during the incident.

Taibah, who was also Klinik Adham executive chairman, was laid to rest in Kampung Tiram Duku, Gelang Patah in the evening.

Daripada: www.thestar.com.my

Going abroad? Fill a form first


PUTRAJAYA: Millions of Malaysians travel abroad and so the Tourism Ministry wants to know why they go overseas and what do they do there.

So it has proposed that Malaysians fill in a special form when they leave the country.

Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said that according to Immigration Department records, 15 million Malaysians travelled overseas last year and the figure was just about two million less than the number of tourist arrivals, totalling 17.5 million.

“Since we currently do not require those leaving the country to fill up any forms, we do not know what Malaysians do overseas.

“The purpose of introducing an embarkation card is because we merely want to know their activities, whether they go abroad to travel, for business, study, visit relatives or other reasons.
“The number of Malaysians travelling abroad every year is high and we want to know why they like to go out of the country. If it is for travelling and tourism purposes, we hope to encourage them to participate in domestic tourism,” he said yesterday.

Tengku Adnan said Malaysia had a lot to offer and many Malaysians had yet to visit local places of interest, adding that while his ministry was aggressively promoting foreign tourists to visit the country, domestic tourism was equally important.

“Tourism is the second highest foreign-exchange earner in the country after the manufacturing sector. It provides direct employment for some 500,000 people and indirect employment for 2.5 million people.

“Hence, it is important that we keep on smiling and be warm, gracious and hospitable, not only to foreign tourists but to the locals as well,” he added.

Daripada: www.thestar.com.my

Nazrin May Play For English Club By November, Says Barnes

KUALA LUMPUR, April 23 (Bernama) -- Malaysian Under-17 striker, Nazrin Baharuddin may play for an English Premier League football club by November this year.

Nazrin, who is currently training under the Ken Barnes Football Club (KBFC) here, would be sent to England for trials with English clubs soon.

KBFC advisor, Ken Barnes, a former Manchester City and England player, believes the Bukit Jalil Sports School (SSBJ) form five student has the qualities to make the grade in English football and probably become the first Malaysian to play in the league.

"He (Nazrin) is gifted with great talent and skills, his physique is also big enough to compete with any other player especially from Europe," he told reporters here today after receiving sponsorship from Nestle Products Sports Marketing Manager, Ng Ping Loong.

The sponsorship is for KBFC's training programme this year.

Barnes added that he had not decided which club Nazrin or another two or three players will be training with this year but hinted that the club will certainly be in the English Premier League.

"I can negotiate with clubs like Manchester United, Chelsea or Liverpool for Nazrin's training but it will be a waste because they already have so many talented players in their development programme," he added.

Under KBFC, the Perak-born player had already had stints with Macclesfield Town (2004), Manchester City (2005) and Wigan Athletics last year.

Barnes added that this year, KBFC will choose another two or three players from their Perlis, Selangor and Johor based centres for exposure to similar training in England as was the practice for the past four years.

Meanwhile, speaking of development in Malaysian football, Barnes added that from his observation, he feels national players must be exposed to as many competitive matches as possible because players here lack confidence and commitment.

"In KBFC, boys aged 16 to 18 play at least four matches in a week against players who are older or bigger than them. That is what national junior teams between the ages of 15 to 23 should do," he said.

He added that through such exposure players can develop both confidence and mental fitness as well as minimise the sense of fear when they faced older or more skilful opponents

Daripada: www.bernama.com

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