Fri, Dec 31, 2010 - Page 19 News List

Malaysia declares holiday after win over Indonesia


Malaysia declared today a public holiday to celebrate its victory over Indonesia in the bitterly contested final of a regional soccer tournament that dominated Twitter for days with hate messages by fans from both sides.

Malaysia beat neighbor Indonesia 4-2 on aggregate in the two-match final to win the ASEAN Suzuki Cup — Southeast Asia’s premier tournament — for the first time on Wednesday.

Malaysia beat Indonesia in the first leg played on Sunday in Kuala Lumpur 3-0. It lost the second leg played in Jakarta on Wednesday 2-1, but won on aggregate.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced the holiday in a statement to the national news agency Bernama late on Wednesday, saying that the victory marked “the greatest night in Malaysian football.”

“Well done, Malaysian Tigers! You played well as a team and have made your country very proud. Congratulations!” he posted from his Twitter account.

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