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Tigers roar louder; Dollah salutes never-say-die attitude; Malaysia-Singapore love

As published in Malay Mail today

Reports by Vijhay Vick
vijhayvick@mmail.com.my
SINGAPORE — The once famous Kallang Roar was reduced to a whisper as Harimau Malaya stunned defending champions Singapore 3-1 to reach the AFF Cup semifinals last night.
Skipper Shukor Adan said his teammates were not intimidated by the challenge of playing in the Lions’ den and admitted he was surprised the Malaysian fans, though outnumbered, were noisier.
“The crowd did not intimidate us at all. We were well prepared for it,” said the 35-year- old.
“We (players) shed blood for the team and it paid off. Our prayers were answered.
“I don’t think it’s enough to go on to win the tournament. We have to build on this and work on the team so we become better.”
Shukor and Amri Yahyah will miss the semifinals first leg next Sunday after picking up yellow cards.
Meanwhile, Safee Sali was relieved to find his touch after scoring the opener.
“I am delighted to score. It’s a huge relieve as we went on to win,” he sai…

Homeless heroes: Wake up and focus on the right people, right issues

As published in Malay Mail today

Reports by Purwaiz Alam alam@mmail.com.my
IT is only when we are in someone’s shoes will we know what they are going through.  With that in mind, I hatched the idea of going homeless for 36 hours.   I had become weary of all the negativity on Facebook. Nothing seemed right. Everyone would come out with guns blazing about every issue. It was not a nice scene. There were toxic remarks and  people hammering each other over every little matter.  I had to do something meaningful before I got dragged into the quicksand. So the idea of going homeless went on my bucket list and I wanted to do it as soon as possible.  I approached the seniors in charity group We Love We Care We Share and they were receptive to the idea.  It would be a two-pronged approach to raise funds for the less fortunate and to create awareness on the plight of the homeless. It was then decided that this would be done in conjunction with my 55th birthday yesterday and a target of collec…

Azmin can be hockey’s champion

Going Nuts as published in Mailsport today

WRESTLING was once described by respected English journalist James Lawton as finely orchestrated fake violence — with real injuries.
He forgot to mention the compelling drama, brilliant scripts and formidable actors aka the wrestlers who make docile grandmothers scream and spit at their television sets while watching the “action” unfold.
Wrestlers can be the face (good guys) one day and heel (bad guys) the next and there doesn’t have to be a reason why one switches from one character to another.
Similarly, Azmin Ali was seen as a “heel” when he took over from Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim as Selangor menteri besar two months ago.
Since then, however, the 50-year-old Gombak MP has gone on a charm offensive in a bid to become a “face”.
His recent move to give the state’s 12 opposition MPs RM200,000 each to use for their constituency plus a Toyota Camry worth RM200,000 to opposition leader Datuk Mohd Shamsudin Lias including bearing the costs of fuel a…