Thursday, January 27, 2011

Islamic State Bogey

In the Tenang by-election campaign, PAS and the DAP have been forced to be on a defensive mode as MCA’s Chua Soi Lek warned Tenang voters against voting for PAS, saying that it would only further strengthen the party in PR and pave the way for the formation of an Islamic state. I don’t think Chinese voters are easily fooled by Chua’s Islamic state bogey. BN’s election tactics in Tenang are predictable – UMNO telling Malay voters that PAS has become a stooge of DAP while MCA tells the Chinese voters that DAP has become a puppet of PAS. This political game of “divide and rule” is certainly not in the spirit of Najib’s 1Malaysia.

Pursuant to Hearts 1-0 win over reigning champions, Rangers on Saturday, which, in turn generated a lot of pre-match hype – Celtic still stamped their superiority by convincingly hammering Hearts 4-0. James Forrest's superb 16-yard drive put the home side in control after just seven minutes of an impressive display. Then Anthony Stokes curled in a delightful free-kick (53) before he broke clear to score a double (71). Paddy McCourt added a close-range finish (80) to dash Hearts' hopes in this exciting SPL match.

Liverpool clung on for a gritty 1-0 victory against Fulham. The Reds went ahead on 52 minutes when a Fernando Torres strike was deflected against the post and John Pantsil sliced a clearance into his own net. It was a lucky win. We have now moved up to seventh in the Premier League. Let’s hope the Reds can maintain the momentum.

In this Carling Cup game, Arsenal claimed their place in the final when they won 3-0 (aggregate 3-1) against a resilient Ipswich. A precise right-footed finish from Nicklas Bendtner (61) and a header from Laurent Koscielny (64) put the Gunners ahead in the tie. Cesc Fabregas then sealed victory for Arsenal when he collected a return pass from Andrey Arshavin before guiding the ball beyond goalie Marton Fulop (77).

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