Group tries to sabotage gathering with minister

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  • Tuesday, 19 Aug 2003

Other News & ViewsCompiled by LOO YOK SOI, DALILAH IBRAHIM and S. ARULLDAS

CERTAIN parties tried to sabotage a gathering with leaders, which was attended by National Unity and Society Development Minister Datuk Dr Siti Zaharah Sulaiman, Berita Harian reported. 

The paper said a chartered bus stopped at the venue in Felda Bukit Sagu Satu in Pahang to pick up about 50 people from the crowd, purportedly with an offer to take them for a free sightseeing trip to Kuantan as well as pocket money. 

Dr Siti Zaharah was quoted as saying it was possible that a certain party wanted to sabotage the function, following the huge turnout at the event. 

“This is the first case and we already have a list of those who joined the group. We have to watch out for the tactic after this, as it might recur at another place,” the daily quoted here as saying. 

She added that Umno would investigate the incident. 

Utusan Malaysia wrote that the Malay language had its own following in universities in France, apart from those who pursued other Asian languages. 

The paper said that even though Japanese and Mandarin were prominent because of their economic interest, the Malay language was also a favourite. 

Quoting La Rochelle University Malay Language Studies Department head, Prof Laurent Metzger, the paper said more than 130 students were taking the language at three prestigious universities in that country.  

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