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Shining record 

EVEN before the SEA Games officially starts with the opening ceremony on Friday, hosts Vietnam have already erased some of the records achieved by previous hosts Malaysia. 

Five million signatures were collected in support of Vietnam's contingent to the biennial Games, bettering the 4.2 million signatures collected by Malaysia two years ago. 

The organisers have submitted the figures to the Guinness Book of World Records. 

Great halal food  

PRIOR to the Games, concern was raised by Malaysian officials on the difficulty in getting halal food in the Vietnam capital, and many Malaysian officials and media personnel came with packs of instant noodles and other food. 

But to their surprise, there are several restaurants catering for Muslims, including one owned by a Malaysian. 

Galvin, who hails from Salak Tinggi and now married to a local, is operating the Kopitiam Aseana Food.  

Teh tarik, fried rice, fried noodles, chicken rice and steaks are available here. 

This joint has become a favourite spot for Malaysians involved in the SEA Games as well as a meeting place for locals working and doing business here. 

Pressing centre 

THE Main Press Centre officially started operation three days ago. 

About 3,200 media personnel from both local and overseas have registered to cover the SEA Games and more than 200 computers with Internet facilities have been installed at the working area. 

For Muslim reporters, finding a place to pray is not a problem as the organisers have set up a surau. 

Malaysian cam 

THE Vietnam SEA Games organising committee have commissioned an underwater camera from Malaysia to take images of the aquatic events at the Aquatic Sports Complex. 

Go bus-t  

ACCORDING to organisers, the Cambodian men's footballers are the only SEA Games competitors to arrive in Vietnam by road. 

They arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on board a coach from Phnom Penh which took them to Vietnam through the Moc Bai border gate. Maybe, that was why they got thrashed 1-8 by Malaysia in the opening match. 

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