Malaysians vote Man U to win

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  • Sunday, 24 Oct 2004

KUALA LUMPUR: With the makings of a carnival and an expected turnout of some 1,000 football fans, the live English Premier League party tonight at SOULed OUT in Desa Sri Hartamas is set to be the best ever.  

Billed “The Big Showdown”, the event will feature the live telecast of the highly anticipated Manchester United versus Arsenal match. 

“We are ready for the crowds of Red Devils and Gunners fans and have already received more than 500 confirmed bookings,” said SOULed OUT general manager Monique Kwok. 

During a visit before the big day, SOULed OUT staff were seen busy putting up banners and flags and setting two giant projector screens, three plasma television sets and six other televisions in suitable spots. 

At hand to oversee the preparations and brief the staff was SOULed OUT owner and “commander-in-chief” Fred Choo. 

Kwok added that there would be a kacang putih seller and a hot-dog seller going around hawking their fare at the start of the match. 

“The kacang putih will add a Malaysian flavour, while the hot dogs will remind one of the atmosphere in American stadiums,” she said. 

Cheerleading instructor Pat Chan (far left) leading the other cheerleaders during a practice session for the big showdown on Sunday night

The food-and-beverage outlet, she added, had put together two six-member teams of cheerleaders, to add colour to the party. 

“This is our way of making the event a fun and memorable night for all football fans,” she said. 

She advised those interested to book a place as soon as possible as the organisers expected an early crowd. 

There will also be a lucky draw with the grand prize of an all-expense paid five-day-three-night holiday package for two to London. 

The package, which includes accommodation, daily breakfasts and airport transfers, is worth RM8,000 and is sponsored by United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Bhd (UOB). 

To enter the lucky draw, all one needs to do is buy a jug or bucket of Tiger beer. UOB credit card members may submit an unlimited number of entry forms for the lucky draw as long as each entry form is accompanied by a SOULed OUT receipt. 

There is no minimum amount set for each receipt. However, only those obtained from 7pm till midnight will be accepted. 

Kwok said the other lucky draw prizes include a Nokia handphone and three personal digital assistants. 

“We will also distribute 300 Manchester United and 300 Arsenal mini-flags on a first-come-first-serve basis. At the end of the match, supporters with the winning team’s flag will walk away with one pint of Tiger beer,” she said. 

She added that Tiger beer would be priced at Happy Hour and pre-budget prices all night long during match day.  

SOULed OUT will open at 7pm for “The Big Showdown”, which is hosted by The Star and supported by Tiger Beer. 

For details, call SOULed OUT at 03-2300 1955.  

Meanwhile, a slight majority of respondents to The Star's SMS survey picked Manchester United to beat Arsenal. To Question 1: Who do you support? 1,749 respondents (54.8%) supported MU, while 1,442 (45.2%) backed Arsenal. 

To Question 2: Can MU stop Arsenal?, 1,643 (51.5%) said Yes, while 1,548 (48.5%) said No. 

A total of 3,191 respondents took part in the survey. 

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