Sunday, April 20, 2008

OLYMPIC TORCH ARRRIVES IN KUALA LUMPUR UNDER TIGHT SECURITY

The Olympic flame arrived in Kuala Lumpur from Thailand today under very tight security after earlier demonstrations which might disrupt the April 21 leg by foreigners.The torch which was accompanied by Chinese security, arrived at KLIA around 2pm from Thailand by charter plane.The Beijing 2008 Games torch is on the Asian leg of its world tour, which has so far been largely trouble free, after embarrassing protests in Europe and the United States earlier this month.

Meanwhile, last Friday about 30 Falun Gong supporters demonstrated outside the Chinese Embassy while alleging that Beijing was using the Games as a reason to persecute the Falun Gong's practitioners.


Foreign Minister, Datuk Seri Rais Yatim informed that Malaysia's hosting of the torch relay reflected the nation's close bilateral ties with China with nearly a third of Malaysia's population is also ethnically Chinese and expected that the upcoming Olympic Games will not be politicised and he remains confident that the Olympics will be successfully held in August 2008 by China.