Malaysia football fans held for rioting, attacking Saudis

Updated 10 September 2015

Malaysia football fans held for rioting, attacking Saudis

JEDDAH: Eleven Malaysian fans have been arrested for rioting and attacks on at least two Saudi football fans on Tuesday night in Malaysia.
According to reports, the Malaysian police are searching for other suspects who were involved in throwing flares onto the pitch when their team trailed Saudi Arabia 2-1. Officials eventually called off the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup qualifier.
The fans were apparently venting their anger over the Malaysian team’s humiliating 10-0 defeat to the United Arab Emirates last week. Players looked on as smoke billowed up from the flares.
The Hong Kong referee ended the game three minutes before the final whistle and ordered the players to return to their dressing rooms. Witnesses said that the stadium, 25 km from Kuala Lumpur, looked like a “war zone.” There were scenes of fans throwing plastic chairs at security officers. According to reports, the head of Shah Alam police refused to comment on the arrests. He said that the police were trying to determine how the bombs were smuggled into the stadium.
He said that the police were not notified that any of the Saudi team’s fans were hurt, but said an ambassador whom he did not name, informed him of this situation.
According to reports in the Malaysian press, fans from the host nation attacked Saudi fans inside and outside the stadium. In addition, a 23-year-old Yemeni student studying in Malaysia said that he suffered leg injuries as he tried to escape his attackers.
Another fan, Mohammed Abu Obeidah, said that guards told him the situation was under control but he found stick-wielding Malaysian fans waiting to assault him and others outside the stadium.


Saudi books translated into Mandarin launched

Al-Madi expressed his happiness with the important step of translating Saudi literature into Mandarin. (SPA)
Updated 24 August 2019

Saudi books translated into Mandarin launched

  • Al-Madi expressed his happiness with the important step of translating Saudi literature into Mandarin

BEIJING: Three books on Saudi classical literature, which were translated into the Chinese language, were launched at a ceremony organized by the Beijing Teachers Qualification Publishing House.
The event was held in cooperation with the Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge in Riyadh, and the Department of Arabic Language at Beijing University for Foreign Studies.
It was attended by the Saudi ambassador to China, Turki Al-Madi, the president of the Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge, Dr. Yahya bin Junaid, and Chinese officials. Al-Madi expressed his happiness with the important step of translating Saudi literature into Mandarin.