Malaysia declared Friday a public holiday to celebrate itsvictory over Indonesia in the bitterly contested final of aregional football tournament that dominated Twitter for days withhate messages by fans from both sides.Malaysia beat neighbor Indonesia 4-2 on aggregate in thetwo-match final to win the ASEAN Suzuki Cup – southeast Asia’spremier tournament – for the first time on Wednesday.Malaysia beat Indonesia in the first leg played Sunday in KualaLumpur 3-0. It lost the second leg played in Jakarta on Wednesday2-1, but won on aggregate over two legs.Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced the holiday in astatement to the national news agency Bernama late Wednesday,saying that the victory marked ”the greatest night in Malaysianfootball.””Well done, Malaysian Tigers! You played well as a team andhave made your country very proud. Congratulations!” he postedfrom his Twitter account.Twitter was also the scene of a furious exchange of insults andaccusations by fans from the two countries, who have beentraditional rivals not only in sports but also in assertingregional influence and their versions of the Malay culture sharedby both. Another sore point in their rivalry is the frequentmistreatment of Indonesian maids by Malaysian employers.Furious Indonesians accused Malaysia of unfairly winning thefirst leg, alleging fans in Kuala Lumpur… Read full this story
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