The Rakyat must wake up to the fact that the prime minister of this country allows his son-in-law and their cronies to make fast bucks out of the taxpayers’ pockets. RM300 million just to organise an event of no significant meaning every year is a sin.
We have nothing against Maya but the Monsoon Cup is a waste of money and such an event does not need an ambassador. The public has the right to know how much Maya and the rest of the artistes are getting as entertainers for the event.
For those who are unaware, the money for the Monsoon Cup comes from the Wang Ehsan i.e. the royalty from oil and gas for the state of Terengganu. The fund is now under the direct control of the Prime Minister and he has been spending the money ‘generously’ for several mega projects benefitting KJ and his cronies.
Soon , you will see AAB, KJ, Patrick “Badawi’ and other cronies enjoying themselves in a star-studded Monsoon Cup Gala Dinner. Last year, AAB has a jolly good time with the Bond Girl with a datukship.
Maya is monsoon cup envoy
KUALA LUMPUR: The organisers of the Monsoon Cup 2007 has named actress Maya Karin (pic) as the event’s “maiden”, akin to being an ambassador.
Event adviser Peter Gilmour said Maya would be the spokesman for celebrities taking part in an upcoming concert that would be held in conjunction with the annual sailing competition.
“We chose her because of her popularity in the entertainment arena, especially in TV dramas and movies,” he told reporters at a restaurant here yesterday.
The press conference also announced the upcoming concert, An Evening with Maya Karin and Monsoon Cup 2007.
Among the artistes who would be featured are Deja Moss, Farah Wahida, Zaibo, Badri, Syanie, Raja Azura and Nazri, the former singer of nasyid group Raihan.
Maya, who counts sailing as one of her favourite past times, said: “I will do my best to promote the sport as well as the local culture, especially to the foreign participants.”
This year’s Monsoon Cup is part of the World Match Racing Tour 2006-2007 and the final of 10 international legs. (A match race is a regatta for two sailing boats, racing each other around a course.)
The competition, which is in the calendar of events for Visit Malaysia Year, is the training ground for America Cup qualifiers and will crown the champion of this season’s World Match Racing Tour.
It will be held from Nov 28 to Dec 2 at the Heritage Bay Club Marina and Resort in Pulau Duyong, Terengganu.
Gilmour, a four-time world match champion, said this year’s competition would feature an all-female team in the sailing event.
Apart from sailing, there are also side events that include the arts and fishing competitions.
T-Best Events, the organisers, said the Monsoon Cup offers a prize purse of RM1mil, making it the richest sailing event in the world.