Thursday November 5, 2009
KOTA BARU: Kelantan have declared Sunday as a state holiday to mark the team’s appearance in the Malaysia Cup final against Negri Sembilan at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Saturday.
Deputy Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob declard Sunday a state holiday “to celebrate Kelantan’s historic appearance in the final of the Malaysia Cup after 39 years”.
“It is an incentive for the people of Kelantan to go and support the team in Bukit Jalil. As for the players and officials, the state government will bear the cost of their umrah package and also provide cash incentives for making it to the final,” he told reporters here yesterday.
Kelantan made it to the final after beating Perlis 5-1 on aggregate.
The last time Kelantan qualified for the Malaysia Cup final was in 1970, when they lost 0-2 to Perak.
“We hope that by declaring Sunday a holiday, fans will not rush home but take their time to drive slowly and carefully home,” he said. — Bernama