By Asia Samachar Team | MALAYSIA |
In the midst of his massive trial, Malaysian former prime minister Mohd Najib Razak found time to recognise the incredible success of the Sri Dasmesh Pipe Band in their Scottish outing.
“Tahniah kepada kumpulan pancaragam Sri Dasmesh Pipe Band. Muncul juara Kejohanan Pipe Band Dunia di Scotland. Satu kejayaan besar!” the former premier tweeted yesterday.
This shout out should reach out to quite a few people as Najib has more than 4 million followers on his Twitter account.
After his shock defeat in the 2018 polls and despite an on-going corruption trial, Najib has kept himself visible on the social media with crisp and at times witty tweets.
Malaysian federal minister Gobind Singh Deo was among the first Malaysian national leaders to acknowledge the band when it emerged as category champion at the World Pipe Band Championship in Glasgow on 17 Aug 2018.
Gobind had shared on his social media platforms the Asia Samachar report which broke the story. The report was then picked up by Bernama and splashed by various Malaysian newspapers and online portals.
In another entry yesterday, Gobind writes: “Gave cabinet a briefing today about success of our champions Sri Dasmesh Pipe Band at World Pipe Band Championship in Scotland on Saturday. Malaysia is proud of this achievement. Frm d Government of Malaysia, huge congratulations to the team. Keep up d great work. #KitaMalaysia”
Sri Dasmesh Pipe Band emerged champion of entry level Grade 4B at the Worlds, as the participants call the competition.
On the whole, the championship attracted up to 8,000 pipers and drummers from 195 bands from 13 nations.
Sri Dasmesh was the only Asian participant. The other bands came from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Austria, Switzerland, Eire, the US, Belgium, England, Spain, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Gobind, who is the communications and multimedia minister, holds the distinction of being the first Sikh to join the ranks of the Malaysian Cabinet at the Federal government level. The only other nations with Sikhs as national ministers then were India and Canada.
Fellow minister Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman also took notice of the band’s success.
“Congrats on the win! Amazing job. Keep on flying the Malaysian flag high 🇲🇾,” said the sports minister when retweeting a message by sports journalist Haresh Deol, who had shared the Asia Samachar initial report on the victory.
The band, which received a rousing welcome on their return to Malaysia on Monday night, said the victory was a ‘Merdeka’ gift to the nation. They had proudly waved the Jalur Gemilang, or the Malaysian flag, upon their victory.
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Malaysian Sikh pipe band emerge champs at world championships (Asia Samachar, 18 Aug 2019)
Sri Dasmesh emerge champs at South East Asian Pipe Band Championships (Asia Samachar, 5 June 2016)