SUNGAI PETANI, Dec 30 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Wednesday that the government will not hold any celebrations to usher in the new year and called on all parties, including the private sector, to hold prayers following Sunday's tsunami which resulted in deaths and destruction.

Thursday December 30, 2004

New Year Eve Concerts Deferred

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 29 (Bernama) -- Two new year eve concerts have been deferred as a mark of respect for victims of the killer tsunami that hit the northwestern coast of Peninsular Malaysia.
One is the "Ambank Group Gemilang" concert at Dataran Merdeka that was to have been aired live by TV3 and the other is "Countdown 2005" organised by Petronas at Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) that was to appear on TV3 as a delayed telecast for following night.
AmBank Group Public Affairs Director Syed Anuar Syed Ali told Bernama that all parties involved in the concert had agreed to defer the event to a date to be fixed later.
"On that night, there will be no concert. No concert at Dataran Merdeka or at the KLCC," he said.
"I was informed that TV3 will fill the slots with other programmes," Syed Anuar said.
The postponement of the concerts is in line with a suggestion by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi that prayers be conducted in place of the celebrations to usher in the new year.
The tsunami that hit nine South and Southeast Asian nations and a few African countries last Sunday after it was triggered by a massive undersea earthquake west of Sumatra has killed over 60,000 people, 64 of them in Malaysia.

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