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Malaysian-owned Cardiff City cancel Malaysian tour due to ‘poor air quality’

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Cardiff owner Vincent Tan tries to remember The Macarena (guardian.co.uk)

Cardiff owner Vincent Tan tries to remember The Macarena (guardian.co.uk)

Newly promoted Cardiff City are owned by Malaysian businessman Vincent Tan and for the past few seasons have sported the word "Malaysia" on the front of their kit in lieu of a sponsor. They even changed their club colors from blue to red to appease their Malaysian investors (which was a bitter pill to swallow for fans of a club nicknamed The Bluebirds).

In a further bid to encourage investment and tourism in the Southeast Asian nation, the club organized a six-day promotional trip of Kuala Lumpur, in which the likes of Malky Mackay, David Kerslake, Craig Bellamy and Mark Hudson were supposed to visit schools and speak to the local press. Sadly, those trying to promote Malaysia have been dealt a major publicity blow as the trip has been canceled due to dangerous smog levels there.

An official statement reads:

Tan Sri Vincent Tan today said, “It’s with disappointment that the planned visit to Malaysia this week by Malky, David, Mark, Craig and other club delegates has been postponed. A schedule of events had been put in place ahead of the opening Premier League fixtures, further raising awareness of Cardiff City Football Club in Malaysia.

“However due to the current poor air quality in Kuala Lumpur, it has been decided for the welfare of all concerned to delay the trip, re-establishing plans in the future when the manager and players can better interact with Malaysian based supporters in a suitable environment.”

On Sunday a state of emergency was declared in two southern regions of Malaysia, after smog from forest fires from Indonesia reached hazardous levels. Residents have been advised to stay indoors, which is exactly the same advice DT would offer to anyone in Cardiff on Friday nights when the pubs close.

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