How Melayu became Morino. Did you know that Zaid Ibrahim, the PKR candidate for the Hulu Selangor by-election, once had a horse that he named "Melayu"? The New Zealand breed came home second in two races just a few years ago. Zaid brought it home to Malaysia but in this Land of the Melayu, unfortunately, the Horse Racing Association would not allow "Melayu" to be used as a name for a race horse. Zaid had to rename Melayu "Morino", and this was approved by the association's Naming Committee. But Morino the former Melayu has not done as well in the races.
Apart from "Kelantan", which is probably the most successful horse in Zaid's stable, the author of the book Saya Pun Melayu had horses he named Deputy Coming Back (or Deputy Coming Home, a tribute to a sacked deputy prime minister, many believed) and Judicial Review.
Zaid owns horses and races them (and collect the prize money when his horses come in 1st to 6th), but he never did place a bet, so I was also told.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
A horse named Melayu
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