BAHRAINIS EYEING FREE JACKO

Mohammed Ebrahim is such a big Michael Jackson fan, he dusts his floor with talcum powder to get his moonwalk just right. Now he’s hoping to catch a glimpse of the pop star as he vacations in this tiny Gulf kingdom as a guest of Bahrain’s royal family.

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Published: Sat 2 Jul 2005, 11:50 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 6:16 PM

Jackson has been out of sight since arriving in Bahrain alone on Wednesday night, his first trip abroad since he was acquitted of child molestation charges.

Like other Jackson fans, Ebrahim hoped the pop star could be tempted to greet the public. "What could be better than seeing Michael Jackson in real life? He’s a living legend," Ebrahim, 17, said yesterday, as he shopped for music videos at a mall. "I hope I get to see him, even if it’s just a glimpse."

Ebrahim, who says he moonwalks every day, learnt of Jackson’s arrival through a flurry of excited text messaging from friends. But while Ebrahim and other fans are excited that Jackson is here, the rest of the kingdom seems to be taking the presence of the VIP in its stride.

Shaikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the son of the king who invited Jackson, has been clear the royal family would protect the privacy Jackson craves.

State-run television and radio made no mention of the celebrity’s presence on the island state, and there were no fans queuing outside royal hangouts hoping to see Jackson — in part because no one knows where he is. His whereabouts, as well as his choice of vacation destination, puzzled at least one visitor to sunny Bahrain.



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