Stocks on Bursa Malaysia closed sharply lower last Friday ahead of the long weekend break and bearish regional Asian markets. Bursa Malaysia was closed yesterday for the Awal Muharram holiday. With no progress seen in the resolution of the Euro-zone debt crisis, Asian shares sank as deepening sovereign debt in the Euro-zone threatened economic growth globally. Selling pressure emerged in key heavyweights such as MISC and Telekom Malaysia, pushing the FBM KLCI 16.44 points or 1.13% lower to close at 1,431.55, its lowest level since October 13, and week-to-week, the key index declined 22.85 points from 1,454.40 on previous Friday. Decliners led advancers by 463 to 298 while 256 counters were unchanged. Total weekly volume declined to 7.27 billion shares worth RM5.51 billion from 10.92 billion shares worth RM7.29 billion the previous week.