Para athletes have helped change the societal views of Malaysians in direction of individuals with disabilities.
Athletes comparable to Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi, Mohammad Ziyad Zolkefli, and lots of others have been on the forefront of those adjustments.
Winning medals after medals, our para athletes have gained a wave of attention focused on their many successes.
But is all the attention nothing more than a flash in the pan?
Taking to Twitter, @ahmadough shared an image of a para athlete looking for alms from the general public, a picture that shouldn’t be seen at the moment.
Kenapa sampai jadi macam ni? Mana dorg punya peruntukan? pic.twitter.com/zf47CM2dzz
— Psydoughck (@ahmadough) May 1, 2019
He writes. “How did it come to this? The place is the promised funding that they deserve?”
Again in 2016, each Mohamad Ridzuan Mohd Puzi and Abdul Latif Romly got RM100,000 every by the identical state authorities for successful gold on the 2016 Rio Paralympic Video games.
Nonetheless, issues have died down since then.
The picture of the athlete looking for alms has not solely gone viral with 6.8k retweets and three.1k likes however has additionally attracted the eye of the Youth and Sports activities Minister Syed Saddiq.
Boleh maklumkan bagaimana saya boleh hubungi?
KBS buat pertama kali memperuntukkan RM3-RM10 juta untuk skim kesihatan khas bagi atlet/bekas atlet.
YAKEB, badan berkebajikan bagi Atlet juga diperuntukkan RM3juta.
Boleh sampaikan bantuan melalui saluran sedia ada. Please assist.
— Syed Saddiq (@SyedSaddiq) May 2, 2019
Responding to the tweet, Syed Saddiq writes, “Are you able to inform how I can contact them?”
“For the primary time, the Ministry of Sports activities and Youth has developed a brand new scheme for athletes and former athletes value RM3 to RM10 million.”
“YAKEB, a physique that appears after the welfare of athletes has a price range of RM3 million.”
“These funds may be appropriated by way of correct channels. Please assist.”
The swift response will certainly be a welcome sight for para athletes. Nonetheless, the issue doesn’t finish there.
The tweet has additionally garnered responses from para athletes, a lot of whom share related monetary woes.
One shared that even the Malaysian Deaf Sports activities Affiliation (MSDeaf) is struggling to maintain their heads above water.
“We face an identical destiny.”
One other one replied,
“My brother is a para athlete for Kuala Lumpur. Nearly each weekend he’s required to attend coaching, but he’s given no allowance in any respect by the KL authorities.”
Significantly? Our para athletes deserve a lot greater than this.
In keeping with Malaysiakini, a few of them don’t even have the right sports activities tools as a result of the federal government doesn’t present it to them.
We sincerely hope that our para athletes will obtain equal remedy and never be marginalised by the state or nationwide sports activities governing our bodies any longer.
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