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‘Stay away from Pandelela’

 | August 22, 2012

Kedah Gerakan has warned a foreign group not to politicise the Sarawak government's gift to Olympian Pandelela Rinong.

PETALING JAYA: A call by a Swiss-based group for local Olympian Pandelela Rinong Pang to refuse rewards offered by Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud has come under fire from a Gerakan leader.

Taib recently announced that he would reward Pandelela, 19, who won a bronze medal in the 10m platform diving event during the London 2012 Olympics.

While recognising her efforts, rainforest conservationists Bruno Manser Fund (BMF) accused Taib of political manipulation.

This led Kedah Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang to attack BMF over Twitter. He said: “Foreign-based Bruno Manser Fund should not interfere [with] how Malaysians reward their national hero at Olympic. Please mind your own business.”

Terming BMF as “foreign bigots”, Tan said that the group had no say over how local sportsmen were to be rewarded.

BMF has for many years found itself at loggerheads with Taib over his role in the purported deforestation of the Sarawakian rainforest.

They, along with many others, have accused the chief minister of giving his family logging concessions over vast stretches of native land, many of which are barren today.

On Taib, the group added that the only thing that Pandelela should receive was his resignation.


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