DAP wants parliamentary recognition for gold medallists


PETALING JAYA: The DAP is proposing that a motion to honour the three Malaysian gold medallists at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, be tabled in Parliament.

In a statement, Seremban Member of Parliament Anthony Loke also suggested parliamentary recognition be given to Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi, Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli and Abdul Latif Romly for contributions to the country apart from the cash rewards.

“These three heroes have created history for Malaysia, they should be given the highest honours of the country.

“If the Singapore Parliament can pass a congratulatory motion for its Olympic gold medallist swimmer Joseph Schooling, I don’t see why our Parliament can’t as this can show proof that sports promotes national unity, transcending the barriers of politics, race and religion.”

World champion Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi won the first gold medal in the 100m T36 (cerebral palsy) event, setting a Paralympic record. Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli won gold, while setting a new world record, in the men’s shot put F20 (intellectual disability).

Abdul Latif Romly, 19, meanwhile, bagged the country’s third gold medal after breaking the world record distance of 7.6m in the men’s long jump T20 event.

Loke also said he supported the Youth and Sports Ministry’s decision to issue the same amount of allowances given to fully-abled athletes.

Prior to this parathletes got 30 per cent of the allowances given to normal athletes.

The DAP’s call for special incentives and parliamentary recognition comes a day after Naza Corporation boss Nasarudin Nasimuddin, who is president of the Paralympics Council of Malaysia, announced that his company would present a new Kia Sportage to each gold medallist.