Paralympic champion with a heart of gold


PETALING JAYA: What do you do after you capture the hearts of Malaysians by winning the gold at the Paralympics in Brazil?

You make them fall in love with you again, and this is what Latif Romly has done.

Latif, who bagged the country’s third gold medal in the Paralympic Games yesterday, revealed he was going to use part of the RM1 million incentive he will receive to pay for his parent’s pilgrimage to Mecca, The New Straits Times reported.

Having broken the world record of 7.6 metres on his way to winning the men’s long jump event, the 19-year-old went on to dedicate his win to those who supported him.

“I am very happy and grateful to have won. I want to dedicate this gold medal to my family, coach (Mohd Syahrul Amri Suhaimi) and all Malaysians who have prayed for my success.

“I would also like to wish all Malaysians Selamat Hari Raya Aidiladha,” the English daily quoted him as saying.

Apart from the RM1 million incentive, he is set to receive a lifetime monthly pension of RM5,000 under the National Sports Council incentive scheme.

“I will save the money, but I also hope to build a house at my kampung in Perlis,” the NST quoted Latif as saying.