The Perak State Government rewarded its athletes who performed well at the recent 16th Malaysia Games (Sukan Malaysia) with a financial incentive scheme. The Games, incidentally, were held in Kuala Lumpur between June 28 till July 7. Perak secured a total of 6 gold, 5 silver and 13 bronze medals and was placed 9th overall.
The presentation ceremony was held at the State Sports Council premises in conjunction with the Council’s Hari Raya open house.
The incentive, in the form of monetary rewards, was presented on the following basis – RM3000 for a gold medal, RM2000 for silver and RM1000 for bronze. A total of RM100,000 was disbursed to the athletes and their respective associations.
Dato’ Shahrul Zaman Yahya, Executive Councillor for Youth, Sports, Communications and Multimedia presented the mock cheques to the winning athletes and their associations. Present at the ceremony were the State Secretary, Dato’ Abdul Puhat Mat Nayan and the State Sports Council Director, Hj Musa Dun.
The event was a joyous occasion for the invitees from the various sports associations such as the Perak Hockey Association as they were seen mingling and enjoying the sumptuous spread. Doubles table tennis silver medalists, Ho Syhui of Raja Perempuan School and Ong Ting Fei of Convent Teluk Intan, expressed their happiness with the financial rewards. “This will spur us to do better the next time.”
The 17th Malaysia Games in 2015 will be held in Kangar, Perlis. The Perak State Sports Council has set a target of 30 gold medals. A tall order, considering this year’s haul. Newly-appointed Director Hj Musa Dun felt that it was not something impossible. “We’ve the capacity to do well,” he told Ipoh Echo.