Pension cheer for past paralympians
> Medallists to receive same amount as that given to Olympians
SHAH ALAM: Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has assured former paralympic medallists that they will start receiving pensions once a scheme for them is streamlined with pensions for Olympians.
He said the scheme will be in line with the amount Olympic medallists receive currently. The government did not have a pension scheme for paralympians before.
“Now that we have streamlined the winning incentives for Olympians and Paralympians, I have asked the same be done for pensions as well,” Khairy told a press conference at the Proton Centre of Excellence yesterday.
Gold medallists will receive RM5,000, silver medallists RM3,000, while bronze medallists will receive RM2,000, said Khairy after an Olympian Medallists Appreciation ceremony during which Proton awarded cars to Olympic medallists.
An English daily yesterday highlighted the plight of former paralympian P. Mariappan, who is wheelchair-bound and is barely making ends meet.
Mariappan represented Malaysia as a power lifter in every (seven in total) Paralympic Games from 1988 to 2012, bagging two bronze medals in the process.
Khairy said Mariappan and other former medal-winning paralympians will start receiving their pensions by October.
“Mariappan won bronze medals, so he will start receiving a RM2,000 pension by October,” Khairy said.
Additionally, he has also asked the National Sports Council about employment for Mariappan at the Paralympic Centre of Excellence in Kampung Pandan, Kuala Lumpur.
Khairy said a grand homecoming reception awaits the national paralympics contingent on Sept 22, Bernama reported.
He said the Cabinet had agreed yesterday to accord the contingent a heroes’ welcome at the Bunga Raya Complex, KL International Airport upon their arrival, adding Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak was scheduled to join well-wishers in receiving them.
(From left) Datuk Lee Chong Wei, Tan Wee Keong, Goh V Shem, Badminton Association of Malaysia deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Norza Zakaria, Rio Olympics chef de mission Tan Sri Mohamed Al Amin, Khairy, DRB Hicom Group managing director and Proton president Datuk Seri Syed Faisal Albar, Cheong Jun Hoong, Pandelela Rinong, Goh Liu Ying and Chan Peng Soon. Not present is cycling bronze medallist Mohd Azizulhasni Awang.