Man­age suc­cess wisely, par­a­lympians told


KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s Rio Par­a­lympics medal win­ners who re­ceived re­wards from the gov­ern­ment and pri­vate sec­tor should man­age their suc­cess wisely, said Youth and Sports Min­is­ter Khairy Ja­malud­din.

“The gov­ern­ment and cor­po­ra­tions have re­warded your ef­forts but al­ways re­mem­ber where it all started.

“Now that you are celebrities and icons, you should not let suc­cess go to your head. In­stead, you should con­tinue to in­spire peo­ple,” Khairy said dur­ing an award cer­e­mony hosted by Naza Cor­po­ra­tion Hold­ings for the four medal­lists at the com­pany’s head­quar­ters here yes­ter­day.

Khairy added that Malaysia’s suc­cess in clinch­ing three gold medals and one bronze was proof that noth­ing is im­pos­si­ble if one works re­ally hard.

“These ath­letes have been branded ‘luar bi­asa’ (ex­tra­or­di­nary) and it has ex­ceeded sport­ing achieve­ments alone.

“Be­cause when they run, throw and jump, they gave a mes­sage to all Malaysians that every one of us can over­come chal­lenges,” he said.

The first gold medal was won by Mo­hamad Ridzuan Mo­hamad Puzi in the 100m T36 (cel­e­bral palsy) event while the sec­ond medal was bagged by Muham­mad Ziyad Zolke­fli, who also set a new world record in the men’s shot putt F20 (in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­ity) event.

The third gold medal was won by long jump ath­lete Ab­dul Latif Romly in the men’s T20 (in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­ity) event where he broke his own world record by leap­ing to a 7.6m mark.

The bronze medal was achieved by Siti Noor Ra­diah Ismail in the women’s long jumpT20 (in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­ity) event.

The Naza Group Of Com­pa­nies awarded each of the gold medal­lists a res­i­den­tial suite at Trion 888, Equine Park, Seri Kem­ban­gan and a new Kia Sportage car. Bronze medal­list Siti Noor re­ceived a Kia Rio Sedan.

Trion 888 is be­ing de­vel­oped by Naza TTDI Sdn Bhd, the prop­erty arm of Naza Cor­po­ra­tion Hold­ings.

(From left) Former prime min­is­ter Tun Ab­dul­lah Ah­mad Badawi, Siti Noor Ra­diah, Ab­dul­lah’s wife Tun Jeanne Ab­dul­lah, Mo­hamad Ridzuan, Muham­mad Ziyad, Ab­dul Latif, Khairy and Naza chair­man S.M. Nasarudin S.M. Nasimud­din at the pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony yes­ter­day.

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