SHAH ALAM – The triumphant Malaysian paralympians have opened more doors to disabled persons in the country, says Khairy Jamaluddin.
Their success at the Rio Paralympics was an inspiration to all Malaysians, said the Youth and Sports Minister.
“I hope their achievements would inspire other sectors in giving opportunities to those who are disabled.
“When you give the disabled community the opportunity to succeed, like how it’s done in sports, they can make the country proud,” he said at an appreciation ceremony held by Proton and DRB-Hicom for the Olympians.
Malaysia has won three gold medals at the Rio Paralympics so far through sprinter Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi, shot putter Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli and long jumper Abdul Latif Romly.
Khairy said the paralympians’ accomplishments had left a huge impact on public perception towards the disabled.
“Society has opened its eyes to their potential.
“They are able to soar to great heights as long as they are given the opportunities to do so,” he added.
With the opportunities provided by the National Sports Council of Malaysia, the National Sports Institute and Malaysia Paralympic Council, he said the paralympians were able to progress further.
“They should not be defined by their disability,” he said.
At the appreciation ceremony, athletes at the Rio Olympics were given keys to new Proton cars.
Datuk Lee Chong Wei was presented with a Proton Perdana.
The other silver medallists, Pandelela Rinong, Cheong Jun Hoong, Chan Peng Soon, Goh Liu Ying, Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong, received a Proton Suprima.
Azizulhasni Awang, who won a bronze medal, was given a Proton Persona.
DRB-Hicom group managing director and Proton chairman Datuk Seri Syed Faisal Albar Syed Rethza Albar described the athletes as “symbols of courage”.
“They do not just represent medals, they show that we can achieve anything we set our hearts on.” – The Star Online