THE Malaysian Deaf Sports Association (MSDeaf) is appealing to the public to help fund its 20th Malaysian Deaf Sports (Sopma) event scheduled to take place in Ipoh next month.
Its president Kamarzaman Harun said the organising committee still lacked funds and needed support to organise the event planned for between Oct 15 and 20.
“We have only managed to raise RM33,000. We need some RM450,000 to organise the event.
“We are now at a critical level and the major sporting event for the deaf community is now in limbo,” he said.
“With only about a month left, we are way short of our needed budget to host the event and we welcome any sponsorship from the private and public sectors.
“As stated in the Sports Development Act, MSDeaf is a recognised entity responsible for ensuring Malaysia’s participation in the Deaflympics and other international sporting events,” he added.
Sopma was last held in Kuching, Sarawak, two years ago.
MSDeaf secretary-general Ong Shin Ruenn said the RM33,000 was donated by Tenaga Nasional Bhd (RM30,000) and Yayasan Perak (RM3,000).
“We really need support and sponsorship from the private sector, corporate bodies or the Government.
“We will provide the necessary publicity for parties willing to sponsor the Sopma,” he said.
“We hope the new Government, especially the state and the Youth and Sports Ministry will assist us,” he added.
For details, call MSDeaf at 012-698 5110 (Fify) or email email@example.com