Cash for state’s best

MALACCA: Athletes in the state were honoured for their outstanding efforts in their respective fields. 

Taijijian discipline gold medal winner at last year’s World Wushu Championships in Vietnam Chai Fong Ying and Sharon Wee who bagged the gold in the 2005 Manila SEA Games women’s squash singles event, turned out as big money gainers at the annual Malacca Sports Monetary Incentive Scheme presentation ceremony. 

The ceremony held at the Seri Negeri Hall recently which was officiated by Youth and Sports Exco Datuk R.Raghavan witnessed 14 individual recipients with the group gainers numbering four. 

Chai collected RM3,000 for her golden effort in Vietnam while Wee pocketed RM2,000 for her success in Manila. 

The next best individual recipients were Mohd Saifudin Husin who helped Malaysia regain the sepak takraw regu gold from Thailand after a 16-year wait at the Manila SEA Games while Chai Fong Wei helped herself to two wushu bronze medals in the Manila Games. 

The jubilant recipients with Raghavan (center with tie) after the ceremony in Malacca.

Both athletes received RM1,000 each. 

Other athletes who were rewarded were Nabihah Ali and Tracie Ang (gymnastics), Saifulnizam Mohamad (sepaktakraw), the foursome of Abdul Hafiz Salleh, Kee Dow Liang, Lai Cheng Lock and Madhusudhan Aravind (water polo) for their bronze medal efforts at the Manila SEA Games. 

They each received RM500. 

In the team category, the Malacca Hockey Association stood proud by picking up RM4,000 when its state senior side captured the Razak Cup honours following their 2-1 win over Johor. 

Hockey again scored big when Malacca High School picked up RM2,000 for their capture of the National Champion Schools tourney mantle. 

In last year’s final played at the Bukit Serendit Hockey Stadium, Malacca High School ended a 15-year wait for glory when they beat SMK Dato Taha of Gemencheh. 

Other teams to pocket cash incentives included the state badminton and gymnastics for their gold-medal inter-team success at the inaugural National Women’s Games in Kuala Lumpur. 

Both sides were given RM1,000. 

Cheong See Teng was also a big earner collecting RM1,500 for her five-gold haul (all round individual, balance beam, uneven bar, balance beam and floor exercise) at the National Women’s Games.  

Loh Hui Xian gained RM700 for three silvers and one bronze while Nur Liyana Najla Abdul Rahman received RM100 for a bronze in gymnastics disciplines at the Kuala Lumpur meet. 

The monetary incentive scheme a joint effort between the Malacca government and the state Sports Council is specially designed to induce an upward swing in the standard of sports by local athletes at both national and international competitions while at the same time bringing sporting glory to the state.  

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