Better for Pandelela to have scholarships, says doting mum


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  • Sunday, 12 Aug 2012

On cloud nine: Hartini, who still chokes up at the mere mention of her daughter’s Olympic achievement, showing the media her children’s many medals.

KUCHING: Promises of incentives and awards from the Government and private organisations alike are pouring in for Olympic bronze medallist Pandelela Rinong Pamg.

For one, The Star will honour her with RM100,000, while Inti College Sarawak Campus is offering her a full scholarship if the athlete decides to continue her studies.

Adding to this, the diver will receive RM150,000 under Youth and Sports Ministry’s incentive scheme and a monthly pension of RM2,000.

Some of her supporters, even suggested that Pandelela should be conferred a datukship like national sportsmen Datuk Lee Chong Wei and Datuk Nicol David.

Pandelela’s mother Hartini Lamim, 44, said if given a choice between a datukship and scholarship, she hoped that her daughter would be awarded the latter.

“We’re very happy and grateful to the Government and those from the private sector for acknowledging her achievement.

“Tertiary education is very important for her to better secure a career in any field that interests her when she no longer competes in the sport,” she told The Star when contacted yesterday.

Hartini, a housewife, was flown to London by Dutch Lady Malaysia on Aug 5 to watch Pandelela dive on Aug 8.

“We only managed to secure one ticket for the diving event and it was very memorable to watch my daughter in action. I’m so proud of her,” she said.

Hartini said she had to miss Pandelela at the semi-finals and finals but she added that it was alright because her daughter delivered a medal for the country. “I’m so happy and surprised when my husband (Pamg Joheng) told me about the good news over the phone as I was picking up my luggage at the arrival hall moments after I arrived at Kuala Lumpur last night (Friday).

“I only reached my home this morning (yesterday) nearly 1am,” she said.

Hartini said there was a lot of excitement in the house as there were many well-wishers and journalists going to their house.

On her London trip, Hartini who travelled with the parents of other athletes, said Dutch Lady Malaysia arranged a city tour for them on Aug 6 and 7.

“Among others, we went to the London Eye and Kensington Palace. We had a very lovely trip and the organiser took very good care of us. It was my second trip overseas after Palembang, Indonesia last year,” she said.

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