Foundation donates RM120,000 for paralympics

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 06 Nov 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: The Japanese Chamber of Trade and Industry Malaysia (Jactim) Foundation has chosen paralympics to be the recipient of their charity contribution as it believes in elevating sports for the disabled. 

Jactim Foundation chairman Datuk Masatoshi Fujiki, who presented a cheque for RM120,000 to the Malaysian Paralympic Council (MPC) at Wisma MAB yesterday, said this was the consensus of all the Japanese companies who are part of the foundation in this country. 

“We have an obligation of five projects for this year and paralympics is of a concern for us, as we believe in helping the disabled Malaysians to achieve international recognition in sports,” said Fujiki. 

MPC deputy president Zainal Abu Zarin welcomed the foundation’s contribution as the money would be used to purchase sports equipment such as wheelchairs and equipment for Boccia, goalball and table tennis. 

He said Malaysia would have a lot of potential to achieve a higher standing in next year’s Paralympic games in Athens, Greece given the support from the Government and the private sector. 

“We are very happy that Jactim Foundation has chosen us and we will furnish them with a progress report,” said Zainal. 

MPC, that takes care of six affiliated associations for the disabled such as the blind, deaf and dumb, little people and the paraplegic, also receives allocations from the Youth and Sports Ministry. 

This year’s allocation amounted to RM500,000, an increase from last year’s RM400,000. The paralympic sports here has also been expanded from the initial three to 15 different sports such as athletics, swimming, powerlifting, archery, fencing, lawn bowling and table tennis. 

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