KUALA LUMPUR: Ten members of the Royal Malaysian Police force proved to be a multi-talented bunch after contributing two golds, five silvers and two bronzes to the country’s overall medal tally at the recent Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) held in Myanmar last month.
The ten athletes were honoured alongside 24 other police personnel who acted as trainers, referees and security officers at an appreciation ceremony held in Bukit Aman yesterday evening.
The 34-strong contingent were congratulated by the Special Task Force (Operations and Counter Terrorism) director Comm Datuk Seri Mohamad Fuzi Harun for exhibiting excellent sportsmanship and upholding the country’s name on an international level.
“The athletes’ accomplishments at the SEA Games are indicative of their commitment in giving the country their very best,” said Comm Mohamad Fuzi.
“It is our hope that our athletes will continue to excel in their respective sports and to continue to bring pride to the force and the country,” he added.
Among the ten medallists were two female officers, Bibiana Ng Pei Chin and Norhafizah Razali, who each won a silver medal for their respective sports.
Ng, 32, who won second place for the women’s 10m air pistol event at the SEA games, said that it is important for individuals to find a field in which they are good at.
“Sports is what I do best. Every time I compete, I try performing to the best of my ability,” she said yesterday.
The Sarawakian native has participated in four Commonwealth games since 1998.
Meawhile, Norhafizah, who won silver for floorball, a team sports, said she looked up to squash queen Nicol David for inspiration.
Muay Thai gold medallist Lokman Akimi Mat Roji, 24, said that he was ecstatic after winning the competition.
“This is my first time representing the country in this event. I thank my trainer for helping me discover my full potential,” added Lokman.