PETALING JAYA: The Defence Ministry has clarified that it has never sponsored the "humanitarian mission" by national woman solo runner Honorary Major Dr Suwaibah Muhammad Nasir to enable her to complete her quest of conquering the world's 30 tallest towers.
"The Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu and the Ministry have never sponsored the RM4mil funds needed by solo runner Dr Suwaibah.
"The Defence Ministry only provided moral support to Dr Suwaibah's efforts on her mission to conquer 30 tallest towers in the world," it said in a statement on Monday (Feb 11).
The Ministry added that it was also ready to support the good efforts by anyone.
"It is unfair for any other athlete to accuse the support given to Dr Suwaibah as biased if they themselves have never tried to meet and get the support of the Ministry and the Minister," it said.
Dr Suwaibah was reported to be looking for sponsorship of US$1mil (RM4mil) to enable her to complete the Humanitarian Tour to Conquer 30 World's Tallest Towers.
She had said that the funds were needed to cover the high costs of accommodation, airline tickets, visa applications and related matters to complete the mission.
However, Asia's top tower runner and world's fifth best Soh Wai Ching had questioned the Ministry's support for Dr Suwaibah and her RM4mil request to fund her run, reported news portal Free Malaysia Today.
Soh said he only needed RM80,000 to participate in tower running competitions this year.
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