KUALA LUMPUR: The Defence Ministry has not sponsored the RM4mil needed by national woman solo runner Mejar Dr Suwaibah Muhammad Nasir for her goal to scale the world’s 30 tallest towers.
The office of the Defence Minister said neither the minister, Mohamad Sabu, nor the ministry had provided the sponsorship.
The ministry only extended support for Suwaibah’s efforts to run up the towers, it said in a statement yesterday.
The statement did not specify the type of support extended to Suwaibah but said the ministry was prepared to support good work done by anyone.
“It is unfair for any athlete to criticise the support for Suwaibah as biased if they themselves have never met and obtained the support of the Defence Ministry and the Defence Minister,” it said.
On Feb 7, Suwaibah said she needed about US$1mil (RM4mil) to complete her humanitarian mission for lodging, airfare, visa applications and other related matters.
However, her request came under fire from citizens who claimed RM4mil was an unreasonable sum for the venture. — Bernama