Former Asean Para Games medallist spotted selling tissue covers in KL

A file picture of Koh, then aged 38, with some of the medals she won.

PETALING JAYA: Koh Lee Peng once brought home Asean Para Games medals but she is now selling tissue packet covers on Jalan Bukit Bintang in Kuala Lumpur, says Twitter user @fxwxb.

In a Twitter thread on Saturday (Jan 15), he spoke of coming across Koh on Friday (Jan 14), saying she was in her wheelchair wearing a “Harimau Malaya” shirt.

“She was holding a torn-up laminated newspaper and I could only make out what the title was; ‘Bekas Atlet Renang OKU Dicemuh’,” said @fxwxb, who added that the woman introduced herself by name and that she was a former Malaysian para athlete from Penang.

He said that his partner was there with him and added that Koh had asked them to do a search for her on YouTube and that she was not ashamed of her current work.

“We felt bad because it’s projecting that we didn’t trust her from the beginning. We ended up selecting the one pictured, & started reading more about her. 2016 Female Paralympian of the Year (Penang).

“7 Gold, 3 Silver at the Asean Para Games (2001-2005),” he said in another tweet.

On the purpose for his thread, @fxwxb further tweeted; “If any politicians are reading this, and you want to help – table it. Table a public white paper to make a significant change policy-wise to address these athletes. Address the root cause, not just the symptoms,” he tweeted.

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