THE Perak Government has pledged RM200,000 to help the Malaysian Deaf Sports Association (MSDeaf) fund its 20th Malaysian Deaf Sports (Sopma) event.
State Sports Committee chairman Howard Lee Chuan How said a meeting was held between him, MSDeaf and Mentri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu and the latter’s office has promised to allocate funds for the event.
“The state will assist them. I think there will be more allocations from other agencies,” he said.
“We hope the allocation can cover the expenses for the event’s logistics, accommodation, venue and medals,” he added.
It was reported that MSDeaf was appealing to the public to help fund Sopma, which is taking place in Ipoh until Oct 20.
They reportedly only raised about RM33,000 and was in need of more funds to host the event.
Sopma was last held in Kuching, Sarawak, two years ago.
Lee said about 1,200 participants from all over the country are taking part in the event.
“Several games are being contested, including track-and-field, futsal, swimming, football, 10 pin bowling and badminton,” he said.
On an unrelated matter, Lee said he allocated RM250,000 for the Para Sukma which will be held in Perak in December.
When contacted, MSDeaf secretary-general Ong Shin Ruenn said they are thankful to the state government for the allocation.
With the state’s allocation, he said they have now collected about RM300,000.
“We hope more corporations could as part of their corporate social responsibility help donate to us to assist in organising Sopma,” he added.
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