KUALA LUMPUR: A special unit will be formed under the National Sports Council (NSC) to pay the fixed monthly allowance to Olympic Games medallists.
Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Azalina Othman Said said the unit would also look after the welfare of the athletes while they were still active in their sports and after they retired.
We have asked the NSC to set up an archive on the athletes from the past until the present day so that no one would be left out, she told reporters after launching the new Milo pack and the National Fitness Council at the ministry yesterday.
She said the government was more focused on the welfare of athletes to encourage parents to motivate their children to involve in sports.
The government will take care of the athletes. We don't want to be accused of not appreciating our athletes. We don't want people to say that we praise athletes when they win and forget them when they retire, she added.
On Thursday, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who heads the Cabinet Committee on Sports, announced a fixed monthly allowance of RM3,000, RM1,500 and RM1,000 for Olympic gold, silver and bronze medallists respectively.
The five Malaysian Olympic medallists badminton players Cheah Soon Kit, Yap Kim Hock, Razif Sidek, Jalani Sidek and Rashid Sidek are eligible to receive the allowance throughout their lives with the payment to start in January next year.
After this, the allowance will be given from the date the athletes won the Olympic Games medal in either individual or team events. Bernama