Yakeb come to aid of former athletes affected by floods


KAJANG: The National Athletes Welfare Foundation (Yakeb) have reached out to the families of 10 former athletes who were affected by the recent floods.

Yakeb honorary exco member Datuk Malek Noor said the foundation donated RM500 to each affected family.

“We hope it will be of help to them,” he said in Taman Sri Tanjung, Semenyih.

Malek presented the cash aid to former world silat champion Zakri Ibrahim at his residence earlier.

The former athletes identified by Yakeb include track and field athlete P. Sidamparam and boxer S. Vejayan in Shah Alam as well as rugby player Rosli Omar in Hulu Langat.

Meanwhile, Zakri expressed his thanks and gratitude towards the concern and immediate action taken by Yakeb to help former national athletes through this trying time.

“When I was hit by floods, Yakeb were the first organisation I contacted.

“While I was stranded on the upper floor of my house, I was very emotional. Yakeb chairman Datuk Noorul Ariffin Abdul Majeed called and inquired about my family and gave me some advice. After that, I was able to calm down a little,” he said, adding that his courtyard was flooded with waist-high waters. — Bernama

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