Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has announced that Olympic and Paralympic coaches would be given additional incentives for their efforts and contributions in training athletes.
He made this announcement upon arrival of the Malaysian Rio 2016 Paralympic contingent at Kompleks Bunga Raya in Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on Thursday.
The coaches are now entitled to 30% of the amount athletes will be getting.
For example, if sprinter Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi received RM1mil, his coach will get RM300,000.
Previously, the sum was only 20% paid separately under the National Sports Council (NSC) incentive scheme.
Under the NSC incentive scheme, a gold is worth RM1mil while silver will see the athletes taking home RM300,000.
Bronze medallist will get RM200,000, an extra RM100,000, announced by Prime Minister Najib Razak.
The athletes will also receive a monthly allowance of RM5,000 for life for gold, RM3,000 for silver and RM2,000 for bronze.
Khairy said that his ministry would also expand the talent searching programme and work to encourage more individuals with disabilities to look to sports as a career option.
“The prime minister has instructed me to make the story of our paralympians as a role model for youths and also Malaysians in general.
“I will work with the Education Ministry to bring our athletes to schools to meet and inspire our students. This is an inspiring story for all Malaysians,” Khairy said.
The Rio Paralympic medallists received a rousing heroes’ welcome home by hundreds of Malaysians who gathered to meet them when they touched down at KLIA.
This was followed by a festive parade around Kuala Lumpur organised by the Youth and Sports Ministry.
Earlier, Najib praised the contingent for their noble efforts at the games.
“The story of the Rio Paralympic contingent is one that can be made as a strong motivator to all Malaysians,” he said during the welcoming home ceremony for Malaysian paralympians.
“Make them an example and role model for all of us,” Najib said, adding that the athletes and coaches will receive their rewards from the government.
Malaysia’s Paralympic contingent brought back three gold medals and a bronze.
Mohamad Ridzuan, Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli and Abdul Latif Romly created history after winning a gold medal each in this year’s Rio Paralympics, the first time Malaysia has won gold in the games.
Two of them broke world records.
Mohamad Ridzuan, 29, won the gold in the T36 100m sprint (cerebral palsy) final, clocking in 12.07 seconds.
Shot putter Muhammad Ziyad, 26, broke the world record twice during the shot putt F20 event (learning disability).
His fifth throw hit a distance of 16.84m, surpassing his earlier world record of 16.40m.
Long jumper Abdul Latif, 19, broke the world record three times in the men’s T20 (learning disability) long jump final.
Abdul Latif cleared 7.47m, 7.54m and finally 7.60m in his final jump.
Siti Noor Radiah Ismail bagged a bronze medal in the women’s T20 long jump (intellectual disability) event with a 5.20m leap, becoming the first Malaysian female Paralympic medal winner.
Jaganathan coached sprinter Mohamad Ridzuan, Faizol was in charge of Muhammad Ziyad while Syahrul guided both Mohd Latif Romly and Siti Noor Radiah.