GEORGE TOWN, Oct 4 – The Penang government rewarded the twenty-seven athletes from Penang who won gold medals in the 29th SEA Games and 9th Asean Para Games with cash incentives totalling RM140,100 today. Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng presented the incentives to all athletes during a simple ceremony at his office in Komtar.
He said the incentive were part of a reward programme under the Penang State Sports Incentive Scheme (Skimas) for Penang to encourage sporting excellence among Penang athletes. Under the scheme, the athletes receive 30% of the amount that they received under the National Sports Incentives Scheme (Shakam).
Under Shakam, athletes are rewarded RM20,000 for their first gold at the games followed by RM10,000 for subsequent gold medals. According the the National Sports Council (NSC) website, team sports with less than five players also receive RM20,000 while those with more than five receive RM5,000 per person for gold.
Today, 22 athletes who won gold medals in the SEA Games in disciplines such as bowling, archery, karate, cycling, diving, badminton, silat, sepak takraw, equestrian and swimming received a total of RM86,000 while five athletes who won gold medals in the Asean Para Games received a total of RM53,500.
Forty-one Penang athletes took part in the SEA Games and won 22 gold, 13 silver and seven bronze medals while 16 athletes took part in the Asean Para Games to win 12 gold, seven silver and two bronze medals. The 29th SEA Games held in Kuala Lumpur in August was won by the Malaysian contingent with its 145 gold, 92 silver and 86 bronze medals.
Also present were Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon, state Youth and Sports, Women, Family and Community Development Committee chairman Chong Eng, Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh, state Works, Transportation and Utilities Committee chairman Lim Hock Seng and Penang state secretary Datuk Seri Farizan Darus. — PN