The 144-member Malaysian contingent competed in 13 sports and brought home 50 gold, 38 silver, and 34 bronze medals.
The Malaysian Paralympic Council (MPC) aimed to bring home 33 gold medals from the 2023 Asean Para Games (APG) in Cambodia.
However, the Malaysian para-athletes achieved more than that and brought home 50 gold medals, 38 silver medals, and 34 bronze medals!
The 144-member Malaysian contingent competed in 13 of the 14 sports and brought back 122 medals. They also finished fourth in the list of 11 participating countries.
2023 Malaysian APG contingent’s Chef-de-Mission (CDM) Noor Syahieda Mat Shah said their success can be attributed to selecting young and experienced athletes for the Cambodian mission.
Youth and Sports Minister Hannah Yeoh congratulated the para-athletes for their outstanding achievements.
Tahniah kepada semua atlet para Malaysia dan Majlis Paralimpik Malaysia atas kejayaan luar biasa di Cambodia. Target 33 pingat emas, pulang dengan 50!— Hannah Yeoh (@hannahyeoh) June 9, 2023
We celebrate all of you! @KBSMalaysia @anwaribrahim pic.twitter.com/Z1VjuYIoVL
MCP President Datuk Seri Megat D Shahriman Zaharudin said the amazing achievement of the para-athletes proved to local sports fans that para-athletes can hold their ground and hoist the country’s flag at international competitions.
MPC said their para-athletes will not rest on their laurels and will work harder to maintain or improve their performances. The next big challenge awaiting the contingent is the Asian Para Games in Hangzhou, China, in October.
According to Malay Mail, Megat also hoped that the Youth and Sports Ministry can provide a bigger allocation to carry out development programmes for para-athletes.
Megat, learning from the Indonesian contingent, proposed that a special team be set up for each sport under the council to provide additional focus on athletes involved in their respective sports.
The reward for hard work
MPC secretary-general Datuk R. Subramaniam said a total reward of over RM1 million awaits the gold medal winners under the Sports Victory Prize Scheme (SHAKAM).
The individual event gold winner will take home RM20,000 followed by RM10,000 for the second gold and so on.
For team events with less than five people, the winners will be rewarded RM20,000 while team events with more than five people will receive RM5,000 each.
The highest reward will go to the country’s best athlete at the 2023 APG, Abd Halim Mohammad, who won five gold medals in swimming.