KUALA LUMPUR (9 Dec 2011) – The victorious Malaysian Tigers were rewarded again this afternoon for their sterling performance at the SEA Games in Indonesia when they each received MYR 5,000 (USD 1,600) from Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The reward was part of the Malaysian government incentive for athletes who won gold medals at the SEA Games in Indonesia with a total payout of MYR 629,996 (USD 200,000 ) for the 59 gold medals won by Malaysia at the biennial regional meet.
The reward follows the MYR 30,000 (USD 9,500) bestowed to each of the Malaysian Tigers by HM Sultan Ahmad Shah, the president of the FA of Malaysia (FAM) shortly after their victory over Indonesia in the final .
It was also indicated afterwards that the sponsors of the Malaysia national teams, Telekom Malaysia, will also announce further rewards next week.
“I believe that the players deserved to be rewarded for the effort that they have put it. It showed that they are appreciated and that is important,” said Ong Kim Swee, the chief coach of the Malaysia Under-23 team.