The Sabah Para Archery Team in a group photo together with (from L-R) Fung (2nd left), Chee (3rd left), Li (4th left), Oliver (5th from left), Leong (6th left), Goon (7th left), Lim (8th left), Steward and Ng.
KOTA KINABALU: The Community Development Unit (UPPM) for Api-Api state constituency, together with the Api-Api Chinese community leaders (Kapitan) has visited the Sabah Para Archery team at their hostel located at St John Ambulance premise in Likas.
During the visit the Api-Api Kapitan contributed kitchen equipment as part of their community programme to assist the needy during this challenging time.
The group’s spokesperson, Kapitan Lim Vun Chan said the programme is in response to the Government’s initiative of introducing the ‘Malaysian Family’ concept to encourage a caring society in Malaysia.
“We, as the Chinese Kapitan for Api-Api, hope our small contributions today will motivate our para athletes to train harder and also to encourage them to be self-reliant so that they can be independent and can contribute back to society,” said Lim.
He also hoped that more associations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) will step forward to provide assistance and support to the needy and underprivileged in line with the Government initiatives to foster a caring society.
Api-Api Community Development Leader, Oliver Majaham hopes the visit will shed some light on the plight of para athletes in Sabah and that the relevant government agencies and NGOs can extend assistance to them to ensure their welfare are taken care of and these athletes can focus on their training programme.
“We are happy to see the achievements made by these para athletes who have represented the state and some even represented Malaysia at international competitions. We hope that our visit will motivate them further and we will try to ensure that their living arrangements at the hostel are catered to their special needs.
“It is really heartening to see them train hard and at the same time we hope more people can contribute and support them to boost their morale,” said Oliver during the handover of the food basket to the athletes.
Also present during the visit are Kapitan Chee Siaw Siaw, Kapitan Fung Chun Fatt, Kapitan Li Soo Fook, Kapitan Goon Thien Shang, Api-Api UPPM officers Steward Philip and Ng Pitt Yun, as well as Para Archery coach, Paul Leong.