|Pandelela's dad and his trusted kapcai
Najib to honour Malaysia's first. A father's Olympian sacrifice is a story that celebrates the extraordinary feat of an ordinary Malaysian named Pamg Joheng. Most of us won't even know how to pronounce his name but without Pamg, Malaysia would still be waiting for its first woman Olympic medalist. That young woman - Pandelela Rinong - returns home tomorrow (Tuesday) morning with a bronze. And instead of asking for the sky, this proud father said all he's asking for is for "... the sports council will give her some sort of leave so we can spend time with her as a family".
That is the very least the government will do for Pandelala. According to the tweets of former NST Kuching boss Firdaus Abdullah, Prime Minister Najib Razak will be setting aside time later this week (probably Friday) after his return from a meeting abroad to honour Pamg's daughter Pandelela. [Yesterday, just before leaving for the Middle East for the OIC meeting, the PM presented Lee Chong Wei, who came back from London with a silver medal, with RM500,000].
I hope Putrajaya does not forget to make arrangements to fly Pamg and the rest of the family to be there with Pandelela on that day.