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In appreciation of the outstanding achievements recorded by the four national Paralympians at the recent Rio Paralympic Games, DRB-HICOM Berhad today presented Umrah packages to the nation’s heroes who created history by winning three gold medals and a bronze – ending the country’s long-awaited dream of securing gold at the Paralympics Games.

A total of four Umrah packages were presented to the medalists. Gold medalists Mohamad Ridzuan Mohd Fuzi, Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli and Abdul Latif Romly received Umrah packages inclusive of two family members each, while bronze medallist Siti Noor Radiah Ismail received an Umrah package inclusive of a family member. The Umrah trip is expected to take place in January 2017.

The event was graced by the Deputy Director General of National Sports Council, Dato’ Haji Ab Jalil Abdullah. Also in attendance was Group Managing Director of DRB-HICOM Berhad, Dato’ Sri Syed Faisal Albar.

“In appreciation of their sacrifices for the country, we are extremely honoured to present the Umrah packages to our athletes as a tribute to their achievements which made the country proud at the recent Paralympics,” said Dato’ Sri Syed Faisal Albar.

“We are truly inspired by their achievements and I hope that they will continue the quest to be the best. We hope that more Malaysians will be inspired to achieve greater heights and make our country proud,” added Syed Faisal.

In Rio, sprinter Mohamad Ridzuan, won Malaysia’s first gold medal by winning the men’s 100m T36, while Muhammad Ziyad won the men’s F20 shot putt which also set a new world record with a throw of 16.48m. Malaysia’s golden streak continued with another medal contributed by Abdul Latif in the men’s T20 long jump, setting a new world record after breaking the world record not once, but three times. Siti Noor Radiah Ismail also won bronze in the women’s T20 long jump and set a new Asian record of 5.20m along the way.