Our Golden Paralympians will soon be home, and what a welcome the government is planning for them, asking the public to come out in droves and welcome them as they first meet the PM Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife and then get paraded through town.
The New Straits Times reported that come Thursday, Malaysians will get the chance to demonstrate their love and appreciation for our Paralympians, up close and personal, upon their return from Rio de Janeiro.
“Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin today announced that the Malaysian Paralympic contingent will be given a heroes’ welcome when they return home. “They have surpassed all our expectations and will be given a golden heroes welcome,” he said.
“Upon their arrival at Terminal C of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at 3,05pm, they will be taken to the Kompleks Bunga Raya where they will receive a grand welcome celebration by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
“This will be followed by a victory parade in the city centre to enable the public to meet the Paralympians. Their first stop will be at the main entrance of the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas at KLCC.
“We will stop for 15 minutes at Dewan Filharmonik. They will the proceed to the Pavilion KL fountain in Jalan Bukit Bintang, where they will stop for another 15 minutes. “I really need Malaysians to come out and support them,” said Khairy.
The parade will continue at 7pm onwards at the Pusat Kecemerlangan Sukan Paralimpik in Kampung Pandan, where more supporters can meet and greet the Paralympians at the grand welcoming ceremony, reported The New Straits Times.
The paralympians who will include the three gold-medal winners Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi,Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli and Abdul Latif Romly.
While this will be the first time such a welcome has been planned, perhaps the planners forgot that it is a working day, and some of the routes mentioned are notorious with jams.
On top of that, the paralympians may be too tired from their flight from Brazil, as it is a long haul, and they have just finished not only a physically draining but also mentally challenging event.
It would have been better had the welcome at the airport be big then, and then on the weeked, a big gathering be held at a stadium to show them the Malaysian salute.
Whatever it is, let us hope Malaysians will throng in droves to cheer the return of our paralympians and make them proud of knowing that Malaysia honours them utmost.
Let us also hope this parade won’t be the last Malaysia celebrates paralympians.
The Heat Malaysia Online