“We can’t just go on sentiment, must be based on current performance,” he said.
According to Astro Awani, under the restructuring of the allowances, Olympic and Paralympic gold medallists will now receive an allowance of RM7,500 monthly, followed by RM7,000 for silver medallists, and RM6,000 for bronze medallists.
Meanwhile, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, and Asian Para Games gold medallists will receive RM4,500, followed by RM4,000 for silver medallists, and RM3,500 for bronze medallists.
SEA Games and ASEAN Para Games gold medallists will receive RM2,000, while silver and bronze medallists will receive RM800.
Senior athletes in the programme who have not won any medals will receive RM800, while backup athletes will get RM500.
In 2019, a review of allowances saw Olympic and Paralympic Games medal winners receiving RM7,500 for any medal, the Asian Games and Asian Para Games winners receiving RM6,000, the Commonwealth Games receiving RM3,500, while the SEA Games and ASEAN Para Games received the same.
Besides that, according to The Vibes, only 45 para-athletes had their contracts renewed this year, compared to 114 in 2021, while only 178 backup athletes were given spots, compared to 260 last year.