Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Assistant National Director for Political Education for the DAP, on the 13th of April 2018
On the 10th of February 2018, a number of BN-linked organizations including (i) Sekretariat Guru Aktif 1 Selangor (GA1S), Paya Jaras (ii) Jawatankuasa Perwakilan Penduduk Parlimen Subang and (iii) Koordinator Pembangunan Persekutuan Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN N38 Paya Jaras) organized the Sungai Buloh Night Run 2018. This event was also supported by the Ministry of Education (Pejabat Pendidikan Daerah Gombak).
The sponsor (or “penaung”) of this Night Run was Dato’ Hj Zein Isma Ismail, the likely UMNO candidate for DUN Paya Jaras in the upcoming general elections.
This event was attended by many BN leaders including Datuk P. Kamalanathan, the Deputy Minister for Education 1, Dato Seri Ahmad Maslan, the Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry and Tan Sri Dato Noh Omar, the Minister for Urban-Well Being, Housing and Local Government.
I do not object to political parties organizing running events. But at the very least, these runs should be well-organized. This event received 1.3 stars out of 5 stars in the review. There were many complaints regarding the lack of water stations, the lack of medals and no running tees, just to name a few.
But worst of all, at the time of writing, none of the 40 winners in the 4 categories (men’s open, women’s open, men’s senior and women’s senior) have received a single sen of the promised prize money.
The amount of the prize money is not small. The prize money for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place was RM3000, RM2000 and RM1000 respectively. The 4th and 5th placing was supposed to receive RM500 each and the 6th to 10th placing was supported to receive RM200 each. The total prize money for each category is RM8000. The total prize money for all 4 categories is RM32000.
The high prize money being offered attracted many elite runners to join this race. According to reports I received, the winners were also forced to stay back late into the night (past midnight) for the closing and prize giving ceremony which was officiated by Tan Sri Noh Omar, the Minister for Urban Well-Being, Housing and Local Government. But the winners WERE NOT GIVEN THEIR PRIZE MONEY on that night. And despite many attempts by some of the winners to contact the race organizers, they HAVE NOT YET RECEIVED their prize money until this day. (See attachment below on two whatsapp conversations between two race winners and the organizer)
I call upon the race sponsor, Dato’ Hj Zein Isma Ismail, to immediately pay up the prize money to the 40 winners in the 4 categories for the Sungai Buloh Night Run. If he is willing to ‘cheat’ these runners out of their hard earned prize money, what else is he willing to ‘cheat’ on in the upcoming GE14?
Attachment 1: One of the winners whatsapping the organizer asking about the prize money
Attachment 2: Another one of the winners whatsapping the organizer asking about the prize money