Former national athlete working at petrol station raised concern among fellow Malaysians

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A photo showing former national sprinter Raduan Emeari working at a petrol station has gone viral on social media and prompted concern among the netizens.

The 39-year-old had represented Malaysia in several editions of the ASEAN Para Games from 2005 to 2017, and notably the Beijing 2008 Paralympics, and had won five ASEAN Para gold medals.

According to the Says news portal, the viral photo was first posted by a Twitter user this week. The user questioned what have the sports ministers abd the Paralympic Council of Malaysia done for an athlete like Raduan.

“As promised, I went to find this amazing person. Once revered, but now working as a petrol pump assistant,” the user tweeted.

However, on Tuesday, 7 September, NSC director-general Datuk Ahmad Shapawi responded that Raduan has actually rejected a job offer by the council to join the national team, citing family commitments, according to the media report.

“In 2016, Raduan was in the Podium Programme under the supervision of the National Sports Institute and was given a monthly allowance of RM4,500 until he was dropped due to performance factors at the end of 2017,” said Ahmad Shapawi.

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