Almost as many officials and observers as athletes for the Games - The Star
PETALING JAYA: The SEA Games are heaven sent for Malaysian sports junket junkies and there are many of them.
Officials, and so called observers, will be taking the opportunity to go on a holiday at the taxpayers’ expense. Of course several of them are bona fide delegates like the coaches, medical staff and others, but do we really need 261 officials accompanying the contingent. And that does not include the 338 others - VIPS and observers - going for the Games.
Malaysia will have one of the largest contingents at the Games in Jakarta and Palembang starting this Friday. The 869-strong contingent is, in fact, the largest to particiapte in the biennial regional Games outside of the country.
There will be a total of 608 athletes, 253 of them under Category B (which means they are paying their own way, and 261 officials – a ratio of one official for every 2.33 athletes.
But it is the number of the supporting cast – the biggest ever for a Games – that raises the eyebrows.
Accreditation cards have been issued for 279 observers and 59 VIPs swelling the number of non-athletes to a staggering 599. The question is how many from this group are making the trip at the taxpayers’ expense?
The VIPs alone outnumber the 48 people from Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) and National Sports Council (NSC), who will actually be doing some work at the secretariat in Jakarta and Palembang.
While Category B athletes have to fork out their own money to prove themselves at the Games, some of the officials and observers will be on an all-expenses paid holiday.
In the observers’ category, there are genuine supporters like those from Famemas (20) and Telekom Malaysia (27), who are sending a big group to cheer on the Malaysian athletes at their own expense.
But what are auditors and State financial officers doing with the contingent? A study tour perhaps or maybe a shopping trip?
There are many sports officers from the states in the observers’ list. What they will be doing is anybody’s guess. Wouldn’t the money be better spent on the young athletes to gain exposure under Category B?
There are 45 observers for athletics - more than the 14 officials who will be looking after the 48 track and field athletes.
OCM general secretary Datuk Sieh Kok Chi, while lauding the enthusiasm of the supporters, said they should not use public funds to go on a junket to the Games.
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notasemut : 608 atlit dan 261 pegawai? purata seorang pegawai untuk setiap 2 orang atlit? kah kah kah! atlit kategori B terpaksa keluar duit sendiri tapi pegawai dan vvip makan tanggung berak cangkung? kah kah kah! kah kah kah! kah kah kah!