Gov't to award WSC gold medallists RM100,000: DPM

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KUALA LUMPUR: Any Malaysian participant who wins a gold medal at the World Skills Competition (WSC) in Abu Dhabi this Oct will receive RM100,000 from Putrajaya, it was announced today.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi described the award as “motivation” for participants to push themselves further.

He said the incentive also demonstrates the government's commitment to developing the country’s high-skills sector.

“Any participant who manages to score a gold medal will receive a RM100,000 reward (from the government). (The more you get), the better. Even if (you get) five, the government will give you (the commensurate amount).

“This is the motivation that I want to provide to the participants. We must be world class,” he said when officiating the “Road to World Skills Abu Dhabi 2017 Gold” event at the Putra World Trade Centre here, today.

Also present were Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot and his deputy, Datuk Seri Ismail Muttalib, as well as Works Minister, Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof and his deputy, Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin.

The WSC is an international skills competition which sees youths from 77 member countries and regions competing for top honours.

The 44th WSC will be held from Oct 14 to 10 in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates.