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IMAGES: Malaysian Paralympians receive heroic welcome at KLIA

The kings are back!

Malaysia’s Paralympic contingent officially touched down at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport this afternoon, and they were given a heroic welcome at the Kompleks Bunga Raya!

Extra attention was visibly focused on Malaysia’s four medalist – Ridzuan Puzi (T36 100m Gold), Abdul Latif Romly (T20 Long Jump Gold), Ziyad Zolkefli (T20 Shot Put Gold) and Siti Noor Radiah – all of whom were brimming with joy and pride, having made history at Rio de Janeiro.

As soon as their aircraft touched down at KLIA, they were given the customary ‘water salute’ – to the roar of excited fans within Kompleks Bunga Raya.

The athletes disembarked and were immediately ferried to their families, who were given exclusive access into a special waiting area on the tarmac. Malaysian Youth and Sports minister, Khairy Jamaluddin was also present to give the athletes a warm embrace!

Shortly after, they were brought inside Kompleks Bunga Raya, where they were given a heroic welcome by Dato’ Sri Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, the Malaysian Prime Minister himself!

Najib also went on to deliver a speech, before announcing that Siti Noor Radiah would be receiving RM200,000 instead of RM100,000 for winning a bronze medal for the country. As soon as the ceremony in KLIA was done, all the athletes got into a specially-designed bus and headed towards Kuala Lumpur City Centre!

Needless to say, there were tonnes of Malaysians on the streets to publicly celebrate our Paralympic heroes!

The athletes travelled past KLCC and Pavillion, before eventually reaching their final destination – Malaysian Paralympic Sports Excellence Centre.

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